Ask anyone, especially those that have earned their RM card but also a lot of CRO level folks and they can tell you the story of their first time working as the RM at a match. And, if you stick in the sport long enough, stay abreast of the rules, and help run matches at your local club(s) then it is probably going to happen to you. Here are some tips and some advice to help you in that journey.[Read more…] about So, YOU Get to be the RM today
RO Best Practices
When I was a younger person I remember a comedy routine by George Carlin. It was called “Words you cannot say on TV”. I think it was 10 words, but I don’t exactly remember. It came to me that I should write an article entitled “Words and Phrases Good Range Officers should remove from their vocabulary.” But it seemed to be a bit long for a title.[Read more…] about Words Do Matter
In the Range Officer seminar we talk about the desired qualities of a range official: a positive attitude, knowledgeable, objective, and a leader and ambassador for USPSA and SCSA. Let’s review what a range official, at any certification level, can do to meet all of these.[Read more…] about Good Range Officials
Pre-painted hardcover targets are definitely a time saver when it come to match prep, but they don’t always have consistent painting of the hardcover and require some sorting and possibly repair to prevent scoring issues.[Read more…] about Pre-Painted Targets
Inspired by RMI George Jones, let’s test your scoring skills. Below is a picture of a target. It shows an A-zone with C-zone below, flanked by no-shoots on both sides. We give you a list of different scoring situations in the poll below. Can you score 100%?[Read more…] about Can you score this?
If you’ve ever worked a major match you’ve probably heard the RM say this during the Staff Meeting: “Read the Written Stage Briefing verbatim, no ad-libbing!”[Read more…] about Reading the WSB verbatim
Everyone knows that PractiScore defaults to all steel hit, so you only have to enter any misses on steel targets, which in most cases is handy because it saves an input touch or multiple touches. Those multiple touches can in turn create errors in scoring. But the same feature can, if not properly attended to, also cause errors without any input on steel.[Read more…] about Steel Yourself
There are official range commands for a reason and there are reasons why Range Officials should limit themselves to only those commands. Yes, sometimes situations arise where you might have to deviate from the list of allowed commands, but 99% of the time the official commands are appropriate and the only thing needed. Let’s look at the common range command deviations and why they are not needed or should not be used.[Read more…] about Stick to the range commands!