- Age Groups: Ages as of 31st Dec 2019
- YOUTH Women (2004 – 2008) 15 & Under – Minimum 11yrs as of 31st Dec 2019
- YOUTH Men (2004 – 2008) 15 & Under – Minimum 11yrs as of 31st Dec 2019
- JUNIOR Women (1999 – 2003) 16 – 20yrs
- JUNIOR Men (1999 – 2003) 16 – 20yrs
- WOMEN (1998 >) 21+yrs
- MEN (1998 >) 21+yrs
- WOMEN-46 (1973 >) 46yrs + (W46 highlighted only on the event results within the Women’s category)
- MEN-46 (1973 >) 46yrs + (M46 highlighted only on the event results within the Men’s category)
- Race Format: For all individual categories:
400m Run, Shoot (standing only 10m Air Rifle), 400m Run, Shoot, 400m Run FINISH
- Heats/Finals: The format of each qualifying event will depend on time and capacity available. The format for each event will be communicated on the entry form/system. For example:
- Heats and Finals on the day are to be adopted in each category
- Just Heats, and times taken straight from these will make up the final results in each category.
- Targetary & Range Distance: 49.5mm knockdown targets, shot at a distance of 10m will be used throughout the National Series qualifying events, including the National Final.
- Shooting Position: Standing shooting position for all categories. Competition Air Rifles will be left at the firing point at all time during each race. Competitors will be assigned a firing point where they will carry out each shooting session of their race.
- Rifle Equipment: Air Rifle equipment can be supplied by the organiser and will be Air Arms make. An athlete may use their own air rifle as long as it is an Air Arms make and complies with ISSF Target Sprint Rule 6 but they must be used as single loaders with 500g trigger pull. Dimensions – must comply with dimensions outlined in the current ISSF Target Sprint Rules.
- If an athlete is using a supplied Air Arms rifle for competition use, the athlete may use their own pellet housing system, but it must mount to the rifle by the rail system on top of the rifle. This must be agreed with the Event Organiser prior to competition. Any system must be easily assembled to and dismantled from the rifle, leaving no marks, trace, damage or alteration to the air rifle.
- Pellets: Only .177 flathead Air Pellets to be used and can be supplied by the organiser, or by the athlete.
- Target Scoring: A target is deemed to score a “hit” when the athlete fires at, and knocks down the target disc only. If a target malfunction is deemed by the Chief Range Officer, the athlete will be given the option to race again.
- All National Final Races: Athletes must score hits on all five targets before they can continue running.
- Event Series Races: Athletes must fire as many shots as are necessary to hit all five targets. OR after having fired a maximum of 15 aimed shots at each shooting stage, the athlete can continue. The event will clearly be marked if a penalty is enforced or not, for unsuccessful targets hit when the 15 shot maximum is exceeded.
- If no penalty is awarded for targets not knocked down, close supervision from the Chief Range Officer and Range Staff will be enforced, to ensure aimed attempts at hitting the targets are maintained at all times.
- Coaching/Experience: No experience is needed to compete in any of the National Series Events. Limited coaching will be available prior to race start times. Shooting training time will be included for all athletes prior to their race start.
- Target Sprint Safety Certificate: All athletes who compete at a National Series event will be required to have attained a Target Sprint Safety Certificate. If an athlete hasn’t attained this prior to the event, there will be limited time allocated before competition starts. For more information about TS Safety Certificates, please visit www.TargetSprint.com
NB. The Chief Range Officer has the right to ask any athlete to demonstrate their safety and competence shooting at any stage. And has the right to stop an athlete competing or completing the race, if they deem the activity to be unsafe.
- National Series Events 2019:To view the 2019 National Series Qualifying events and information about the National Series Final, Visit www.TargetSprint.com/EVENTS
- Event Participation: Athletes are allowed to compete in an unlimited number of British Shooting National Series Events throughout the 2019 season.
- Who Qualifies? The Top 5 available athletes in all categories advertised at each National Series Qualification Event, will win a Quota Place and therefore qualify for the National Series Final. If one or more athletes finish in the top 5 and have already won a quota place for the National Series Final 2019 at a previous National Series Event, the Quota Place(s) will roll down the final results to the next eligible athlete(s).
- Team/Pairs Event*: Team/Pairs races will only happen if advertised at a National Series Event and will be delivered under the rules of that specific event. These races are NOT National Series Final qualifying events.
- Be prepared:
- Clothing: No special shooting clothing is allowed. Eye blinders are allowed. Normal athletic shorts/t-shirts etc. must be worn. Trainers must be worn, but not spikes unless stated otherwise.
- Physicality: Target Sprint is a physical discipline which combines physical and mental endurance. It is the responsibility of the athlete (or adult responsible for the competitor if the athlete is under the age of 16yrs), to be physically able to participate and complete the full Target Sprint Course safely.
- Warm-Up: The event organiser throughout the National Series will allocate time for athletes to warm up. It is the athlete or responsible adult’s responsibility to ensure suitable physical warm up activities are undertaken before each race to avoid injury.
- Running Course: Commonly, the course will be on grass or an athletics track. This stated per event.
- Super League/GB Ranking Races: In addition to the National Series, British Shooting run a Super League series. These races are run under the current ISSF rules and are separate to the National Series races. Results from these GB Ranking Races (not National Series) will be added to the 12-month rolling Target Sprint Ranking Lists. Performances listed in the Target Sprint Ranking Lists form PART of the GB Team selection criteria used by the Selection Panel.
For more information on GB Team Selection visit www.TargetSprint.com/Rules
- British Shooting reserve the right to amend the 2019 National Series Rules only if deemed fair to all competitors and communicated publicly via www.TargetSpint.co.uk
SECTION 21 of the Firearms Act 1968
Prohibits the possession of a firearm & ammunition (under any circumstances) by any person who has been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of imprisonment (or its equivalent for young persons) of three months or more. This is also applicable where sentence is suspended. The prohibition applies in all circumstances, including handling at an approved shooting range or at a clay pigeon shoot where a certificate is not ordinarily required. It also applies to the possession or use of other categories of firearms & ammunition such as airguns or shotgun cartridges for which a certificate is not needed.
January 2019 Update