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Vince Pinto

How To Be A Better Range Officer

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Hi guys,

While this list in not comprehensive, hopefully it will give you a few pointers:

01. Always have a written stage briefing (approved by the RM), and read it out verbatim to each and every squad, even though you might be able to recite it from memory. Also ensure that a copy is posted at the stage, so competitors can read it for themselves - it's also informative for spectators.

02. Never, ever give a stage briefing or issue range commands while holding a cigarette.

03. If a competitor wants to ask you a question about the stage, ask the competitor to wait while you assemble the entire squad and your fellow ROs before you reply. This way, everybody hears the same question and the same answer. If you think the question and answer might influence the conduct, scoring and/or application of penalties for the stage, summon the Range Master and seek his advice before replying.

04. Be cool. Be very cool. If a competitor has had a bad hair day, he might be aggravated and not as friendly as you would like him to be. However, since you're a shooter too, you've been there and you know the feeling.

05. When a rule issue arises, don't quote rules from memory. Always have a copy of the rulebook with you and look up the answer, then show the competitor the applicable rule. And don't try to wing it - not ever. If you're in doubt, summon the Range Master and seek his advice before replying.

06. If you must DQ a competitor, apologise. Yes, apologise, even though the competitor's actions caused the DQ. You really hate to DQ a competitor and you're just doing your job, but it still makes you miserable to send a guy to the showers.

07. If the competitor is upset about a DQ, stay cool. Calmly give him your reasons and nicely offer to summon a more senior official to assist. The competitor doesn't hate you - he's hates the DQ, and he has every right to make an appeal according to the rules. It's not personal.

08. Be sensitive to your competitor's demeanour. Some people need a bit longer to get into "Zen" mode when they come to the line, while others might be as nervous as hell. Read the signs and react accordingly.

09. Enjoying friendly banter with the squad helps to relax everybody but, when the competitor comes to the line, it's down to business. Recite the range commands verbatim and focus 100% on the competitor on the line.

10. During scoring, if a competitor challenges your call, don't just dismiss him - the difference between an Alpha and a Charlie can mean the difference between 1st and 2nd place. Grab your scoring overlay and take the time to carefully check the challenged hole(s) in the target, but only score what you can actually see. Never give away hits on a "benefit of doubt" basis, as you have more than one competitor to consider.

11. After scoring a competitor, stay downrange and be the last person to return to the start position. This way, you can ensure that the stage is clear before you start the next competitor.

12. Before each match, read the Range Officer's Creed.

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OTHER USEFUL THREADS FOR RANGE OFFICERS:

Watch What Needs To Be Watched.

Debugging A Stage

Scoresheets - Best Practices

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Excellent post, Vince!

I'd only add one bit of advice: if you make a mistake--admit it, fix it, and learn from it.

Troy

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Nice post Vince !

And one more if I may: follow (join) the (rules) discussions here on the forum !

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From point 04: "...since you're a shooter too, you've been there..."

It all boils down to that.

I would vote for permanently placing Mr Pinto's post under the forum header, in the "Important Topics" section.

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Great post...just got back from a match and this is the way our RO's worked...though nobody was dq'ed!

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I wanted to bring this back to the top...we all need to read it every so often.

Great thread Vince.

And, Troy...also a very nice post. You da man!

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