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Good People of OSTA,


Ted was kind enough to send me the audio version of the minutes from the last business meeting so I can keep up in my absence. It was brought to my attention by a member in good standing that there was a similar situation concerning the Standing Rules in the past and I needed to read the minutes from a former "administration". I did so and in keeping with what OSTA membership voted on back then, I stated in the last newsletter how the proposed Standing Rules will be addressed. It will be addressed at the July shoot, the August shoot, and voted on at the State Shoot. I thought that was spelled out pretty clear in my last newsletter. I want you all to know what is going on so there is no doubt.

There is no back door activity to eliminate competition. It is no secret I am in favor of eliminating competition but at last year's State Shoot the membership spoke and I will respect that. The proposed Standing Rules is no attempt to get my way. Competition does cost OSTA money...probably more we all think. In fact we are trying to figure that out now. There is no conspiracy to do anything but make the competition part of OSTA stand on it's own financially. Of the $2 fee for competition OSTA only gets $1. The other $1 goes to the host club because of our contract that states they get half of all the registration fees. If we have 52 competitors as in the Ross County shoot, that is $52 dollars that goes towards purchasing pins, cards, shirts, ext. Last year we spent close to $300 for the Shooter of the Year awards. If we add $52x5 that is $260. That does not include the cost of the pins awarded at each shoot or the other awards for the State Shoot. There are many members who never turn in a score card who will never earn an award because it is not important to them. It is for this reason the Executive Committee feels that the competition side of OSTA should stand on it's own. That is the only reason for the $2 competition fee and the reality is that might not be enough. That will be assessed after this season after all expenses are tallied.

On the issue cards being filled out correctly. I attended the Howard Hill Commemorative 10th anniversary shoot on the same weekend of our shoot at Blackhoof. They had a sign posted at the registration table that if your card was filled out incorrectly it would be discarded. I would think if a shooter is competing at an event and trying to win or place, that shooter would want a correct score card turned in. The bottom line is that it is the competitors responsibility to turn in a correctly filled out and tallied score card. PERIOD.

On issue of the foot placement at the stake, this is answering an unspoken rule that has never really been addressed but it has been brought up and it could be a potential problem. If we have shooters who are going to compete, then the playing field should be as level as possible so every participant has the same opportunity. That is why this clarification was put in and approved by the EC. Some take competition more serious than others. Some may shoot with the back foot on the stake and that could be seen as an advantage by another putting them closer to the target. The thought is to make everyone shoot the same distance with no advantage. There can be a 2 yard or better distance difference in shooting from the front foot or the back. Making everyone shoot from the same stake the same way levels the playing field for competitors.

Many who spoke up at the meeting have my cell phone number, my e-mail, and can contact me here....but I have not heard from any of you. I heard that many are upset about this but no one has taken the opportunity to bring it to my attention. I am not unapproachable. If you have concerns or need an explanation I will be glad to give it to you as will any of the other officers. I was taken back by the ones who seemed to take offense with these proposals never contacted me personally and chose to do this at a meeting that I could not be present. Matt has proven he is more than capable in handling a difficult situation and did fine in my absence.

The EC has put a lot of thought and discussion into these revision to the Standing Rules. The amount of discussion and the tone at the last meeting proves that it is needed. OSTA has been loose on handling competition in the past an there have been some who have cheated and got away with it. It’s a funny thing but when you become President people start telling you how someone has been cheating or doing something they should not. We are trying to take away any advantages and keep the playing field as level as we can. There are actually very few additions to these revisions. There are a lot of clarifications but they are necessary. Ultimately the shooting course is policed by yourselves unless we want to elect target officers to place at each target to monitor each shooter to make sure no rules are broken. What we can control we are doing our best to do. Remember, we do not get paid for doing this. We volunteer out time and effort and there is a lot more than what you see at our events.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Suttinger

Secretary notes:
Matt Fout led meeting because of Jim being away for work related business. So,,, we talked badly about Jim for a while.     Just kidding.     We started with sad news of a fellowship member’s grandchild being injured at a softball game, good news later, he was doing much better, prayers answered. The subject of  bows being picked up, leave others bows be. Trash on the course, bad. Stakes being moved, even worse. Shooters will be removed from the event if caught. Score cards must be scored by the owners, if not totaled, totaled incorrectly, they will be thrown out. Standing rule discussion was tabled, quite a lively discussion about $2.00 charge for competition. We also talked about the proper foot to be against the stake while shooting. Dan New won’t be able to take care of the kids shoot in July, help was requested of the members,,,,,,we heard that there is appx $1,700.00 in the kids boy fund. $3,200.00 in general fund, then we talked about two dollars again, and again. 88 people shot on Saturday, 17 of them were children. Sunday we had 79 shooters, 17 children, of the 79 shooters, 49 shot competition 62%   The May shoot had 50% competition,,,,,

OSTA Shoot Schedule

2014 Shoot Schedule 

OSTA Banquet
March 2
Cardinal Shooting Center, Merengo

April 5 & 6
Apache Bowhunters

May 3 & 4
Ross County Bowhunters
Chillicothe, Oh

June 7 & 8
Blackhoof Bowmen 
Jamestown, Ohio 

July 12 & 13
Rushcreek Sportsmen 
Belle Center

August 2 & 3
Claylick Bowhunters

August 30 & 31

Willard Conservation League



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Standing Rules of OSTA, Inc.
Proposed Revision for 2014.
The Standing Rules of OSTA are not considered part of the OSTA Constitution. It is the responsibility of OSTA members and non-members who attend OSTA events to familiarize themselves with the Standing Rules. The following rules apply equally to all members and non-member guests at OSTA events. Any person, member or non-member, violating the Standing Rules will be immediately disqualified from competition and may be ejected from the event. Any OSTA member violating the Standing Rules will also face potential expulsion from the organization by the Executive Committee.
Part 1 - Memberships
  1. Family or individual membership costs $35 per year.
  1. A family includes spouse, children and grandchildren under the age of 18.
  2. College students living at home are included in the family membership.
Part - 2 General Rules of OSTA
  1. The USA flag and the OSTA flag will be flown at all shooting events.
  2. Broadhead/arrowhead tipped arrows are not permitted on the shooting course or practice range for any reason. Only standard screw on or glue on field tipped arrows are permitted.
  3. All participants must register as either a non-competitor or competitor to participate in each event.
  4. The age for determining the correct shooting class for competition is established by the date of the first shooting event of the season (Fun Shoot not included). Youths, Cubs and Peewees can move up one shooting class, but may not return to the younger class after moving. At age 16 a Youth Boy or Girl may move up to the adult class but cannot return to the Youth class after moving.
  5. Children and young adults under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult while on the shooting course and practice range.
  6. Please be courteous to groups or individuals who catch up to you on the course and allow them to “shoot through” in order to keep the course moving.
  7. All pets brought to an OSTA event must be kept on a leash at all times. It is the owners’ responsibility to control their pet and keep the camping and shooting course areas clean of the pets waste. If the pet owner is not able to keep their pet leashed and controlled they will be asked to remove their pet from the event.
  8. Those wishing to participate at an OSTA event who do not desire OSTA membership must sign a waiver releasing OSTA and the Host Club from all liability and that they will adhere to these Standing Rules.
  9. The Executive Committee may make exceptions to any of the Standing Rules to accommodate participants who have special needs. The decision to make an exception will be made by a minimum of two members of the Executive Committee and the decision will be made known to the Range Captain.
Part 3 - Event Registration and Fees
  1. Registration will be open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Saturday and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Sunday at each shooting event. No score cards for competition will be issued after registration closes. You may pre-pay for Sunday on Saturday.
  2. The shooting course is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. No one will be admitted to the shooting course for competition after 12:30 pm on Sunday. Non-competitors can enter the shooting course after 12:30 pm keeping in mind the course closes at 3:00 pm and they must exit the course at that time. Only officers and vendors are permitted to enter the shooting course before or after the designated times.
  3. Awards Meeting for competitors and OSTA kids will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday. In the event of a shoot off to determine placement in a class, the Awards Meeting could be delayed.
  4. OSTA member shooting fee is $10.00. Non-member shooting fee is $13.00. The Family cap is $25.00 for OSTA members and $30.00 for non-members. Competition shooting fees are an additional $2 per competitor with no family cap excluding PeeWee’s, Jr. Cub, and Cub participants and must be paid at time of registration.
  5. Life Members, PeeWee’s, Jr. Cub, and Cub participants incur no shooting fees. However Life Members who wish to be included in competition must pay the competition fees.
  6. If someone competes in multiple classes they must pay the shooting and competition fees for each class.
  7. Additional rounds of shooting are $3 per person/round and no score card will be given. 100% of these fees collected will be paid to the host club.
Part 4 - Rules and Equipment for Non-Competition
  1. Bow must fit description of equipment as defined by Article IX of the OSTA Constitution.
  2. No optics of any kind are permitted on shooting course.
  3. No arrow restrictions.
  4. Shooting from the competition stakes is not necessary.
  5. No score card will be issued for non-competition.
  6. Groups larger than 6 (six) adults are not permitted.
  7. Participants must observe the open and closing times of the shooting course.
Part 5 - A note about competition within OSTA.
OSTA’s primary function is not to provide competition at its events. Because some members and non-member attendee’s desire to compete at our events we provide competition. The Shooting Course will be set by the Vice President who will be the Range Captain. In his absence another member of the Executive Committee will take his/her place. The Range Captain can recruit and accept help from OSTA members to set the shooting course.
Competition requires a certain level of difficulty to challenge the competitor but not so much that it makes it impossible to compete. The shooting course will be set to present possible bow hunting challenges with the majority of shots within an approximate range of 20 yards with various levels of difficulty for the adult competitors. There may be several appropriate longer range shots to challenge those competing. The youth shooting stakes will be appropriately set to their age and skill level. Competitive shooting will take place on Sunday’s at our regular events. Saturday is non-competitive.
Part 6 - Rules and Equipment for Competition
  1. Any bow used for competition must meet the design criteria for its particular shooting class as defined by Article IX of the OSTA Constitution. All shooting equipment is subject to inspection to insure qualification.
  2. No sights, release aids, stabilizers.
  3. String walking is prohibited. At least one finger must touch the nock of the arrow at full draw and anchor of the bow.
  4. No optics. (Monocular, binoculars, rangefinders, etc).
  5. No mechanical rests or plungers. Simple elevated rests such as brush rests, Bear Weatherest, feather rests etc. are permitted in the recurve class only. Any longbow or self bow equipped with an acceptable elevated rest must shoot in the recurve class for competition.
  6. No draw-checks or “clickers” will be permitted for competition.
  7. Quivers mounted on the bow are permitted only in the Recurve and Longbow classes.
  8. Longbow and Selfbow classes must shoot natural arrows such as wood, bamboo or river cane. Carbon and aluminum arrows constitutes Recurve Class for competition. Recurve class can shoot arrow material of choice including natural.
Part 7 - Competition Classes and Scoring
  1. The shooting classes are as follows:
  1. MEN/WOMEN RECURVE. Shoot from RED stake.
  2. MEN/WOMEN LONGBOW. Shoot from RED stake.
  3. MEN/WOMEN SELFBOW. Shoot from RED stake.
  4. OLE TIMERS- ages 50 and up. Shoot from RED stake.
  5. BOYS/GIRLS YOUTH- ages 13-17. Shoot from RED stake.
  6. CUBS- ages 11-12. Shoot from WHITE stake.
  7. JUNIOR CUBS- ages 9-10. Shoot from WHITE stake.
  8. PEEWEES- ages 8 and under. Shoot from BLUE stake.
  1. No one may shoot alone for competition.
  2. Groups larger than 6 (six) adults are not permitted.
  3. Must shoot from the correct shooting stake for chosen class.
  4. The forward foot must touch the shooting stake. The stake must be in front of the shooter.
  5. Only one arrow shot at each target.
  6. Scoring is 10 points for the entire target (ears and hooves included). 20 points for the entire kill area. The arrow must stick and remain in target for score. A complete pass thru is 10 points on any area of the target including the kill area. A deflection off of the target scores no points. A miss scores no points.
  7. The shooting stake must not be moved from the location placed by the Range Captain. Intentionally removing the shooting stake to a new location for shot placement will result in automatic disqualification from competition.
  8. Score cards must be correctly scored and tallied by the participant before submitting for competition. Score cards that are incorrectly scored or incomplete will be discarded and the participant will be disqualified from competition.
  9. Score cards must be turned in no later than 2:30 pm on Sunday. No cards will be considered for competition after this deadline. There will be no exceptions.
  10. Any violation of these requirements will result in disqualification from the competition and a possible ban from future competition.
Part 8 - OSTA State Shoot Rules and Fees
  1. All OSTA Standing Rules for non-competition and competition apply.
  2. The OSTA State Shoot consists of 2-30 target 3D courses (course A and course B) that competitors and non-competitors share.
  3. OSTA member shooting fee is $12.00. Non-member fee is $15.00. Family cap is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. Competition shooting fees are an additional $2 per competitor with no family cap.  Peewees and Cubs participants are excluded from Competition Fees. Shooting and competition fees are per course.
  4. Non competitors can pay for both courses and have unlimited shooting if desired on either course.
  5. Competitors are required to submit their cards for score after they have shot either course the first time.
  6. Both courses are available for competition on either day of the State Shoot. However the score must be turned in for competition the first time either course is shot.
  7. A competitor cannot pay for both courses, shoot both or either course for practice on one day then shoot the same courses the next day for competitive score. The course shot, either A or B, can only be considered for competition the first time shot.
  8. A competitor is permitted to shoot the same course again after the score card is submitted. The opposing course is off limits until it has been shot for score and the card turned in.
  9. After competition requirements are met both courses are open for unlimited non-competition shooting during the specified times for the State Shoot event.
Part 9 - Shooter of the Year Rules
  1. Must be an OSTA member before entering the first shooting event of the year.
  2. Only those entering events as competitors will be considered. 
  3. Must adhere to the equipment rules for your chosen class or classes.
  4. Must adhere to OSTA Standing Rules.
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