"If you are an ATA member and a club in any state is having an ATA shoot do they have to let you shoot in it?"
Well yes unless the Club posts a disclaimer in the official program. Many local clubs in this area put a statement in the program that says they reserve the right to refuse any entry as they deem necessary at there digression.
The ATA BY-Laws says under membership,
Section 4: Both Life Members and Annual Members, upon presentation of their membership cards, the payment of registration fee and compliance with the rules and regulations of this Association and their State Organization, shall be entitled to participate in all trapshooting contests registered by the Amateur Trapshooting Association of America.
Thanks Bob----Those that said no, care to explain to someone like me that does not know and understand all the rules why you could not be allowed to shoot. I just want to make sure i never go to a shoot and get told no?----Matt
around here, there is a one day shoot called the Jersey crickets. They shoot registered targets at three different clubs. the shoot is held in the spring but the sign-up closes in either December or January. so you cannot just show up at one of those three clubs and shoot registered targets that day. So there is an example of why you would not be able to shoot, despite your ATA membership.
Another example would be if the club has a cut-off number for participants, number of squads, etc. You can only get so many shooters through in a given period of time. rather than cut folks out of the shoot, shoots like the Southern Grand will shorten the program as required but at least you will get to shoot.
I believe a private organization named the "Okoboji Indians" is the only group that shoots registered ATA targets. These shoots are not open to other ATA members.I believe they started in Iowa around 1900. JOND
No, club rules over rule any other rules ... The club can refuse to serve you if you do not adhere to that clubs rules ... I turned two shooters away after they drove from Colorado to the Spring Grand at the old Phoenix Club, then didn't want to wait in line like everyone else ... They walked past the classification desk to the cashier and expected the cashier to take their cards to the classification and get them classified ... I told the cashier to tell them to get in line with everyone else ... They wanted to force the issue and I told them to leave that they will not be shooting this shoot ... That was the last time I saw them ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
The 2009 Michigan Trapshooting Association Program says:
"These are invitational tournaments and the Directors reserve the right to reject, refund, or disqualify any contestant who, in their judgment, interferes with the harmony of the shoot or violates Amateur Trapshooting Association or Michigan Trapshooting Association rules or regulations."
As MTA Tom stated, if you check event programs you will often see "Invitational" in there.. I have shot at a club where a particular shooter was banned from the grounds for some type of safety violation not related to trapshooting but because of that he was not allowed to participate in the registered shoot.
I can certainly understand a rule violation. I do NOT believe that any club or facility running an ATA shoot can just reserve the right to refuse service for anything other than not following rules. I'm certainly not saying it has never happened but it is not allowed by ATA rules. Someone not allowed to participate for such a reason would have a very strong legal case.---Matt
"I do NOT believe that any club or facility running an ATA shoot can just reserve the right to refuse service for anything other than not following rules. I'm certainly not saying it has never happened but it is not allowed by ATA rules."
Matt just a word of advice be sure you are correct before you say things that may come back to haunt you.
SECTION III REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONDUCTING A REGISTERED SHOOT
C. CHECKLIST FOR THE SHOOT
3. Shoot Management of any registered event and/or tournament, at its
discretion, may reject any entry, or refund any entry. In all cases except
as may be otherwise provided in these Official Rules, the authority of
the Management of a registered shoot is not subject to appeal and all
contestants must abide by its rulings. No entry shall be rejected on the
basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability unless
such disability renders the contestant incapable of complying with these
Official Rules or results in an unsafe condition, which endangers any
person or property.
This rule can be found on Page 10 of the 2010 rule book as 2011 has not yet(to my knowledge)been published.
Guys, certainly i agree with what you both have posted. What i posted didn't really come out like i intended. I simply meant as long as all guidlines and rules including shooters conduct were followed it would seem they wouldn't have a leg to stand on. Now that i read what you both have posted(i.e. the rules), it sure leaves alot of room for interpretation by shoot management. I guess that being said i'll re-cant my statement. No harm no foul. I guess my statements was more hope/wish than fact.---Matt