British Shooting National Series 2018
- Age Groups: Ages as of 31st Dec 2018
- YOUTH Women (2003 – 2006) 15 & Under – Minimum 11yrs as of 31st Dec 2018
- YOUTH Men (2003 – 2006) 15 & Under – Minimum 11yrs as of 31st Dec 2018
- JUNIOR Women (1998 – 2002) 16 – 20yrs
- JUNIOR Men (1998 – 2002) 16 – 20yrs
- SENIOR Women (1997 > ) 21yrs +
- SENIOR Men (1997 > ) 21yrs +
- TEAM* – Mixed gender, Same gender (Team of 3)
- PAIRS* – Mixed gender, Same gender (Team of 2)
- 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: 49.5 mm knockdown targets, shot at a distance of 10m will be predominantly used throughout the National Series qualifying events, including the National Final.
- For events where this combination of target size and distance is not possible, range adjustments will be made by the organiser to best meet the ideal. Events under these conditions will be clearly marked.
- Events shot on 35mm knockdown targets will be clearly marked, and will qualify athletes for the National Final all shot on 49.5mm knockdown targets.
- All National Final races will use 49.5mm knockdown targets shot at from a 10m distance.
- 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 MPR. An athlete may use their own air rifle as long as it is an Air Arms make and complies with ISSF Target Sprint Rule 6.3 (6.3. Air Rifles: 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 Rules).
- Pellets: .177 flathead Air Pellets can be supplied by the organiser, or supplied 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 deem 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 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 2018:
To view the 2018 National Series Qualifying events, Visit www.TargetSprint.com/EVENTS
National Final: Sunday 7th October – YOSC (Yate Outdoor Sports Complex)
- Event Participation: Athletes are allowed to compete in an unlimited number of British Shooting National Series Events throughout 2018.
- 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 Final. If one or more athletes finish in the top 5 and have already won a quota place for the National Final 2018 at a previous National Series Event, the Quota Place(s) will roll down to the next eligible athlete(s).
- Team/Pairs Event*: Team/Pairs Events will only happen if advertised at a National Series Event and be delivered under the rules of that specific event. These races won’t qualify for the National Final.
- 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.
- 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 physical 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.
- GB Selection Events: In addition to the National Series, British Shooting are delivering a series of GB Selection Qualification events/races, from which athletes have the opportunity to be selected to compete for Great Britain in 2018 and/or invited to join the GB Squad. These races are run under current ISSF rules and are separate to the National Series.
- British Shooting reserve the right to amend the 2018 National Series Rules only if deemed fair to all competitors and communicated publicly via 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.