NROI Range Master Program
PRIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENT
Time in service as CRO of 24 months, minimum, with documentation of
Level III on-range staff experience, RO or CRO. Stats work is not
Online Presence: Be aware that your online presence (Facebook, Forums,
etc.) will have an effect on both your acceptance and continuation in this
program. We expect professional, decorous behavior at all times with regard
to USPSA. Attitude is everything.
We do almost all of the modules involved in this program electronically.
You will need a reliable computer, email, and the appropriate software to
accomplish your goals.
THE RANGE MASTER PROGRAM EXERCISES IN SUMMARY
Below is a short outline of the program exercises that you will be required
to complete. Each exercise is explained in more detail further in the
program manual, but this should give you an idea of the trouble you are in.
(You can quit any time. It's easy. This program is not.
You may be able to tie any ongoing match projects into parts of
this program, or may be tasked with portions of ongoing National
match projects—discuss this with your instructor
Submit five of your best Level III stage designs. The design portfolio
will consist of two long courses, two short or medium courses and one
standard exercise. Each stage will be fully documented with: stage
description, stage art, score card, Written Stage Briefing, prop list
and a bay map to scale showing a safe fit of the stage in horizontal
and vertical planes. These may be stages that you have on hand, or
stages that you’ve drawn for an upcoming level III match, but they must
be your original stages.
You want to be a Range Master? Write a job description, discussing the
responsibilities of the RM and describe how you expect to
implement them. Anecdotal narrative is OK. Make this personal,
we already know what the rulebook says.
Course Design Review - The Gomerville Gun Club has selected you as the
RM for the Gomerville Tournament of Champions. Their Elders have
submitted some stages for the match. They are, of course, quite sure
that each gem is ready for the Nationals. (You should be so lucky. But
you won't.) Your first duty is to review the stages they have submitted
for suitability, safety, compliance with rules and policy, production
problems, etc. You will tactfully discuss setup, safety and management
concerns for these stages. You will recommend improvements ranging from
modest fixes to bury it Downrange & Deep. You will, of course, find
a tactful way to tell them to bury it Downrange & Deep. You may
also be asked to review stages provided by your instructor for an
actual match. This will be at the discretion of the instructor.
This exercise goes together with –
Range Safety Analysis and Mapping
Prepare range layout maps for your favorite local range. Fit the
selected stages into available bays and graph to scale in plan and
elevation views to check for ricochets, shoot thrus, etc. Discuss
potential safety problems of stages. Make needed changes. Again, your
instructor may provide actual match details for an upcoming event.
Now you can see about documenting the stages for the match booklet in..
Stage documentation exercise
Now that the stages have been reviewed, cleaned up, fitted to bays,
made safe, it's time to document them. Prepare the following documents
for each stage:
Stage description and drawing - suitable for a match booklet.
Prop & Gear List for each stage.
Written Stage Briefing for the CRO
A Master Prop List showing requirements for all stages combined
(How many full targets, plates, poppers, partials of each type,
Usage table - # target changes, amount of paint, tape, etc. to buy
to run the match for X# of shooters.
Setting up the range staff
Based on the match you are working you will develop and set-up the
staffing requirements. You will be asked to give your input on how to
attract and retain staff.
Prepare the squad model for the match
Show where each stage will fit on the range map; show the sequence of
stages in the model, design a suitable model for expected attendance,
days of match, etc.
You will serve as the whole Arbitration Committee and rule on several
interesting arbitrations from the NROI files. Write your opinions and
back them up using the rules.
Understanding USPSA Rules
Your instructor will present you with several Nasty, Tricky Questions
chosen from some Hot Potato Questions that the NROI staff have had
dumped in their laps. (They love to share.) You want to be a RM? Then
you make the ruling. Want to tune up - follow any online USPSA rules
forum and try your hand at their questions.
Tribulations 201 - dealing with problems
I take as my text, the Book of Job 1:16, which I paraphrase in classic
Wellsian allusion and metaphor (which you may enjoy):
'While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The Grand
Masters have found flaw with the match results and yea, they are lined
up at Stats and screaming about the errors, the computers are down and
I alone have escaped to tell you."'
Each part of the program with the exception of the first two modules
will be the basis of the "Gomerville Tournament of Champions" or
another, actual match. As you work on the program, each part will be
based upon your decisions as the Range Master of this Level III match.
The success or failure of the match will depend on how well you are
able to solve the problems presented for the Match Director. We then
will give you situations to see how well you can administer the match
as the Range Master.
The Practical Exercise
Once you have successfully completed all the written modules, you will
be expected to work a Nationals level match. Under controlled
circumstances you will work as either a Chief Range Officer or
Assistant RM under an experienced Nationals RM. In this way you will be
able to see firsthand how all the sections of the program has prepared
you for the varied duties of a Rangemaster. There will then be a final
oral review and meeting with senior members of the Range Master
Download Range Master Application (in Adobe PDF format)
Have a question that isn't addressed here? Email: