Rule 12. Scorecards

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Rule 12.1. Recording Scores on Scorecards

When recording scores on scorecard, players must use only blue or black ink. Other colored inks are not acceptable for this purpose and must be used only by authorized persons when making corrections to the scorecards. In the game-points column, wins shall be recorded as 2 or 3 (for a skunk), and losses shall be recorded as 0 (X, /, or –). Finally, any single-digit point spread must be preceded by a zero on the scorecard.

Rule 12.2. Resolving Scorecard Discrepancies during Cross-Checking

Do not consult the players to adjudicate scorecard errors. During cross-checking of scorecards, if two scorecards record different results, the discrepancy must be resolved as follows:

a. Disadvantage is always to the apparent qualifier. For example, qualifier A claims a 21-point win; opponent claims a 16-point loss; qualifier A's card changed to 16-point win.

b. Disadvantage can be to two apparent qualifiers. For example, qualifier B claims a 17-point win; qualifier C claims a 16-point loss; qualifier B's card changed to 16-point win and qualifier C's card changed to a 17-point loss.

c. If the point spread is marked on only one card, this number is accepted for both cards and recorded on the blank card.

d. If both cards record a win or if both cards record a loss, with one having points in the plus column and the other having points in the minus column, the one in the plus column gets the win.

e. If both cards record a win or if both cards record a loss, with spread points in the same column, it is a loss for both players, and the spread points are moved to the negative column (if necessary).

f. If only one card records a win but both cards put the spread points in the same column (whether win or loss), the win stands and the spread points on the incorrect card are changed to the appropriate column.

g. Make sure that game-point and spread-point totals are adjusted, if necessary.

h. "No harm, no foul": if an apparent qualifier's discrepancy is already to his or her disadvantage, no change is necessary. For example, qualifier D claims a 15-point win; opponent claims a 20- point loss; no change is necessary, and both cards stand as recorded.

i. If scorecard errors result in a change in the fact or position of qualifying, the tournament director informs the affected player, with the relevant scorecards as evidence.

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