This past weekend I found myself in the unfortunate position of having to parent my peers...
As in anything that you do there is typically a single person that ruins it for others. As match director of the Crosman 2018 CAAFTC match this past weekend it came to my attention that a first time shooter, who was squadded with a veteran shooter, saw behavior that they felt was unethical, and after hearing the story I have to agree. As told to me by a third-person, the veteran wasn't starting the clock when they picked up their gun but instead was starting the clock after they ranged (which was specifically gone over in the safety meeting...4 minutes per lane, no time allowed to range and time starts when you pick up your gun). The second issue was shooting targets out of order. Sometimes targets may be too close to call (near/far, left/right) depending on where you sit or the ranging ability of your scope, but this wasn't the case. So shots taken out of order were scored as hits instead of misses.
All of this happened on Saturday, the first day of the rifle match, on the woods course. So I knew it was a Hunter PCP person but I wasn't given the info to talk with them in private. So I had to open up my "scolding" to the entire group on Sunday as I gave my safety briefing.
Hearing that someone is essentially Cheating in our sport really hits me hard. I work my butt of trying to get new people into this great sport so hearing that someone is working against me is painful. There aren't many rules and in the end a lot of what we do is self-governed in that we don't scrutinize every single thing and expect that the players in this game will be ethical. However it is becoming more prevalent that people are not being ethical and cheating to try and get those extra points.
In the end this is just a game and imho if you are resorting to cheating to obtain points and a higher score you are only cheating yourself and ruining it for others. The only valid way to get better in anything that you do is to practice and if you can't find the time to practice then you should expect a lower score but please, please, please don't cheat as it taints our great sport. And I feel sorry for this first time shooter, whoever they are. I wish I could apologize to them and let them know that the person they shot with is NOT your typical field target person. And I hope the person who was cheating is ashamed of what they did and does't do it again.
So, yes, the low point of this weekend was me having to parent 85 of my peers that this is just a game, and if you're so serious about this game that you are cheating then it's time to find another game.