2017 Temecula Challenge WFTF match rulesFebruary 1 2017 at 12:27 AM
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modified WFTF rules AS proposed for use in the 2017 Temecula Challenge edited 12/14/2016
Air rifles (PCP or Springer) with a muzzle energy not exceeding 12 ft. lbs (16.3 Joules), and which are in safe working condition may be used.
No power adjustments may be made to an air rifle during a competition.
Fully adjustable rifle stocks, excluding thigh rests, are permitted to accommodate various shooting styles and positions.
Any design of pellet that is completely made of lead, lead alloy, zinc or zinc alloy, or a similar material may be used.
Any form of sighting system may be used with the exception of laser sights.
No built-in or separate laser range finding device may be used.
Rifle accessories allowed
(One) Rifle sling - no additional straps are allowed.
Sunshade on scope
Wind indicator (non-electronic)
Shooting Stool, a low seat between 9" and 18" tall for use when shooting from seated position. The stool may not incorporate any back or arm supports. a bucket, such as paint or tool utility bucket mey be used IF a lid is fitted to retain strength.
Bipod * IF used in conjunction with a stool. The bipod MAY NOT be used while sitting on a bumbag or ANY other position while aiming or firing the gun, and is only to be used while seated on a stool.
Rail, Barrel and butt-stock weights
Close focus adapter
Wind reading options
To assist shooters reading the wind the available options are :
Wind indicator (string or similar) attached to the rifle.
No additional equipment, electrontic or other, may be used to assist the shooter in evaluating the wind or other weather conditions.
Any type of clothing, glove or footwear is allowed provided it is not a hazard to the shooter or others.
Clothing may be padded to reduce the pressure of the rifle stock resting on the arm or knee.
Separate pads may be worn over non-padded clothing.
Gloves may not contain any rigid material extending beyond the wrist.
The maximum height for any form of "beanbag type" seating is 150 mm (6”) when flattened between 2 boards. The bean bag seat may only be used as an aid in sitting shots.
Shooting Stool, a low seat between 9" and 18" tall for use when shooting from a seated position. The stool may NOT incorporate any back or arm supports. a bucket, such as paint or tool utility bucket mey be used IF a lid is fitted to retain strength.
A Bipod may be used in conjunction with the shooting stool. The bipod MAY NOT be used while sitting on a bumbag or ANY other position while aiming or firing the gun, and is only to be used while seated on a stool. The pipod legs may not be driven into the ground, and the ends should not be sharp.
The bean bag seat may only be used as an aid in sitting shots.
A kneeling roll must be provided by the organization.
A shooter may use their personal Kneeling roll during the Kneeling position.
Shape: roll design
Diameter: 180mm (max)
Shooting without any kind of knee support is also allowed.
The bean bag (seat) cannot be used in the kneeling position.
For field target shooting events a suitable field/forest terrain should be identified and prepared.
Targets face plate & paddle must be 100% visible from all shooting positions; standing, kneeling, sitting.
Any obstruction should be removed by a Marshal prior to the first shooter shooting that lane otherwise the obstruction must remain for the duration of the competition.
No lane firing area should result in a dangerous stance having to be adopted by the shooter i.e. excessively steep, slippery, etc.
Targets are addressed in numerical sequence i.e. 23,24,25,26, etc…
Shooters shall be timed 2 targets = 3mins
Every shooter is charged with leaving each lane firing area in a safe and tidy condition for the following shooters.
Metal silhouette “fall when hit” with a face plate with hole and paddle behind that are resettable from the firing point shall be used.
The hit zones shall be circular and of a contrasting colour to the faceplate.
The use of simulated hit zones on any other part of the faceplate is prohibited.
Standard hit zones shall be 40 mm in diameter.
A limited number of targets may be fitted with reduced diameter hit zones of 15 mm or 25 mm.
These reducers shall be painted the same colour as the faceplate.
Reducers must be fitted on the outside of the faceplate, facing the shooter (not inside).
Targets shall be painted every day before starting a new round/competition.
Target placement and numbering
Targets shall be placed at distances of between 9 metres and 50 metres from the firing line and according with the following table.
Targets (Max distance) 15mm 25mm 40mm
Non-positional targets 20 metres 35 metres 50 metres
Positional targets Not allowed 20 metres 40 metres
All targets shall be clearly numbered (per course from left to right) at the target and the firing line.
Targets may be placed at higher or lower elevation to the firing line, but must at all times be fully visible from all shooting positions and the target faceplate must face the shooter at a 90° angle (plus or minus 5° - Horizontal level).
The target distance can be obtained from the nearest lane pole in a straight line from the pole lane to the target.
Before starting the event, a designated shooter may validate the circuit and request to double check a target distance.
As soon the event starts any target outside the valid distances (including positional targets) will be considered as valid provided the target distance does not exceed 50 metres distance and not less than 9 metres.
During competition if a shooter considers a target is above 50 metres or less than 9 metres, the shooter may decide between shooting the target and presenting a protest to a Marshal.
If the decision is to shoot the target the result will be registered and the shooter loses the possibility of presenting a protest.
If the decision is to protest that information will be registered in the score card and at the end of the competition the target in question will be measured by a Marshall to check the distance. If the target is inside the official measures (between 9-50 metres) a miss "0" will be register in the shooter's score card. If the target is outside the legal measures the target will be removed from competition and an "X" registers to everyone.
Reduced diameter hit zones
The total number of targets with reduced diameter hit zones may not exceed 25% (12 targets) of the total targets on a 50 target course.
The basic/free shooting position is sitting, but some lanes may be designated as ‘standing’ or ‘kneeling’.
The total number of targets designated as standing or kneeling may not exceed 20% of the total number of targets on that particular course, e.g. 10 targets (5 lanes) on a 50 target course.
2.8.3 These positional targets should be divided as equally as possible, e.g. 3 standing and 2 kneeling lanes or vice versa.
The maximum distance that positional targets may be placed at is 40 metres.
Targets (Max distance) 15mm 25mm 40mm
Positional targets Not allowed 20 metres 40 metres
A clear sign at the firing line shall indicate kneeling or standing lanes (recommend between lane poles).
Practice/sighting in range
A safe practise area shall be provided for the shooters at least one day before the event.
The practise area should be in close proximity to the competition range.
Multiple paper targets should be placed at the different competition distances between 9 and 50 metres.
The range should be large enough to accommodate all shooters.
Compressed air should be available for shooters and a Marshal shall be present whenever this range is open for practise.
All the range safety rules will apply.
On each competition day a short practise period may be applied.
Each shooter should have the opportunity to practice for a minimum of 15 minutes on each competition day.
The shooting line/position is indicated by a clear line on the ground or two posts between which shooters must shoot from.
The gates must be posts and cannot be trees or other objects.
The minimum distance between lane poles is 1 metre.
The minimum distance between two (2) Shooting lanes is three (3) metres.
When shooting, the barrel of a rifle must be in front of this line, but the trigger must remain behind it.
The signs' colour must be easily associated with the targets by having similar colour between the target faceplate and the sign.
Standard signage for positional targets
Kneeling & Standing
As is the case in all shooting sports, safety on the range is of the utmost importance.
All shooters, affiliated or otherwise, should exhibit an understanding of range safety, and practice it at all times.
No rifle may be pointed in the direction of people or animals.
Unless in the act of shooting all rifles must be unloaded. Rifles must face down range when loaded.
When a ceasefire is signalled (one whistle/horn) a loaded rifle must be discharged safely downrange into the ground.
When carrying a rifle it should be pointed down, unless in a closed case or bag. If carried in an open rifle carrier, the cocking lever/bolt shall at all times be in the open position.
Non-participants are not allowed on the shooting line.
No children or pets are allowed on ranges during a competition, unless accompanied by and under control of a responsible adult.
No alcohol or drugs may be consumed before or during a day’s competition until the last shot had been fired. This excludes prescribed medicatio
Rules access, A copy of these Rules shall be kept on the range during matches, and accessible to all present.
A full course of fire consists of 50 targets per day over 2 days.
A full course of fire must be completed for a score to be deemed valid excepting for circumstances listed below under paragraph 5.11 ('Leaving the firing line').
At least 1 practise day before commencement of the Worlds competition must be provided.
Rifle power validation (Chronograph)
During practice, before starting the competition:
It is mandatory that there is a power validation test to be done before commencement of the competition.
During the practice day, the velocity test/configuration can be made in any number of trials without penalties/warning/etc….
All rifles may be chronographed daily.
At first test rifles that exceed the 12 ft. lbs or 16.3 joules limit, may be adjusted for a re-test before the match starts.
A Marshal shall personally load each pellet, ensuring that it is not deformed or damaged.
Tests on subsequent days may be done at any point along the course as determined by the Chief Marshal.
If a shooter fails a test, then the test must be repeated. A maximum of 3 readable shots may be made.
Any failure at these subsequent tests will lead to disqualification from that day’s result.
Each time a unique sticker shall be attached to every rifle that has passed the test and the chronograph speed recorded is noted on a master sheet.
The velocity test result is recorded in the score card by the Deputy Marshal in charge and a signature/control sticker/stamp included.
Start / Course Re-Open procedure
A match starts/course re-opens with the sounding of two whistles/horns by the Deputy Marshals.
Any timers that had been stopped for each target left to be shooting the shooter will have one minute for preparation plus one minute per target on a lane.
A course (or section thereof) is closed when a single whistle/horn is sounded.
All timers are immediately stopped and any loaded rifles are fired into the ground in front of the shooters and across the firing line.
A visual sign should be made by each squad by raising their hand. By raising their hand, the squad is giving a clear sign of permission to the Marshall to go ahead and enter in the competition area.
No shooter may move towards a target (unless requested by a Deputy Marshall to do so), range-find a target, or do any other preparation until the range is re-opened.
Shooters are allowed 3 minutes in each lane. 1 minute for preparation plus 2 minutes for 2 targets. In many cases, one or more targets will be "down" when the next shooter enters the lane. Its the shooter's resonisiblity to reset them one the scorer gives the ok.
Timing starts when the shooter sits down/kneels or brings the scope to his/her eye for ranging in the standing position.
Looking through the scope, Range finding, loading of rifle, checking of the wind are all part of the timing process.
The shooter may change the configurations of the hamster and butt hook while waiting for his turn.
Shooters should NOT reset a target they have fired on!
Targets are addressed in number sequence.
If an incorrect target is shot at, the shooter scores a ‘0’ and continues with the following target on their score card.
Example: if a shooter on lane 1, shoots target 2 first and drops the target- the wrong one. The shooter will have a “0” on target 1 and will have to reset target 2 and shoot it again.
No extra support can be used during the range finding period (includes tree poles, lane poles, tripod, etc…)
Scoring & score cards
A score is indicated on the score card by an X for a knock down or a 0 if the target remains standing.
Only shooters grouped together on a lane or a Deputy Marshal may handle score cards.
Any changes to a score card shall be counter signed by a Deputy Marshal.
As soon as a match is completed, all score cards, duly completed and signed by all of the squad the shooter and scorer, must immediately be returned to the registration officials.
Score card correction
Any corrections made in a score card needs to be confirmed / validated by a Marshall.
Any corrections made in a score card without the validation by a Marshall may lead the target being scored as a miss "0".
Any disputed target must be challenged immediately after a shot is fired.
Under no circumstances should the shooter touch the reset cord until the dispute has been resolved.
Targets should be checked by the Deputy Marshal whose decision is final.
Marshal procedures to validate a target dispute.
The first thing to do is a visual check-up.
Make sure the shooter hasn’t touched the reset string.
Check that the reset string isn’t stuck or in tension preventing the target to fall.
Check that the target inclination is appropriate.
Check that there isn’t anything in the surroundings of the target that prevents the target to work correctly (bush, tree, branch etc.).
If the dispute is at the beginning of a session, validate splits;
After passing all of the visual checks, the target will be tested using the Official WFTF checking device (6fpe max) test gun by a marshal trained and certified in its use.
If no issue is identified, the shooter will have a zero (miss).
If a target is found to be faulty, the target should be repaired or replaced immediately by a target with similar kill-zone size and will be re-shot by only the shooter who had challenged the shot.
If a target is found to be faulty and there’s no replacement target, all shooters will be awarded with that point regardless of whether they have already shot the target or not, and it must remain removed for the remainder of the competition.
Number of replacement targets an organization must have as a backup (in each 50 target course):
15mm 25mm 40mm
1 1 1
Leaving the line of fire
Shooters may only leave the firing line under the following circumstances:
Voluntary abandonment of the shoot, in which case the score up to that point will be accepted as a valid result;
To repair equipment that has been rendered unsafe or is incapable of firing a shot by whatever means. This excludes zero-shift of optical equipment or poorly zeroed systems. The shooter may replace the offending part or equipment with the permission of the Deputy Marshal. No visit to the sighting-in range by the shooter or any person on his/her behalf is allowed;
For any other occurrence deemed valid by the Deputy Marshal.
In all the above cases the shooter’s score card must be handed to the Deputy Marshal and the latter’s permission obtained to leave the firing line, with a stipulated time of 5 minutes for return. The time of departure and intended return will be recorded on the score card and any card not claimed within the designated return time will be submitted as final score for that match.
The final results of the championship will be determined by the sum of the total hits obtained by each shooter on each competition day, minus the awarded penalty points.
The warnings will be used to order the classifications.
1st Shooter a 120 0
2nd Shooter b 120 1
3rd Shooter a 120 2
The top 10 places in each class (Overall) cannot have tied scores.
In the event of tied scores for award winning positions, final placements shall be decided by a shoot-off.
For each tied score (per category) similar lanes containing 2 target within positional shooting parameters (standing/kneeling) is prepared for each shooter, and shooters with tied scores will shoot off simultaneously as follows:
1 round by each tied shooter from the sitting/free position;
If undecided, 1 round by each remaining shooter from the kneeling position;
If still undecided, 1 round by each shooter from the standing position;
If still undecided, shooters continue shooting rounds from the standing position until all awards placements have been determined.
The time defined for each round in a tied score is 3 minutes (1 minute preparation plus 1 minute per target).
The result, for each shooter in each round is obtained summing the total of hits 'X' in 2 targets.
Late arrivals - shooters
It is the responsibility of the shooter to arrive on time to the competition and according to the organization schedule.
Any shooter that does not follow these requirements (including arriving on time to the shooting lane before the competition starts) may not be able to shoot on each day.
The Chief Marshal may allow the shooter to enter in competition in very special justified cases and as long it doesn't delay the competition.
Unsafe practice / cheating
Unacceptable firing line conduct will not be tolerated. Coaching or barracking of a shooter in competition is prohibited. Rifles will NOT be shared on the firing line.
The penalty for an unsafe practice or any form of cheating is disqualification, with the organisers reserving the right to take further action.
Procedures to protest
Any protest must be made to the chief Marshal until the end of each competition day (max. 30 minutes after the end of the competition).
Any protest not made in the same day of the competition will not be considered.
The protest will be analysed /decided and the answer will be given on the same day.
The Chief Marshal's decision will be final.
Shooters are not allowed to smoke on the course or sight-in range.
Types of measures
The available disciplinary measures in WFTF are:
A verbal warning is a polite voice instruction with the objective of informing or alerting a shooter about something, making sure the shooter is adhering to the match rules. The warning should be instructive, clear and help everyone to understand what is wrong or not. A verbal warning can be made by a Marshall or Squad team shooters.
A warning penalty during a competition is more serious since it will be register on the shooter’s score card.
The point penalties represent an action of attributing negative points to a shooter.
The negative points will be used to reduce the shooter’s final score.
A decision of attributing a Penalty directly without passing the Warning phase is a decision of the match director and the marshal team.
Only a decision from the team and MD is able to attribute negative points and for the cases not defined they can be one (1) or two (2) points.
The disqualification is the highest penalty level in the match and represents the act of stopping a shooter from continuing in the competition immediately.
Only the MD entitled to disqualify a shooter except if the reason is related with any matter under the defined rules “7.4.3.-Disqualification”. In this case the Chief Marshall may disqualify a shooter immediately.
During the days of competition a list of all warnings will be collected every day.
This section defines the known cases and the penalties associated. All cases not described in this section will be decided on the moment by the Chief Marshall or Pre-Selected Multi-Nationality Marshall team.
Not adhering to a Marshal instruction
Not timing a shooter (entire squad will have 1 warning)
Entering in the shooting area while competition is stopped
When shooting the muzzle must be in front of the line and the trigger must remain behind it
Not having permission to leave the competition area during a shoot (toilets near the course are considered part of the competition area)
Point Penalty ( -1 or -2 points )
Firing a shot into the ground without requesting permission of the shooting partner (Target miss)
Rifle Accessory not allowed
Range finding with artificial or natural support
Seat height violates limit
For every shooter that doesn’t follow the safety procedures potentially putting other people at risk will be disqualified from the competition
Cheating, Inappropriate behaviour, delaying squad by not being on time
Pellet velocity above limit (disqualification on that day’s result)
Not Chronographing the air rifle when requested
A support that is affixed to the underside of the rifle stock and rests on the shooter’s hand or knee, depending on the shooting position. The bottom surface of hamster can be in any shape or form.
Pre-charged pneumatic air rifle.
Single rifle sling
A sling used to carry the rifle or as a means of steadying the aim. Such a sling shall be attached to the rifle at a minimum of one and maximum of two points when a shot is taken. The sling may be unclipped from the rifle when not in use.
Air rifle in which power is generated by a large spring/gas ram and piston.
A shooting position where there shall be only 3 points of contact with the ground (2 feet and 1 knee).
The wrist cannot be in any way restricted of free movement.
No part of the rifle/hamster shall be in contact with the leading forearm (behind the wrist) or appear to be in contact with the leading forearm.
d. One rifle sling and/or butt hook may be used to steady the aim.
A shooting position where the shot is taken in a standing position without the aid of any support;
There shall be only 2 points of contact (2 feet with the ground);
The lead hand needs to support the rifle using the rifle fore-end or hamster;
A single rifle sling and/or butt hook may be used to steady the aim.
The shooter may use any shooting position that is safe and comfortable to the shooter. No other means of support, other than the shooter, shall be used for the rifle or body. The rifle cannot contact the ground. No body straps are allowed.
(which may be used in the “Free” position) The Shooter lays face down. The shooter’s forearm, from elbow to fingertips must be clear of any artificial or natural support. However, a sling as described in rule may be in contact with the shooter’s forearm in order to help steady their arm.
(Methods of wind indication) – Must be Non electronic and only attached to rifle. Any other form of shooter initiated wind assessment is NOT permitted. (Includes, but not restricted to powders, grass, smoke, dust etc…)
Definition of a 'Shot'
A shot is deemed to have been fired if air is discharged from a rifle. A shooter may however fire a shot into the ground after declaring this to his/her lane partners.
The act of providing information about wind, target distances.
|This message has been edited by lhd on Feb 1, 2017 12:29 AM|
Question? Is this to be counted as an AAFTA GP? If so, how will bipods and tall
|February 1 2017, 1:27 PM |
Stools and buckets work since they are illegal in WFTF?
My understanding is that this match
|February 1 2017, 2:27 PM |
will not be counted as an AAFTA GP. It offers only one class. Temecula is usually windy and the 12 FPE max power limit will make it very challenging for all the attendees. Looking forward to learning a thing or two...
A board member emailed me stating it was not a GP match. Does sound like windy fun
|February 1 2017, 4:48 PM |
|February 2 2017, 7:42 PM |
There are too many difference between the WFTF rules and AAFTA rules. Besides requiring the offering of all normal AAFTA classes, and strictly following AAFTA rules and guidlines, it also needs to conform to a specific "Troyer Rating" schedule etc.
This match not only uses euro-spec guns and power level, as well as Euro-spec clothing rules, but also uses Euro spec target color combo's and settings, WFTF-compliant target and lane markings, KZ sizes, and distance requirements that make it a different scenario than most, if not all AAFTA GP events.
Since its a one class only event as well, it differs there too.
And, though it closely matches most Euro type events (except two day instead of three-day), the typical windy conditions at the Temecula venue are seemingly worse than most World matches I've researched, being mostly out in the open rather than in more woooded terrain.
Finally, a lot might be made about the inclusion of the bipod and stool allowance (to be used together) in the equipent specs, but its a well-considered inclusion, as it will allow some folks otherwise unable to compete to do so, and equally importantly it should show more people that the bucket and sticks position is NOT "like bechrest", and in fact isn't quite so stable as shooting off the knee from a bumbag. Remeber rifle, scope specs, and clothing requirements are the same for all.
I predict the top guys will still be the more experienced off the knee shooters, but I'm hoping some of them will at least experiment with the stool/bipod setup as well for learning experience.
|This message has been edited by lhd on Feb 4, 2017 1:01 AM|
I just reviewed BAFTA rules in comparison to WFTF rules
|February 4 2017, 2:42 PM |
And, though very very similar, there ARE a number of differences that I can see might create problems if a Brit shooter entered a Euro match without understanding those differences.
That said, the same Brit shooter coming to an AAFTA match and entering in WFTF CLASS might be a bit out of his element unless he had time to study the differences. And finally, Americans used to WFTF CLASS rules will experience a totally differant game in many respects at a true Euro rules event.
To remind, the upcoming Temecula Challenge coming this May will follow 2016 European WFTF rules.
It is my hope that some shooters with WFTF experience will be able to attend, plus any and all AAFTA WFTF CLASS regulars in order to help some of us with near zero actual experience. Of course we will all experience and hopefully enjoy our challenging venue, good eats and comraderie.
|This message has been edited by lhd on Feb 4, 2017 2:58 PM|
Take me off the list. I can't get a dog sitter for an entire weekend..
|February 4 2017, 10:02 PM |
Rascal says to
|February 4 2017, 11:17 PM |
Crate him while you shoot the match
and keep him on a leash the rest of the time ...
I asked for it right?
|February 5 2017, 12:14 AM |
I am sorry James. I have no reason to disrespect you.
|February 5 2017, 1:18 AM |
You have always been there for me. Thing is 4.5 years ago I showed up with my pup Rascal and was so glad to see Tim M there with his dog Cali. I felt right at home and welcomed. Tim has since got married and has a dog sitter so I felt like the rules were directed at me. I no longer feel welcome. I understand completley. Not everyone likes dogs. This is why I dropped out of the shoot. I wanna enjoy myself and I have no right to make other people miserable and felt its best to open up my spot to another shooter as soon as possible.
|February 5 2017, 2:57 AM |
You imply I wrote that with you in mind, but its really a WFTF rule. If I'm not mistaken, there IS a similar rule even for AAFTA matches.
While I didn't have your dog in mind, I DO know that in the past, there have been instances at local match where some doga HAVE run out onto the range due to lack of control by the owner (i never blame dog). I love dogs, and have owned many (you know I own one now).
The rule, in my interpretation, means dogs needs to be kept away from the competitors while they are shooting. They cannot run free at the shooting lines.
If this is a "deal-breaker" for you, I understand, and hope you do as well. I hope you understand that while some folks might be distracted by a dof in close proximity, the real worry for me is a dog being shot accidentally which would be miserable for us all.
OK I thought I was singled out. I will show up with my dog
|February 5 2017, 4:46 AM |
and do our best as I always do.
No disrespect implied or taken ...
|February 5 2017, 11:35 AM |
I love dog's also ...
but they have absolutely NO place 'loose' at a Field Target match ...
or any other shooting match for that matter.
Even CALI has her moments of crossing the firing line when she shouldn't .... and Tim should know better.
A dog needs to be kept on a leash whilst on another persons property, for other peoples safety
(some people are just not comfortable around dog's)
but more importantly for the dog's safety.
It's not a jab at you or your dog .. it's just common sense.
See you at the match .. and one of those trophies / Field Targets might just have your name on it !
its ok if you bring him to HR
|February 11 2017, 11:44 AM |
we hardly ever shoot dogs there. Only when they run around out on the course. He is good for chasing away cows anyway. That is until he gets close to them and realizes how big they are.