The NSSA Board of Directors has adopted three rule changes that will be effective January 1.
Colliding Targets While Shooting Doubles
The change to rule III-E eliminates some language regarding the ruling on Doubles or Proof Doubles. Deletions from the current rule are
2. If a double is thrown but the targets collide,
before the result of the first bird is determined, it shall be declared no bird, and the result of a proof double shall determine the score of both shots.
5. If the shooter is deprived of a normal second shot for any of the following reasons, the result of the first shot shall be scored even if an apparent gun malfunction may have occurred on the second shot, and the second target only shall be declared no bird and a proof double shall be fired to determine the result of the second shot.
g. The first shot is lost and a collision occurs before the result of the second shot is determined.
This rule change stems from inconsistency in how the rule is applied. Additionally, it does not allow a referee to “watch the (first) target to the ground…” Some referees do make a call of, “no bird; nothing established, proof double to determine the results of both targets,” but it is not consistent across referees. The rules regarding breaking both targets with one shot (III-E-5-e), or a piece off the first target properly broken breaking the second target of a double (III-E-5-h). Both these instances will still be, “first target dead; proof double to determine the results of the second target,” would not be affected.
This rule gives the shooter the benefit of the doubt when the targets collide on a pair. The rule change will also help in more consistent calls when this situation does arise.
Reclassification of a Classified Shooter
c. A classified shooter may reclassify upward or downward an unlimited number of times in each individual gauge or doubles during the shooting year. However, downward reclassification is limited to no more than one class below the shooter’s starting class at the beginning of the year. For example, a shooter starting the year in Class A in the 12 gauge can reclassify upward thru to AAA, and downward to B, any number of times.
He/she then shoots 100 straight in the first shoot of the current year. The new average and class are (dropping 95 at the top of the list): 94+97+97+99+100=487/500=.9740 and is still in class A for the next shoot.
d. A classified shooter who wishes to self-declare into a higher class may do so, including into AAA but thereafter may not shoot below the declared class for the remainder of the shooting year. When a shooter so elects, he/ she must present his/her card at a registered shoot and have his/her card marked by management with his/her self-declared class before competing in the event for which he/she is declaring upward and also be entered upon the official entry form as self-declared.
Our current re-classification rules are not easily understood by all our members, are difficult to police, and sometimes result in individuals inadvertently shooting in an incorrect class. Removing the “one time down” restriction will improve compliance with the rules and, possibly, provide a classification system more representative of a shooter’s ability.The Rules Committee felt that there should be a limit on the downward re-classification. A shooter should not be able to reclassify more than one class below their starting class at the beginning of the year in an individual gauge or doubles.
Recognition and Awards
Changes to II-H-1-b. Deletions from current rule are
struck through. The rule is returned to its original intent and includes the Robert Nesbitt Veteran HOA Award.
That for the consideration for Annual High Average Leader
(Open and Concurrent) recognition, only targets shot at registered shoots with ten or more entrants per event will be counted. Monthly targets and targets only are excluded from the calculation, except where a Sub-Junior, Junior or Collegiate shooter chooses not to pay the mandatory purse portion of an entry fee. This rule applies ONLY to the seven (7) Jay Schatz Annual High Average Leader awards for Open 12, 20, 28, 410, Doubles HOA, Lady HOA and the Robert Nesbitt Veteran HOA award. , and any national team, award or recognition based on averages.
The Rules Committee provides some history on this rule and why this change is being made:
It recently came to the Rules Committee’s attention that the rule regarding qualification for High Average Leader is being applied to awards it was not originally intended to. To wit, the Honor Squad. The requirement for there to be at least 10 entries in an event for the score (average) to count was originally intended to apply ONLY to the seven annual High Average Awards (Jay Schatz) that are presented at the Hall of Fame banquet for the high average individual in the five gauges, HOA and Lady HOA. The rule currently states this, but, at the end of it, the Nesbitt award “…and any national team, award or recognition based on averages” are also included.
In June 2006, the Executive Committee voted to send a ballot to the Board of Directors to change II-H-1-b (which was II-I-1-b at that time), adding the requirement for 10 or more entries in an event and to exclude monthly targets and TOs from the high average calculation, but ONLY for the seven Jay Schatz awards. The change was approved by the Board, retroactive to Nov. 1, 2005 (the start of the 2006 shooting year), and it was worded that way in the Rules Book, and every year through 2012.
In 2013, the wording was changed, adding the Nesbitt Award and any national team, award, or recognition based on averages. In 2012, we had a rather lengthy rules ballot as part of the consolidation effort for the Rules Book, but II-H-1 was not part of the revision. Nothing could be found in any Rules or Executive Committee meeting minutes in 2012 or 2013 recommending the addition. When, or how, the wording was changed is unknown.
The current wording of the rule affects not only the Honor Squad and Robert Nesbitt awards but also, unintentionally, Sub-Junior, Junior and Sr. Veteran All-America teams because they use a “hybrid” of points and averages to select those teams. The All-American Selection Committee Chairman was unaware that some individuals were removed from consideration for those teams in past years. Additionally, individuals were not included on the High Average lists in the Records Annual if they didn’t have the standard requirements of registered targets from events with at least 10 entries; the “10-entry” requirement was intended to apply only to the individual with the highest average, not to anyone else.
The new rule offers more shooters the opportunity to be recognized and does not dissuade shooters from participating in smaller events while still maintaining a competitive requirement for the top nationally recognized high average awards.