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IPSC Practice Covid Policy

IPSC BC COVID-19 Protocols have been developed in conjunction with
viaSport British Columbia and were accepted by ViaSport in December
2020, under the Public Health Order restrictions at that time.
The current Public Health Orders however preclude any events or
gatherings and once the orders have been cancelled or relaxed to allow
for competitions, the protocols will again be reviewed with viaSport.
The layout of each event is different and Match Directors will be responsible for establishing protocols /controls to address the potential intermingling of squads at the stages and on paths, walkways, parking areas and other areas where competitors may congregate.
IPSC
The International Practical Shooting Confederation, IPSC, promotes the sport of practical shooting and practical shooting competitions.
Definitions:
EVENT – IPSC sanctioned match conducted at facility consisting of a number of ranges.
RANGE – a portion of a facility that has been designed and approved for shooting activities
STAGE – A portion of an IPSC match containing one course of fire and related supporting
facilities, amenities, shelter and signage
MASK – non medical face mask which covers the nose and mouth
SQUAD – a group of competitors, assembled as a cohort for the duration of the event.
VENUE – a specific range within a facility
Events:
Events consist of, usually, 5-15 stages, spread out over multiple Ranges. The spacing and layout of the stages on the ranges provides for physical distancing. Each range will be considered a separate venue. No more than 50 people may be present at any venue at any time. There is strict cohorting of Squads, with no mixing of squads. All individuals arriving at any event must wear masks upon exiting their vehicle and where possible ensure physical distancing throughout the duration of the event.
Event Screening:
Each participant or staff member will be required to participate in Covid Screening immediately upon entering the property.
Range:
A shooting Range may consist of one or more Stages. Only one Stage will be active at any one time on any given Range. Each Range is physically isolated from the others, for safety reasons. Physical distancing within a Range is straight forward, and necessary for Firearms safety. The stages within a range will be operated by only one group of Range Staff
One squad only is allowed on a range. The next squad cannot enter the range until the previous squad has exited, and any sanitizing of any common touch surfaces has been completed. This isolates each cohort (Squad) from all others.
On Range Staff:
Staff consists of three Range Officers (CRO, RO and Tablet official) to coordinate the safe operation of the stage by monitoring safety requirements, supervise competitor activities, scoring and recording results. Additional range staff (usually 7 individuals) are required to restore and reset the stage.
Range Officers will at all times while officiating, wear a mask, and utilize hand sanitizer prior to starting a competitor.
The tablet official (TO) will display the competitors score, to the competitor on the tablet for acknowledgement and the TO will accept the score. The competitor will not touch the tablet and will retrieve a copy of their score from the mobile printer.
Timers and tablets will not be shared between officials without first sanitizing the items.
Gloves will be available to on range staff if desired. The use of gloves will not replace good hand hygiene and the requirements to wash or use hand sanitizer.
Squads:
Competitors move through the Stages in Squads, usually of less than 10 people. Squads do not mix with other groups. Squad size will be limited to the smaller of:
• 10
• That number that can safely distance on the most restrictive of the ranges,
Physical Distancing and Range Precautions
Each Range is physically isolated from the others, for safety reasons. Physical distancing within a Range is straight forward, and necessary for Firearms safety. All individuals will use hand sanitizer upon entering or leaving any range, sanitation stations will be
provided. Masks will be worn by all individuals at the event and may only be removed by a competitor following the ‘Load And Make Ready’ command. The competitor must also don their mask prior to the RO issuing the ‘Range Is Clear’ command. Eye protection will always be worn by everyone on the range.
Safety Contact
While the Range Officer may need to stay with the competitor, 3-meter distancing needs only to be broken in the case of safety concerns. In this case, the range officer will be wearing a mask and will have used hand sanitizer prior to starting the competitor. The competitor can immediately sanitize equipment if there is physical contact.
Sanitizing
In addition to the general recommendation on sanitizing, IPSC competitions will ensure that either:

  1. Only one person will touch any target, or
  2. Non-touch techniques are used to patch targets.
    While scoring the stage, the designated patchers will patch the targets and set up any moving targets. Any target backer will either be replaced or sanitized between individuals contacting them.
    Written Stage Briefing and Walk Through
    After the Briefing, the Range Officer will allow 4-5 minutes for the walk through. Physical distancing must be maintained during this process and the Range Officials must ensure that physical distancing is maintained. This may include limiting the number of competitors that may walk through at a time or establishing designated routes to be used to maintain two-meter physical distancing.
    Competition
    The competitor may remove their mask while competing, (following the ‘Load And Make Ready’ command) but the Range Officer will not issue the “Range Is Clear” command until the mask is in place again.

Resuming New Member Orientations

After about a two month pause, we are pleased to resume orientations – new members can now join the club! We are committed to following both the letter and the spirit of Public Health guidelines, working our way back to “normal” (whatever that turns out to be) in a cautious and graduated way. The KTSA is determined to keep the safety of our members and our community top of mind as we reintroduce club activities as conditions allow. Here is how we will begin to conduct orientations.

1. Small groups only – maximum of 5 individuals per orientation session.
2. Transportation – people must use their own vehicles throughout the orientation.
3. Physical distancing – we will maintain the 2 meter distancing requirement throughout the orientation session.
4. Health – do not attend if you have symptoms such as persistent cough, sneezing, fever or if you are feeling less than completely well. Obviously, you cannot attend if you are self-isolating or quarantined due to recent return from travel or known contact with infected persons.
5. PPE – use protective masks and gloves is encouraged, though not compulsory.
6. Bring your completed and signed application form. Payment by cheque is encouraged. We also accept cash, but please bring the exact amount to minimize money handling.
7. Bring eye and ear protection as we will likely be entering active shooting areas.
8. Review the range rules and be prepared to bring forward any questions for discussion.
9. You are certainly welcome to bring firearms if you wish to stay at the range and shoot after the orientation!

To arrange an orientation, please contact Jim Bartlett at 250-374-6651 or at jrbartlett@shaw.ca. (Please leave a contact phone number if you email).

Annual General Meeting

Kamloops Target Sports Association
Annual General Meeting
February 23rd, 2020


Kamloops Curling Club
700 Victoria Street
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2B6
(250-372-5432)

Meet & Greet Social: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Meeting: 7:00pm – 9:00pm


This Annual General Meeting is called for the purposes of reviewing and adopting the:
President’s Report – 2019
Financial Reports – 2019
Director Reports – 2019
Election of Board Members (if required) 2020 – 2021
Meeting Board of Directors – 2020 – 2021
Establishing Membership Fees for 2021
Future Club Development & Improvement Discussions

Outdoor Range Condition

To all outdoor range users:

With the current weather patterns of rain, snow and freezing temperatures it has become impossible to keep the range access road in good condition.Unless you have GOOD Winter tires and /or CHAINS we strongly suggest you use the road with extreme caution. With any luck Domtar and the KTSA road maintenance group can get ahead of the ice and snow issues in the near future.

Don Morphy
KTSA Range Warden

Nominations

Notice is hereby given that nominations to the Kamloops Target Sports Association Board of Directors for the 2020 year are officially open. Members in good standing, motivated to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of Kamloops Target Sports Association, are invited to stand for election to the Board of Directors.
Nominations will be accepted up to and including January 15, 2020. Email nominations to:
george@overlandpress.com with KTSA Nomination in the subject line.
Brent Weaver

Canadian National Smallbore Championships

Report from our Athletic Program Coach

Thought the club might be interested in this event that just took place in Toronto on the week of 24 Aug to 27 Aug. I took two of our athletes and myself to Toronto for two events including Air Rifle and Sporting Rifle (.22). In the Air Rifle event Club Members Sullivan Fagan came in 6th overall and Sera Nami came in 2nd (silver). The Air event is a 1200 point match where the athletes shoot 60 shots on electronic targets over a 1 hour and 15 minute period on two consecutive days. The second event was the .22 Sporting Rifle where they again shoot 60 shots each on two consecutive days for a total of 1200 points. Each day they shoot three 20 shot relays each of 30 minutes with only 10 minutes in between each relay. Sera Nami came in second in the Expert class for the Silver and Sully came in 3rd for the Bronze also in the Expert class. Even this old coach managed to grab a gold in two categories. One in the Expert class and one in the Veteran class (I guess I haven’t lost the touch yet!).

Both of our athletes have done very well and continue to strive to reach their goal of qualifying for the Canadian National High Performance Team.

Pat Landals Provincial Coach BC Target Sports

Editor Note: Congratulations Sera and Sullivan, very well done!!!

Road Maintenance & Bay access

Week of July 8 – 12 the Grader will be out on the road again. Unfortunately we do not have an exact date at this time. Please make sure to adhere to the speed limits and be careful around corners and other sections where you can’t see far ahead.

Please be reminded to NOT drive in to the Bays. Also don’t drive where the fence was. 
The fence was taken down to allow heavy equipment to work around the bays to construct the footings for the new shelters etc NOT to drive in to the bays or closer to them for everday use.
The fencing will soon go up again (once all the repair and improvements have been done.
So PLEASE stop on the north side of the ditch as before and stop creating more work and cost.