Halftime ReportAugust 7 2017 at 3:22 PM
|JimC (Login 22Jim)|
Response to Let's have a discussion about AAFTA Divisions/Classes!
OK a halftime report. This has started out to be an excellent discussion and lets keep it on track.
Some very clear signals are being sent
1) Don't mess with Open class, we love it as is, hands off (thank you Paul and others!)
2) If you have issues in Hunter Class fix it in Hunter class
3) Hunter Class is not a Novice class quit treating it like one
4) Many Hunter class shooters like Hunter just the way it is
5) There seems to be support for a freestyle class
This is starting to evolve into a discussion on two issues (divisions/classes and new shooters) and I don't want to be discussing two separate, yet equally important topics here. Hector, Chip and Will made posts which I think are excellent and need further discussion. I am going to start new thread on attracting and keeping new shooters shortly. Let's keep this thread focused on the Hunter/Freestyle/Open topic.
The reason I started this thread was because we have a movement afoot to start a new AAFTA division, Unlimited/Freestyle, which has been pioneered by Scott Hull. There has been enough interest in the class to warrant an AAFTA sanctioned trial period. My question was do we really need a new division or would a simple change to an existing division eliminate the need for one or should we just ignore the topic and keep the status quo.
Here are my feelings. One of the most critical components of successful field target shooting is range finding The only division that is not allowed to use equipment that will accurately range find out to 55 yards is the Hunter division. I have never understood why this is the case, other than it was an arbitrary number thought to be appropriate for a beginners class when the Division was first created. As Leo points out there has been a vocal and growing movement to modify the Hunter rules to address this issue. Why the experiment with a Freestyle Class, I guess because the BOG feels the Hunter class is fine as it is and has given us the indication that no change is necessary.
So what I would like to discuss from here is should we create a new division or should we modify hunter class. I would really like to get some feedback from the Freestyle shooters, particularly if adding higher power scopes or laser rage finders would keep them in Hunter class, or is there something else that is attracting you.
Let's keep going.
Jim in Sacramento