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Awards: An award should be offered to the winner of each match. In addition, a top place award should be offered in each class: High Master (if applicable), Master, Expert, Sharpshooter, and Marksman (or Master, AAA, AA, A and B for Silhouette). The program can provide that additional awards will be given in each class for each additional 5 or 10 competitors entered in a class over a minimum of 10. Using this plan, competitors know that more shooters in a class means more prizes. Tournament sponsors know that they are not saddled with a big bill for prizes unless the competitors will be there in sufficient numbers to justify it. If the entry is expected to be small, classes may be combined for issuing awards, but such anticipated combining of classes should be spelled out in the program. Medals are the time-honored prizes in shooting matches, as in any sport which is Awarding medals is a time-honored tradition predominatley amateur oriented. The new shooter usually prefers medals over other types of awards. A gold colored medal is usually given to the match winner. For class winners, silver is usually offered to first place and bronze medals to other places. However, medals may be too costly. As a substitute, merchandise or other useful prizes such as groceries, ammunition, or shooting equipment may be offered (giving merchandise or money as prizes should be avoided during junior tournaments if shooters have the opportunity to shoot on a college teameligibility may be jeopardized). One problem may occur when a winner already has an item and has no use for two. This problem can be avoided by providing the top shooter has first choice, number two has second choice, etc.

Conventional Pistol competitors pull their own targets

Match Schedule & Conditions: The matches to be fired should be listed and described, e.g., “Match 1: 200 yards, standing, 2 sighting shots, and 20 shots for record in a time limit of 22 minutes on the SR target.” Indicate if the competitors are required to operate targets (High Power Rifle), or set targets (Silhouette). The competitor should know how much ammunition is needed, what he or she is required to do, and what sight dope will be needed. For instance, if a High Power Rifle Silhouette tournament is to be fired on scaled down targets at 500 yards instead of fullsized targets at 500 meters, the competitor should be made aware in advance via the program. In team events, be very sure to indicate in the program which teams can compete, with a statement such as “Team Match open to one or more four-member teams representing any NRA affiliated club, police department, branch of the Regular Service, National Guard, or Reserve component.” Such statements tie in with “NRA Rules will govern,” and the rulebook can be referred to as a guide for eligibility.

Tournament Operations Guide

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NRA Tournament Operations Guide  

Guide on how to efficiently run NRA Sanctioned Tournaments

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