I am pleased to submit the post-match report for World Shoot XVII held at theUniversalShootingAcademyinFrosproof,Florida,USAfrom 13-19 October 2014. The positive highlight are the 12 titles or 23 medals won by our Team but the event had its share of controversies.
A. Titles and Medals Won
Our Team Members won a total of 10 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals, 7 Bronze medals, and one Plaque from the Shoot-offs. We won three(3) titles in the Division competitions(2nd Place in Classic Div Individual Overall, 3rd Place in Revolver Div Individual Overall, and 2nd Place in Classic Division Team), nine(9) titles in the Category competitions, and one(1) in the Shoot-offs per the summary below:
World Shoot XVII Titles and Medals Won by Team Philippines
Name of Team Member
Michael Ron Ligon
World Champion, Standard Junior
Medal Received with Trophy
The following Teams just missed getting on the podium for being in 4th Place:
Open Division Team
B. Controversial Issues
I would like to report several controversial issues as follows:
We sent an email last 27 October 2014 to Mr. Vince Pinto, IPSC Competition Director, to request for clarification because he confirmed to us in his email dated 11 August 2014 that he included the name of Philipp Chua in our Revolver Division Team. However, he invoked the technicality that our Team Managers should have detected the discrepancy during the match registration process and before the 1st shot was fired by Philipp during the match. During World Shoots, all team members are pre-declared and pre-registered and after receiving the email confirmation from Mr. Vince Pinto we have no reason to doubt that Philipp Chua was already included in the Revolver Division Team.
The Team Manager originally assigned to the Revolver Division is Area Director Jay Dureza but he could not make it to the World Shoot XVII because one of his relatives died.
In our appeal letter for arbitration, we mentioned that the Range Officer was 2 to 3 steps behind Jethro who was moving very fast and his body was covering the firearm so how can the RO determine without a doubt that he broke 180 and there was no RO positioned in the opposite side of the stage.
The DQ was reversed by the Range Master but the decision of the RM was reversed by the Mr. Dino Evangelinos, IROA President. We wrote two letters addressed to the IPSC President, Mr. Nick Alexakos copied to the Match Director and to the IPSC Competition Director to request for clarification if there was a 3rd Party appeal and if an Arbitration Committee was convened to hear the case to reverse the decision of the RM. We did not receive a reply up to this time. Per the current rulebook, only the arbitration committee can overrule the decision of the Range Master.
After his teammate, Wilfredo Anglo, shot Stage 9 there was a standing mini-popper that was hit but did not fall down. Mr. Anglo told the Range Officer/scorer, who was the RO who commanded Mr. Castro to adjust his holster without even measuring the actual distance of the gun from the torso, that he wants to challenge the calibration of the mini-popper, he just ignored him. The front RO holding the timer then proceeded to let the next shooter shoot the stage without calibrating the subject mini-popper. When Mr. Anglo complained and the Range Master was called, the RO told the RM that there were already 4 shooters who shot the stage before Mr. Anglo informed the RO about his request for the calibration shot on the mini-popper so it was scored as a miss and a re-shoot was not given.
More controversial issues were encountered during the match.
C. Quality of Officiating and Match Management
Overall, the officiating was mediocre because there were only a few IROA officials to save on costs. The fact that the RO who called the DQ on Inez Jorge attempted to file an arbitration appeal against the decision of his Range Master who reversed his call is a reflection of the quality of the officiating in this level V match.
The central theme of the match was to save on costs and to maximize revenues. Carbonized scoresheets were not used. Only scoresheets appropriate for level I matches were used wherein the lower portion was torn and given as a copy of the competitor with only the totals of the hits. By having to write the time twice on the upper portion and the lower portion, there is a tendency for the scorer to miss writing the time on the upper portion which goes to the Stats Office. Partial Stage results were not printed and posted on bulletin boards to save on ink, paper, and Range Officers needed to post the results.
The provisional team results were not posted in the official match website so there is no way to verify the results during the verification period. Even ten (10) days after the match, the team results were not yet posted in the match website.
You need to pay $50 for parking and $25 entrance fee to be able to enter the range to watch the pre-match. The rate for practice bays was $100 per hour.
But to top it all, the personal decision of the IROA President to reverse the call of the Range Master in the case of the disqualification of Inez Jorge without convening the arbitration committee in accordance with the rulebook highlights the questionable credibility of IPSC officials and the whole IPSC organization to run the world shoot in a fair and unbiased manner regardless of race and nationality.
D. Lessons Learned
We believe that we have learned the following lessons that could be applied to future participation in World Shoots run by IPSC:
E. Insights and Recommendations
We think that affiliating our Region with the USPSA together with other countries/IPSC regions in Asia likeThailand,Indonesia, andMalaysiaand helping to organize an international competition using USPSA rules would strengthen our position and leverage with IPSC.
We would like to recommend to still continue to have IPSC sanctioned matches but also organize and sanction matches with USPSA format and rules. The USPSA format will be an additional shooting discipline like the Steel Challenge and Bianchi Cup. We feel that the participation of Edward Rivera and Edcel Gino in the 2014 USPSA Nationals has been beneficial as they gained confidence in competing against the best shooters in the world before the world shoot. Edward was able to make some adjustments in his game plan before WSXVII due to his experience in the USPSA Nationals and won a Silver Medal beating shooting legend Todd Jarrett.
A seminar for Range Officers regarding USPSA rules would be arranged should you approve the proposal to affiliate with the USPSA.
We feel that IPSC top management have become detached from reality and have suffered the fate of those with absolute power—totally disregarding fairness and unbiased application of the rules with no respect for the Regions that helped them consolidate their power base.
I hope you would have some time to discuss this and other issues concerning the PPSA.
Very truly yours,
GOV. SUHARTO T. MANGUDADATU, AL-HAJ
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