The first thing to do is commit to putting on a Regional match, start the ball rolling and call us for any stumbling blocks you encounter. This guideline is just that,a guideline. There will be things that you might need that we haven’t covered, so contact us and we’ll help you through it.
The next thing one must do in preparing to put on a regional is to familiarize themselves with the actual six events and their requirements. If you have a near by shotgun range, Skeet & Trap, or Sporting Clays, it might be a good idea to try and work out an arrangement for them to help you in setting up the shotgun events, as they would have the necessary equipment and the expertise. Someone from the STCA will gladly assist in the logistics and requirements with the range manager if so needed. Due to the unique presentation of the shotgun stages, a special ‘computer’ is available from the STCA, that will facilitate the actual target throwing sequence needed. The ‘computer’ is almost mandatory for the flush and flurry. While the mixed bag can be thrown manually, our computer also assists in this event as well. The actual operation is not complicated, however it may be best to have one of us from STCA to help “talk” you through the first time. On the shotgun events we set up the Flush, then perhaps simply add an additional trap to throw the Mixed Bag. Thus we are able to basically shoot two events with nothing but adding one trap. We then move five of those traps downrange and set up the Flurry and conclude our shotgun stages with minimum effort, as we have limited traps and space. If that is not the situation, if your facility has plenty of traps, the only logistics problem will be that of the computer. As the STCA currently only has one for lend, it is important that you make adequate reservations prior to your event (Contact us for information on the purchase of a computer.). Now you need to be sure that the you or the shotgun range has adequate clay birds on hand. This may seem trivial, but there is nothing worse than discovering at the last minute, that you do not have enough to complete the match. On setting up the cages for the shotgun event, be certain that you check out the swing path of the respective shooter’s gun barrels in relation to the flight path of the birds. You must determine that there is adequate separation in the cages so that there is no possibility of overlapping of sight pictures by two ‘side-by-side’ shooters swinging on birds flying in opposite directions. In other words, the shooter in the left cage chasing a left to right bird and the center cage shooter chasing a right to left. If the cages were set too close, a very dangerous situation could develop where their barrels actually overlap and they were indirect line of fire of one another! On the shotgun events, there are general recommendations and approximate distances listed to help guide you. What we are looking for here is continuity in set up, so that the general concept of the match integrity is maintained. If you stay in the general guidelines suggested, then the presentation of your regional will coincide with the experience of the nationals and this will be for the betterment of the sport. The STCA hopes that in so doing, we will help ensure the furtherance of this sport and the enjoyment by all concerned.
For the three steel events you will need a proper range with necessary berms and safety requirements. The STCA has a complete set of traveling steel targets, on a tandem axle, hitch pull trailer with surge brakes. These targets are available for ‘lease’ on a first come basis so reservations are certainly recommended. (Note: transportation of the targets is your responsibility.) The complete ‘lease’ requirements for the targets and the previously mentioned ‘computer’ are contained within this same site. The range, to adequately handle all three events, would need to be approximately 125 yards deep and 125 yards in width, if you plan to present all stages side by side . If range space is not a problem and the steel events can be set up in individual shooting bays, the Pistol Event will require a bay 50 yards deep and 50 yards wide, while the Rifle and Combo Events will require shooting bays 125 yards deep and at least 30 yards in width for each event. Preferably, the Pistol Event will not be located next to the Rifle or Combo events because of lead splatter from the plates. Ideally you should plan to shoot towards the north or south when shooting all events, shotgun and rifle – pistol, if at all possible. What we do on the steel at our regionals, is to divide the teams up evenly and, ideally by class, as best can be. We then put the three groups on each event and run them simultaneously for safety reasons. You can certainly adjust this as best for your particular conditions. You will want to get some paint to freshen up the steel targets between teams. We recommend just two colors, blue and white for the regionals. They have good contrast and the two colors keep it simple and cost effective.
All of the stage requirements (STC Rules) are specifically listed on the web site, so they should take you through the procedures just fine. It is best if you try to have a knowledgeable range officer, along with an assistant, to supervise each team as they fire. Setting up the steel events is pretty straightforward. After your initial preparation as discussed above, it is now time to actually run the match. If you hold a 2 day event, it might be best to shoot the shotgun on Saturday and the steel on Sunday. The reason being that the steel normally progresses much faster, thus allowing you to get your ‘out of town’ competitors on the road sooner. It has been a very attractive inducement for several of the clubs to present “1200” score matches rather than the standard “600”. This is merely where the competitors fire each course or competition twice, thus doubling the score and doubling the practice. Score sheets are available for downloading from the web site and scoring is relatively straightforward.
Ok, so lets recap; first we determine that we have the facility or facilities needed (often times clubs shoot the shotgun at one range and the steel at another if one range cannot accommodate both). Now the preliminary incidental planning and preparation. You have reserved the necessary ranges to shoot the event. You have the necessary personnel to RO, down range crew and score the match (don’t forget that, at regionals, competitors willingly volunteer to assist in many capacities). You will need clip boards and countdown stop watches for your RO’s. The RO’s should be completely familiar with their events, the scoring and the safety requirements. So, we’ve lined up our ranges, our dates have been authorized through STCA and posted on the web site, our personnel, our shotgun logistics and our steel targets. We’ve downloaded all the events and score sheets. We have our timers, our paint, and necessary clay birds. What else? Well now would be a good time to get your community involved. Go to your area sporting goods dealers and ask them to post your flyers announcing the match. Explain how much fun it is and that everyone can compete. It is good for them, as it requires all three disciplines, rifle, pistol, and shotgun. See if they might like to get involved, come out and participate, or at least ‘spectate’. Often, they will donate small gifts like ammo, caps or whatever. The STCA has a program where if you have at least five individual teams (two or three man) with no mix matching of teams to arrive at that, the STCA will donate three free $100.00 National entry certificates for you to award as you deem fit. In addition to this, the STCA will award you $250.00 in cash for a minimum of five teams and $500.00 in cash if you have ten or more. Specific requirements for these programs, along with requirements for “leasing” the traveling targets are available in this same section of the web site.
Regionals are intended to #1. Introduce prospective competitors to the sport of Sportsman Team Challenge, #2. Practice for the Nationals, and #3. Assist in classifying teams. By shooting a “1200” score match, all of these values are doubled, so you might want to give serious consideration. The procedures for running the teams through each stage of fire are detailed in the complete set of rules, by following them you should progress through you tournament quite well. We hope that these guidelines will assist you in your endeavor. We realize they may not answer every question, but please remember we are here to help. Just contact us.
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