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What of the Freestyle trials last year?

August 6 2017 at 12:58 AM
Scott Hull  (Login Scotchmo1957)
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Freestyle is a class that allows new shooting aids, or certain combinations of legal AAFTA shooting aids that are not allowed in current AAFTA classes.

Clubs were encouraged to try a Freestyle class and share their experiences. The classes would be unsanctioned, and if included at GP matches, no AAFTA GP points were to be had.

A number of clubs run Freestyle at their local matches. Thirteen clubs held AAFTA GP matches for the 2016 season (not including the Nationals). Seven of those clubs had a Freestyle class at their AAFTA GP match.

This was the class breakdown at those seven matches:

Mass Bay
(7) Hunter PCP
(6) WFTF PCP
(4) WFTF Piston
(2) Freestyle
(2) Hunter Piston
(1) Open PCP
(0) Open Piston

Sthn Open
(14) WFTF PCP
(9) Open PCP
(3) WFTF Piston
(5) Hunter PCP
(2) Freestyle
(2) Hunter Piston
(0) Open Piston

Oregon State
(10) Hunter PCP
(10) Open PCP
(6) WFTF PCP
(4) Freestyle
(2) WFTF Piston
(1) Hunter Piston
(0) Open Piston

Crossman
(25) Hunter PCP
(17) Open PCP
(11) WFTF Piston
(10) Hunter Piston
(9) WFTF PCP
(4) Freestyle
(0) Open Piston

Nevada State
(6) Hunter PCP
(6) Open PCP
(3) Hunter Piston
(1) Freestyle
(1) WFTF Piston
(0) Open Piston
(0) WFTF PCP

Western States
(11) Open PCP
(10) Hunter PCP
(7) Freestyle
(4) Hunter Piston
(2) WFTF PCP
(1) Open Piston
(0) WFTF Piston

AOA State
(16) Open PCP
(7) Freestyle
(3) Hunter PCP
(3) WFTF PCP
(1) Hunter Piston
(1) Open Piston
(0) WFTF Piston

27 competitors chose Freestyle, even though it was an unsanctioned class with no GP points earned. "Trial" implies an assessment. I don't know what the standard of assessment was to be. Freestyle exceeded the draw of some of the sanctioned AAFTA GP classes. I would say the class looked promising. How many competitors do you think would choose Freestyle if it was an AAFTA sanctioned "trial" class? If AAFTA wants to make use of the shared experiences, a sanctioned trial class would be the next logical step. At this point, it does not look likely to happen.

FYI: For three years, we included Freestyle in our AAFTA GP matches. We did not have Freestyle at this years AAFTA GP match. Our monthly matches are Freestyle. I'm not personally looking for another class to shoot in, but I know some would like to.


    
This message has been edited by Scotchmo1957 on Aug 6, 2017 1:00 AM


 
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