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ATA Rule Question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by wineguy, Feb 5, 2012.

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  1. wineguy

    wineguy TS Member

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    Is there, or was there, a rule that states you must straddle the center line of the shooting station?I once saw a scorer repeatedly scold a shooter for not standing in the center of the box.

    Thank you.
     
  2. The Literalist

    The Literalist Well-Known Member

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    No such rule.
     
  3. Shawn

    Shawn Member

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    Yes there is a rule

    "When firing, the contestant’s feet must be behind the firing mark at 16-
    yards, or behind the mark for the Handicap yardage assigned to him/
    her, depending upon the event being participated in. The contestant
    must stand with at least one foot on an imaginary line drawn through
    the center of the trap and continuing through the center of the post,
    or have one foot on each side of the line."

    It goes on to explain exceptions etc.

    Shawn
     
  4. trapshootin hippie

    trapshootin hippie Well-Known Member

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    Rule does not specifically state "straddle the center line". Does not allow standing in one corner of the pad.

    GneJ
     
  5. The Literalist

    The Literalist Well-Known Member

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    My point was...there's nothing that says you HAVE TO "straddle the line." You could also have "...at least one foot on (the line)..."

    Doesn't say where the other foot HAS to be.
     
  6. wineguy

    wineguy TS Member

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    Is this "rule" in the current ATA handbook?
     
  7. The Literalist

    The Literalist Well-Known Member

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    No, wineguy. We're just making it up. :)

    The rulebook is online. Why don't you check it out? A good way to find out a rule...is to read the rulebook.
     
  8. wayneo

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    Here.

    Wayne
     
  9. MTA Tom

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    "....The contestant must stand with at least one foot on an imaginary line drawn through the center of the trap and continuing through the center of the post, or have one foot on each side of the line. Exceptions to the rule...of this paragraph may be granted by the referee/scorer due to inequalities in the shooting platform, and shall be granted for wheelchair contestants...."

    ATA Rules, Section VII, E, 10
     
  10. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    generally it will only be enforced when their is a clearly defined center line. then any part of the shooters body touching it qualifies.
     
  11. Avaldes

    Avaldes Well-Known Member

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    Personally I like the guys that stand with their toes right on the yard line. Like they get some kind of advantage versus being 3 inches further back. Or the guys that crowd one side of the box from 1 and 5, again thinking those couple extra inches give them an advantage:)
     
  12. gun fitter

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    It really depends on the club rules are not interpreted consistently at all clubs
    Joe
     
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    Just to make sure we are all clear on this, you have to have one foot touching the centerline, or straddle it. The rule is quite clear.

    Your other foot can be anywhere except in front of the yardage line. It can be in the next yardage box back, it can be in the grass to the side etc. Just keep one foot in the center and you are good. Also, ATA rules don't require you to have a box at any station, but you do have to be able to determine the centerline in all cases. Usually there is a pad with the center noted somehow, or you just determine it visually. Sometimes there are no pads or boxes at all, just a numeral on the asphalt etc. That is the centerline, or should be.
     
  14. Tyrone Biggums

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    Where's Hoover?
     
  15. missed some

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    The rule is to keep you from moving too far left on 5 and too fAr right on 1. some like to move in to lesson the angle. it isnt a club rule it is an Ata rule
     
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