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Dear All

 

As things move slowly but hopefully in the right direction after these months of shutdown and restrictions, I’m writing with some good news but also some cancellations.

Competitions

Starting with the good, county ‘postal' competitions will be available this winter for those who can access ranges, with cards scored at clubs and free entry. 

This information has been sent to club secretaries to enter in the normal way, with an entry deadline of 26 September 2020. If you wish to enter and you haven’t heard about the competitions, please contact your club secretary or the person who usually deals with competition entries at your club. 

All leagues will comprise 6 teams or individuals and there will only be 5 rounds for the season, with the round 1 closing date being 23rd November and subsequent round closing dates at monthly intervals thereafter. (21st December, 25th January, 22nd February & 22nd March)

Competition 3 for prone rifle club teams will be reduced to teams of three, and all competition cards will need to be scored locally either by an NSRA qualified scorers or by way of a scoring App. 

Please note that the email for the league organiser, Paddy Hicks is now: paddyhicks36@gmail.com

Please send entries by email no scanned written entry forms but typed on an email with Club, Comp no (i.e. Comps 4 Ind Rifle) competitor and average all on one side, (no need for separate sheet for each comp.) and an address to send stickers to.

 

Refunds

Clubs that paid for summer entries can obtain refunds for these, via club secretaries emailing scsbratreasurer@gmail.com with club details and the sum claimed.

NB: that this is only if you paid via bank transfer as any cheques were destroyed and not banked.

 

Open meetings and prize-giving dinner cancelled

In view of the restrictions and risks, we have had to cancel all open meetings this year, being the Prone and Benchrest Rifle, LSR and Air Gun meeting, plus the annual prize giving dinner.

This is a sad consequence of the Covid-19 world we now inhabit and even where there might have been a technical possibility of an event being held, the anticipated levels of participation, unpredictability of restrictions, difficulties for organisers and in the case of the air gun meeting, the Lord Roberts Centre being closed indefinitely, make them, at best, impractical.

We’re keeping things under review for next year and as with everyone else, we’re hoping that a vaccine will be found and made available so that things can get back to some level of normality.

Club re-opening

I know from personal experience that indoor clubs are struggling to find ways to re-open in view of the air circulation and distancing requirements. We don’t have any specific advice or guidance on this, as each club is unique and the costs and practicalities can differ greatly. As things stand, outdoor clubs and ranges seem to be generally open, if in limited ways, and some clubs also have 25 yard facilities outdoors or with upgraded ventilation, so if you're a member of an indoor club that can’t re-open at the moment, it might be possible to shoot as a visitor elsewhere, by private arrangement with club secretaries. I recognise that clubs need to pre- register shooters and are likely to have restricted range time and volunteers available for supervision, so may need to limit or refuse visitors at present.

For reference, the NSRA guidance on re-opening is here:

https://www.nsra.co.uk/index.php/news/covid-19-digest/2943-get-ready-to-open-revised-nsra-guidance-notes-16-july-2020

https://www.nsra.co.uk/index.php/news/covid-19-digest/2959-additional-guidance-regarding-range-ventilation 

In the meantime, I hope that the opportunity for competition will at least be some compensation for the lost summer of shooting in 2020 and that those who can will be able to support the leagues.

Safe shooting.

 

All the best

Peter

Peter Jones

Chairman 

Surrey County Small Bore Rifle Association

 

Competition details:

This is the list of competitions being run: 

 Competitions 3 to 9 inclusive, 12, and 16 to 26 inclusive, the details of which are here:

http://www.surreysbra.org/documents_handbook

Team
25yd Prone Team
50m Team
LSR  Precision Team
LSR Timed  Team
Benchrest Team
10m Air Pistol Team

Individual
25yd Prone
Ladies 25 yd Prone
Junior 25yd Prone
100yd Any Sights
50m Prone

S/R Championship and Individual Postal
LSR
Precision

LSR Timed

Benchrest

10m Air Pistol

20yrd Air Pistol

20yrd Standard pistol

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance to Scorers

Recent events have shown that there is some misunderstanding of the Guidance on Scoring, as set out in the NSRA Handbook.  The full NSRA Rules can be viewed on their website under Home>Reference>Rules>Rules-and-Regulations but this article does not include the aforementioned Guidance notes.  I have therefore scanned in a copy which can be viewed as a .pdf file by clicking HERE.   Would scorers please note that there are changes in these 2005 amendments to procedures that were commonplace beforehand.   Take particular note of the paragraphs headed "Using Plug Gauges" and "Gauges", in particular the sentence that instructs that the position of the gauge flange must be viewed "at an angle, not directly above, as the latter can lead to distortion and inaccurate scoring".  Furthermore, for short range rifle competitions shot on proportional British Match targets, it is essential to use the correct OVERSIZE plug gauges for the appropriate distance.  If scorers are still using the 5.6mm (.22) plug gauges, please endeavour to obtain an oversize gauge so that we have uniformity of scoring throughout different divisions in the leagues.  I appreciate that this guidance might be at odds to what occurs in other competitions, but remember that we operate our leagues under the auspices of NSRA Rules, so their Handbook must be the law!.

Surrey Club Contacts

I am often receiving enquiries from individuals who wish to learn more about joining our sport and are looking for a Club to visit for more information.  May I ask that all Club Secretaries view the Clublist and check that all of the information displayed about your Club is correct.  When I re-vamped the website I lost my latest version and had to revert to a backup which, in some cases, might not show recent changes.  If you have a new club website, please send me the address and I will add a link.  Similarly, check that the email link is addressing the correct person by sending yourself a test message, (note the procedure shown in red).  If you do not receive your own message, please let me know so that I can amend the mail redirection. If the email address states 'via SCSBRA' please send me an email showing contact details of an individual in your Club who is willing to receive any such enquiries so that I can keep my records up to date and forward as appropriate.
It is in the interest of your own Clubs and our sport to assist enquirers who wish to find out more, or join us, and not be put-off by being unable to contact anyone locally.  It is also frustrating and time-consuming for me if I cannot easily direct these enquiries to the appropriate Club.
Although I have addressed this plea to Club Secretaries please pass this on to them, or the appropriate person in your club,  just in case they do not read it for themselves.

Post Office Reminder

 'Pricing in Proportion (size, thickness and weight) affects the cost of sending cards to scorers.  If you do not attach the correct postage when sending  your league cards, don't expect the scorer to make the trip to the sorting office and pay the penalty charge to retrieve them.  An 'NCR' is the likely result, which would be a waste of your, (or your team's), time effort and ammunition in shooting the cards in the first place!

Visit www.royalmail.com/pip to obtain your free guide.
Royal Mail also suggest that you put senders address on envelopes otherwise they are destroyed if for any reason they are not delivered .