The outdoor range re-opened Friday July 9, 2021 mid morning.
As you know, Kamloops has experienced an extreme wildfire hazard over the past few weeks. Serious fire outbreaks have occured around and even within the city. Even though weather conditions should improve for the next few days, it is expected to have little overall effect on our current hazard resulting from the unusually dry Spring and the recent record heat.
The City of Kamloops closed many of its outdoor recreation facilities a few days ago, including Kenna Cartwright Park which borders on our range. Our landlord, DOMTAR, feels that they should follow the lead of the City in the use of their lands for recreation. We agree that it is reasonable to align the use of our range with the status of that adjacent park and are doing so now.
Please be advised that our outdoor KTSA range will be closed as of 4:30 pm this (Monday) afternoon (July 5, 2021).
(The lock will be changed at that time. The current lock will be put back once we are again open.)
We trust we have your understanding for this action that is being taken for the safety of our members as well as the protection of the land and our property. We will notify you immediately when we are able to reopen.
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.
The International Practical Shooting Confederation, IPSC, promotes the sport of practical shooting and practical shooting competitions.
• 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 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.
Each participant or staff member will be required to participate in Covid Screening immediately upon entering the property.
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.
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:
• 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.
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.
In addition to the general recommendation on sanitizing, IPSC competitions will ensure that either:
- Only one person will touch any target, or
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.com. (Please leave a contact phone number if you email).
The Horse Barn resumed in person Membership Renewals as of Friday May 15, 2020.
Kamloops Target Sports Association
Annual General Meeting
February 23rd, 2020
Kamloops Curling Club
700 Victoria Street
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2B6
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
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.
KTSA Range Warden
IPSC is taking a break Wed 25 and Jan 1 which are stat holidays. Resumes practice on Wed Jan 8, 2020.
Tuesday and Wednesday 24./25.12.2019 the noon gang will not be shooting at the indoor range.
Thursday evening indoor shooting resumes January 2nd, 2020.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org with KTSA Nomination in the subject line.