Shooting Sports Circuit Rules
updated for October 1, 2012
PVA National Shooting Sports Circuit competitors will not be required join the ATA, PITA or any other organization in order to participate. ATA rules, with the following additions and/or modifications, will apply at all shoots.
Each of the tournaments making up the PVA National Shooting Sports Circuit will consist of 100 Singles, 100 Handicap, and 50 pair of Doubles targets. Only these 300 clays will be used for Circuit score totals. Any tournament can throw additional targets as decided by the tournament director; however, additional targets will not be included in year-end scoring.
Competitors will be classified by the tournament director using the latest "Known Ability" data available including, but not limited to, PVA National Shooting Sports Circuit results and averages and ATA or PITA averages. Participants new to the PVA Shooting Sports Circuit at any tournament will be classified according to their most current ATA/PITA classes or known ability, however will not be considered to be novice shooters. New shooters never having participated in any shooting sports event will be classified as a Novice for their first event, with male novices starting with class D in both Singles and Doubles and a handicap at the 20-yardline. Female novices will be classified as D in both Singles and Doubles, with a handicap of 19 yards. Junior novices regardless of gender, with an age of 17 and under, will be classified as D in Singles and Doubles with a handicap of 19 yards
Tournament Directors will rely most heavily on past PVA Circuit results when available. PVA will continually track circuit event scores, calculate averages and re-assign classes at each tournament according to the following parameters:
Note: Yardage will be assigned shooters of high scores at each tournament as detailed in the Earned Yardage Table.
SAFETY: When assigning handicap shooters with 18- and 19-yard handicaps, only one yard will be allowed adjacent shooter and only two yards overall on the squad.
Any score of 96 will earn 1/2 yard, scores of 97, 98 and 99 will earn 1 yard and a score of 100 earns 1 ½ yards provided that these scores do not earn at least that amount under the EARNED YARDAGE TABLE.
PVA has developed a HANDICAP REVIEW SYSTEM to appropriately increase or reduce a shooters assigned handicap. Each Circuit participant’s Handicap average will be reviewed after the completion of each Circuit. Details about this are available at www.pva.org or by request to PVA Sports. Any shooter may request a Special Review for his/herself. Any Tournament Director can request a Special Review for any shooter. All requests must be received in writing by PVA Sports and must explain the reasoning behind the request. Reviews will be conducted at the next appropriate meeting of the tournament directors of the PVA National Shooting Sports Circuit.
Each tournament will recognize, at minimum, at least one award in each of the following categories: High Overall, High Overall Spinal Cord Injured, Handicap [Long (25-27), Mid (22-24.5) and Short (19-21.5) yardages], and both Doubles and Singles in the each of the following classes: AA, A, B, C, and D classes, respectively. The hierarchy of prestige of the mandatory awards coincides with the order of listing in the preceding sentence. Additional awards may be presented at the discretion of the host chapter. If 2nd place awards are presented, they will follow the same hierarchy.
Starting with the 11th Annual Shooting Sports Circuit, National PVA Sports and Recreation will host the year-end circuit tournament on a range of National PVA’s choosing. In addition to the above described tournament awards, National PVA will provide the End-Of-Circuit awards.
PVA will recognize year-end Circuit winners with awards in the same categories, plus the Chad Crowley Award which goes to the PVA voting member in good standing with the highest overall total score (maximum of four shooting sports scores), as well as an additional High Overall and a High Overall "Spinal Cord Injured" award. Year-end award hierarchy is 1) Chad Crowley, 2) High Overall, 3) High Overall "Spinal Cord Injured", and then as at any other Circuit tournament. Ties at any circuit event will be decided by the longest run, front to back in the tied event, then in the additional events in the order of the prize hierarchy, and then a coin toss. Ties eligible for Chad Crowley will receive duplicate awards. If the High Overall and the High Overall "Spinal Cord Injured" winners (non-Chad Crowley award eligible) should tie at Year-End, then the tie-breaker will be decided on the long run of the hierarchy (if both participants are in attendance) at the year-end trapshoot). I.e., if the two year-end winners are non-Chad Crowley eligible "Spinal Cord Injured" shooters, then the tie breaker will be decided on the long run of the Handicap, then the Doubles event, then the Singles event, then a coin toss. If a year-end winner eligible for High Overall or High "Spinal Cord Injured" (non-Chad Crowley award eligible) is not participating in the year-end event, and is tied with a participant for a year-end overall award, then the winner will be decided by a coin toss.
Circuit year-end awards will be given at the class and yardage the participants have at the end of the year Circuit winners will be decided by the sum of their four highest scores out of the Circuit shoot scores. The lowest additional scores will be dropped. An individual must attend four shoots in order to win an award. Circuit winners are limited to one individual award.
Any individual shooting with a chapter team must be either a PVA member or an Associate Member of the chapter whose team they are shooting with. A chapter's team must be declared before the shoot that they are competing in begins. A chapter may submit as many teams as they desire. The team must have at least three individuals with spinal cord injury on a shooting squad at all times. A maximum of two of the team shooters may be able-bodied.
The Chapter Team Trophy will go to the chapter team with the highest total score on a maximum of four shoots. If a chapter has a team competing in more than four shoots, the lowest scores on any extra shoots will be dropped.
PVA SHOOTING SPORTS CIRCUIT HANDICAP SYSTEM
1. Yardage will be automatically earned by shooters of high scores in all PVA National Shooting Sports Circuit Tournaments according to the following ATA table:
2. Any score of 96 will automatically earn ½ yard, provided it does not earn at least that much under the earned yardage table. Any score of 50 x 50 or 75 x 75 in events of that length will automatically earn yard, provided it does not earn that much under the earned yardage table.
3. Any score of 97, 98, and 99 will automatically earn 1 yard, and a score of 100 will automatically earn 1 ½ yards provided these scores do not earn at least that much under the earned yardage table.
PVA Shooting Sports Circuit Ammunition Policy: Ammunition purchased by a PVA chapter on behalf of the shooting sports circuit is to be used for PVA Shooting Sports events as well as other local-chapter shooting sports events. If the ammunition is purchased using the non-profit status of the chapter or the PVA National Office, the ammunition may not be sold to any for-profit or commercial entity. Ammunition not utilized for shooting events may be sold at the purchased cost to individuals with PVA members and Associate members having priority in purchasing ammunition from the chapter. Ammunition may not be sold to any individual that will utilize it for profitable advantage (i.e., for-profit entrepreneurs).
Starting with the 16th PVA Shooting Sports Circuit, the policy of “No Reloads” will take effect. Due to the liability of reloaded ammunition, participants in any 16th PVA Shooting Sports Circuit event must use ammunition purchased or provided from a commercial manufacturer, the host PVA chapter, the host range, or any other commercial entity (i.e., sporting goods stores). Anyone to be found utilizing reloaded ammunition during any event will be automatically disqualified from that particular event. If a participant is found to be using reloaded ammunition a second time, that individual will be disqualified from the entire 16th Shooting Sports Circuit.
Ammunition provided by the host chapter must be utilized for competition. If an individual does not wish to use the provided ammunition, then he/she must forfeit chapter-provided ammunition at no discounted registration rate (i.e., the host chapter will not provide a refund for ammunition turned back in).