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FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE TIR AUX ARMES SPORTIVES DE CHASSE
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INTERNATIONAL RULES
HELICES


01/01/2017 Updated by USHA
07 September 2017
INTERNATIONAL RULES - HELICES

In case of controversial interpretation of this English translation of the “regulations”, the text written in French will take precedence.

The use of this regulations is obligatory during all national and international competitions.

Any person participating in the shooting will know the regulation and adhere without reservation to all dispositions and consequences that may result from it.

1  SHOOTING FACILITIES

ARTICLE 1.1

The helices shooting layout must be located on a flat field. The general orientation of the layout will be the NORTH or the NORTH EAST and will be represented by an axis going through shooting layout and the center machine (number three for a five-machine field).
Five (5) machines must be positioned 4.50 m minimum and 5.00 m maximum away from each other.
seven (7) machines must be positioned 3.00 m minimum and 3.33 m maximum away from each other, both extra machines being positioned equidistant between machines 2 and 3, then between machines 3 and 4.
Nine (9) machines must be positioned 2.25 m minimum and 2.50 m maximum away from each other, the 4 extra machines being positioned equidistant between machines 1 and 2, between machines 2 and 3, between machines 3 and 4, then between machines 4 and 5.

The layout has to be enclosed by a rigid barrier from 0.60 m to 0.80 m maximum height, whose lattice will be small enough to never allow the passage of the white part of the helice - the distance between the departure point of helices and the barrier shall be 21 meters maximum.

For all the new helices layouts, the distance between the barrier and the departure point of the helices could not be less than 21 meters.

The shooting layout is graduated with shooting positions from 24 m to 30 m minimum.

ARTICLE 1.2

The helice machines are required to have a launching slope called "Beak" at the end of the axis of the helice carrier rotor.

The speed of the motor, driving the helice, must be able to be adjusted in a progressive manner from zero to 10.000 (rotation/minute).

HELICES SHOOTING LAYOUT
(International regulation sizes)




ARTICLE 1.3

Characteristics of the helices are as follows:
Size:    - scale of the helice carrier +/- 28 cm
diameter of the White part +/-10,4 cm

Weight:    - total of the helice: +/- 70 grams
the white part: +/- 35 grams
the helice may have 2 to 5 blades.

Substance:    The helice carrier must be very fragile to shot impact (polystyrene)
The white part must not be fragile to shot impact (minimum 50 % of polyethylene)
System of fastener:    Has to be made by fastening of the white part on the helice carrier

Color:    - color of the helice carrier: orange or red
color of the white part: white
unless otherwise determined by the helices commission.

PICTURE OF AN HELICE FRONT AND BACK

2  ORGANIZATION OF A COMPETITION

ARTICLE 2.1

Two types of organization coexist:
competition organized with a number set in advance of eliminatory ‘zero’ – i.e., two zero elimination,
and competition organized with a fixed number of helices to be shot by each competitor.

The international championships will be shot, with no elimination, with the fixed number of helices as follows: 20 helices at Grand Prix / 30 helices at continental and world championships.

ARTICLE 2.2

The entry fee will include:
the fee allocated to the expenses of the club,
the total number of helices shot by a participant in the championship, as well as the helices for shoot-off;
the FITASC shooter’s fee.
The federation applying to organize an international competition will be allowed, if desired, to include in its program cash prizes, whose guaranteed amounts will be set by the federation in agreement with the organizing club.

When cash prizes have been authorized by the organizing federation and in agreement with the organizing club, they cannot be funded by shooters’ entry fees nor by the organizing club. They must be strictly and exclusively funded by sponsoring organizations or purses paid by shooters.

ARTICLE 2.3

Jury

The championships will be overseen by a jury:
chaired by the Chairman of the organizing national federation or his/her  representative;
formed by the chief referee, the attending members of the FITASC Management Committee and of the Helice technical commission, as well as a representative from each country entering a senior national team.
The jury will settle any disputes arising during the competition regarding the organization of the shoot and of the shooters.

The President of the technical Commission is not a member of the jury but attends all meeting and takes part in the debates.

The coordinator of the championship between the jury and the management is the President of the technical Commission or his/her delegate.

He is responsible for enforcing the decisions made by the jury. The jury will decide, among other things, if the match of nations takes place during the championship or after on a separate event, depending on the number of entrant shooters. The organization of the shoot-off will be defined by the jury.

On each championship, the jury shall fix between 1 and 4 maximum the number of helices shot by each competitor on each field and without any machine reloading.

The jury will consider:
the number of days of the championship,
the number of participants,
the total number of helices shot by participants,
the daily shooting duration.

Appeal Jury

If a jury decision is disputed by a shooter or by the FITASC, an appeal jury will be formed by:
the Chairman of the FITASC or his/her representative;
the Chairman of the technical commission or his/her representative;
the Chairman of the affiliated federation or his/her representative.
This appeal jury will be created at the same time as the jury. No jury member may belong to the appeal jury under any circumstances.

ARTICLE 2.4

Only official FITASC referees will be entitled to judge an international championship. A shooter taking part in the competition cannot referee except in cases of force majeure and with the agreement of the competition jury.
The shooting manager, appointed by the helices technical commission, is responsible of the good application of the international regulation.
Complaints/protests of shooters must be presented to the international commission of helices shooting, on paper on the day of the incident and shooters will pay 60€ (or equivalent) as security that will be returned if the complaint is judged based.
The F.I.T.A.S.C. reserves the right to introduce, modify or change any regulation that it judges necessary.

ARTICLE 2.5

Competition participants must be properly dressed. Short shorts are not permitted; only long shorts (Bermuda type at most 5 cm above the knee) are permitted. It is not permissible to be naked under a shooting vest. Shirts must have at least short sleeves and a collar or, without a collar, must have a round neck (like a tee shirt). Wearing sandals is not permitted for safety reasons.

The shooter´s competitors number must be attached to his/her upper back between shoulders and waist, be fully visible and worn in its entirety. Failure to observe this rule is penalized by a first warning from the referee. Failure to rectify this requirement will lead to further penalties that may extend to exclusion from the competition by decision of the jury.

At the closing ceremony, all the awarded shooters shall attend the prize presentation, either in the attire of their National Team, or wearing a pair of pressed trousers & blazer.

Hearing protection

Hearing protection is compulsory for all shooters, referees, staff and members of the public on or in the proximity of a layout.  Any shooter on a layout without hearing protection is considered absent. In all circumstances outside the clubhouse, children present on a range must wear hearing protection.

Safety glasses

Safety glasses are compulsory, without any exceptions, for all shooters, referees, staff and anyone else in the immediate vicinity of a layout. Any shooter on a layout not wearing safety glasses is considered absent.

On the shooting position or in the areas nearby, a shooter cannot have with him (her) electric or electronic equipment such as mobile phones, likely to bother the competitors.

ARTICLE 2.6

The shooting manager, assisted by the attending members of the technical Commission, will adjust the speed of machines before the beginning of the event. This speed should never be changed before the end of an event or at least before the end of a complete "tour" (crank), if there is an issue due to equipment or a big change in conditions and the targets are impossible then the Jury/Technical Commission are responsible for authorizing any changes concerning target speed and informing the competitors

ARTICLE 2.7

The number of helices shot is set by the jury:

During competitions or championships organized with 5 machines, the shooter will shoot between 1 and 4 helices without leaving the shooting layout.
During competitions or championships organized with 7 machines, the shooter will shoot between 1 and 6 helices without leaving the shooting layout.
During competitions or championships organized with 9 machines, the shooter will shoot between 1 and 8 helices without leaving the shooting layout.

The electronic system of the control box must be able to randomly select the helice machine opening.

ARTICLE 2.8

For the competition, a special shooting position for testing weapons must be available near the clubhouse.

ARTICLE 2.9

The age limitations of categories in force are:
Juniors are authorized to take part in championships held under the auspices of the FITASC from 13 years of age except in the case of a special waiver.
Juniors become Seniors from the start of the year when they reach their 21st birthday.
Seniors become veterans from the start of the year when they reach their 56th birthday.
Veterans become Masters from the start of the year when they reach their 73rd birthday.

ARTICLE 2.10

The scores of individuals and of team members are input according to the shooting order, thus from 1st  round to the last round.
Individual shoot-off Grand Prix
For the first three places and for all categories: elimination at first zero.

Continental Championship
For the first three places and for all categories: 5 helices without elimination (2+2+1).
In case of new tie:
If the tied shooters are 2, one helice at a time,
If the tied shooters are more than 2, 2 helices at a time, elimination at first zero.

World Championship
1. For the first three places and the OPEN category: 10 helices without elimination (2+2+2+2+2).
In case of new tie:
If the tied shooters are 2, one helice at a time,
If the tied shooters are more than 2, 2 helices at a time, elimination at first zero.

2. For the first three places and for all OTHER categories: 5 helices without elimination (2+2+1).
In case of new tie:
If the tied shooters are 2, one helice at a time,
If the tied shooters are more than 2, 2 helices at a time, elimination at first zero.

Where the top three in the open ranking are in the same category, the ranking shoot-off in the category will also determine the open ranking. If they are in different categories, a shoot-off will be held under the same condition as for the category ranking.
Below the third place in the ranking and concerning the tied shooters to be awarded, the tie will be broken by taking the score on the 8th round [Ring?], then in case still tied, by counting back from the 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st round.
Tied shooters without award will be ranked as equals.

ARTICLE 2.11

Only shooters taking part at the Continental or World Championship may be member of their National Team at the Match of National Teams.

Team Shoot-Off
In the case of teams tying, the ranking is done by taking the overall score of the team and by counting back from the last round (Ring).

ARTICLE 2.12

The organizing club will offer prize awards formed by trophies, if possible in silver or silvered, but in any case, trophy prizes must be of high-quality.

3  REFEREEING

ARTICLE 3.1

The caliber 12 is the largest gauge authorized, no advantage is offered to smaller calibers.  Any use of micro camera mounted on the shotgun is banned.

The authorized lead shot cannot have a diameter larger than 2,70 mm, 0.106 in.

Only cartridges with 28 grams (or less), lead shot load, will be used in any competition applying the FITASC Helice rules. The management will be able to verify the composition of cartridges and all violations will be sanctioned by the jury.

ARTICLE 3.2

The shooter will stand on the established shooting position and not outside, his/her feet will not exceed the line corresponding to its established distance. The shotgun can be held in any position judged safe by the shooting manager, from the hunting position up to complete shouldering.

ARTICLE 3.3

The shooter will only load his/her gun on the shooting position, the barrel directed toward the boxes and only after the staff have returned from the field. The shooter will have to unload his/her gun before turning toward the following shooter or spectators.

ARTICLE 3.4

If the shooter is disturbed by a competitor or a spectator, the shooting manager (Referee) will be able to authorize him to shoot another helice.

ARTICLE 3.5

The helices must be shot in accordance with the order of ranges (Rings) set by the jury. Any helice shot not in accordance with this order will be counted “zero”.

Shooters must succeed each other on the shooting position without interruption, dressed in decent clothing with the required chips and cartridges. Shooters that are absent and do not reply to the call of their name (after three calls) will be scored a "zero".

Nevertheless, this zero will be established only at the time when the next shooter will have walked on the shooting layout.

ARTICLE 3.6

If a shooter shoots before his/her turn, he/she will be scored a "NO BIRD" if it breaks, and a “ZERO” if he/she misses the helice.

ARTICLE 3.7

As soon as the shooter will have loaded his/her gun, the puller will start the machines. The shooter will call “READY” and the puller will answer “READY”. Only when the puller has answered “READY” will the shooter be able to call "PULL". Then the helice must be released instantaneously following the call “PULL”.

If the shooter fires unintentionally before the call "PULL", he/she will get a "NO BIRD" and he/she must pay for a second helice if one is released.
If the helice is thrown before the shooter calls "PULL", he/she may refuse to shoot this helice. However, if he/she shoots at this helice, the result will be recorded.

ARTICLE 3.8

To be considered as "GOOD", the white part of the helice must come off the helice carrier and fall in the fenced area. If the white part strikes inside the fence and bounces outside, the helice is declared "GOOD".

ARTICLE 3.9

The allowed two shots must be shot during the acceleration phase of the helice.

ARTICLE 3.10

The shooter will have the right to shoot another helice if his/her gun misfires by defect of percussion. After three misfires by defect of percussion, the fourth and all subsequent misfires will be recorded “zero”.

If the misfire is due to an unloaded barrel or if the safety is engaged, the result will be declared a “ZERO”.

ARTICLE 3.11

The shooter will not have to pay for any helice declared a "NO BIRD" if the no bird is caused by any helice defect or any machine malfunction.

ARTICLE 3.12

If the shotgun discharges two shots simultaneously, the missed or broken helice will be declared a “NO BIRD”.

ARTICLE 3.13

If the first shot misfires by defect of percussion and if the shooter shoots his/her second shot, the helice is declared “ZERO” if it is missed and “GOOD” if hit.


In the event that a cartridge has not gone off or in the case of another malfunction of the gun or the cartridge, the shooter must remain at his layout, with the gun facing the shooting range, without opening it or touching the safety catch until the referee has checked the gun.

If the competitor in the case of a gun/cartridge malfunction, opens the gun him/herself or touches the safety catch, before the referee has checked the gun, the target will be scored Zero.

ARTICLE 3.14

In the instance where the second shot misfired, the target must be repeated. This time the first shot must be delivered towards the target as soon as the helice appears with the intention not to hit it. If the target is missed by the first shot, the result of the second shot shallbe recorded.  If the target is hit by the first shot, the target will be counted as "Zero." If the first shot towards the target is delivered before the launching of the target, the result of the second shot will not be accounted for (and the target must be reshot in accordance with above).

ARTICLE 3.14.1

If a target strikes the ground but resumes flight with no noticeable change in speed and direction, it shall be considered a legal target.   Such a call remains the case even when the target remains in light contact with the ground.   

If a ground strike results in a partial loss of flight (i.e., a noticeable change in speed) before the shooter has a reasonable opportunity to make an attempt to shoot, a “NO BIRD” shall be called.  If such a strike occurs in between shots, the shooter is entitled to shoot another helice but only using one cartridge.

If a ground strike results in total loss of flight before the shooter has a reasonable opportunity to make an attempt, a “NO BIRD” shall be called.  If such a strike occurs in between shots, the shooter is entitled to shoot another helice but only using one cartridge.

ARTICLE 3.15 (Same as 3.8)

To be declared good the white part of the helice must completely detach from the helice carrier at the first or the second shot, and fall inside the fenced area.

ARTICLE 3.16

If the complete helice falls inside the enclosed area at the first shot with the white part not detached, the shooter is entitled to shoot another helice but only using one cartridge.

If the shooter had enough time to shoot the second shot, the helice is declared “ZERO”. The shooter must pay for his/her new helice.
The referee must indicate on the score sheet the number of helices broken with the white part not detached.

ARTICLE 3.17

Each time that a helice is broken inside the fenced area, it is an obligation of the shooting club to pick up the white part of the helice.

Only the shooting club staff is authorized to pick up the white part fallen in the fenced area.

ARTICLE 3.18

If several helices leave together, the shooter can abstain to shoot by raising its gun. If he shoots one helice and breaks it, it will be declared good, if he misses, it will be declared zero.

ARTICLE 3.19

For safety reasons, every helice shot outside of the diagonal flag line is declared  zero and a fine set by the jury will be imposed on the shooter.

ARTICLE 3.20

Any helice shot at a distance inferior to the imposed one, will be declared zero.