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.

Field and Game - - NEW SHOOT RULES -

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.

What’s changed?

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.fiel­

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