During the Match Chain of Command: The Chief Range Officer (CRO) will give the firing line commands and spends most of the time in the booth or on a stand near the center of the range. If more than 25 targets will be used, the CRO should have an Assistant Range Officer for each target block. The Assistant Range Officers signal the CRO when their block of competitors is ready to fire, or has ceased firing and guns have been made safe. Announce Match Conditions: Before each relay, the officer giving commands over the PA system should announce the match, relay number, and the match conditions. This announcement puts the shooters on notice as to the equipment allowed, course of fire, and other pertinent information. Match and Relay Information: Many tournaments provide consistent match and relay information where it can be easily seen by everyone. Prepare panels or bulletin boards and place these in a prominent spot, such as on the side of the CROâ€™s stand. Panels show: 1) Match Number being fired; 2) Relay Number now firing.
Place match information in an easy to see location
Start Matches on Time: If the program states that firing will commence at 8:00 AM, that is the time to start, no exceptions. Call the first relay to the firing line in time to get the first shot away right on the button. Competitors will respect you for it, and later matches will run smoother due to everyone knowing they have a schedule to stick to. Do not worry about competitors who are late for the first event. They have been told when to be there, so if they are late, do not inconvenience the other shooters because some are out of step. Latecomers should not be allowed to set up on the line after the preparation period has started. Changing Targets: This job is usually done by the competitors in smallbore and pistol tournaments. This keeps the expense down and permits competitors to mount their own target to suit themselves. Tournament personnel must see that a supply of pistol targets (already mounted on cardboard backers) and centers are provided. These should be kept near the target line to eliminate the need for shooters to carry them from the firing line. Fresh Targets: In pistol and high power rifle events, see that fresh, clean targets and centers are supplied as frequently as necessary. Several strings can be fired at targets in high power rifle; but, once the scoring lines begin to be disfigured by pasters, it is time to put on a new center. After about 5 centers have been used, tear off and start over with a completely new target. In pistol matches, more frequent target changes are needed. Almost all scoring is after 10 shots. This costs very little, gives the competitor a nice clean aiming and scoring surface, and saves time. Use tagboard targets and centers as bullet holes are sharp and clean. In smallbore competition, targets should be marked by stage, match, relay, and firing point information for identification after scoring. These targets should be supplied to the shooter prior to going to the firing line. Target pick-up after firing is a Statistical Office responsibility.
Tournament Operations Guide