NSCA National Delegates received six proposed new rules for consideration in June, and their tabulated ballots have resulted in the adoption of all six Rule Book changes. All of the rules will appear in the 2013 edition of the NSCA Rule Book.
One new provision, establishing rules for Super Sporting, was adopted and went into effect July 1. The other five new rules will take effect January 1, 2013. You can see the full Rules Change Ballot for details on each rule, but a synopsis follows:
Super Sporting Rules
Until now, there had been no official rules for Super Sporting. The new rule provides that Super Sporting will use the current Sporting Clays rules, with the addition of requiring a minimum of three traps on each station and the viewing of only single targets. This rule is now in effect for the remainder of 2012 and will appear in the next edition of the NSCA Rule Book.
Moving up in Class
Punches for moving up in class have not been changed since 2004, so the new rule changes will slow down the movement to Master Class. Beginning in 2013, punches needed to move from AA to Master class increases from 16 to 20. Starting at D class, the number of punches needed to move up has increased for each class.
This change removes the 2010 rule providing that a shooter who has moved up in class based on punches will not be reviewed for the year he/she moved up and the following year. This has greatly reduced the number of people going through end of year review and was deemed unnecessarily stringent to not allow a review for two years.
Determining Class for New Shooters
The new rule provides that new shooters will be placed in E Class rather than D Class. This will prevent the necessity of down-classing shooters from D to E and remove the stigma of E Class as “penalty class.” Shooters may self-declare out of E Class.
Determining Class for Shooters from Other Organizations
When shooters from other organizations (NSSA, ATA, NRA, etc.) are classified for NSCA, they are placed one class lower than the comparable class in the other organization. The new rule provides that after registering 300 NSCA targets, the shooter may request a class review for down-classing. This is to avoid discouraging shooters who may feel the NSCA class is unrealistic for them.
Counting Previous Year’s 4th Quarter Targets for Minimums
Some state and regional championships are so early in the year that shooters haven’t yet had time to shoot target minimums. This would help shooters reach their target totals without being penalized.
Would you like to know how — or if — your delegate voted? You can see how every delegate voted on every rule change. See the Voting Record for Rules Change Ballot.