Despite our best efforts, we all show our human side now and then. That’s the side that is fallible. The side that we all love to hate. To err is human…or so they say. It is often how we handle that errors that defines us to others. Interestingly this seems to be something we all struggle with from early childhood until we shuffle off our mortal coil and pass on to whatever is next. And our human behavior affects every aspect of our lives including being an official at a USPSA/SCSA event.[Read more…] about On Being Human
RO Best Practices
In the first part of this series we talked about some of the design considerations we need to be concerned with when creating retrograde, aka “retreat” stages. In this installment, we will talk about some considerations ROs need to be aware of when tasked with running shooters through a retrograde stage.[Read more…] about Let’s Get Retro – Part II: RO Considerations
One of the more daunting tasks facing those teams chosen/selected/voluntold to head up a major (Level II or III) match face is staffing the match. Without a solid staffing plan, matches just do not run very well, if at all.[Read more…] about Staffing Your Major
I get asked about working other matches all the time and I always encourage folks to get out of their local match comfort zone and go work bigger matches. If nothing else you will meet some new friends and see some new ranges. There really isn’t a downside other than cost.[Read more…] about Working it Forward
Let’s talk about a few match, err…staples (pardon the pun), that often go unconsidered but can have a positive, or negative, effect on your match.[Read more…] about Match Supplies – Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?
Lots of things we do in life require ongoing training to stay up-to-date with the latest tools, techniques, laws, etc. Everyone from folks in the medical field to auto mechanics to pilots and on and on all have to undergo some form of on-going training to receive updates to remain current. Part of that on-going training means staying up-to-date on our own while, often, another part is more formally scheduled as a refresher.[Read more…] about It’s a Start…
It’s been a good match. The squads came and went smoothly, the weather was decent and the range food wasn’t terrible. Now it is Sunday afternoon and you just ran your last shooter on the last squad of the match. Now what? Why tear it down, pack it up and head home or to find a frosty beverage; that’s what! Whoa! Not so fast there![Read more…] about Last Shot…Now what?
Stand by! BEEP!
Whether it be the growl of the old speaker style timers or the modern piezo driven squeal, it all means the same thing; time for the fun to start! Or, for many of us, “Stage plan? What stage plan?” Regardless, it is the signal from the RO that it is your turn to draw/retrieve your firearm and get to shooting.[Read more…] about Beep!