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?

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, ATA Trap Doubles, DTL Trap, NSSA Skeet, NSSA Skeet Doubles, Universal Trench and/or Olympic Trap, Olympic Skeet and Olympic Double-Trap)
  • English Sporting & FITASC TRAP1
  • 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
  • ATA Trap Doubles
  • DTL Trap
  • English Sporting
  • FITASC Sporting
  • FITASC Trap1 (new for 2023)
  • 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 current valid passport.  Trial registration can be submitted provided there are sufficient targets left in the trial to count towards eligibility.  Please see the National Trial Regulations for the details.

ONLY SA CITIZENS

  • Only South African citizens may qualify for National Protea Colours.  Members who qualify but who are not SA citizens may earn CTSASA Merit 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 (i.e. championships held within a province but which are not CTSASA championships), 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 additional 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 additional national trial 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 2021, then the cut-off date for selection could be 1st May 2021.  This would mean that all CTSASA national and provincial championships in the relevant discipline, e.g. ATA Trap, from 1st May 2020 to 1st May 2021 could count as trial events (for English Sporting and FITASC Sporting, there are fewer trials in the trial year so this means not all of the CTSASA provincial championships are trials – this change was made for 2022 (FITASC Sporting) and 2023 (English Sporting).

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 2019 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

NATIONAL TRIAL ‘ROLLOVER’ SYSTEM AS SPECIFIED IN THE NATIONAL TRIAL REGULATIONS SCHEDULE A

This is where a discipline has more than one designated event, and/or where the event(s) are held at different times in the year. The CTSASA will select teams using the same principles as all the trials i.e.

1. Take the designated event date e.g. 1st September 2022
2. Come back approximately 3 months to determine the cut-off date, e.g. 1st June 2022
3. Come back a maximum of one year to determine the start of the trial period, i.e. 1st July 2021

Sometimes it is possible that the date of the designated event is not known until after the start of the trial period. Therefore it is important for trialists to fully understand how the trial system works and to keep up to date with calendar notifications and updates.

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 the Executive Officer at the CTSASA office – info@ctsasa.co.za.