The new online application for the USPSA NROI Range Master Program will be accepting applicants for 2021 starting on November 1st. The Range Master program is a self-study program where a student is paired with a Range Master Instructor who serves as a mentor for the program and the coursework is completed via the NROI online learning system. Practical, hands-on work will also be completed during the program; the details of which will be worked out individually between the student and their mentor.[Read more…] about Online application for Range Master Program
Archives for October 2020
Battle belts and thigh straps
One of the things I have observed while at local matches is that many of the new competitors are showing up with a battle belt type of setup. There is nothing wrong with that, but often these rigs run afoul with the rules in a few places and the range officials at the match are not educating the new competitors that their gear is not legal. Here are the common things I have seen and I want to encourage ROs to help teach the new competitors on how to adjust their gear.[Read more…] about Battle belts and thigh straps
Stage Design: Movement
One of the more frustrating aspects of the Freestyle rule, particularly for new stage designers, is trying to control shooter movement without breaking the rules. I’d bet every stage designer has designed some form of zig-zag type stage using a lot of fault lines thinking they will compel the shooters to follow the lovely path they created and the setup crew spent a long time spiking it down; only to see the shooters just run from shooting position to shooting position basically ignoring said lovely path. Might just as well positioned shooting boxes at each station and saved all that fault line and effort for other stages. Watch match videos from the most recent matches and you can see examples of this frequently. So, let’s talk about shooter movement and stage design.[Read more…] about Stage Design: Movement
When does significant advantage apply?
We have been getting quite a few rules questions in regard to significant advantage, which is great. But, many of the questions involve applying significant advantage for procedural penalties where significant advantage doesn’t apply.[Read more…] about When does significant advantage apply?
We have many penalties in our sport and most of them are well defined, but there are a few times where the RO needs to determine the number of penalties based on significant advantage. For the September Question of the Month we posed a question where significant advantage may come into play: After the start signal, the competitor draws and shoots T1-T5 from the start position and then enters shooting area B and shoots the remaining targets. How many procedural penalties?[Read more…] about Significant Advantage