The following rules are applicable to all UTNZ Inc. managed qualifying events held throughout New Zealand. They may also be applied to any other Continental Trap 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. The NZCTA Rule Book (authorised by NZCTA Council February 2014, Updated July 2019) forms the basis for which these rules supplement.

The following Handicap rules may be applied to Continental Trap matches with total match targets in multiples of 25.

Handicapping for Continental Trap

2.1 Handicap ‘targets in’ is to be based on a percentage bracket range system, and shall be established from the shooters Common Mark 15 Metre percentage rule off from their NZCTA Handicap book.

Basic NZCTA grade percentages for Common Mark
AA grade - 96% and above
A grade - 93% - 95.9%
B grade - 86% - 92.9%
C grade - less than 86%

Bracket - rule off percentage        targets in                    targets in
96% and above                        0 targets per 25         (0 over 75)    
92% - 95.9%                            1 target per 25          (3 over 75)
88% - 91.9%                            2 targets per 25         (6 over 75)
84% - 87.9%                            3 targets per 25         (9 over 75)

80% - 83.9%                            4 targets per 25         (12 over 75)

less than 80%                           5 targets per 25         (15 over 75)

2.2 Movement from this ‘bracket’ (earned handicap) will be established from shooting Common Mark 15m targets only, for percentage rule off movements.

a) Earned handicap by percentage will be established at each percentage rule off of Common Mark 15m targets in a shooters NZCTA handicap book, as per NZCTA rules. As per NZCTA rule 3-02 (a) the number of targets to be regraded down shall be 400 targets (2 rule off's of Comon Mark 15m targets). Therefore a shooters bracket for a UTNZ Continental match shall be determined by the highest of the last 2 Common Mark rule off's.

b) Earned handicap by placing shall apply to UTNZ Continental matches, using same rule as per UT rule 1.2(b). See here.

c) As per NZCTA rule 3-02 (k) no shooter who has achieved A grade Common Mark can ever go back to a C Grade percentage (less than 86%), for the purposes of these handicapping rules. (This does not preclude NZCTA rule 3-02 (j)).

2.3 For shooters without a Common Mark 15m percentage rule off.

a) Shooters new to Common Mark 15m, 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 Common Mark, with UTNZ using the base percentage of 93% as the bracketing percentage for Continental Handicap

b) A new shooter who doesn’t comply with (a) above shall be placed in grade C with the base percentage of 74% as the bracketing percentage.