Originally Posted by skires
If you choose to shoot 'Open Class' do you have to wear some sort of silly hat and everyone laughs at you and flicks bent pellets at you around the course?
At the tea van do you have to sit in a special area and when the real shooters want a refill you have to fetch them one quick style?
The BFTA introduced 'Open Class' so people could choose not to shoot kneelers and standers.
Yet there are still posts about banning all rules and restrictions on kneelers ... because it's too uncomfortable/difficult etc.
So if people don't want the extra challenge of shooting kneelers ( a fraction like properly ), and my first two sentences don't apply, why don't they shoot in the 'Open Class'?
Wanting to be in the main class, so you are not considered weird, but wanting kneelers to not really be kneelers isn't really the same.
The Open class was introduced so that all the controversy surrounding "disabled" positions could be set aside. Anyone with a physical problem that prevented kneeling, standing, sitting even could be accommodated as "any position that is comfortable for the shooter" provided that it does not conflict with Main rules e.g. no resting butt on ground so typically Open means Sitting. Those unable to kneel can still compete in Grades by taking them Standing.
If you want to shoot the entire course kneeling you are perfectly welcome to in Open.
For that matter you could shoot using diopter sights and guess all distances.
Anyone with suggestions for rule changes or modifications should talk with their regional BFTA rep and see if they can formulate a motion for the AGM that gets seconded and passed.
Otherwise opinions are no more than that.