Professional Class – Will shoot with a reduced stage time of 25% (round up to the nearest time divisible by 5) from the Amateur class. i.e. the stage calls for 120 seconds, Pro-Class shooters will be reduced to 90 seconds. Pro’s will be timed via shot timers and be held to .25 seconds grace period for shot after the buzzer.
** Pro Class determination criteria**
Pro Class qualified when any of the following criteria have been met:
1) Top 25 Placement in two national level competitive events (PRS / NRL / CD)
2) Three or more top 5 placements at any Best of the West™ Sanctioned event or previous local one day events with 20 or more shooters in attendance.
3) One or more wins at any Best of the West™ Sanctioned event or previous local one day events with 20 or more shooters in attendance.
Amateur Class – Will shoot with the prescribed stage time with no changes to the stage rules or description. AM shooters will be timed via a stop watch set for the required time and will not be held to the .25 shot-after-buzzer standard. All shots taken near the buzzer will count (reasonably close, not 5 seconds after the buzzer! The stage or squad RO will have discretion)
Youth Class - Will shoot with the prescribed stage beginning in the start position with an additional 30 sec time with no changes to the stage description. Youth shooters will be timed via a stop watch set for the required time and will not be held to the .25 shot-after-buzzer standard. All youth shooters will shooter their final shot after the buzzer if the round had been chambered prior to time expiring. Youth division is 16 and under.