2018 GB Target Sprint Squad Policy
(May 2018 Update)
Maximum 24x Target Sprint athletes at any one time. Maximum of 6x Junior Women, 6x Junior Men, 6x Senor Men, 6x Senior Women. The squad aims to support the GB Target Sprint team. This is a 6-month rolling squad and will only support current squad athletes. Athletes who are invited to join the Target Sprint GB Squad have access to all the squad support for the full 6-month period, even if they should move up to the Senior age group during their term.
2. Age Categories:
In accordance with ISSF Rule 3.3.6 Juniors are athletes who will be under the age of 21 on December 31st in the year of the competition. Therefore, athletes who become 21 in the year of competition are Seniors.
3. Training weekends:
GB Squad Training weekends are to support our current GB Squad athletes on and off the field of play. Parents/guardians/partners are welcomed to attend the weekend training and supporting sessions, delivered by our Head GB Target Sprint Coach & team and British Shooting support staff. These are mandatory to attend, unless agreed with the Head GB Target Sprint Coach and the British Shooting.
4. GB Target Sprint Squad Online Training Group:
Athletes and Parents of current GB Squad athletes are invited to join this closed group. Additionally, GB Head Coach and Phase Coaches.
Purpose: To support the athlete’s training outside the official GB Squad training weekends, to share information, share Athlete Ambassador opportunities and provide a supportive platform for this community.
As a GB Squad athlete, you may be asked to attend public appearances and other opportunities as an athlete ambassador. Athletes will be fully supported in the preparations of these appearances as “off the field of play” athlete development. Athlete appearance opportunities will be self-funded unless otherwise stated and will always depend on the availability of adequate funds.
An athlete invited to be on the GB Target Sprint Squad has no automatic right to any form of funding from British Shooting. Attendance at training weekends and other representative occasions will always depend on the availability of adequate funds.
7. ISSF Standards:
All GB Target Sprint Squad Selection / Talent ID opportunities will be run to ISSF standards.
- Course: 3x 400m interspersed with 2x 10m Standing only Air Rifle shooting sessions.
- Shooting: All knockdown targets will be 35mm in diameter and in accordance with ISSF Standards. The ruling for the shooting sessions will be in accordance with the current ISSF Target Sprint Rules.
- Equipment: For the National Selection System ISSF Target Sprint Rule 6.3 will be applied.
- Maximum weight – 5.5 kg.
- Trigger pull – unlimited
- Adjustable aperture, non-optical rear sight
- Non-optical front sight with interchangeable inserts
- Pneumatic, CO2 or compressed air
- Repeater or magazine rifles are permitted, but they must be used as single loaders with 500g trigger pull
- Dimensions – must comply with dimensions outlined in the current ISSF Target Sprint Rule.
Event equipment control: Will reflect the above. Additionally, the event organiser can supply rifle equipment, which will be Air Arms MPR.
8. How to become a GB Target Sprint Squad Athlete?
Annually in the Autumn and Spring April there will be open opportunities for athletes over the age of 11yrs on the 31st December that year, to be part of the next 6 month rolling GB Target Sprint Squad.
9. Autumn: GB Target Sprint Squad Selection:
An open Talent ID weekend will be available for any athlete above the age of 11yrs to gain a place on the GB Target Sprint Squad for the next 6 months. Spaces may be limited, and accepted on a first come first served basis.
GB Talent ID Autumn 2018 Yate Outdoor Sports Complex 3rd & 4th Nov 2018
Talent ID Process:
Process: Athletes will be expected to race twice on one day, from which their fastest time will be recorded as their Final Result. Each athletes’ final result will be listed in their respective category (Junior or Senior) on the full weekend’s results. (Saturday and Sunday).
GB Squad Selection: From the Full Weekend Talent ID Results, the top 6 athletes in each Junior Women, Junior Men, Senior Women and Senior Men will be asked to join the GB Target Sprint Squad for the next 6 months.
10. Spring: GB Target Sprint Squad Selection:
Selection for the GB Squad will follow the process of the National Selection Process for international selection, which is open to all.
International Selection Process:
10.1. Attainment of the Minimum Consideration Time (MCT)
10.2. National Selection System
10.3. Other information deemed relevant by the Selection Panel to ensure selected athletes have the best medal winning potential.
- It should be noted that athlete’s resident outside the UK are required to also follow the International Selection Process within the UK, if they wish to be considered for selection.
10.1. Minimum Consideration Time (MCT) 2018
Athletes are required to attain the MCT at one or more of the events part of the National Selection System.
MCT’s are to ensure consistency and standards across athlete selection. MCT’s are based on the ISSF International Event standards of 2017. The MCT’s are deemed to be a suitable benchmark for selection consideration by the Selection Panel.
|2018 Minimum Consideration Times|
|Junior Men (1998 – 2004)||6 mins 30 secs||Senior Men (1997 >)||6 mins|
|Junior Women (1998 – 2004)||7 mins||Senior Women (1997 >)||6 mins 30 secs|
10.2. National Selection System
Each athlete needs to compete in GB Selection races at 1, 2 or all 3 of the following Selection Qualification Events:
#1 GB Selection Qual Yate Outdoor Sports Complex Sunday 18th March 2018 (Postponed to 24th March)
#2 GB Selection Qual Southampton Athletics Track Saturday 7th April 2018
Selection Qualification Events: At these events athletes need to:
- Attain at Minimum Consideration Time AND/OR
- Top 3 (three) placing in their respective age and gender category, in order to qualify for the GB Final Selection weekend.
*If an athlete attains a Top 3 (three) placing in more than one Selection Qualification Event, their first performance placing will be recorded. At subsequent Selection Qualification Events where the same athlete attains another Top 3 placing, the placing qualification place(s) will roll down the scoreboard.
GB Final Selection Weekend: Athletes will be invited who have:
- Attained the MCT at one or more of the Selection Qualification Events in their respective age and gender category.
- And/or gained a Top 3 (three)* placing at one of the Selection Qualification Events
#GB Final Selection Weekend Yate Outdoor Sports Complex 14th /15th April 2018
GB Final Selection Weekend Format: Athletes will be expected to:
Process: Athletes will be invited to attend one of the two days, and expected to race twice on that one day, from which their fastest time will be recorded as their Final Result. Each athletes’ final result will be listed in their respective category (Junior or Senior) on the full weekend’s results. (Saturday and Sunday).
GB Squad Selection Decisions:
GB Squad Selection: From the Full GB Final Selection Weekend results*, the top 6 athletes in each Junior Women, Junior Men, Senior Women and Senior Men will be asked to join the GB Target Sprint Squad for the next 6 months.
*If an athlete who has been invited to the GB Final Selection weekend is unable to attend through grounds deemed appropriate by the Target Sprint Selection Panel, and they are viewed as having international medal potential and are eligible and available for international selection for 2018, measures will be taken to ensure a clear fair and transparent opportunity is available for selection consideration.
11. Selected Athlete Notification
Athletes will be notified if they have been invited to join the GB Target Sprint Squad shortly following the October and April selection opportunities. All results will be published on the Target Sprint website.
12.1 Code of Conduct: Athletes will be required to sign code of conduct in order to accept their place on the GB Target Sprint Squad.
12.2 TS Safety Certificate: Athletes are required to have a current Target Sprint Safety Certificate. (For further information please visit www.TargetSprint.com )
13. Athlete/Parent Communications:
Athletes and their supporters should only publicise their selection or non-selection to the GB Target Sprint Squad following the announcement by British Shooting.
British Shooting reserves the right to make changes and amendments to these guidelines, as long as it is it considered to be fair to all. Any changes or amendments will be published on the Target Sprint website and highlighted on the Target Sprint GB social media channels.