TSNZ President’s Report - May 2017
The Indoor season is well under way in the North Island with the Major shoot for North Island Associations, the Rees Scroll and the Jim Hart Trophy (Teams of Ten), hosted by the Hawkes Bay Association and shot in the PGG Wrightson Woolstore in Napier. Eleven Associations took part with fifteen Teams entered, and results are on the TSNZ Website. The weather was not up to Hawkes Bay standards but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of those shooters taking part.
The TSNZ Executive always has a meeting on this weekend and all of the Executive were present and either shooting, helping out in the TSNZ Shop or talking to the members – or a combination of all three. The Executive at the Sunday morning meeting spoke of the positive attitude now coming from TSNZ members, and the willingness shown to discuss ways that may improve shooting in NZ.
While at the Howick Open Camps recently I was told how lucky the shooters in the middle of the North Island are (including myself) to have so many Open Championships to attend. As an example, so far I have shot seven Open Champs, and hope to include many more before the end of the season. It was said it is so much easier to gain your ranking scores for the Inter-Island match if you reside in the middle of the North Island. The reason for this is the number of Clubs in the North Island that hold Open Championships before the cut-off date is fourteen, compared with about three in the South Island.
Although the number of Open Championship weekends is about the same, the distance the South Island shooters have to travel to gain their three ranking scores is considerable. It may be time for the Clubs in Association areas to host a new champs on a Sunday that is in close proximity to an Association Championship to get two shoots in a weekend. For example, this year the shooters at the top of the South Island can get three shoots at Queen’s Birthday weekend with the New Saxton Champs on the Monday. Food for thought for other Associations.
In the past for the Inter Island match, far too often we have had a large number of nominations but too few complete the required number of shoots. Nominations are up slightly on last year, but wouldn’t it be great to see a lot more complete the series and make it an achievement to make an Island Team, and subsequently a New Zealand Team. As Indoor shooters this is your ultimate goal, and it needs to mean something to be able to wear the Silver Fern on your Blazer.
At Conference last year there was some discussion on electronic targets for Indoor, and you will see by the May Executive Minutes that there has been more thought on this. The Executive will put forward a remit to Conference this year to allow electronic targets under the Indoor Rules, taking into account that shooting on the single diagram of an electronic target is different to moving around a card. These Rules will follow closely Rules that NSRA have in place to allow for electronic Targets to be used for all forms of Competition.
The good news is that a decision has been made that Clubs are encouraged to purchase and use electronic targets from now on; we have done this as a number of Clubs are interested in obtaining quotes and purchasing targets for their Club. However, until the new Rules are in place after Conference, they will be able to be used for Club use only, which means not for NDC, NIC, or Champs providing Inter-Island ranking scores. Despite this, using electronic targets will be an exciting new phase in the development of Indoor shooting, and should make it relevant to today’s environment of improved technology.
As I said at the start of this report I will be attending many more Championships and welcome a chance to discuss any concerns or suggestions for the improvement of our great sport. I will be at the Canterbury and Coronation Championships on the 17th & 18th June and look forward to catching up with some of you there.
TSNZ President's Report - March 2017
As we are nearing the end of the Outdoor Season and starting the Indoor I thought that I would put a few thoughts together on how I see that the Outdoor Season has gone.
At the AGM last year there was a major change in Outdoor Rules to try and improve participation, and in September 2016 an Outdoor Committee was set up with the goal to increase participation in 50m Prone, 3P, Air Rifle and Benchrest - the “Outdoor” disciplines. The Key Aims of the Outdoor Committee were:
I have attended a few Outdoor Championships this year and have seen that there are some new faces attending these Champs. Numbers were up at the Outdoor nationals this year at Christchurch and no doubt the Outdoor Committee will be looking at the changes in the Rules and make suggestions as to how we can improve on them.
When you make major changes, such as happened last year, there will always be a need for a little tweaking. The main change in the Membership Form last year was to allow shooters to have a choice if they wish to be included on the New Zealand Shooting Federation (NZSF) ranking list or not. Those that indicate that they wish to be on the list did so in the knowledge that they need to comply with ISSF Rules for their Clothing and Equipment.
It is important to note that the Ranking list is compiled and controlled by NZSF and not by TSNZ. This list is used as a basis for the selection of NZ Individuals and Teams that take part in ISSF Sanctioned Events overseas, i.e, World Cups, World Championships, Junior World Cups & Championships, Olympic Games and Continental Championships (Oceania). These ISSF Sanctioned events must be conducted under ISSF Rules.
Note that the ISSF only recommends that ISSF Rules should be used at National Competitions when ISSF Events are on the Programme, it is not compulsory. TSNZ Outdoor Rule 3.10.3 only says our designated matches must be run as close as possible to ISSF Rules.
Under ISSF Rules Equipment Control is now voluntary, and it is the Athletes responsibility to ensure their Clothing and Equipment complies with ISSF Rules. Athletes are subject to random inspections. A number of our International shooters have an ISSF seal which denotes that their clothing has passed equipment control but they are still liable to inspection.
TSNZ is looking at a NZ Register for those shooters who wish to comply but do not have an ISSF Seal, testing would be on a casual basis when the testing gear is available. That way Range staff will be able to identify those shooters that have been approved. With this comes a responsibility to ensure that their gear stays compliant.
Those shooters who circle No (indicating that they do not wish to be included on the New Zealand Shooting Federation (NZSF) ranking list), or do not circle either option, are able to shoot Outdoor with Equipment and Clothing that complies with the Indoor Rules. This was seen as a way of increasing participation in Outdoor Championships and the Nationals, which seems borne out by the increase in entries this year.
The ISSF Dress Code came up for discussion over the Outdoor season as well, around the wearing of Jeans. Those shooters who wish to be included on the NZSF Ranking list will be required to conform to the Dress Code as listed in the ISSF Rules, 6.19:
6.19.3 PROHIBITED ITEMS
188.8.131.52 Prohibited clothing items for competitions and Victory Ceremonies include blue jeans, jeans or similar trousers in non-sporting colors, camouflage clothing, sleeveless T-shirts, shorts that are too short (see 184.108.40.206), ragged cut-off shorts, trousers with patches or holes as well as shirts or trousers with non-sporting or inappropriate messages (see Rule 6.12.1, no propaganda is permitted). Sporting colors should be national uniform colors. If national colors are not worn, non-sporting colors that should be avoided are camouflage, plaids, khaki, olive or brown.
If you read this carefully you will see that Blue Jeans are not allowed and Jeans in non sporting colours are not allowed, and it goes on to state those non sporting colours. Note the wording that says should be avoided, not prohibited.
Over the Outdoor Season our Range Officers and Jury are working on educating our shooters who wish to compete overseas as to the requirements and compliance with ISSF Rules so that when they DO compete overseas they will be prepared and able to compete to the best of their ability. I urge all shooters who are in this category to go onto the ISSF Website and download the latest Rules as there are some major changes: Click here for the 2017 ISSF RULES
Enough of Outdoor, and I hope to see as many of you as I can during the year around the Indoor Championships.
Those of you who attended the 2016 AGM in Wellington will know the huge extent of the Remits presented at that meeting. The majority of the Remits were proposed by Manawatu Association and concerned Outdoor and Air Rifle Rules, with a few additional administrative remits proposed by the Executive. Some required amendments, and a few were withdrawn at the meeting, but in the main the Remits were accepted and are effective immediately.
As the re-formatting of the Constitution and Rules is currently underway and will still be some time off yet, the Remits as passed at the AGM are provided here.
The two most important issues will come as no surprise to many: Coaching & Development, and Stagnant membership.
The TSNZ Executive will be placing priority on these issues, along with the others identified in the survey. Keep watching this page for updates and progress.
TSNZ Executive 2016-17
Back: Regan Cowe, Mike Long, Bruce Marchant (President), Bruce Cameron.
Front: Paul Turner (Deputy President), Jackie Lindsay (Administration Officer), Denva Wren.