Old Style FITASC Sporting
FITASC Sporting originated
in France many years ago and is administered by (FITASC) or to give it its full
title “ Federation Internationale de Tir aux Armes Sportives de Chasse” which
is based at 10 Rue de Lisbonne in Paris.
FITASC Sporting is regarded as the toughest and most popular of the Sporting Clay Disciplines.
The system of shooting FITASC
Sporting has evolved over a number of years.
Prior to the 1988 FITASC Sporting World Championships that were held in Australia, what is now known as “Old Style FITASC Sporting” was used for all FITASC Sporting events.
Whilst Old Style FITASC is still considered by shooters, as the optimum enjoyment for Sporting Shooters, it is very restrictive on the number of competitors that can compete.
Under the Old Style System a World Championship field was a maximum of 288 competitors.
As the host for the 1988 World Championships “Field and Game Federation of Australia” proposed to FITASC the “New System FITASC Sporting”.
The new system adopts a linear type layout, using four or five separate Shooting Stands to shoot a round of 25 targets, instead of the traditional One Shooting Stand which incorporated four different shooting positions.
Ray McFarlane was chosen by the Australian Federation to travel to the La Rabot Shooting Ground in France to demonstrate the new system to FITASC.
FITASC decided to trial this new system at the World Championships in Geelong, Australia.
The trial was successful and the new system was then adopted by FITASC for all major competitions
This new system now allows in excess of one thousand competitors to compete at a event
This was the original system used by FITASC to conduct International Events
Eight Layouts or Parcours were used to shoot a 200 target event.
A Parcour has a minimum of four traps set out in a field or wooded area.
Inside the perimeter of the four traps are placed four Shooting Stands, three of the Shooting Stands throw Four Single Targets and One Double, the Fourth Shooting Stand throws either Five Singles and One Double or Three Singles and Two Doubles.
Only one squad of six shooters can shoot at the Parcour at any one time, and as they move around the four Shooting stands they are being presented with varying target trajectories and angles from the four Traps.
Single Targets are when the shooter calls and one target is thrown,. The shooter has two shots to break the target. If it is hit with either the first or second shot it is scored one, if it is missed with both shots it is scored zero.
Doubles are when two targets are thrown and the shooter has one shot at each target. The shooter is scored one for each target of the double he hits or zero for each target of the double he misses.
There are three types of double:
1 Double on report, this is when the second target is released on the report of the shot at the first target.
2 Double Simultaneous, two targets released at the same time from either one or two traps.
3 Double Rafale, two targets released from the same trap, the second target following the same trajectory as the first target.
The Traps are marked as A, B, C, D , the Shooting Stands are marked Stand 1, Stand 2 , Stand 3, Stand 4.
At each Shooting Stand there is a menu with the order of targets displayed, the shooters in their turn shoot the Single Targets as displayed on the Menu Board. When the Squad have all shot the Single Targets, the second shooter in the squad then shoots the Double followed by the rest of the Squad. This sequence is then followed at the other three Shooting stands, with the shooters each taking their turn to be first on the Singles and also the Doubles.
When the Squad has completed Stand Four a new Squad is then able to start shooting at Stand One.
System FITASC Sporting
All aspects of the Old style FITASC are incorporated into the New System, the only difference is that each of the Four Shooting stands are separated, similar to the holes on a golf course
Each Shooting Stand has its own dedicated set of traps. ie The Squad shoots Stand One then moves onto a separate Shooting stand to shoot Stand Two and so on. When the Squad leaves Stand One a new Squad is then able to move in and then start shooting.
Whereas under the Old System only one Squad was able to shoot the Four Stands at a time, now under the new system it is possible to have Four Squads shooting at the same time.
It follows that with eight layouts under the Old System there were eight shooters shooting at a time, under the new System there are thirty two shooters shooting at the same time
In the year 2000 when the World Championships were held in Belgium the number of Shooting Stands per Layout were increased to five.
Stand One had five traps and shot five singles double barrel, Stands two to five had three traps each and shot three singles double barrel and one double on each.
This again increased the number of shooters that could compete at this event, as now there were forty shooters shooting at the same time
International FITASC rules PDF