New shoot rules in operation
A lengthy process to review the rules for Australian Simulated Field competition has been completed with the new rules coming into effect on July 1, 2018.
The previous version of the rule book was issued in 2011, and so this is the first full review of the rules for a long time. Over nine months draft versions were circulated to Field & Game (FGA) branch committees and the discussion and feedback was invaluable in shaping the final result. The final draft was endorsed by a majority of branches at the 2018 FGA Council Meeting.
The 2018 rule book has been completely restructured and mostly rewritten, with the aim of making it easier to use, reference and understand. The content for much of the rules is still the same, but these are the major rule changes: • Ground setting target requirements have been changed with a view to make it easier for branches to set compliant grounds (rule 2.2, 2.4). • The requirement for veteran age shooters to elect to shoot as veteran for the next 12 months at the start of each year has been removed. Veteran age shooters can now choose on the day of competition whether they wish to shoot their grade or compete in the veterans category, same as shooters who qualify for junior, sub-junior and ladies categories (rule 7.4, 7.5). Proof of membership requirements have been updated and clarified (rule 8.1, 8.2). Gun mount in the ready position is now optional and the requirement for lines on jackets/vests has been removed. Shooters of any grade or category can choose to shoot gun up or gun down (rule 9.12, 9.13). Sighter targets may now only be shown for the first shooter in the squad, and all sighter targets must be shown before the first shooter begins shooting (rule 10.1). A minimum barrel length for firearms has been introduced for safety purposes (rule 13.1). A maximum shot load for cartridges is being phased in (rule 13.3): - January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019: 32 g (1.125 oz). - January 1, 2020 onwards: 28 g (1 oz). • Shot sizes have been defined, generally size 9 to 7, depending on country of manufacture and whether the shot is steel or lead (rule 13.4). • The process for conducting shoot-offs
has been clarified (rule 22.3 to 22.7). • A maximum score of 25 per round has been introduced for handicap scores (Appendix 1). • “Beginner” handicaps are now calculated at the end of a shooter’s first event, not after their first round (Appendix 1).
Referees will not need to re-sit the referees exam, but a new one has been prepared, aligning with the restructured rule book. We encourage all active clay target shooters, especially referees, to familiarise themselves with the new rules.
Where do I get the new rule book?
The easiest way is to get the FGA Game App on your phone so you have it at hand whenever you need. Use the same login you use on the FGA website to login to the app and download the rule book. You can also get digital copies of the magazine and the shoot book. You can also download the rule book from www.fieldandgame.com.au