This was our first competition season, and we discovered all too late how unprepared we were for Nationals. (Regionals courses and judging were very different from what we experienced in Nationals.)
We would very much like to better understand the judging criteria in all of the events where judges determine the outcome. The rulebook does mention that "going big" (meaning height) is most important - can we get an actual list of what counts for what? (For example, if a competitor hits a box clean vs. sliding off halfway - how many points for each?)
It would be great to have the info, and it would be even better if the regional events/judging/courses were similar to what will be in place at Nationals.
The answer to your question might sound vague, but an "overall impression" system is used for judging. There are not necessarily concrete points assigned to certain maneuvers, or a certain number of points subtracted for mistakes. Thus, it is the judges' overall impression of the run, judged by difficulty, execution, variety, and amplitude.
Sorry that there is no objective answer to your questions! You can always ask your series director as well regarding judging specifics at your series, or about specific concerns.
Thanks for the question - let me know if you have any other questions.