chalker, could you implement a rule in which if a certain percentage of teams are tiered (let's say, 50%), then the event would be trialed - to prevent unreasonable supervisors from skewing team results too much?
I little internal SO politics for you all: I HATE tiering. I've pushed hard to eliminate it where ever possible as I think it unfairly amplifies certain penalties. It you notice, none of the Physics events have tiers, rather only penalties. I was able to get some of the Technology events one year to switch to penalties instead of tiers, but they promptly switched back the following year. That said, some event supervisors just have a 'gotcha' mentality, and regardless of whether its tiers or penalties, they are likely to overuse them instead of applying general rule #5: "Officials are encouraged to apply the least restrictive penalty for rules infractions "