One of the things that is often overlooked when matches run a chronograph stage is the Written Stage Briefing. Chrono is just like any other stage. There is a procedure that needs to be followed and competitors need to be informed as to what that procedure is.[Read more…] about Does chrono need a WSB?
Archives for June 2019
As a Range Officer, you’ll be faced with situations where the competitor’s gun appears to be hopelessly jammed: double feeds, stuck cases, backward bullets, failure to extract, etc. In any case where a competitor has a malfunction, by rule, they have two minutes to correct the problem.[Read more…] about Jammin’
Questions, Answers, and Rulings
Here’s a common misconception about rulings versus simple answers to questions: A ruling is made through the official ruling system, which requires the ruling to be approved by the board of directors, and doesn’t go into effect until 7 days after the ruling has been approved. Rulings can change or interpret an existing rule, but are never made without cause and a demonstrable need for the change. There is a system for this which requires a written ruling and the reason for that ruling, along with possible consequences of the ruling—all of that information goes to the board.[Read more…] about Questions, Answers, and Rulings
DQs are hard for ROs too
You have heard the saying: “There are two types of shooters. Ones that have DQ’d and those who will DQ.” Well, this is true for ROs too: “There are two types of ROs. Those who have DQ’d a shooter and those who will DQ a shooter.”[Read more…] about DQs are hard for ROs too
What’s In Your (RO) Wallet?
What do you take to the range when you’re scheduled to work a major match? Heck, even for a level one? A good “possibles” bag can make your day as a range officer.[Read more…] about What’s In Your (RO) Wallet?
Coaching in Steel Challenge
Recently, there seems to be a trend developing of parents coaching their kids during their run at Steel Challenge matches. The Steel Challenge rules allow a limited amount of coaching by competitors at Tier 1 matches only, and that’s limited to calling misses, if requested by the competitor. Coaching by competitors or spectators is not permitted at higher tier matches, in any way, shape, or form.[Read more…] about Coaching in Steel Challenge
Remembering Your Why
Sometimes it is important in life to stop and remember our “Why”. Why are we doing something; be that being involved in a hobby, a sport, or even as drastic as our job. Some call it soul searching, others have other terms for it. Regardless, it is often a good idea to break the repetitious cycle and really spend time determining why we are doing something.[Read more…] about Remembering Your Why
Legal No-Shoot Presentation
You see it at matches all the time, the lone no-shoot placed on a wall in hopes of preventing the needless perforation of the wall edge with holes. But, is there a proper way to use a no-shoot on a wall edge? That brings us to the May Question of the Month: When using a no-shoot on a wall, can you bend the no-shoot around the wall edge?[Read more…] about Legal No-Shoot Presentation