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Australian High Power Rifle

Event & Competition Guidelines

DEFINITIONS of MEETING ACTIVITIES
String:  is a single segment, or type of activity, that its procedure, or conditions, are unvaried and do not change from the start of the activity until the prescribed time or process for the activity has elapsed.  An example of this is shooting 10 shots slow fire, or 10 shots rapid fire - but not 5 shots slow then 5 shots rapid (this would be 2 separate strings).

Course of Fire: is a structured sequence of "strings" in accordance by operating procedures, processes or rules.  A "course of fire" is typically used to form a match, or part thereof.

Match:  is 1 or more "strings", typically a “course of fire”, structured with significance to test the shooter ability for the style of shooting, and is clearly defined with a start, finish and duration, such that a possible score can be identified and shooter scores may be graded against the match score.  Matches may be sanctioned as a competition for results to count towards association programs or championships, etc.

Competition: is defined as a contest, based on a "match", governed and controlled by rules, procedures, standards of conduct, operation, activity and participation, where shooters participate against other shooters and are ranked to claim a prize or a reward such as titles, rankings, qualification, classification, trophies, etc.  A competition may be an "Event" that is a "Match", "Championship", "Tournament" Series.

Championship:  is a scheduled "competition" that is carried out to determine a champion.  A "Championship" may be made up of 1 or more "strings" or "Matches".

Meet or Event:  a single organised activity that may be made up of either 1 or more "Matches" or "Competitions", could be considered “Events”, however meets do not have to be "Competitions" or “Championships” as they may be for fun, training, practice, testing, grading, qualification, etc..

Tournament:  is a series of "strings", "matches" or "events" to determine a winner by elimination.

Series:  consists of multiple "events", "competitions", "championships" or "tournaments" to determine a champion by ranking.  A Series may also come from the result of a "League".

League:  is a "competition" or a "series" between various clubs and associations (typically teams, not individuals) united under a common body or rules, for the purpose of competing for a ranking.

COMPETITION/MEET/EVENT/MATCH STATUS
(The below table is based on all matches meeting minimum criteria)

Match Group

NRA Equal
(Sec1.6)

AIHPA Sanction Possible

NRA/CMP Sanction Possible

Towards
National Rankings

Towards
State Rankings

Offers Shooter
Classification

Offers Shooter
Qualification

National
Records

National
Postal Permitted
1.6 (I)

A-International 1.6 (A) Y Y** Y# Y# Y Y Y N

B - National

1.6 (C)

Y

Y**

Y#

Y#

Y

Y

Y

Y

C - State

1.6 (E)

Y

Y**

Y#

Y#

Y

Y

Y

Y

D - Region

1.6 (D)

Y

Y**

Y#

Y#

Y

Y

Y

Y

E - Special

1.6 (F) (J)

Y

Y**

Y#

Y#

Y

Y

Y

Y

F - Series

1.6 (H)

Y

Y**

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

G - Local

1.6 (F) (J)

Y

Y**

N

Y#

Y

Y

Y*

Y

H - Practice

-

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y*

   Y#     - National:  If sanctioned, these results may be used for National rankings, league series (eg. Grand Prix Series),
              or whatever ranking system is used for a given year to determine National Rankings.

            - State:  If sanctioned, results from these events may or may not be used towards State rankings depending on the
              ranking system schedule for each year.

   Y*     - Must a sanctioned match and take place with at least 5 shooters who complete the course, and who are AIHPA members.

   Y**    - NRA/CMP sanction only available if the event is AIHPA sanctioned.

CHAMPIONSHIP AND NON-CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
AIHPA events (as listed each year) in group A to F have championship status.  These events may be AIHPA (National, State or Regional) or sponsor club (local club) run and managed.

Any club may run a G or H status meets or competitions.  These meets may be sanctioned by AIHPA for classification or qualification purposes, but do not carry event championship title status recognised by AIHPA.

COMPETITION AND CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT TITLES AND RECORDS
- Titles are maintained and recognised by the AIHPA only for A to F group AIHPA sanctioned events.

- Titles from events are for outright event winners, by equipment specification, or grade, etc.

- A specification title can only be claimed, no matter the specification, if at least 3 shooters are contesting that specification.

- Forwards Compatible Rifle Specifications in events:

    * If less than 3 shooters contest a specification, those shooters may nominate to compete/contest in the next higher specification (where
      possible), and results, classifications and qualifications are awarded based on that decision to compete in the higher spec.

    * If less than 3 shooters contest a specification, those shooters may choose to participate in the meet accepting there are insufficient shooters
       in the same spec, but shoot in the null spec anyway so results may count towards classifications, qualifications or series results (eg. GP).

    * Where a match may have multiple rifle specifications merged into the 1 rifle specification (eg. Spec 2 and 3 are combined), trophies
      are allocated, and titles recorded, per the roll-up.  Shooters claim qualification and classification based on the actual equipment rifle
      specification they contested during that match (eg. if the shooter shot Spec 2 in a Spec2/3 combined match, qualification and
      classification will recorded as Spec 2).

                High Power Rifle Champions and Title Holders Listing for all AIHPA Sanctioned events.

COMPETITION/EVENT SANCTIONING
All competitions, matches sanctioned by the AIHPA must be run in accordance with the NRA HPR rules and amendments as expressed by the AIHPA.

Any match (A-G) run in accordance with the AIHPA, may be sanctioned after a request is received and approved by the AIHPA from a host club.

Matches Sanctioned by the AIHPA must (Further to NRA or CMP rulebooks):

-     have at least 5 competitors complete the event, of which, at least, 2 competitors must be members of
      the AIHPA, unless under special circumstances and after AIHPA written approval.

-    be completed on the same day, or, if time doesn’t permit, back to back subsequent days - no rest or break
     days between matches permitted (eg. you cannot complete half an event on a given weekend, then complete
     the event on the following weekend) unless, under special circumstances (such as weather interruptions, safety issues, etc)
     and after AIHPA written approval.

Events listed on the AIHPA championship event calendar does not meant the entire event (every match in that event) is sanctioned by the AIHPA.
Only matches that are sanctioned are those approved by the AIHPA, and results may be used in AIHPA programs (classification, qualification, records,
National & State Rankings etc), providing the match meets the sanctioning criteria when run.

Registration Fee:  A $5 per shooter registration fee for the meet/event (not per match, but the whole meet) is to be collected before the meet starts, and
paid to the AIHPA in full as soon as possible after collection.  This rego payment is for results to be accepted by the AIHPA for it's shooter programs
(Grand Prix, Rifleman, Qualification, etc).  If a shooter is just shooting for fun, then no payment for that shooter is required.

 

COMPETITION/EVENT PARTICIPATION STATUS

CLOSED Competition/Events:
- Only AIHPA members may claim titles, trophies or other rewards from these types of competitions.
- At the discretion of the hosts, any shooter may participate for their own enjoyment.

OPEN Competition/Events:
- Open to any shooter with a shooters licence and, AIHPA member or not, may claim titles and outright trophies.
- Shooter classified trophies (graded trophies) may only be claimed by AIHPA members.

EVENT INFORMATION & GUIDELINES

NATIONAL

EVENT
CoF

RIFLE
TYPE

EVENT GROUP

EVENT
TYPE

EVENT
CLASSIFIED

  The "Grand Prix Series" (GP)

IMC

ALL

National (B)

Series

Open

  Australian National International MC

*IMC

ALL

National (B)

Championship

Closed

  Australian National Vintage MC

VMC

ALL

National (B)

Championship

Closed

  Australian National Tactical MC

TMC

TACTICAL National (B)

Championship

Closed

  Australian National Aus Service MC

AMC

ALL

National (B)

Championship

Closed

  Australian Shooting Games

*IMC

ALL

National (B)

Championship

Open

 

STATE

EVENT
CoF

RIFLE
TYPE

EVENT GROUP

EVENT
TYPE

EVENT
CLASSIFIED

  State Championships - International

*IMC

ALL

State (C)

Championship

Open/Closed

  State Championships - Vintage

VMC

ALL

State (C)

Championship Open/Closed
  State Championships - Tactical

TMC

TACTICAL

State (C)

Championship Open/Closed
  State Championships - Australia Service

AMC

ALL

State (C)

Championship

Open/Closed

 

REGIONAL
 

EVENT
CoF

RIFLE
TYPE

EVENT GROUP

EVENT
TYPE

EVENT
CLASSIFIED

  Regional Championships (various) **

Any

ALL

Region (D)

Championship

Open

 
INTERNATIONAL
 
EVENT
CoF
RIFLE
TYPE
EVENT GROUP EVENT
TYPE
EVENT
CLASSIFIED

  Any Internationally sanctioned match.

IMC

ALL

International (A)

League

Open

 
SPECIAL
 
EVENT
CoF
RIFLE
TYPE
EVENT GROUP EVENT
TYPE
EVENT
CLASSIFIED
  ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL
  REMEMBRANCE DAY
 COOEE CUP

Any - refer to match bulletin.

ALL or VINTAGE Region (E) Event Open

*     denotes that this is a minimum course of fire, and organisers may increase the strings at their discretion.  The course should
       be advertised before the start of the event.
**   denotes Regional matches may be run by various club after sanctioned.
*** denotes a reduced IMC, that may be part of, and simultaneous to, a greater IMC match.

 

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