The following rules are applicable to all UTNZ Inc. managed qualifying events held throughout New Zealand. They may also be applied to any other Universal Trench event at a clubs discrtetion, as ‘club rules’ supplementary to NZCTA approved rules. The following rules are not NZCTA approved rules, and are supplementary to NZCTA rules for Universal Trench. The NZCTA Rule Book (authorised by NZCTA Council February 2014, Updated July 2019) forms the basis for which these Universal Trench rules supplement.

The following Handicap rules may be applied to Universal Trench or Ball Trap matches with total match targets of 50 or 150, and also Compak Sporting and Continental Trap matches with total match targets in multiples of 25. i.e Universal Trench 150 target match, and Compak Sporting 75 target match.

Handicapping for Compak Sporting

3.1 Handicap ‘targets in’ is to be based on a percentage bracket range system, and shall be established from the shooters Compak percentage rule off from their NZCTA Handicap book. If they do not have a Compak rule off, then their Sporting Clays grade shall apply. Otherwise see 3.3.

Basic NZCTA grade percentages for Compak and Sporting Clays
AA grade - 83% and above
A grade - 74% - 82.9%
B grade - 63% - 73.9%
C grade - less than 63%

Bracket - rule off percentage        targets in                    targets in
AA grade - 83% and above        0 targets per 25         (0 over 75)    
A grade - 74% - 82.9%              1 target per 25          (3 over 75)
B grade - 63% - 73.9%              2 targets per 25         (6 over 75)
C grade -  less than 63%            3 targets per 25         (9 over 75)

3.2 Movement from this ‘bracket’ (earned handicap) will be established from shooting Compak targets only. Rules for handicap bracket establishment and movement as per Section 2.2 above are applicable with Compak in place of Common Mark 15m and Continental Trap.

3.3 For shooters without a Compak (or Sporting Clays) percentage rule off.

a) Shooters new to Compak, but with experience in other clay target disciplines, will be graded according to NZCTA rule 3-24 ‘Starting Grade for Experienced Shooters’. Refer 1.3 (a) (i) above.

(i) AA shall apply, and AA in any other discipline will determine A grade as the starting grade for Compak.

b) A new shooter who doesn’t comply with (a) above shall be placed in grade/bracket C, and shall be given a starting percentage of 59%.

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