SHOTGUN OFFICIAL NATIONAL RULES No. 3

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SHOTGUNOFFICIAL NATIONAL RULESRevised 2010No. 3

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TABLE OF CONTENTSSECTION 1: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.61.1AIMS AND OBJECTIVES .6SECTION 2: SSAA STANDARD RULES .62.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.8COMPETITOR’S ELIGIBILITY.6JUNIOR COMPETITORS .7STUCK LIVE ROUND: MANDATORY RULE .7COMPETITOR’S RESPONSIBILITY .7RULE INFRINGEMENTS.8DISCIPLINE CHAIRMAN’S AUTHORITY .8PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEE .8SUPPLEMENTARY EVENTS .10SECTION 3: COMPETITOR SAFETY .103.1COMPETITOR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS .10SECTION 4: SHOOTING ETIQUETTE .11SECTION 5: COMPETITOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES .125.15.25.35.45.55.6ACTING AS A SCORER OR REFEREE.12DISABLED COMPETITORS .12MODIFIED POSITION .13HANDLOADING.13TIMING .13INFRINGEMENT.13SECTION 6: ELIGIBILITY TO HOST SSAA COMPETITIONS .136.1SSAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS .13SECTION 7: GRADING .137.17.27.37.47.57.67.77.8ESTABLISHING GRADES.13SPORTING CLAYS AND 5-STAND.14DOWNGRADING .14REMAINING IN A GRADE .14GRADES - SPORTING CLAYS .14GRADES - HIGH OR LOW FIELD .14GRADES – 5-STAND.14GRADING CARDS.14SECTION 8: CLASSES .148.18.28.38.48.58.6OPEN .15VETERAN .15JUNIOR.15CALCULATION OF AGE .15SSAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS .15JUNIOR COMPETITORS AND CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALS .15SECTION 9: COURSE OF FIRE.159.1SPORTING CLAYS.153

9.2LOW FIELD.169.3HIGH FIELD .169.45-STAND.16SECTION 10: FIREARM POSITION.1610.1FOR SPORTING CLAYS, LOW FIELD AND HIGH FIELD .1610.25-STAND .17SECTION 11: TARGET ACQUISITION .1711.1REFUSALS .1711.2DID NOT SEE .17SECTION 12: MALFUNCTIONS.1812.112.212.312.412.5FIREARM AND AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION .18OPENING / ALTERING THE FIREARM .18ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE .18INTERCHANGING FIREARMS.18CHANGING A FIREARM DURING A ROUND OF 25 TARGETS.18SECTION 13: FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION .1913.1TYPE OF SHOTGUNS.1913.2SHOTGUNS OF MINOR GAUGES.1913.3SHOT SIZE .1913.4RELOADED CARTRIDGES .1913.5USE OF INCORRECT CARTRIDGES .1913.6BLACK POWDER CARTRIDGES .1913.7MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CARTRIDGES TO BE LOADED .1913.8SPECIAL RANGE RESTRICTIONS.19SECTION 14: RANGE SETTING AND TARGETS.19SECTION 15: TRAPS .21SECTION 16: TARGET ADJUDICATION .2116.1SINGLE TARGETS .2116.2SIMULTANEOUS AND REPORT PAIRS.2216.3 NO TARGET AND REPORT PAIRS .2216.4NO TARGET - SIMULTANEOUS AND RAFALE PAIR .23SECTION 17: FURTHER INSTANCES OF NO TARGETS.23SECTION 18: SHOOT OFFS .23SECTION 19: NATIONAL PROFICIENCY MEDAL AWARDS .23SECTION 20: SPECIFIC RULES FOR SPORTING CLAYS .24SECTION 21: TRAJECTORY OF TARGET .24SECTION 22: ORGANISATION OF CHAMPIONSHIPS .24SECTION 23: REFEREE’S DUTIES.25SECTION 24: ROLL CALL .25SECTION 25: TIME DELAYS .25SECTION 26: SPECIFIC RULES FOR 5-STAND .264

SECTION 27: TARGET SEQUENCE .26SECTION 28: TRAJECTORY OF TARGET .26SECTION 29: TARGET ADJUDICATION .2629.1SINGLE TARGETS .2629.2PAIR OF TARGETS IN 5-STAND .26SECTION 30: SHOOTING STATION .27SECTION 31: SIGHTER TARGETS .27SECTION 32: REFEREE DUTIES .27SECTION 33: SHOOT OFFS .27SECTION 34: NATIONAL SHOTGUN TEAMS .28SECTION 35: DEFINITION OF TERMS .28APPENDIX 1: HIGH HOUSE FIELD SHOTGUN PLAN .30APPENDIX 2: LOW HOUSE FIELD SHOTGUN PLAN.31APPENDIX 3: COMBINATION HIGH / LOW FIELD SHOTGUN PLAN.32APPENDIX 4: A 5-STAND LAYOUT .335

These Rules for the conduct of National Championships have been compiled bythe Discipline Subcommittee, with amendments by the SSAA National DisciplineChairmans’ Conference and approved and ratified for printing by the SSAA IncNational Board.SHOTGUN NATIONAL RULESREVISED 2010No. 3SECTION 1: AIMS AND OBJECTIVES1.1AIMS AND OBJECTIVES1.1To provide a training and development platform for international andnational shotgun competitions.1.2To participate in international and national shotgun competitions.1.3To develop skills and knowledge of the shooting sports.1.4To provide a set of standard national shooting rules which will guidecompetitors and assist competition organisers in the orderly andconsistent management of shotgun competitions.SECTION 2: SSAA STANDARD RULES2.1COMPETITOR’S ELIGIBILITYA competitor who competes in a National Championship must be afinancial member of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia or anAssociation affiliated with the SSAA Inc or under special invitation fromthe SSAA Inc National Board.A current SSAA membership card or official documentation from theSSAA National Membership Office or a SSAA State or TerritoryAssociation showing current membership details shall be accepted asproof of their financial membership, providing they are not undersuspension from membership.Members of Affiliated Associations must provide adequate documentationof their current membership of the Affiliate Association.6

Any person who is unfinancial or is unable to provide proof of theirfinancial status may pay their full membership fee for the applicableSSAA State or Territory Association, to the Host Branch / Club,providing they are not under a suspension from membership.2.2JUNIOR COMPETITORSA SSAA junior member is any member under the age of 18 years atthe commencement of the Championships.A junior competitor in a National Championship shall pay no more thanone half of the standard adult entry fee.If the Discipline’s National Championship includes Graded and / or Juniorcategories, a junior competitor is eligible to compete for Junior, Gradeand Open medals and awards. The winning of a Junior medal or awarddoes not preclude a junior competitor from winning any other category ofmedal or award.Junior competitors are divided into two classes Under 15 years Under 18 years and 15 years and over2.3STUCK LIVE ROUND: MANDATORY RULEIn the event of a malfunction which results in a stuck live round whichcannot be simply removed from the breech end of the barrel, the firearmis to be made safe and removed from the range to a competent personfor repairs. Under no circumstance is an attempt to be made to removethe round by insertion of a cleaning rod or similar object from the muzzleend of the firearm.2.4COMPETITOR’S RESPONSIBILITY2.4.1 Competitors and Officials to be familiar with the RulesCompetitors and officials should be familiar with the Rules pertaining toNational Championships.2.4.2 SportsmanshipCompetitors shall behave in a sportsmanlike manner as befittingmembership of the SSAA.2.4.3 BehaviourCompetitors should refrain from boisterous conduct on the firing rangeduring the conduct of an event. A competitor failing to observe this factwill be disciplined by the Range Officer. In the event of boisterous orunsportsmanlike behaviour by a competitor the Range Officer shallcaution the offender once, and, if there is any repetition of the conduct,7

the competitor may be asked to immediately leave the firing line and mayalso be disqualified.Any disqualification made under this Rule may be appealable under theprocedure set down in Section 2.7 of these Rules.2.4.4 Range Safety RulesAll competitors should familiarise themselves with the usual safetyprecautions observed on SSAA ranges as well as any Rules specific tothe range on which a particular championship is being conducted. Unsafepractices by a competitor on a SSAA range can be grounds fordisqualification.2.4.5 Safety EquipmentIt is strongly recommended that hearing and eye protection be worn at alltimes by persons who are in the vicinity of the firing line whilst shooting isunderway.It is recommended that suitable clothing, including enclosed shoes orboots, be worn at all times by a competitor whilst engaged in thecompetition and in the vicinity of the firing line.A competitor may wear medical equipment which may be seen asgiving support if a medical certificate confirming the competitor's needto wear such a device for health reasons is submitted to the NationalDiscipline Chairman and / or Discipline Subcommittee for approval priorto the commencement of the competition.2.5RULE INFRINGEMENTSA competitor found to be infringing these Rules will be given a warningby the Range Officer. If the infringement continues the competitormay be suspended or disqualified from the competition being contestedand their scores will not be recorded. Safety infringements or breachesmay result in immediate suspension or disqualification.2.6DISCIPLINE CHAIRMAN’S AUTHORITYThe Discipline’s Chairman shall have the power to direct the HostBranch / Club in the manner in which the Championships are to beconducted, and shall have the right to interpret the Rules andrequirements to ensure the Championships are conducted in anacceptable and uniform manner.2.7PROTEST AND APPEALS COMMITTEEThe Rules for the Protest and Appeals Committee are common to allSSAA Disciplines and form part of each Discipline’s Rule Book. TheRules are as follows:8

2.7.1 At all registered Championships there shall be a Protest and AppealsCommittee (hereinafter called "Appeals Committee") which shall beformed by the National Discipline Chairman or their appointed nominee tohear and decide protests and appeals.2.7.2 The Appeals Committee shall consist of a minimum of three people,including the National Discipline Chairman, any one of whom may be acompetitor. The National Discipline Chairman or their appointednominee will chair the Appeals Committee. But in no case shall anappellant or protester be included as a member of the AppealsCommittee (not withstanding any Rule or Rules of law to the contrary).In competitions where more than one State is represented a delegatefrom any of the States represented may be appointed to be a member ofthe said Committee and such appointments shall be at the discretion ofthe National Discipline Chairman or their appointed nominee.2.7.3 A protest may be lodged by any competitor who feels aggrieved by adecision of the Range Officer, the target scorers, or any otherorganisational matters or methods of conducting the competition. Acompetitor may protest the conduct of another competitor(s) or thatanother competitor(s) has not fulfilled their obligations according to theseRules, or has not properly obeyed the Rules.2.7.4 The protest must be lodged in writing and accompanied by a fee set bythe National Discipline Chairman. If the protest or appeal is upheld, theapplicant is to be refunded the amount of the fee. If the protest isdisallowed, then the fee shall be forfeited to the organisers conductingthe competition.2.7.5 The protest is to be lodged with the Range Officer or other personsnominated by the National Discipline Chairman or their appointednominee to receive appeals. A protest may be lodged during the conductof a competition or after the competition has been completed but not laterthan 30 minutes after the scores for that competition have beenannounced or posted. When received, the protest or appeal must begiven to the Chairman of the Appeals Committee as soon as possible.2.7.6 The Chairman shall convene the Appeals Committee without undue delayand the Appeals Committee shall be empowered to hear evidence fromthe protester, the appellant and person(s) involved in the protest; torequire the Range Officer, Scorers or organisers to produce targets,score sheets or other material relevant to the protest; to call evidencefrom any other person(s) who may be able to help the AppealsCommittee and to do all such other things that the Appeals Committeebelieves will enable it to reach an unbiased and just decision.9

2.7.7 Any accused person shall:2.7.7.1have a right to be heard before the Appeals Committee and toremain in attendance during each session of the AppealsCommittee.2.7.7.2be advised of the time and place the Appeals Committee shallhear evidence of the protest or appeal.2.7.7.3be entitled to remain in attendance before the AppealsCommittee until the Appeals Committee adjourns theproceedings to make its decision.2.7.7.4be informed of the evidence or allegations made.2.7.7.5be supplied the details of verbal or written statements madeagainst that person or persons.2.7.7.6be given an opportunity before the Appeals Committeeto correct or contradict any accusations or allegationsmade.2.7.8 Immediately the Appeals Committee has made a decision, the AppealsCommittee Chairman shall verbally announce it to a gathering ofcompetitors summoned to hear the decision or post the decision on anotice board. The decision of the Appeals Committee shall be final andbinding on the matter of the protest and on all persons concerned therein.Note: Desirably the Appeals Committee proceedings and deliberationsshould be conducted out of the public gaze and free from distractions ofthe ongoing competition.2.8SUPPLEMENTARY EVENTSState and Territory Associations or Bodies may devise their own typeof shooting competitions and formulate their own Rules for the conduct ofsupplementary competitions, but in National Championships they will beobliged to abide by the Rules laid down from time to time by the SSAAInc for the conduct of National Championships.The conduct of supplementary events shall not in any way infringe onthe conduct and completion of the core National events.SECTION 3: COMPETITOR SAFETY3.1COMPETITOR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS3.1.1 All firearms carried on or about the shotgun range must be held in aposition of safety, with breech open and unloaded at all times.10

3.1.2 Shooting on the grounds at any place other than the firing point isprohibited except where a pattern plate is available and then only withpermission of an authorised official.3.1.3 Shooting a firearm in any position other than from the shoulder isprohibited (with the exception of persons with a disability). Personsintentionally discharging a firearm in a manner other than describedabove, will be immediately disqualified from the competition by theReferee and the incident shall be reported to the Shoot Director in writing.3.1.4 During competition, the competitor must not close the firearm action untilthe result of the previous competitor’s target has been called. Thecompetitor must immediately open the firearm upon having completedfiring at the target/s, and must not attempt to turn around or move backuntil the firearm has been unloaded.3.1.5 Competitors experiencing a misfire or malfunction must remain with thegun pointed downrange until the Referee arrives to adjudicate.3.1.6 During an event, competitors must remove all cartridges from the firearmimmediately upon the waving or exposure of a red flag / signal from thetrap house, or under official direction.3.1.7 Triggers which function on release are not allowed.3.1.8 Before the competitor calls for a target, the ready position mus

national shotgun competitions. 1.2 To participate in international and national shotgun competitions. 1.3 To develop skills and knowledge of the shooting sports. 1.4 To provide a set of standard national shooting rules which will guide competitors and assist competition organisers in the orderly and consistent management of shotgun competitions.

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