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Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza Handbook

Extravaganza Held Annually in April

For current year event date, registration instructions, etc., please see the current year Shooting Sports Extravaganza Registration Details document.

This is a beginner’s match and a learning event only.  Rules are adjusted to accommodate this being a beginner’s match.  

These rules are for Extravaganza only.  Rules for any other specific match do not apply at this event.

The Annual Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Extravaganza will take place at the Texas 4-H Conference Center on Lake Brownwood (http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/).  This is an event for beginner shooters to learn the processes of shooting competitively.  Basic knowledge of firearm safety, range safety, event rules, and event format is required.  No previous competitive participation is required.  The emphasis is on exploring new shooting activities and having fun.  Participants are encouraged to register for events that they have never shot competitively.  Space and time limit the event to a maximum of 400 participants.  Medals will be awarded to the top three placings per age division in each event.

This is not intended to be a match for our top level shooters, but an introduction to competitive shooting for beginners.  Advanced shooters are encouraged to participate as coaches or mentors for younger, less experienced shooters.

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Before the events begin, on Friday night, a Target Scoring workshop will be held for any interested coaches, adults, and youth, and an organized social activity will be available for youth. Details about these activities will be available at check-in.

REGISTRATION:

No on-site registration available at the event. Registration will be via 4-H Connect. See current year Shooting Sports Extravaganza Registration Details document for detailed registration dates, pricing, and instructions.

LODGING & MEALS:

Lodging and meal accommodations are available at the Texas 4-H Conference Center. See current year Shooting Sports Extravaganza Registration Details document for information.

ELIGIBILITY:

Any enrolled 4-H member who is active in a 4-H Shooting Sports project under the direct supervision of a 4-H Shooting Sports Coach certified in the applicable discipline(s) (Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) is eligible to participate in this event (with County/Club approval).

PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:

It is very important that all shooters understand the basic firearm skills, range procedures, and rules in each discipline/event in which they will shoot. Introduction to firearm safety, range safety, event rules, and event format by a local coach prior to the event is mandatory for all shooters. Synopses for each event are listed at the end of this document and complete rules are posted on the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports web page (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/shootingsports). 

AGE DIVISIONS:

1. Age Requirements Youth may participate in 4-H year from September 1st of grade three through August 31st following completion of grade twelve, with these age restrictions:

2. Texas 4-H Member Categories

EXTRAVAGANZA APPAREL:

On-site sales only. Lonestar Event Apparel will be offering Extravaganza shirts and other items in a variety of customizable styles and colors for purchase on-site. No pre-orders.

DRESS CODE:

Standard 4-H Dress Code applies to everyone in attendance (participants, spectators, etc.) and includes the following for all shooters on all ranges:

MATCHES OFFERED: 

Extravaganza event rules and match synopses are at the end of this document.  Please make sure you read them. The rules for the State Games or any other 4-H shooting event do not apply at Extravaganza. Eighteen matches are featured:

- Air Pistol

- Air Pistol Silhouette

- BB Gun (4 position)

- Running Target (air rifle)

- Sporter Air Rifle

- Precision Air Rifle (standing)

- Air Rifle Silhouette

- Light Rifle

- 3-Position Smallbore Rifle (Prone Only option available for Juniors)

- Smallbore Rifle Silhouette

- Compound Basic Archery

- Recurve Basic Archery

- Compound 3-D Archery

- Recurve 3-D Archery

- Shotgun Trap

- Shotgun Skeet

- Hunting and Wildlife Medley

SQUADDING: Squadding will be completed following the close of registration. 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 

 

CHALLENGES:

This is a great learning experience for shooters, parents, and new coaches.  This is part of the process for scored targets at every shooting event.  Shooters may view targets for one hour as soon as they become available.  For this event, all shooters may have one adult/coach/experienced 4-H shooter with them while viewing. A target may be challenged if the shooter feels that it has been scored incorrectly.  Fee to challenge is $1.00.  The fee is returned to the shooter if a change is made by their challenge.

PROTESTS:

Shooters only may file a protest for any injustice, violation of the rules, or other circumstance that may have results in placing them at a disadvantage relative to other shooters.  Such conditions must be reported to the range officer or field referee immediately.  If satisfaction is not obtained, the situation should be reported immediately to the event manager.  The shooter only has the right to file a written protest with a $20 protest fee within 1 hour of time their squad has finished.  The jury will investigate and reach final resolution of the matter as soon as possible. The jury is made up of Craig Sullivan, Roy Green, and Larry Perez.

AWARDS:

Results will be posted by discipline/event when scoring and tabulation is completed.  Medals will be awarded to the top three placings per age division in each event. All participants will receive an Extravaganza patch.

FAN INTERFERENCE:

Disruption by parents, coaches or other individuals will not be permitted.  Sanctions ranging from a warning to ejection from the grounds or disqualification will be imposed for interference with the operation of the match or disruption of the events on a firing line or field.  

CHECK-IN:

Friday: On-site check-in will be available Friday evening (7:00-9:00 p.m.). Only one coach or leader responsible for the county/club may check-in. If county is split into separate clubs or projects, please make arrangements to pick up packets separately by emailing Beverly Sullivan at sullivan@centex.net.

Saturday: Those arriving on Saturday morning must plan on arriving by 7:00 AM in order to clear check-in and get their packets prior to the 8:00 a.m. orientation. Only one coach or leader responsible for the county/club may check-in, or make prior arrangements for separate packets at the e-mail address above.

ORIENTATION:

Orientation will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and is mandatory for everyone.

PERSONAL GEAR:

In general shooters provide their own firearms, ammunition and archery equipment as well as personal eye and ear protection.  

GENERAL SAFETY RULES:

The highest standards of safety must be maintained at all times. To help us in achieving that end, the following rules apply:

1.        All firearms must have an action open indicator (open bolt indicator, empty chamber indicator, etc.) in the action at all times when not on the firing line. Either commercial or handmade indicators may be used.

2.         Rifles with multiple cartridge magazines must be loaded with only the appropriate number according to the event being shot, no more:

                - 3 Position Smallbore Rifle – must load a single cartridge at a time        

                - Light Rifle – may load to bull (target) requirements (4 at a time, then reload)

                - Smallbore Rifle Silhouettes – may load to one bank of animals (5 at a time, then reload)

3.        No pre-loaded magazines allowed.  Shooter must load after range officer instructs to do so on the firing line.

4.        No ammunition of any type is to be kept in the firearm case.

5.        No hollow-point or sidewinder ammunition is permitted.

6.        Users of semi-automatic firearms are responsible for keeping ejected brass from interfering with others.

7.        No practice or off-range shooting is permitted using any equipment in any location on the day of the event.

8.        Firearms, ammunition and archery equipment is to be kept under direct adult supervision at all times.

9.        Firearms, archery equipment and ammunition are not permitted in the dorms.

10.        Adequate eye and ear protection is required for all persons on or in the immediate vicinity of the firing line for all shooting events during live firing.  This includes spectators who are close to the firing line. Exceptions:

                - Ear protection is not required in the air rifle and air pistol events.

- Neither eye nor ear protection is required in the archery events, but the use of protective eye wear is strongly encouraged.

11.        Event coordinators and range staff are in absolute control of their respective ranges.  Their commands must be obeyed immediately and completely.

12.        The use of reloaded ammunition must be approved in advance of use.  Reloaded ammunition for any event must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation. Please see the “Reloading Rules” on the 4-H Shooting Sports website for details. The shooter of reloaded ammunition assumes all responsibility of any incident involving that ammunition including the damage of property and injury to persons involved.

13.        All equipment must be cased when brought to the firing line. One case per firearm.

14.        All rifle and pistol cases must be marked on the exterior with ‘M’ for the muzzle end.

15.        No double-tapping of any firearm on any range.   This is defined as rapidly pulling the trigger twice on the same target.

16.         All shooting equipment must be properly fitted for each shooter. Any equipment that is deemed unsafe will not be allowed to be used. Match supervisors and range officers have the final call regarding equipment safety.

        

The Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Project does not allow any games that involve shooting at another individual or at humanoid targets. For this reason, water balloon launchers, water guns, air soft guns, paintball guns, marshmallow guns or similar items are not permitted on the grounds.  If they are seen at this event, they will be confiscated.

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANCE NEEDED:

As in the past, some help will be needed on ranges, in the scoring area, in the target review area, and as couriers during the day Saturday. Some assistance may be needed with particular venues for added safety reasons. Your willingness to help as needed is appreciated. 

If you are willing to help, please contact Beverly Sullivan (Sullivan@centex.net) to help us locate you early. At least one volunteer from each county will be helpful when time is available.  Teens are encouraged to assist as well.

We expect to continue in the more than 30 years of traditions of the earlier Extravaganzas, bringing fun, fellowship and new ideas to shooting sports youth, parents and leaders.  Come and join us in making this event special!  We look forward to seeing you there.


MATCH SYNOPSES: Shooting Events, Courses of Fire, and Shoot Locations

This is a beginner’s match only. Rules and procedures may be adjusted to accommodate this being a beginner’s match. Rules for any other match do not apply at this event.

Please review those events which your shooters have selected.  Note that the silhouette events are held at a site off of the 4-H Center property and participation may require up to ½ day.  Shotgun events are also held at a site off of the 4-H Center property.  Because of the distance to this range, shotgun will be considered an all-day event. Squad times for these events are approximate and indicate either morning or afternoon squads which will be made up on site. Each county or club must provide adequate transportation and adult leaders to get shooters to the proper locations.

The Dress Code stated above applies to all ranges and all matches.

Air Pistol Match

Location:         Texas 4-H Center - Recreation Room, Main Building

Targets:        B-32 four bull

Courses of Fire:        All firing will be at 10 meters (33 feet), ten (10) shots per target

Junior - ten (10) shots, two-hand hold, heel of the hand support only; no other point of contact. (3.3.4 shots per bull)

Intermediate - twenty (20) shots, two-hand hold, standing (5 shots per bull)

Senior - thirty (30) shots, one-hand hold, standing (5 shots per bull)

Equipment:        Pistol Permission Card is required to shoot (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/shootingsports).

        Any safe .177 caliber (4.5 mm) air pistol with open sights only.    

Time:        A total of one (1) minute per record shot. Sighter shots are permitted on the designated bull.  Relays are scheduled on 45 minute intervals.

Air Pistol Silhouette Match

Location:        Woodmen of the World Silhouette Range (maps available at event check in)

Targets:        1/10 Scale Metallic Silhouettes

Course of Fire:          All shooting from standing position as follows:

        Junior (20 shot course)        Intermediate (30 shot course)        Senior (40 shot course)

        10 pigs @ 10 yards        10 pigs @ 10 yards        10 chickens @ 10 yards

        10 rams @ 12.5 yards        10 turkeys @ 12.5 yards        10 pigs @ 12.5 yards

                10 rams @ 15 yards        10 turkeys @ 15 yards

                10 rams @ 18 yards

Equipment:                              Pistol Permission Card is required to shoot (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/shootingsports).  

        Any safe .177 caliber (4.5 mm) air pistol with open, non-aperture sights may be used. No electronic or telescopic devices.  

Time:         Thirty second “Ready” time and two and one-half (2 ½) minute shooting time for each bank of 5 targets.

BB Gun Match

Location:        Tennis courts or Administration Building patio, depending upon weather

Targets:        NRA AR-4/10

Course of Fire:        One match of (4) ten-shot stages of prone, standing, sitting, and kneeling for a total of 40 record shots will be fired from a distance of 5 meters (16 feet 4 3/4 inches).

Eligible Ages:        Only Juniors and Intermediates are eligible for this match.

Equipment:         Any safe, factory smoothbore BB gun weighing a total of six (6) pounds or less may be used.  Only metallic sights may be used.  Rear sights with eyecups and any hooded front site that extends beyond the muzzle may not be used.  Blinders are permitted.

Running Target Match

Location:        Administration Building Patio

Targets:        AR 6

Course of Fire:        20 shot match: 10 slow, 10 fast

Participation Limit:        40 shooters

Equipment:        Any safe .177 caliber air rifle. Telescopic sights permitted. Some rifles will be available for participants' use.

Sporter and Precision Air Rifle Matches         

Location:        Texas 4-H Center, Lakeside Pavilion

Targets:        AR 1/10, twelve (12) bull targets

Course of Fire:          Sporter:                Juniors - Ten shots each - two targets prone only.

        Intermediates and Seniors - Ten (10) shots each - prone, standing and kneeling (in that order) for a total of 30 shots.

Precision:         Juniors - Ten shots each - two targets, standing only.

Intermediate and Seniors - Ten shots each - three targets, standing only for a total of 30 shots.

Equipment Classes:         Sporter and Precision classes will be recognized.  While shooters may be squadded together and will shoot the same course of fire, only sporter rifles (up to and including the Daisy 853/753/953, Crossman 2000, and Daisy SXV40) are permitted in the sporter class.  Precision air rifles allow anything beyond those models in price or set up.  

Equipment:         No scopes permitted.

         Any caliber .177 (4.5 mm) air rifle equipped with metallic sights or their equivalent, including precision air rifles is permitted.  Slings may be used in the prone and kneeling stages.  Shooting jackets, gloves and shooting boots are allowed only in the ‘Precision’ class.  Adjustable stocks may not be altered between stages in the Sporter class.  Two sweatshirts may be worn.

Time:        One (1) minute per record shot, including sighters (30 minutes total).  Relays are on 45 minute intervals.

Air Rifle Silhouette Match

Location:        Woodmen of the World Silhouette Range (maps available at event check in)

Targets:        1/10 scale metallic silhouette chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams

Course:        All shooting from standing position as follows:

        Junior (20 shot course)        Intermediate (30 shot course)        Senior (40 shot course)

        10 pigs @ 20 yards        10 pigs @ 20 yards        10 chickens @ 20 yards

        10 rams @ 25 yards        10 turkeys @ 25 yards        10 pigs @ 25 yards

                10 rams @ 35 yards        10 turkeys @ 35 yards

                10 rams @ 40 yards

Ties:        Ties will be broken in three stages: totals in rams, turkeys, pigs and chickens; long runs in the same order, shoot offs using paper targets and air rifles on the air pistol range.

Equipment:        Any safe air rifle weighing no more than 11 pounds with scopes and mounts attached.

Length of barrel and action must not exceed 30 inches. Rifles may be powered by compressed air or CO2. Calibers permitted include .177 (5MM), .22 or .25.

Gloves, slings, or palm rests are not allowed.

Coaching:        Each shooter may have a coach or spotter on the firing line with a scope or binoculars to call shots, keep time and advise. They may not touch the shooter or his/her equipment once the shooter is on the firing line.

Time:        Two and one-half (2½) MINUTES per bank of five (5) targets.

Light Rifle Match

Location:        Texas 4-H Center, Lakeside Rifle Range

Targets:        A-32 Light Rifle Targets

Course of Fire:        Twenty (20) record shots will be fired using one (1) target with five (5) bulls, four (4) shots per bull.  Unlimited sighters may be fired on the one (1) sighting bull.  Total time, including sighters, will be thirty (30) MINUTES (one and one-half MINUTES per record shot).  All shots will be fired from the standing position.  The same standing position as used in three-position shooting may be used.  Rifles must be loaded to a maximum of four (4) rounds (a single bull requirement).

Equipment:        Any safe .22 caliber rim-fire rifle chambered for the .22 short, long or long rifle cartridge, having a trigger pull of no less than a two (2) pounds and a total weight not more than eight and one-half (8½) pounds including sights may be used with the following exceptions.  Rifles with stocks based on the AR15/M16 platform to include Ruger 10/22 or any other action in an AR stock are not permitted.  Release triggers are not permitted.  Telescopic sights may be used.  Regardless of magazine capacity, ammunition must be loaded to the bull (target); 4 rounds only, then reload.  Shooters are responsible for preventing their empties from interfering with other shooters.  All rifles must an open bolt indicator (OBI) have in place when not being fired.  Commercial or homemade red, orange, chartreuse or yellow OBIs are permitted.  No shooting jackets allowed.  

Three-position Smallbore Rifle Match

Location:        Texas 4-H Center, Lakeside Rifle Range

Targets:        A-36 NRA Smallbore Target

Course of Fire:        A quarter match course of fire will be used (10 shots each: prone, standing and kneeling).  Shooters will have one (1) minute per record shot fired prone, two (2) minutes per record shot standing, and one and one-half (1 ½) minutes per record shot fired kneeling, including unlimited sighters.  

        Juniors will fire a 20-shot prone relay with one (1) minute per record shot.

Rules:        All competition in this event is individual, therefore no coaching will be allowed after the match begins.  Coaches may assist until sighters are complete.  

Equipment:        Open or iron sights only; no scopes allowed.  Shooters are responsible for preventing their empties from interfering with other shooters, and the rifles must be loaded with a single cartridge at a time.  All rifles must an open bolt indicator (OBI) have in place when not being fired.  Commercial or homemade red, orange, chartreuse or yellow OBIs are permitted.  They must be in the action at all times except when on firing line.

Hunting and Wildlife Medley                

Location:        Texas 4-H Center, Site to be announced

Events:        Hunter Decision Making, Hunting Skills, and Wildlife Identification and Management.  There will be no live firing at this event as there is in the State Games.  

Course:        Participants will move through an established course, responding to the situations or questions posed.  Approximately equal thirds of the course will be devoted to each of the events.  This simulates the national and state events.

Equipment:        Pencil or pen and clipboard.  All questions and situations will be based on the content of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Manual (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/hunter-education/online-course).  No reference materials are permitted on the course.  

Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Match

Location:        Woodmen of the World Silhouette Range (maps available at event check in)

Targets:        Standard smallbore silhouettes

Course of Fire:        All shooting from the standing position as follows:

Junior (20 shot course)        Intermediate (30 shot course)        Senior (40 shot course)

        10 pigs @ 40 yards        10 pigs @ 40 yards        10 chickens @ 40 yards

        10 rams @ 60 yards        10 turkeys @ 60 yards        10 pigs @ 60 yards

                10 rams @ 75 yards        10 turkeys @ 75 yards

                10 rams @ 100 yards

Ties:        Ties will be broken in three stages: totals in rams, turkeys, pigs and chickens; long runs in the same order, shoot offs using paper targets and air rifles on the air pistol range.

Equipment:        Any safe .22 caliber rim-fire rifle with a safe trigger and chambered for the .22 long rifle or long cartridge with a maximum weight of 10 pounds 2 ounces may be used with the following exceptions.  Rifles with stocks based on the AR15/M16 platform to include Ruger 10/22 or any other action in an AR stock are not permitted.  Release triggers are not permitted.  Barrel must be no longer than 30 inches.  Stocks must be of conventional design with combs not extending above the center line of the bore and the toe of the stock not extending more than 7 inches below the center line of the bore. No thumbhole stocks or pistol grips will be permitted.  ‘Chin rest’ stocks are not permitted.  Butt plates cannot extend below the lower line of the stock.  Any sights, telescopic or metallic, that do not project an image on the target or operate the trigger are permitted.  Scopes may not be placed more than 2 inches above the rifle (top of the receiver to bottom of the scope tube).  Regardless of the magazine type or capacity, the rifle may only be loaded for one bank of animals at a time; maximum load must be 5 rounds at a time (one bank).  

Coaching:        Each shooter may have a coach or spotter on the firing line with a scope or binoculars to call shots, keep time and advise. They may not touch the shooter or his/her equipment once the shooter is on the firing line.

Time:        Two and one-half (2½) MINUTES per bank of five (5) targets.

Basic Archery Compound and Recurve Matches

Remember, release aids are prohibited in the Basic Archery events.

Location:         Texas 4-H Center, Lakeside Archery Range

Targets:        Full-color FITA, 40 cm faces: ten concentric scoring rings scored 1 to 10 from the outside to the center.

Courses of Fire:          Juniors:        12 arrows (2 ends of 6) at both 20 and 30 feet   (24 record shots)

Intermediates: 18 arrows (3 ends of 6) at both 30 and 45 feet   (36 record shots)

Seniors: 24 arrows (4 ends of 6) at both 45 and 59 feet (18 m)   (48 record shots)

Equipment:          Standard recurve or compound bows with draw weights of 45 pounds (peak) or less are permitted.  The archer may use a tab or shooting glove and other standard protective gear.  Either single pin adjustable or hunting sights may be used.  Release aids, overdraws, string peeps, and optical sights are prohibited in these events. No arrows larger than 23/64 inch in diameter may be used.

Rules:        “Sky drawing” is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.  This refers to the bow being lifted above the line of targets during the draw allowing the arrow to be potentially released in an unsafe direction.

Scoring:         All shafts are scored and the holes are marked after each end.  Arrows touching a line are scored at the higher value.  Bounce-outs or pass-throughs may be scored by the marks in the target if they are identifiable.  Dropped arrows beyond reach of the bow will be counted as shot.

3-D Archery: Compound and Recurve

Location:        Texas 4-H Center, Lakeside

Targets:        3-D Archery targets as set by the shoot management

Course of Fire:         1 arrow each at 10 3-D targets as set by the shoot management

Equipment:         Standard recurve or compound bows with draw weights of 60 pounds (peak) or less are permitted.  The archer may use a tab or shooting glove and other standard protective gear.  Either single pin adjustable or hunting sights may be used.  Release aids, overdraws (6 cm maximum), string peeps, and optical sights are permitted with competent shooters using compound bows only in 3-D. No arrows larger than 23/64 inch in diameter may be used.

Rules:        Sky drawingis strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.  This refers to the bow being lifted above the line of targets during the draw allowing the arrow to be potentially released in an unsafe direction.

Scoring:        Scoring: Center Vital = 10, Vital = 8, Non-Vital = 5, Miss = 0.   Arrows touching a line are scored at the higher value.  Bounce-outs or pass-throughs score as misses.  

Shotgun Matches

There is a $20.00 range fee to be paid at the range that covers all events shot by a shooter on that range.  Shooters registering for shotgun must make both of their two selections within shotgun and no other discipline due to the distance between the range and the 4-H Center for time consideration.  A maximum of two shotgun events can be entered.  

Shotgun: Trap                

Location:        Wayne’s Range, Brownwood

Course:        25 shots

Equipment:        Any safe shotgun 12 gauge or smaller and target loads in sizes 7½ to 9 with no more than 1 1/8 ounces of shot.

Shotgun: Skeet        

Location:        Wayne’s Range, Brownwood

Course:        25 shots

Equipment:        Any safe shotgun 12 gauge or smaller and target loads in sizes 7½ to 9 with no more than 1 1/8 ounces of shot.