Racers score Team Points based on the handicap they earn in their age, gender and discipline group. The maximum number of points possible is 10 and a minimum of one point is scored for competing the course.
When scoring a Team Race, each team member's points are added together and divided by the number of scoring team members. For example, at the National Championship we allow ten people per team but we only use the four best scores to calculate the Team's result. During the Family Team Race we use the three high point gainers on each Family Team.
The Handicap Chart provides younger racers, older racers and females with a better opportunity to score maximum points for their team. The first column shows the age group and the second column shows the minimum handicap needed to score maximum team points. For example, a 13 year-old girl needs to earn a handicap of 12.99 or better to score 10 points for her team.
NASTAR racers earn a handicap or score based on their ability each time they race. Within their each age and gender group participants also score points for their team based on the handicap and medal they earn (platinum, gold, silver, bronze or no medal earned). The handicap chart shows a range of points that can be earned by each age and gender depending on the handicap earned.
The minimum and maximum number of team points available is listed on the bottom of the chart. Team members score points based on where their handicap lies between the minimum and maximum range. NASTAR Team points are calculated based on a process of interpolation. The calculation for Team Points is as follows: TScore := Maximum Team Score in Range - ((HCap - minHC) x 2.99 / (maxHC - minHC)) (the value of 2.99 is the range of Team Points within the Gold, Silver and Bronze handicap range. The Platinum range is .99)