TEXAS STEEL COMPETITION
So you planned all
week to shoot a regularly scheduled TSC Saturday match, cartridges prepared,
time set aside, bore polished up to a mirror shine and all of a sudden you find
the match cancelled at the last minute. Saturday comes along and the sun is
shining bright, temperature perfect and you can't figure out why we would do
that. This is not uncommon for all match clubs, and always a disappointment.
Match cancellation decisions are not made without consideration and assessment
of all the known information. In all cases, the cancellations are made after
consultation with the Cedar Ridge management. Here are some of the reasons for
the cancellation, why the decision was made, and how you find out about it.
are cancelled due to:
WEATHER (rain, cold
temperatures…did I mention snow and ice…well, this is Texas and you never know);
TSC matches are not held if the starting match time is colder than 40 degrees at
the scheduled start time of the match.
(muddy, or at the range owner’s direction); The range owner does not allow
setting up targets if the bays are muddy. This is because setup involves
walking, driving, and resetting targets in the mud. When the mud dries, the bay
is left with deep dried foot and tire ruts in the bay. Many times heavy rains
occur over the range that do not include San Antonio Major or other regional
locations. They can leave lakes on the bays that may leave muddy bays, or runoff
areas. The range may still open, however, the only persons allowed on the bays
are range personnel.
(actually, any or all of the above can be a safety concern…slipping, gun
handling and preoccupation with the above conditions.
HOLIDAYS (range is
closed). Actually, most holidays are known ahead of time and the match is never
planned. For instance, the .22 Pistol match is never held in December due to the
SETUP (unable to
assemble a setup crew). TSC has very loyal supporters and this is a rare
condition and is never based on the number of expected shooters. We have setup
matches where the setup crew turn out to be the only shooters. Fortunately, this
is not a common occurrence.
NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES: A match can be cancelled at any time for any
reason stated above, or any reason determined by the Match Director, including
other emergencies not mentioned above. All cancellations will be advertised by
7AM the day of the match (or earlier). The two methods of notification will be
an immediate communication via the TXIPSC.NET email message board (If you are
not a member, join for free at
http://txipsc.net. The other notification will be on the TSC website (if you
are reading this, then you are likely already on the website) in the scroll
across the top of the page.
We hope this
clarifies any question you may have as to cancellations. Feel free to contact
us if you have other questions or comments.