This is a good discussion.
I just want to reiterate that the ranking system is really just for fun and a point of interest.
To be qualified for the TS, the process is stated on the F3K.us site and appears like it should work based on the numbers that Ryan compiled. The idea is to increase participation and get clubs at the local level more involved. I think this 2009 practice run has emphasized the importance of getting your contest on the list so it can be included in the qualification process.
The idea behind requiring the event to be AMA sanctioned is primarily to force contest directors to get the ball rolling so everyone has sufficient time to decide if they want to attend. It also helps avoid conflicting events in the same geographic area. Getting a sanction is not difficult - you just need to be a certified contest director, fill out the paper work and pay the money. See here for more details
Ryan, if you are willing to help out Mike Seid with keeping the F3K.us site updated with contest scores/results, that would be a HUGE help. Thanks in advance!!!