Greetings Ontario Match Directors and Competitors,

 I am writing to you today to bring your attention to a couple of updates in the administration of the NROI program, and hopefully clarify some recent concerns brought to my attention.

1) Overlays
With the number of officials growing in our section, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure all working Range Officers have NROI Ontario overlays for use in their capacity as officials at matches.  To rectify this situation, NROI will now be selling the overlays to MDs and IPSC club reps at cost, with the expectation that they will be given to working officials at all sanctioned IPSC matches.  Overlays are $0.50 each, will be sent in any requested quantity, and shipping will be covered by IPSC Ontario.  To order some for your club or your next match, please send an email to for information.  Every official at your match should have 2 overlays on them while working a stage.

2)    Role of Range Master at Level 1 and 2 matches
Every sanctioned IPSC match MUST have an official fulfilling the role of Range Master.  The individual does not have to hold the rank of Range Master, but they should be an experienced and knowledgeable member of NROI.  If your match runs over a couple of days, you may have different people fulfilling this role, however each MUST be identified as the RM ahead of time, and they can NOT be on the timer while actively working as Range Master.  This policy exists to ensure our competitors have a fair and transparent process to question a call made by the RO, whether it be scoring, procedurals or DQs.  The Range Officer makes the call, if the competitor disagrees and wishes to take it to the next level, it must be a different official who will investigate the issue.  If the competitor continues to challenge the call, it is the acting Range Master who makes the final decision and may or may not accept an arbitration depending on the circumstances.  For our larger Level 2s and all Level 3s, there must be a CRO to act as the second opinion before taking an issue up to the Range Master.  The names of both the RO and the RM must be included in the DQ report that is filed at the end of the match. 

3)    Worker’s lists
When creating a match on the IPSC Ontario calendar, please ensure you are also inputting all workers for the event.  NROI Ontario is moving to a more automated process for maintenance point claims which means officials who are not found somewhere on the worker’s list may not get credited with those points.  They do not have to be assigned to specific squads and can be added or removed anytime up until results are submitted, so please double check the names listed match those who actually worked as officials at some point.  If you need more help or information on this, please feel free to contact NROI or Adam Smith (

4)    What makes a match a Level 2?
When it comes to creating a match and deciding on whether it should be a level 1 or 2, look to a couple of indicators such as number of stages, number of squads and total number of competitors.  Simply meeting one of the minimum recommendations is not necessarily enough.  There are no hard and fast numbers to define, but as a general rule a level 2 match should run over the course of at least a full day with multiple squads shooting a minimum of 6 stages.   

5)    DQ Reports
There is important information from every DQ that needs to be recorded in the IPSC Ontario DQ list.  Unfortunately, the process to get that information properly entered is not always straightforward and seems to vary between operating systems.  If you are unable to get the relevant information (RO, RM, rule number and brief description) to upload with your results, please contact Adam Smith for assistance ( and send NROI a short email with the details so that the reports are complete (

6)    10.5 is not a DQ
As a quick sidebar to the request for DQ information, please note that the use of 10.5 as the rule cited is incomplete.   10.5 is simply the heading for the section of the rulebook that lists examples of disqualifications for unsafe gun handling.  To actually be DQ’d, a competitor must meet the criteria of a specific infraction.  For example, turning the muzzle of the gun uprange is 10.5.2, wearing two guns is 10.5.7, and so on.  Please make sure your report includes the full rule number.

7)    NROI Officials required on the timer
 Some questions have come up again regarding the reference in the rulebook to the recommendation of one NROI official per stage for level 1 and 2 matches (Appendix A1).  The intent of that wording comes from the recognition that small matches often have multiple stages on one bay which only allow running one squad through at a time.  In this way, one official on the timer is all that is required rather than one per stage.  It is a requirement in Ontario matches that the member running the timer be a certified NROI or IROA official.    When combined with the requirement of an appointed Range Master as detailed above, this means that every match MUST have a minimum of 2 officials working. 

8)    Range Officer Seminars
 As a final note, I would like to again call on all members to consider investing a weekend of their time into becoming an official with NROI.  Ontario matches depend on our collective volunteer efforts.  If you are already an official, IPSC Ontario thanks you! If you are not, please read more information on the program here: and add your name to the waitlist used for the formation of future classes.

NROI Ontario is invested in encouraging and supporting quality matches through training, information and communication.  We appreciate the work and energy that goes into running these events and recognize match directors as a critical component to their success.
If you have any comments on the details in this bulletin, generalized rule confusion, or questions about an upcoming match you’re planning, please email NROI or a member of the IPSC Ontario BoD anytime. 


Jennifer Eichenberg
NROI Ontario Coordinator