FT Winter League Rules

The CSFTA Winter League is run to the BFTA Main Shoot Rules (MSR) which can be found on the BFTA Website at https://www.thebfta.net/news/competition-rules/

Further rules that cover how shoots run were added at the 2017 CSFTA AGM with unanimous agreement.

These are as follows : 

Both HFT & FT Winter Leagues are open to the host's club members and any shooter with a BFTA card. Guests without cards maybe allowed to shoot with prior written permission of the host club and notification of the Competition Secretary.

CSFTA Shooters who have not competed before in the league are not charged for their first shoot

The event is a CSFTA event, however the responsibilities for each individual event lays with the club hosting the event. The host club should nominate a Chief Marshal and appoint course marshals.

All rounds should start shooting at 10am except North Oxon which starts at 10:30 to allow visitors from the Isle of Wight enough time to arrive.

Rounds should be 40 targets.

Non-regional shooters will have their scores removed from the scores supplied to for grading. Their scores however will affect scores for individual and teams.

Team scores count for all rounds.

When the league dates are agreed then the amount of rounds an individiual may drop will be agreed at the same time. If there is a change after this but ahead of the league starting then the clubs will agree a new figure of the amount of rounds that can be dropped. A guide is that more than 6 rounds will allow 2 rounds to be dropped, less than 7 will allow just one. Where rounds are cancelled the amount of dropped rounds may not change and where rescheduling can be difficult the round can be considered cancelled without a replacement.

Toilets should be made available, and presented in a clean and tidy state.

Clubs are encouraged to provide refreshments, which may be charged for.

The club should provide a list of entries from each round to the region’s treasurer. This can be done in electronic form.

Teams should not be changed after the start of the first competition. However, if a team member is absent for more than one round that club can elect to permanently move a team member from another one of their teams, or elect to nominate a new shooter from their club for that team at the next round so long as this is presented in writing to the competition secretary and whoever is producing the scores. A shooter can only be moved once, and no team can change more than two shooters in the season.

Teams are of 4 shooters from the same club where the shooter holds their BFTA card. 

Team shooters who's scores qualify shall operate under the following scoring system.

Top/equal top score 1 additional point

C Grade 3 additional points
B Grade 2 additional points
A Grade 1 additional point
AA Grade no additional points

With more than 40 shooters in attendance the shotgun start should still continue as normal but with the following format for the additional shooters: 

Where there are more than 40 shooters, but less than 47, pairs should be placed at lane 1 to follow on. 
Where there are more than 46 shooters, but less than 51, pairs should be made into 3’s and spaced along the line on every odd numbered lane.
Where there are more than 50 shooters but less than 60, pairs should be made into 3’s and spaced along the line as evenly as possible.
Where there are more than 60 shooters, additional 3’s should be placed at lane 1.

The regional chronograph should be present on the plinking range, and then moved to the course before the shoot commences.
The plinking range should have measured and marked targets at least at 55 and 25 yards, and with those being the most popular ranges, the line and amount targets should be enough to cater for the numbers of shooters present without excessive queuing.

Targets should not be positioned where the low winter sun may be directly behind them wherever possible.

Care needs to be taken to ensure all targets under 20 yards are perpendicular to the firing line as per the BFTA rules. 

The firing line should be at waist height between lanes and at floor level inside them. Targets should be numbered clearly at the gate and target.

Where targets are found to be in breach of BFTA competition rules but not deemed unsafe they shall be included in the scores.

Shoot-offs are timed, and conducted on a lane of the chief marshal’s choice. The best of 2 shots kneeling and standing (best of 4 shots in total) should be the first round, if afterthat then there is still a tie the marshal will choose one of the  targets to be shot standing in a sudden death shoot off (time allowed = 1 minute). This process is repeated until a winner is identified.