Originally Posted by rich
Kneeling is not a naturally stable stance in the same sense as seated or prone, especially if your posture or position is wrong. It's not a good idea to be holding a loaded air rifle if you are not reasonably steady.
It's easy to get into a bad position that will hurt, or cause strain. The bag or the roll is there - or should be - to help provide safe stability and to help guard against injury.
Ask the NSRA about professional indemnity insurance for club instructors and coaches. They usually mention the risk of being sued by a pupil if you coach them into a kneeling position that causes injury. They cite that as a good reason to have PI through your personal full NSRA membership.
@ 15 years ago when HFT had just started to emerge and gather momentum, there were the odd national UKAHFT events plus the odd FT club giving it a go. I'm sure that some FT lads asked ( insisted ) about a FT bag for under the knee for kneelers. The answer was initially no. I spoke to an FT lad who asked who would be responsible for paying his loss of earnings when they had to have time off work with an injured knee when they had put their knee on a hidden rock or root, and they had been denied the use of a bag. A bag was allowed initially under the knee ... but not the shin. That was impossible to police where the knee ended and the shin started so it was relaxed. It ended up being allowed all along the shin and instep.
I've often wondered about the strain put on eyes trying to focus on blurred targets with no adjustment allowed on PA, especially close targets where people squint to see the kill and no small aperture in a flip down lens cap is allowed. One youngster, with a keen solicitor, claiming this had damaged his sight would probably make an interesting case.
It's gone mental everywhere. In local amateur cricket now, umpires are scared of telling players to play on a damp pitch because batsmen and bowlers will threaten to sue if they get hurt. Similarly junior coaches call games off in conditions that are perfectly fine because of fear of juniors getting injured, blaming the conditions and sueing the coach. Even groundsmen have been sued if some lad has been hurt and the pitch claimed to be unprepared ... by a local unpaid volunteer.