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2011 ARA Rules
1.0.0 What is an ARA Event?
An ARA match event consists of a minimum of two competitors, shooting from two
to six targets per day, at ARA affiliated and Sanctioned Clubs throughout the
United States and Canada.
match events are either part of various Club activities or of Tournaments staged
at many of those same Clubs. All events scheduled and the results of those
events are listed on the ARA website http://archive.americanrimfire.com.
The Official Competitive Outdoor Season will be each calendar year, January 1st
through November 30th.
The Official Competitive Indoor Season will be for 4
months beginning December 1st and ending March 31st.
clubs may schedule official events during this period.
affiliated club shall pay an annual fee of $20 to ARA, Inc., as a Club
Sanctioning Fee, in order to hold Officially Sanctioned ARA match events.
Match Director shall make application to the ARA Business Office before any
sanctioned events are held at the Club.
Club must have at least five benches, of similar, sturdy construction, to be
eligible to hold Officially Sanctioned ARA match events.
Sanctioned Club must host events during each season consisting of a minimum of
eight targets. There is no maximum limit as to how many targets a Club can
Each Sanctioned Club may host only one event per
class per day, and the events may not run concurrently.
new competitive season, at least 30 days prior to the first match of the season,
the Match Director for each Sanctioned Club shall send in a match schedule to
the ARA Business Office. This will include the dates and starting times for
matches held at their club, along with the number of individual targets to be
shot on each date.
match schedule may be amended from time to time, including the addition or
deletion of match events and/or targets to be shot at each, so long as at least
30 days notice is given to the ARA Business Office.
there may arise situations where a 30-day advance notice is not possible. When
potentially dangerous weather conditions arise, or are predicted by the National
Weather Service within 24 hours of any planned event that any prudent person
would consider unsafe, and that could pose a possible danger to participants, it
is the Match Director’s duty to contact the ARA Business Office as soon as
possible with a request for re-scheduling. Then, ARA would post a notice on the
Official ARA website to that effect so as to notify any expected competitors.
The Match Director should also make every effort to notify anyone he knows that
might be planning to attend.
scheduling information may be viewed on the ARA website (http://archive.americanrimfire.com).
3.6.0A single range location may function as two separate ARA Sanctioned Clubs. The separate Club must be Sanctioned, and have a different Match Director and Club name.
A range shall be defined as a physical location with at
least five benches, of similar,
may be held on any day of the week, during either day or night.
may consist of up to six targets per day. The term "match" shall be
defined as a single event of from two to six targets, scheduled at a Sanctioned
more competitor/participants enter a match event than there are benches
available, additional relays should be formed to accommodate those competitors.
An attempt should be made to equalize the number of competitors on each relay.
The need for, and use of additional relays is at the discretion of the host
clubs Match Director.
Covered or enclosed shooting areas
are acceptable, and these structures will be classified as “outdoor’ or
as defined for ARA purposes is: the entire flight of the bullet must be
outdoors, from muzzle to target, and entirely subject to the prevailing
“Indoor” as defined for ARA purposes is: the
entire flight of the bullet must be indoors, from muzzle to target.
Match Directors are required to have a copy of these official ARA Rules
available at all ARA sanctioned events.
All Mach Directors are required to have an official
ARA scoring plug that has a diameter of .224 as well as a magnifier of at least
All Sporter sanctioned clubs are required to have a
set of scales readily available to the competitors along with a verified check
weight to verify the scales are accurate. The
sporter clubs are also required to have an official ‘Sporter Template’ to
determine stock width and convexity.
The Match Director shall send a fee of $1.00 per target per competitor to the
ARA Business Office within 10 days of the conclusion of the event along with a
legible copy of the Match Report. It
is also permissible to e-mail the match report to the ARA Business Office.
of an additional 5 days will be added for the report to travel through the mail,
but the actual postmark must be within the 10 day period following the match for
it to be considered an officially sanctioned event.
report that is not RECEIVED at the Business Office within the 15 day time period
may be disqualified. If so, all scores, aggregates and potential Record Targets
from the event will NOT be allowed UNLESS proof of extenuating circumstances are
presented OR if either a phone call or email is sent to the Business Office
within the 15 day period, adequately explaining the reason for the delay.
Match Director bears the full responsibility to verify that all reports are sent
to the Business Office in order to be received within the allowed timeframe.
fees are waived for Junior Competitors.
Any youth age 7 to 17 years of age as of January 1 of a current competitive
season is considered a Junior Competitor for that season.
It is the responsibility of the Match Director to verify and provide the date of
birth of Juniors, and to indicate on the Match Report if a Junior is
participating. Juniors are to be identified on the Match Report with an asterisk
(*)after the end of their name.
Juniors must be capable of loading, unloading, aiming and safely manipulating
their own rifles and equipment without assistance. They may, however, receive
assistance in setting up the equipment on the bench, and when they have an
equipment malfunction, but during sanctioned events, they must aim, load and
fire their own rifles without assistance or coaching.
All target fees normally sent to the ARA Business Office are waived for Junior
While not mandatory, Match Directors are encouraged to waive or reduce the entry
fees for all Junior competitors.
A Tournament will be held each year for Junior competitors. Registration forms
will be printed in the ARA News, beginning in May of each competitive season.
Upon receiving a completed registration form from interested competitors, an
official Junior Recognition Tournament Score Sheet will be mailed to the Match
Director identified on the Registration Form.
There will be no target fees.
must shoot three consecutive targets at a regularly scheduled ARA event. These
scores will count for the Club Match or the Tournament at which they are shot,
in addition to the Junior Recognition Tournament.
The Match Director is responsible for completing the Junior Recognition
Tournament Score Sheet and mailing it to the ARA Business Office along with the
Club Match Report.
targets must be shot and Score Sheets mailed to the ARA Business Office by
August 1st. ARA will
sponsor awards for the top finishers as well as individual participant awards.
6.0.0 Any brand of
factory loaded .22 caliber Long Rifle ammunition may be used. It must be
available for sale over-the-counter to any individual and consist of the
original, unaltered factory cartridge case, powder and projectile.
6.1.0 No hand loads are
allowed and there shall be no removal, replacement or addition to factory
lubrication whether accomplished by dipping into various liquids, removing
existing lubes or adding new lubes. Simply stated, the alteration, in ANY
MANNER, of factory ammunition used in ARA competition is NOT allowed.
7.0.0 Targets and Target Distance
7.0.0 An ARA target
consists of 25 record bulls, upon which one shot per bull is shot for score. The
top row of the target, above the record portion, provides three sighter bulls
that are the only Official Sighters. Other sighters are available on the bottom
portion of the target, if needed.
Only official ARA targets shall be used in an ARA sanctioned match.
No reproduction of the official ARA target is permitted without
consent from the ARA Business Office.
the sanctioned match.
7.1.0 The distance from the forward edge of the bench to the target shall
minimum of 50 yards.
8.1.0 ARA shall be
divided into 4 Classes: ARA (Unlimited) Outdoor, Sporter Outdoor, ARA
(Unlimited) Indoor, and Sporter Indoor.
8.2.0 All records,Hall
of Fame, Club Championships, A-Line and Aggregate Championships will be
kept separate for each Class.
Any firearm chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge may be used.
are no weight limits, no classes, and no dimensional restrictions to barrels,
or limits on scope magnification.
rest may be used to shoot from the bench, so long as any such rest prevents
The barreled action from being affixed to the bench in an immovable
10.1.1 One-Piece or two-piece rests are
allowable of any material.
10.1.2 Rest may not be
attached to the bench
10.1.3 Rifle may not be attached to the rest nor the bench in
any fashion that would Impede the recoil of the rifle or return
rifle to battery.
10.2.1 Unlimited Scope
10.2.2 Gun and Scope
shall weigh 8.5 lbs or under
10.2.3 No electronic or mechanically assisted triggers are
10.2.4 Rifle must be a repeater and must be able to hold 2 or
more rounds in a removable clip/magazine except for
tubular fed rifles. Rounds may be
fed into the chamber
either by hand or from the
10.2.5 Stock must be made
10.2.6 Maximum stock width shall be 2.25” at the widest point of
10.2.7 The bottom of the stock that comes into contact with the
rest must be convex. The convexity must be across the
entire width of the stock. This applies to the forend and the
butt of the stock.
10.2.8 Sporter Template: Convexity and stock width will be
determined by placing the stock
into the Sporter Template. The stock
shall be placed into the template in a
manner that the bottom of the stock will touch the bottom of the
template. The bottom
of the stock shall not come into full contact with the bottom of the cut
out in the template.
If the stock does come into full contact with the template, the stock is
convex and therefore illegal. If the stock will not fit into the
template, the stock width is
greater than 2.25” and therefore illegal.
‘Sporter Templates’ are available from ARA.
10.2.9 Barrel must be made out of one piece of metal with
no attachments except for what isneeded to attach the
barrel to the action
11.0.0 Match Sign-In, Drawing for Benches, Rifle Certification
Match Director shall hold a mandatory drawing for each competitor’s bench
Each club shall have 2 bags with numbered chips placed in them.
One bag will be blue and contain chips with corresponding bench number.
One bag will be red and contain chips with the corresponding relay
number. Blue for Bench and Red for Relay. The
bags and chips are available from the ARA business office.
Each competitor shall draw 1 chip from the blue bag
and 1 chip from the red bag (if more than 1 relay) to determine bench placement.
competitor is allowed to compete in the same event by entering two or more
times, regardless of the number of relays available.
competitor needs to accurately complete the Sign-In Sheet, including the last
four digits of his/her Social Security Number, plus the initials of his/her
name. (Example: 1234MGL). This number becomes his/her official ARA statistical
number, which is needed for maintenance of all statistical computer database
is imperative that competitors sign-in consistently with the same numbers and
initials each time or face the possibility that their scores may be improperly
entered into the ARA database. If a competitor is new to a range, please check
the competitors ARA ID card to ensure the proper name and ARA number is used.
If a competitor has never competed in an ARA event,
the match director shall have the new competitor fill out the ‘New
Competitor’ form and the match director will return that to the ARA business
Sporter Class Certification: The match director
and/or scoring team are to judge the competitors equipment to determine if they
meet the ARA rule requirements described in rule 10.
Scales and an ARA Sporter Template are to be readily available to any
competitor to check his/her equipment.
11.4.1 At a minimum, the top overall finisher and each target winner of a Club
must be certified. This may
be done prior to the match, but on the same day as the
match or immediately following the conclusion of the match.
At the discretion of the
Match Director, the Match Director may require that all equipment be
certified at a
Club Match. All
equipment must be certified at any Club, State, or National
11.4.2 Upon certification of a rifle, an ARA Certified sticker that has been
dated and initialed by the
judge is to be placed on the scope of said rifle in an area that is easily
object of bench rotation is to rotate an equal number of benches between each
target so that each competitor will end up on or very near his beginning bench.
This allows competitors to experience all possible shooting conditions from one
side of the range to the other and to provide that no obvious advantage or
disadvantage shall be given any competitor by shooting from the same bench the
at Club Matches and Tournaments: The Host Club’s Match Director will poll all
competitors at Sign-In to determine if they prefer to rotate benches following
each individual target.
a majority of the competitors request bench rotation, then bench rotation shall
be observed for each target fired at that event.
case of a tie vote, the Match Director will decide by the flip of a coin to
determine if rotation is to be observed or not.
rotation will consist of rotating benches to the right after each target, and
the Match Director will determine how many benches to rotate.
Imposed Bench rotation may also be
imposed by the Match Director.
This information should be included with the Club Match Schedule.
If there are competitors with obvious physical limitations for which bench
rotation would cause undue hardship, the Match Director may offer them the
option of remaining at their first bench for the entire event, with the rest of
the field rotating around them.
the National Championship Tournament: Bench rotation is mandatory, and the Host
Club’s Match Director will notify each competitor at Sign-In how many benches
to rotate following each individual target.
maximum of 20 minutes shall be allowed to complete each 25 shot target for any
The command to begin shooting shall be: "You have 20 minutes to complete
your firing - You may insert your bolts - You may begin NOW!" at which
point the Match Director starts the official timer.
Time-remaining warnings should be given at five minutes, two minutes and one
Upon completion of the firing period, the command shall be, "CEASE FIRE!
CEASE FIRE! All competitors remove the bolts from your rifles. Step back from
your bench and make the range safe."
At the discretion of the Match Director, any competitor who flagrantly fires
after the "Cease Fire" order, shall have a penalty of 100 points
deducted from his/her score on that particular target.
Once the Match Director has determined
that the range is safe, he may then direct the designated target retriever(s)
retrievers shall remove all targets as quickly as possible.
Competitors shall post their targets
as quickly as possible.
14.0.0 Crossfires/Mechanical Failure DNF
Before firing any shots into the Record portion of the target, each competitor
shall fire at least one shot into any of the three Official Sighter Target
squares in the heading portion of the target. If each competitor begins in this
manner, it can quickly be determined whether or not he is sighted in on his
designated target. The competitor will either see other shots already on the
target that he did not place there and know that he is lined up on the wrong
target, or if he is the first to fire a shot on someone else’s target, the
person upon whose target is being cross-fired will notify him that he is on the
wrong target before any shots are fired onto the record portion of any targets.
a crossfire should still occur, immediately report the shot or shots to the
He will note the placement of the shot and the scoring box number. Crossfire
shots will not count for or against the offended party.
Scoring of the offended competitor’s target will be done by ignoring
the bullet hole or holes not shot by him. The competitor will shoot that target
box as if the bullet hole(s) were not there.
upon the conclusion of that relay, the Match Director should notify the scoring
team which shots to score and which to ignore.
No penalty shall be assessed the offender unless it can be determined that the
crossfire shot was intentional. In that event, and at the Match Director’s
discretion, the offender may be disqualified for the remainder of that match
event and a zero score shall be calculated into the aggregate for the remaining
targets of that event.
during the routine examination of any target by the scoring team, a
competitor’s target is discovered that has no sighter shot placed into the
Sighter portion of the target, as stated above, a friendly and private notice of
the Sighter Rule shall be made to the competitor by the Match Director.
penalty or punitive action need be taken against the competitor unless he
continues to ignore the rule.
In the event of a mechanical failure of a competitor’s rifle or equipment
which prevents the competitor from placing a scoring shot into each of the 25
record scoring squares, the partial target shall be scored by the scoring team.
14.4.1 Whatever partial or
incomplete score is the result shall be entered as part of his/her aggregate on
that particular target.
Change: Nothing shall prevent the competitor from using another rifle, either
his own or a borrowed one, to complete any unfinished target, so long as enough
time remains, and the replacement process does not disturb the adjoining
competitors who may still be in the process of completing their own targets. All
due respect shall be paid these adjoining competitors so as to prevent
jeopardizing their efforts to complete their targets without distraction.
15.0.0 Target for Record
Any target that a competitor places upon the target frame shall be scored and
calculated into his/her aggregate, regardless of whether or not the competitor
shoots any shots into it. Once it is attached to the frame, it becomes a record
target for which each competitor is responsible and which counts into his/her
aggregate and overall Standings.
target that blows down before its completion by the competitor shall be scored
based upon the values of all shots placed on that target before it blew down. In
the event a target is blown away and is lost, it must be scored as a zero. In
either case, as with scoring in a mechanical failure, these scores must also be
counted in the competitor’s match and seasonal aggregate.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to properly and securely affix his
or her own target on the target backer.
It is the responsibility of the Match Director to provide suitable, stable
target backers upon which competitors may securely attach their targets.
If the competitor is having difficulty securely attaching his target to
the backer, he should ask the Match Director to replace it with a new one.
In the event a target frame or backer is blown down,
please refer to rule 27.0.0
If an event is stated to be a four-target event, then each competitor is
expected to complete all four targets. Should a competitor, for any reason, fail
to complete all targets on the schedule, a zero must be included in his or her
score for each unshot target and the total of all those scores divided by the
total number of targets in the event, or in this example, four.
If a competitor completes targets one through three, but fails to complete
target four, calculations to determine his or her Aggregate score might look
like this, with aggregates always carried out to four decimal places:
+ 1910 + 2125 + 0 = 5885 points,
by 4 targets = 1471.2500 aggregate.
rings with various values are included within each scoring box, and the values
of shots in those boxes are 100 points, 50 points, 25 points, 10 points and 0
Scoring is based on the worst edge scoring method. A bullet hole that breaks a
line is given the lower value. If in doubt, review the Scoring Example on the
upper left corner of the target.
A scoring plug shall be used to determine the value of any shots that are not
obvious in value. The scoring plug MUST measure .224 in diameter. For purposes
of standardization, ARA requires use of the official ARA plug along with a
separate Waltex (or similar) magnifier of 8X or more. The plug and magnifier are
available from the ARA Business Office.
It is the responsibility of every Match Director to provide each of these
devices to his Scoring Team.
Scoring Team: The Match Director shall appoint a Scoring Team. It shall consist
of at least one person to plug the target and at least two others to do
preliminary scoring. These two shall also assist the plugger in deciding any
close shots. In large matches, more than one Scoring Team may be formed. An
electronic scoring device may be used, but only those that are approved by the
ARA. Those approved electronic
scoring devices will be listed on the ARA website.
names of the members of the scoring team or teams must be submitted along with
the Match Report and Match Fees that are sent to the Business Office following
the conclusion of each event.
competitors are members of the scoring team, the competitor is not allowed to
score his/her own target. If a
situation arises that would require a competitor to make a ruling on his/her own
target, the match director should appoint an alternate to make the ruling in the
Target Retrieval: The Match Director shall appoint one person or a team of
persons to retrieve the targets after completion
of each firing period. Only the designated target retriever(s) shall handle
fired, unscored targets, placing them in a secure location until the scoring
team is ready to begin.
Preliminary scoring of targets should be done to determine values in each
separate scoring box. Values for all obvious shots shall be written in each box,
while all close shots must be marked with a colored marker or a large “P” to
alert the "plugger" which shots to examine and plug.
The definition of a "close shot" is any bullet hole that TOUCHES or
APPEARS TO TOUCH the adjacent scoring ring.
The plugger shall then plug and score those shots with the required ARA plug and
magnifier, marking the value of the shot in the scoring box and adding a
"P" adjacent to the score along with his/her initials, indicating that
it was plugged, and by whom.
after close examination, the shot is too close to call alone, the plugger shall
call upon the scoring team members to review the bullet hole. All three scoring
team members shall be offered the opportunity to vote on its value. A majority
vote shall determine the value of the plugged shot.
Each member shall look at the plugged shot, but do not reveal their
decision until the voting time. After
each member has viewed the plugged shot, the three members of the scoring team
should simultaneously reveal their decision.
Their vote is cast with an ‘In’ or ‘Out’ chip.
If this chip is not available, a coin can be used with ‘Heads’
meaning the shot is ‘In’ or ‘Tails’ the shot is ‘Out’.
Each member of the scoring team that reviews a plugged bullet hole shall place
his/her initials in the scoring box adjacent to the agreed upon score.
Any shot outside the largest scoring ring, but within the scoring box, is scored
zero, the same as any unshot scoring box.
Only one shot is allowed in each of the 25 scoring boxes.
If a malfunction should occur during a match and a shot enters any of the empty
official scoring boxes, DO NOT fire another shot into that scoring box.
You must accept the score for that misplaced shot.
A malfunctioning shot that falls into a scoring box that has already been shot
will be scored as a zero for that scoring box.
Any shot, which falls between scoring boxes will be considered a sighter and
will not count against the competitor.
Shots that break the target box line will be counted as a zero for that target
16.7.0It is the job of the person who totals the scores to scan each target to determine that correct values have been attributed to each shot.
If the reviewer should find any incorrect values, whether done by inadvertently
writing an improper value in that
box, or by an obvious error, it shall be brought to the attention of the person
who made the error and it shall then be corrected.
Only those on the scoring team shall be allowed in the immediate area where
scoring is taking place.
Otherwise, the targets shall not be viewed or handled by anyone other than the
target handler or scoring team, for any reason, until after the Official Scoring
Team completes the entire scoring procedure for all targets in the event.
The targets, after the Scoring Team has completed their scoring, may be posted
on a secure wall or other place for viewing by all competitors.
under no circumstances shall anyone, other than a member of the official Scoring Team,
remove a target from its place of viewing before being officially given the
targets for review, or place a scoring plug into or a magnifier over any bullet
hole, or manipulate or attempt to alter any bullet hole on the target in any way
at any time.
other than a member of the official Scoring Team, who places a plug into a
displayed target, or manipulates or attempts to alter any bullet hole on the target
in any way at any time shall be
DISQUALIFIED from that event and a score of ZERO entered as his total score for
Questions regarding the validity of scoring values placed on a competitor’s
OWN TARGET may be referred to the Match Director by the competitor, who may
chose to reassess the value of the shot in question.
However, OBVIOUS errors on ANY target may be brought to the attention of the
Match Director for review.
After all targets have been scored, and upon the conclusion of the final match,
all targets shall be made available for inspection by the competitors.
competitor shall have two minutes per target to determine that scoring and
mathematical calculations were completed in an accurate manner.
errors discovered after the two minute per target review period has expired
shall stand as marked, right or wrong.
There shall be no challenges allowed except on the target of the competitor BY
Any scored value given to a plugged shot marked with a "P" and
initialed by only one member of the scoring team, indicating it was not reviewed
by 2 or more members of the three-person scoring team, may be challenged by the
competitor, on HIS target only.
The Match Director shall direct the scoring team to review that shot for
All plugged holes that have passed the review of the scoring team that are
marked with a "P" and the initials of 2 or 3 of the scoring team
members shall stand as marked and are not subject to change or challenge.
Any 2500 target qualifies as a National Record Target and the guidelines for
sending a Record Target to the ARA Business Office are explained in Rule 19, and
should be carefully followed.
In the event of a tie score on an individual target, the winner shall be
determined by comparing the targets of the tied competitors and, beginning with
Scoring Box 1, the competitor with the highest score for that box shall be the
If still tied, continue comparing shots from box to box in numerical order,
until the tie is broken.
It is the Match Director’s responsibility to indicate which competitor won the
tie, and so indicate on his Match Report form.
Aggregate ties are to be broken by determining the highest scores shot by the
tied competitors on an individual target comprising the aggregate. If still
tied, proceed to the next highest target and so on until resolved.
If all targets are tied, use the method above, on each competitor’s highest
scoring target, by reviewing each Scoring Box, until resolved.
Potential National record targets (2500) must be sent to the ARA Business Office
by the Match Director of the Club at which the target was shot and must be
postmarked no later than 10 days from the date of the event. He MUST use either
the US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx or similar conveyance which provides a
tracking number, allowing the package to be verifiably tracked from point of
origin to point of destination.
Do NOT fold targets. Ship in either
a box of appropriate size or rolled up in a tube.
Once received, the ARA Target Certification Committee will verify scoring,
plugging and mathematical computations.
All potential National record targets must be signed and witnessed on the
non-record front portion of the target by the competitor, the Match Director and
the scoring committee, and on the reverse side of the target with the Club name,
competitor name, and date the target was shot.
Immediately following the conclusion of the event, any competitor who wishes to
have his target sent in for review as a potential record target must immediately
give the target to the Match Director to forward to the ARA Business Office in
the manner described above.
A potential record target that leaves the range in the possession of anyone
other than the Match Director will not be eligible for consideration as a record
State and Club records need not be sent for verification.
20.0.0 Match Points are “value
added” points based on the number of targets fired in a match.
Each target is valued at one point
A six target match would have a total target value of six points, a four target
match a value of 4, etc.
Total match points are based upon the number of competitors.
If eleven competitors are entered in a four- target match the number of
match points are multiplied by entries or 11 x 4 = 44 match points.
Match Points are awarded to each competitor based upon his or her place of
finish, determined by averaging his or her scores from ALL targets on the
schedule of the host Club for that particular event.
If, for instance, a Club schedules a four-target event, scores for each
individual competitor are added together, divided by the number of targets
scheduled for the Club on that date, and an average or aggregate established.
The highest aggregate score is the winner for the event.
If there are eleven competitors that enter a four-target event, the maximum
number of Match Points that the winner will earn amount to 44. Second place
finisher would earn 40, third place 36 and on down to eleventh place which would
All sanctioned tournaments are double
If there are 10 competitors in a
six-target match the match points would total 60, but tournaments are double
points so this value would be 120. They
are awarded the same as a regular match.
Each Sanctioned Club must host events during each annual season consisting of a
minimum of eight targets in each class that a championship is to be offered.
The Club Champion for each class must have competed in at least 1/2, or 50% of
the number of Officially Sanctioned match events in said class recognized by ARA
at that particular club before the Club Championship title for said class can be
confirmed and awarded to the winning competitor.
In the event of a tie, the competitor with the
highest score shot on any individual target fired
the season at that particular club shall be declared the winner.
If still tied, then proceed to the 2nd highest target and so
on until the tie is broken.
21.3.1 Club Champion is determined by ranking the club competitors based solely
AGG+POINTS earned from the Unlimited Class
competition at that club.
– Sporter Class
21.4.1 – Sporter Club Champion is determined by ranking the club competitors
based solely on AGG+POINTS earned from the Sporter Class competition at that
ARA Clubs may host one Unlimited and one Sporter tournament event during a
shall consist of six targets and be a one-day event.
Each competitor is expected to complete ALL scheduled targets. A six-target
event would contain score totals for six targets, divided by six to determine
Should a competitor, for any reason, fail to complete ALL targets on the
schedule, a zero must be included in his or her score for each unshot target and
the total of all those scores divided by the total number of targets in the
event to determine his or her Aggregate.
In this example of a six-target Tournament, if a competitor completes targets
one through five, but fails to complete target six, calculations for his or her
Aggregate score might look like this:
+ 1925 + 2125 + 1775 + 1660 + 0 = 9335 points
Sanctioned tournaments will earn double Match Points, and are included in the
National A/Line and State calculations as well as the Club Championship for
their respective Class.
Sanctioned ARA Clubs within any given state may host a State Championship
Tournament in the Unlimited Class and/or the Sporter Class. Application must be
made with the ARA Business Office for approval to host a State Tournament.
Only one State Tournament is allowed per state per class during a competitive
season. This tournament may be held in addition to a Club’s regularly
scheduled tournament, but each must be a separate event.
State Tournaments shall consist of six targets and be a one-day event.
Sanctioned state tournaments will earn double Match Points, and are included in
the National A/Line and State calculations as well as the Club Championship for
their respective class.
One Officially Sanctioned National Championship per class (Unlimited Outdoor,
Unlimited Indoor, Sporter Outdoor, Sporter Indoor) match will be held each year
and is referred to as the "ARA Nationals."
The traditional date for the ARA Nationals for the Outdoor Unlimited Class is
The ARA Nationals for any class shall be a "stand alone" competition
and the scores will not be counted towards the Club Championship, State
Championship, A-Line, or Aggregate Championship.
The National Tournament Champion will be the winner whose aggregate score
is higher than any other competitor.
The format will consist of eight targets over a two-day period for Outdoor
Competition and 6-8 targets over 1-2 days for an Indoor competition.
The first relay on the first day shall become the last relay on the second day
Bids for the locations of these matches shall be made through the ARA Business
Office at the beginning of each shooting season.
Any club wishing to host the ARA Nationals at their range must be capable of
handling a significant number of competitors comfortably.
No Club or Tournament events for the respected division shall be allowed to be
scheduled or held on the same weekend as that division’s annual ARA Nationals.
The A/Line is the ARA method of ranking each competitor on a National basis for
and Sporter Classes. Each class will
be kept independent from the other.
The A/Line is computed using the following formula:
= number of points earned at match events.
= points earned divided by the number of events entered.
= number of events in which you compete.
= the number of different ranges at which you compete.
= is the sum of A+B+C+D.
= is the square root of E.
= is your raw aggregate score.
= F multiplied by G.
square root of H is the A/Line,
At the conclusion of each competitive season, the ARA National A/Line, ARA
National Aggregate, and ARA State Champions will be recognized for each
respective Class. The ARA National A/Line and State Champions for each class
will have demonstrated their abilities to put together the highest total Agg/Points
during an entire season of competition in their respective class.
To qualify for the Outdoor ARA National A/Line Championship and Aggregate
Championship, a competitor must have completed at least 40 targets during the
season in that particular class. This total may be comprised of any combination
of Club events and Tournament events but must include at least two Tournaments.
qualify for the Indoor ARA National A/Line Championship and Aggregate
Championship, a competitor must have completed at least 20 targets during the
season in that particular class. This total may be comprised of any combination
of Club events and Tournament events but must include at least two Tournaments.
The annual National Championship Tournament scores will NOT be calculated in the
National A/Line Rankings
nor the National Aggregate rankings.
The Unlimited Class and Sporter Class championships
will be kept separate. Only scores
earned from each respective class will be calculated toward any championship in
said class. Unlimited class scores
will not be calculated towards Sporter class championships, and Sporter class
scores will not be calculated towards Unlimited class championships.
A State Champion must have completed at least 20 targets in the state and in the
class in which he or she seeks a championship title. If a state has less than 20
targets available at clubs within that state, the Champion must have completed
at least 50% of the total scheduled targets available within that state in that
Unlimited State Champion is determined by ranking the state competitors
solely on AGG+POINTS earned from the Unlimited Class competition in that
26.4.0 – Sporter
26.4.1 Sporter State Champion is determined by ranking the state competitors
solely on AGG+POINTS earned from the Sporter Class competition in that
ALL scores from sanctioned Club and Tournament events are maintained by ARA. The
following records are recognized by ARA for each class:
National A/Line Ranking - includes ALL
competitors nationwide. Ranked by A/Line Formula. Outdoor and Indoor.
National Aggregate Ranking
- includes ALL competitors nationwide. Ranked by Aggregate only. Outdoor and
Junior Ranking - includes ALL Junior
competitors nationwide. Ranked by AGG+POINTS.
State Ranking - includes ALL
competitors participating at ALL Clubs within each State. Ranked by AGG+POINTS
for each state.
Club Ranking - includes ALL
competitors participating at each Club. Ranked by AGG+POINTS for each club.
28.0.0 ARA Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Points will be kept for each class of
ARA, and each class of ARA will be separate.
Entry into the ARA Hall of Fame for each class can be accomplished by earning
points, based on the following set to requirements. Earning points is
retroactive to the initial ARA 1998 season.
29.1.0 In the event of an
emergency, the Match Director shall call an Emergency Cease Fire by loudly
announcing for all to hear, "EMERGENCY CEASE FIRE! All competitors remove
the bolts from your rifles and step back from the bench."
29.1.1 If an emergency
occurs which requires a cease-fire before the completion of the target or the
allotted 20-minute firing period, the Match Director shall immediately stop the
29.1.2 Upon resolution of
the Emergency, all participants may then complete any incomplete portion of
their target, after the Match Director again declares the "Resume
firing" command, and starts the official timer, allowing it to run the
remainder of the allotted twenty-minute regulation time, plus an additional two
29.2.0Any target frame that is blown down by extraordinary weather or wind conditions, as might be experienced during severe thunderstorm winds, shall be considered an Emergency Situation.
29.2.1 In such a case, it
might be considered good judgment by the Match Director to temporarily halt the
event. He may use his emergency powers by stopping the official timer and
waiting, either for safer conditions to return, under which the event might be
resumed, and/or to repair the fallen frame or frames.
No penalty shall be assessed any competitor under these circumstances.
29.3.0 If an extremely
dangerous weather situation occurs during an ARA Club event or Tournament, being
of sufficient severity or duration that it may possibly endanger any
participants at the event, yet prior to completion of the officially published
number of targets, it may be necessary for the Match Director to suspend the
event for reasons of safety.
29.3.1 If the severe
weather situation is of a temporary nature, and sufficient time remains to
complete the event following an improvement in the weather, the Match Director
should make every attempt to do so. However, if the severe weather conditions
persist, and the event must be cancelled prior to completion of the event in its
entirety, then the following guidelines should be followed in order to calculate
final standings of the Club event or Tournament.
29.3.2 Count only those
targets that have been completed. Calculate all aggregates, as in any other
event, but based solely on the number of targets completed, not the published
number. However, if an event has two or more relays and Relay 1 has completed a
complete set of targets more than Relay 2, the Match Director must omit the
scores from Relay 1 and score the same number of targets for everyone.
29.3.3 Under these
circumstances, no penalty shall be assessed any competitor for an event which is
cancelled prior to its completion.
Safety is of utmost concern of all shooters.
All safety rules of the club shall be followed at all times by all competitors
Any competitor creating a safety hazard may be asked to leave the range at the
Match Directors discretion.
Only rifles on the firing line shall have the bolt installed and only during the
designated firing period. Any rifle
not on the firing line must have the bolt removed.
If the bolt of the rifle is not easily removed, an Open Bolt Indicator
must be inserted into the chamber of the rifle to indicate the rifle is Safe.
30.4.0 No person under
the influence of alcohol shall be allowed on the firing line either as a
competitor or as a visitor during the period that a match is in progress. No
consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be allowed by any competitor until all
shooting events have been completed for the day and until all rifles have been
removed from the benches and placed in a secure area.
These Rules supersede all other previously issued Rules and shall be the
governing Rules by which all Sanctioned ARA events are conducted.
Anyone who disrupts the proceedings of an orderly match in progress shall not be
allowed to continue shooting in any other matches on that day, and if deemed
necessary by the Match Director, that person may be asked to leave the range.
In the opinion of the Match Director, and if considered serious enough in
nature, the offender may be barred from further competitive events at that range
for the remainder of the season.
If the offense is serious enough in nature, the match
director may submit a complaint in writing to the ARA business office within 10
days of the incident requesting the offender be barred from competing in any ARA
sanctioned events. The complaint
will be investigated and considered by the President of the ARA, and a ruling
will be made in a reasonable amount of time.
Any individual or Sanctioned Club, which flagrantly breaks any of these
published rules, will be subject to disqualification or the loss of their Club
Sanction. Any person may submit a
complaint in writing to the ARA business office within 10 days of the incident
requesting an investigation into said incident.
The complaint will be investigated and considered by the President of the
ARA, and a ruling will be made in a reasonable amount of time.
Match Directors, or any other interested competitor may contribute suggestions
for revisions to the ARA Rules at any time, but all such suggestions must be
submitted to the ARA Business Office at least 30 days prior to the beginning of
the annual ARA National Championship event.
This will allow the suggestions to be compiled into a logical format for review
by the Rules Committee, followed by a vote at an official meeting of all Match
Directors present at the annual ARA National Championship event.
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