My turn to rant and this will be the end of it.
This is gone on long enough. The simple summary is a USPSA club operating at a host range that has strict requirement for eye protection puts on a monthly match well attended by many local shooters on a regular basis. At the morning shooters meeting before the match starts, match officials clearly state to everyone multiple times to wear your eye protection at all times or be faced with a DQ. At a match this past weekend, this same announcement takes place. A shooter later on, not just cleaning his glasses, but walking around between pits without his glasses on (admittedly) gets DQ'd per the announcement at the shooter's meeting. The rule DQ'd under is not for not wearing his glasses, but under 10.6.1 for failing to comply with the reasonable directions of a Match Official. Remember the strong warning during the safety briefing.
The warning to wear glasses that many of you are looking for was done at the shooter's meeting, specifically and clearly stated. Preemptively. If someone wasn’t clear on what those instructions were, or what steps they need to do if they want to take the glasses off for whatever reason, a reasonable person just would’ve asked a range official. Just like any other question that’s out there, we tell shooters to ask a range official. We don’t just guess at something and then complain about it later. If you have a question, you asked. Seems simple to me.
Harsh yes. At most ranges this incident would have just resulted in a talk with the shooter to put the glasses on. This host facility has a harsher view of the topic. Remember the DQ was for not following the reasonable directions of a match official. Period.
For all of you that help grow the sport and put on events at your local club, or bring new shooters to the game: I applaud you and thank you.
Being an internet bully, insulting and belittling other volunteers because they have harsher host requirements to deal with, shame on you. Not a good way to growth things. Especially trying to shame away long-time, well trained, hard working volunteers (just like many of you) will result in one less club that local members can shoot at.
This wasn't a case of 'local rules', it was a case of a shooter deciding to not follow the reasonable directions of a match official (by take off his glasses even though he was already warned to not to do so at the shooters meeting).
Social media is a great thing, making it easy to share lots of information, as example. But it brings out the worst in a lot of people. And this example here it’s quite disappointing to be honest. Childish comments, name calling, and in some cases veiled threats (which I hope was just some steam blowing off - any real retaliation will be dealt with by me bring action against that member to the entire Board for review), from both sides of the conversation is disappointing to say the least. Not something I would’ve expected from any USPSA member or any member of the shooting community.
This is the last comment on this subject. If anybody would like to discuss further with me, reach me at my email at Area7@uspsa.org. Any further comments on here will be deleted and poster will be removed from the group. Enough is enough.
I’m sure somebody will take this out of context and start a thread somewhere else, and that’s your right to do. But that speaks more about your character than the conversation that's happened here.