COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course
Once the XP Officer feels the “On-deck” shooter is ready, s/he should focus attention on the firing line. Once the line is clear, targets are set, and brass removed (if allowed), the XP Officer instructs the “On-deck” shooter to move to the firing line and stage firearms and ammunition as required by the stage description, then proceed immediately to the starting position.
At this point, the Timer Operator / Chief Range office will take charge of the shooter on the line.
The XP Officer can be a Posse Member, but the best results can be accomplished by having a Berm Marshal or Stage Driver serve in this capacity, if possible.
The “On-deck” position should have a low table in addition to the loading table in order to accommodate the long guns of the “On-deck” shooter. It is also a good idea to have a copy of the scenario at the “On-deck” position.
The XP Officer does not count misses, reset targets, score, run the timer, or pick up brass.
The XP Officer helps assign target re-setters and brass pickers (if allowed).
Not all matches will benefit from an XP Officer, but the majority of time lost in a match is getting the next shooter to the line and staging their firearms. If used correctly, the XP Officer can shave off up to 30 seconds per shooter, thereby leaving more time for socializing after the shooting is finished!
Score Keepers must never record scores for a family member.
Calls out shooting order and records times and penalties. If scoring instructions dictate, the Score Keeper will also total the times and penalties to calculate the shooter’s score. It is good practice for the Score Keeper to repeat in a loud, clear voice the scoring time announced by the Timer Operator.
The Score Keeper can be one of the Spotters.
The penalties are recorded in a manner not confusing to the person entering computer data. If there are five misses, for instance, don’t simply write “5,” since that can be confused as just a five second penalty. If there is one miss, don’t write “5” thinking someone will assume it just means five seconds. They may read that as five misses and add on twenty-five seconds. It’s best to write 1/5, 2/10, or 3/15 for misses and 1/10 for a procedural.
The competitor should always be aware of any misses or penalties as they are leaving the firing line. The competitor has the right to know, since once they leave the line and unload, miss penalties should not be questioned.
Must never spot for a family member.
Have the responsibility to count shots and misses and to verify the targets were engaged in the correct order for the required number of shots. Spotters will assist the Timer Operator by watching for violations when the competitor retrieves staged firearms and draws revolvers since it is impossible for the Timer Operator to have an unobstructed view of both sides of the competitor’s body. Spotters are obligated to ~9~
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