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  1. To: All IDPA Members From: Joyce Wilson, Executive Director, IDPA Date: March 25, 2015 Re: Safety: Our Highest Priority Many of our members have seen a video on social media this week in which a competitor was allowed to shoot much of a stage while another competitor was downrange collecting brass. This video was not filmed at an event in our sport, but it provides for us an opportunity to remind our members, Safety Officers (SOs), Safety Officer Instructors (SOIs) and Match Directors (MDs) that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Safety, and the process for ensuring the range is clear prior to Load and Make Ready, will continue to be stressed in SO classes, and I encourage Match Directors at all Tiers to remind SOs of their process. Many of our SO Instructors have already expressed an interest in using this video as part of their teaching toolkit, not as an indictment of the match official, shooter or bystander, but as a learning opportunity and a reminder that safety is our highest priority. Our Safety Officers have a big responsibility in ensuring that shooters will not be in harm’s way while running a stage. It has always been standard protocol that the CSO, PSO or SO be the last person off the stage to ensure that no one is downrange. This event serves as a reminder that complacency is the enemy of safety. Shoot safely!
  2. IT’S BACK!!! It’s time to sign up for the third attack of the Beast of the East on Sat. & Sun., June 27th and 28th. Expect the same thrill, rush of adrenalin and challenge as the previous two Beasts. This year’s match will include 10-12 stages and ~160 rounds. The faint of heart need not apply! Registration is now open at https://shootnscoreit.com/idpa/match/636/ This match fills quickly, so register now! The Match fee will be $100, PAYABLE TO: Ken Ortbach / BOTE 301 E. Saucon St. Hellertown, PA 18055 IDPA Marksman class shooters or higher will be accepted to shoot the match. We look forward to seeing you there.
  3. Ryan - it was great to see you get the win AND the bump - congrats! Kitty
  4. Solartix - good question. That section of the Rulebook was completed. The rulebook will be released in its entirety when all sections are completed (I believe this was in one of Joyce's previous messages). As mentioned, we will continue to reconvene any or all of the teams as successive teams come up with questions or issues that are cross dependent. The update on that particular team (Rules) will be in the next TJ issue and it will say we are done for the moment. The updates are always in the TJ, which means they will be coming to you each quarter, so you may not hear on a specific date what has been done. The one specific date that you WILL hear is the date that the Rulebook will be available for member comments/feedback. This date will be announced on the IDPA website, the Down Zero Forum and possibly in an email blast to IDPA members. Lots more detailed info on this in the upcoming TJ which should be coming your way in the next week or 2, so hope you make sure to read it.
  5. LOL - technically, I guess you were. So I was correct when I said that there has been no updates in the last few months.
  6. Self correcting problem - if you aren't a member, you do not have access to the updates, and now you know not to ask Strick for news.
  7. Brian Stricker, don't make me smack you upside the head! Do you not want Corey to know what is going on? Corey, there is a QUARTERLY update in the Tactical Journal about where we are in the process - next one is due in all IDPA member's mailbox in the next few weeks. In every issue, Joyce talks about what teams have met/what teams are still meeting, have completed or have not met. In this issue, she will mention the items that we have pulled out of the process and up to the HQ level. Of course, the fact that Strick delivered a HUGE list of suggestions to us at the Texas State Match may hold us up a year or two!
  8. No matter what anyone else tells you, New Yorkers outside the city LOVE our guns! Come help us celebrate our right to own them at the 2012 IDPA NY State Championship on Sept. 8 & 9. Register here: http://www.nepaidpas.../match_08.shtml Looking forward to seeing you there! Kitty
  9. Greetings from the Tiger Team. We just wanted to take a few minutes to give you some insight to how things are progressing. The group has been working now for a few weeks and we are beginning to get a vision of how big a task this project will be. It's kind of overwhelming, as you can imagine. We have begun the process of laying out the format and flow of how we would like the new rulebook flow. Already, this has caused us to take a look at a number of issues. We needed some basic guidelines of our goals, objectives and parameters before we could really get into the details of updates. We looked at the basic principles which have made IDPA so successful over the last 13 years. We looked into the basic rules and ideals. And we discovered that the founders really did do a very good job in defining what IDPA is all about. Our core values are strong and are still the differentiator that makes IDPA so special. We know there are a number of other shooting sports out there, and they all have things that make them unique and successful in their markets. But no one sport can be all things to all people. The founding principle of IDPA has always been based in defensive shooting scenarios using concealed carry types of equipment. As part of this principle, we have always tried to allow "off the shelf" equipment and ammunition and not require any special equipment in order to be competitive. This has set us apart from the other shooting sports and is a premise many of our members and our board feel strongly we should continue. In business today, a company can grow moderately if it continues to market and sell itself to its existing customer base. Or it can grow more rapidly by marketing and selling itself to "the white space"; new customers who have never purchased from the company before. The potential to grow the business is much larger if the target market is the white space. With that idea in mind, going forward, IDPA is not looking to attract new shooters from any of the other shooting sports. Many of us are cross-over shooters, and folks from the other sports are most welcome to shoot with us and we would never think of excluding them in any way; however, they are not our target audience. To reach our full potential, we must continue to market and sell ourselves to new shooters who may have never participated in any shooting sport at all. Wisconsin is the latest state to pass concealed carry laws for its citizens. This illustrates how many new gun owners there are in this world who need a place where they can practice their concealed carry skills. This is the growth opportunity for IDPA. The Tiger Teams will focus on maintaining the core principles of IDPA that have made it successful. We will update the guidelines we have in the rulebook to adapt to the changes in the firearms industry so newer concealed carry options can be incorporated into our sport. There is part of the challenge. It is a sport. And we have to be able to measure and record how the sport competes from the Novice level through the Distinguished Master. Some rules will have to be used in order for us to maintain a uniform playing field for all competitors. It's going to be a difficult balancing act. Kitty and I have heard from many of you. We want to thank you for all the messages of support many of you have sent. You have no idea how much those messages have meant to us. We have also heard from a number of people with concerns over this process and if we have the right people to help. We appreciate those thoughts as well. As we mentioned in the announcement letter, we will not be revealing the names of the members. We really want to let them focus on the tasks they have in front of them. But I so want to give you some insight into the expertise we have pulled together. After talking with the team, Kitty and I totaled over 100 years of experience shooting IDPA across the team. Most of the team started shooting IDPA prior to 2000. We have Area Coordinators & Multiple SOIs. We have shooters representing all 5 divisions. And we have shooting skills from Marksman to Distinguished Master. Most of the team shoots at Expert class and above. We have pulled this team together from the west coast, central, New England and the South. We have input from our international community. We have contacts across South & Central America, Europe, Asia and certainly Canada. This team really does represent a cross section of IDPA shooters of all skill levels across the world. We also have several technical writers and a published author/columnist. We have the skill set in place to really work on the verbiage of the rule book to make it as clear as possible. And this is just for the first team! We will be building additional teams in the near future to help us work on multiple sections of this effort in parallel. For those who might have felt left out of the process so far, rest assured, we will be leveraging many more experienced IDPA members in these additional teams. We now have a pretty good idea of how we want to structure the rule book. We want to make it clear and concise. We want to make it easy for anyone to look and find definitive answers to their questions. We want to clear up a lot of ambiguity and rules that seem to contradict each other. We want to add updates to incorporate newer equipment and yet keep the playing field level for all. We want to ease the administration of matches and how we run the sport as a whole. We will be looking to develop a very robust SO & SOI training and certification program. We will leverage a number of technologies to insure we get as uniform application of the rules as possible across every club and match. That said, there are some things in which we are limited. This is an international sport. We have restrictions in many parts of the world on the types of equipment which can be owned by our members. We can not restrict any of our members from participating in any of our divisions because of local legal issues. I was asked on the IDPAForum how long we think this process could take. This was one of the first things Kitty and I discussed with Joyce. We all agreed… it will take as long as it takes to get the job done right the first time. None of us want to repeat this process every 3 or 4 years. We want to make the rule book stand alone without really needing to be changed. Yet we want to provide a structure and process that will allow easy amendments and updates as things change over time. We want to utilize more modern technology to distribute these updates in a timely and wide spread manner. So we are not going to put a set time line on the process at this point. And none of this will become official without review by the membership. I hope this message helps relieve some of the concern that many of you have voiced to us. The IDPA that most of us have come to know and love is not going to change to be like any other shooting sport. We will stay true to our defensive shooting roots. We will make things easier to understand. And we will try to develop systems and processes that will allow us to communicate and train people to apply the rules in a uniform way all over the world. Give us some time and support. We've got a lot of work to do to reach all these goals. We are building the teams from across the membership to make this happen. Shoot fast. With all Zeros.  Terry "Bubba" Burba TigerTeam@idpa.com For a list summarizing all of the member suggestions so far, please see the Match Chat forum on IDPAForum.com . http://idpaforum.yuk...o-the-rule-book
  10. Cliff: Now that I've seen the infamous pic - that $300 for your room key seems like a great deal. NY Kitty
  11. Reminder: registration deadline for the New York State IDPA Championship is Tuesday, May 10th. Bring your gun and come have fun! [/font]
  12. Registration for the New York State IDPA Championship Match is now open. Join us June 3-5, 2011, in scenic Pine City, NY to celebrate our Second Ammendment rights by shooting this 12 stage match. Match information and registration at the link below. We will have wicked fun! http://www.nepaidpas.../match_08.shtml
  13. Mike: How can you NOT come and see all of your fans? :-) ♥
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