Scoring shot targets is a key skill and one that we often take for granted. Good scoring is the cornerstone of any competition and the integrity of postal competitions depend on it. Historically the method of scoring has been passed on between shooters in clubs, counties and regions. To add confidence and consistency to the process and to help the development of scoring as a necessary skill, the NSRA Scorers course (and subsequent qualification structure) has been set up. The aim of the course and structure is to train club scorers to scrutinise and score competition cards accurately, fairly and with consistency. It will enable club scoring and give a baseline for the development of scorers up to national level.
Class C Scorers – the Scorers Course
The basic one day course is delivered by scorers who are at Class B and above. It aims to provide the basic scoring skills which are:
- Recognise the legitimacy of a card prior to scoring
- Score the card accurately and consistently
- Use gauges correctly
- Determine and apply penalties where appropriate
- Record scores and store scored cards and score sheet
Successful candidates having completed the course are then given a licence as Class C Scorers having the basic scoring skills and be capable of club scoring.
Class B Scorers
Once qualified at Class C the scorer can then get one season/years’ scoring experience at club level and also gain other experience whilst being mentored by a more experienced scorer. This may involve assisting at County/Region meetings etc. scoring at live events. Once completed the candidate may then apply to the NSRA for registration as a Class B Scorer having been signed off as competent by their mentor (another Class B scorer or above).
Class A Scorers
The final level is a Class A Scorer who is capable of scoring competition at any level. This may be applied for after completing one season/years’ experience as a B class scorer having gained more mentored experience and assisted with scoring at National meetings. The qualification is then achieved by application to NSRA for registration and sign off by the mentor (another Class A scorer).
How to get Involved
Clubs – if you have a number of people wishing to take part in a course it is possible to ask a trainer to come to you. If you don’t have many candidates but would like to host a course, then contact your County Association who may be able to signpost people to your club.