National and Provincial Team Trials – how do they work?

NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL TRIALS

What are they for?

  • Are you confused about which trials are which and how they work?
  • Or are you unsure as to which competitions count for provincial trials and which for national trials?
  • Or maybe you are unsure about the difference between provincial and national trials?
  • Or maybe you just want to know what exactly a trial is?

Once in a while I get asked these questions so I thought I would write an explanation that would help solve all the mysteries about trials, trial events, trial schedules and who does what – and why!!

PROVINCIAL TRIALS

Provincial trials – these are to select a provincial team for the Chairman’s Cup, which is our annual inter-provincial championship.  This is held at the end of each competition year – usually at the end of November.  This event is currently shot over four disciplines :

  • ATA Trap
  • NSSA Skeet
  • FITASC Universal Trench
  • FITASC Sporting

Each province fields a team of 12 shooters, split into four teams of three shooters per discipline.  Each shooter shoots 150 targets (100 Saturday, 50 Sunday).

Each province will set up their own method of selecting teams but quite often they hold both local trial competitions as well as allow members to count scores from CTSASA provincial or national championships.  There are CTSASA provincial championships in all disciplines held in each province :

  • Standard Championships (ATA Trap, NSSA Skeet, Universal Trench and/or Olympic Trap, Olympic Skeet and Olympic Double-Trap)
  • English Sporting & 5-Stand Championships
  • FITASC Sporting Championships

You can find all of the above events on the CTSASA national calendar on our web site.

It’s important to note that each province will hold its own ‘domestic’ events as well as CTSASA events.  These events are often called ‘closed’ championships to denote an internal provincial championship.  These are not listed on the CTSASA national calendar.

For further information on how your own provincial trial system works, you will need to contact your provincial delegate – CLICK HERE to find out contact details.

Closed championship scores do not count towards national trials or national classifications.

NATIONAL PROTEA TEAM TRIALS

– these are run by the CTSASA and are used to select national teams in the following disciplines:

  • ATA Trap
  • DTL Trap
  • English Sporting
  • FITASC Sporting
  • FITASC Universal Trench
  • NSSA Skeet
  • NSSA Skeet Doubles
  • Olympic Trap
  • Olympic Double-Trap
  • Olympic Skeet

There is a full explanation of how the trials are regulated in the document “National Trial Regulations“, which should be read in conjunction with Schedule A – please ensure that you read the National Trial Regulations in order to be fully informed.

 

A SUMMARY OF HOW THE TRIALS ARE RUN:

REGISTRATION

  • In order to register for a National Trial the member needs to complete a registration form and pay the current trial levy fee.  He/she must also submit a copy of their ID book and passport.  This has to be done by a certain date, which will vary from discipline to discipline.

ONLY SA CITIZENS

  • Only South African citizens may qualify for National Protea Colours.

TRIAL EVENTS

  • The trial events are CTSASA national and provincial championships which are listed on the CTSASA calendar – the ‘domestic’ provincial events are not included, so this means the ‘closed’ events are not counted as national trials.  To explain further, events that are NOT on the CTSASA calendar are NOT South African National Team trials.
  • Occasionally there could be an “ad-hoc” trial event for the Olympic disciplines.  This event is sometimes necessary in order to make up sufficient trial events for the time period involved.  All ad-hoc events are open to all CTSASA members in exactly the same way that national and provincial championships are.

DESIGNATED EVENT (WHERE YOU WILL SHOOT AS A MEMBER OF THE SA TEAM)

  • Each discipline will have a designated event where the qualifiers/team participate, e.g. a world championship.  This is the event where the qualifiers must shoot in order to ratify their National Protea Colours.

TRIAL PERIOD (THE PERIOD IN WHICH THE TRIAL SELECTION EVENTS ARE HELD AND WHICH INCORPORATES THE CUT-OFF TIME)

  • The trial period is approximately 15 months leading up to the designated event.  This is a maximum of one year for the actual trial selection events (i.e. where you shoot your trial scores) plus 2 to 3 months after the cut-off date prior to the designated event.  This is to allow time for administration, application for colours, travel arrangements etc.
  • For example, if the designated event is on the 1st August 2014, then the cut-off date for selection could be 1st May 2014.  This would mean that all CTSASA national and provincial championships in the relevant discipline, e.g. ATA Trap, from 1st May 2013 to 1st May 2014 would count as trial events.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF SCORES REQUIRED

  • During the year of trial events, the trialist must shoot a minimum number of scores in order to be considered for selection.  This does vary from discipline to discipline.
  • The trial events will provide a certain number of targets e.g. in ATA Trap – 2000 targets.  As at 2018 the system stipulates that the trialist must shoot a minimum of 50% of the available targets in order to be eligible for selection.  This means that of the 2000 targets (20 scores of 100 targets), the trialist must shoot a minimum of 10 scores.  No part scores are accepted.  Once more than 10 scores are shot, the lower scores are dropped off.  So if a trialist has shot say 14 scores, the worst 4 scores are dropped – the best 10 scores are used.
  • Each discipline has a Minimum Qualifying Score to achieve (MQS).  This means that the trialist must achieve this score in order to be eligible for selection to the team.
  • All of the trial schedules, which gives the details of trialists’ scores (PLUS all the non-trialists), latest positions in the trial, dates for the beginning and end of the trial, designated event, score to achieve etc, are posted on the CTSASA web site and updated after each trial event – HERE

AT THE END OF THE TRIAL

  • At the end of the series of trial events, the Executive Officer will issue invitations to the qualifiers and the qualifier must respond with an acceptance or rejection of the invitation within a given time frame.  All correspondence is via email unless otherwise requested by the trialist.
  • At all times, the onus is on the trialist or potential trialist to ensure he/she has the correct information.  All of the information on national trials is on the CTSASA web site (HERE) or obtainable from the Executive Officer at ctsasa@netactive.co.za

Whatever you do, please don’t rely on hearsay if you are needing vital information!  The different disciplines do have different requirements and rules do change sometimes.  The CTSASA obviously sends out notices when anything changes so if national trials are important to you, please do keep an eye out for the latest news.

Please do make use of the CTSASA web site for the latest information or, if you are unsure about anything, always please always feel free to contact Sarah (Executive Officer) at the CTSASA office – info@ctsasa.co.za.

Sarah Kalell

Executive Officer