Announcements

PRIVATE! {Feb 18, 2011 10:33:20 AM}

Something has been bugging me for a long time. I really want anybody that is interested in blowgun sport to have frequent opportunities to participate in a competition.

Allowing homemade equipment has helped a few people get into the game and so has the stranded shooter clause but there are still a lot of guys (and girls) that are reluctant to plan, post and put on a competition because of one or more of the following concerns:

  • don't want total strangers in their house
  • don't want moochers in their house
  • don't want to clean house
  • don't want to wear clothes
  • don't have permission to invite strangers
  • have dogs that eat strangers

Therefore, in the interest of a bunch of people, I've decided to allow private competitions and invitation only competitions.

"OH NO!!" you say, "what about the cheaters?!!"

If somebody wants to cheat the current system, it isn't hard at all. They can just register as John Doe from Wadaheck, Montana and shoot as a stranded shooter with their other brother Earl as their witness. The USBA has been dependent on your honesty and will continue to be so until our numbers grow to the point that nobody is stranded.

Two weeks notice prior to the event is still required.

Hope you like this,
Steve Damon
founder USBA

New Falcon Requirement {Jan 26, 2011 8:37:16 AM}

We are changing the requirement for the Falcon rank to make it easier to remember how many darts and rounds for each rank.

The old requirement for Falcon was 75 points from 6m with 3 rounds / 15 darts total.
The new requirement for Falcon is 100 points from 6m with 4 rounds / 20 darts total.

This way, all of the Juniors will be 2 rounds / 10 darts total, the Novice class will be 4 / 20, and Expert and Master will be 6 / 30 and it will not change the Avg Score per Dart for the Falcon rank. The new requirements are:

USBA Ranks

Just by adding one round to Falcon rank you get three easy to remember numbers of rounds and darts (2 / 10, 4 / 20, and 6 / 30) and it also makes the minimum scores easier to remember. We will use a # character to indicate Falcon ranks attained under the old rule.

Two Competition Score Sheet spreadsheets on the Targets and Forms page have been updated due to the new Falcon requirement:

  • USBA_Score_Sheet-01252011.xls (Microsoft Excel)
  • USBA_Score_Sheet-01252011.ods (OpenOffice.org)

The USBA Ranks and Titles page has been updated as well as the download PDF version linked to at the bottom of the page, USBA Ranks and Titles rev 01262011.pdf.

USBA_Score_Sheet-09102010.ods {Sep 10, 2010})

We have a new spreadsheet for scoring and reporting competition results on our Targets and Forms page. You can score up to nine games per spreadsheet and you can use "Save As..." to filenames of your choice if you have more games than that.

USBA_Score_Sheet-09092010

Unfortunately, when the new spreadsheet is saved as an "XLS" (Microsoft Excel) file some of the formatting is lost. If you use Microsoft Office and don't want to install OpenOffice.org (free), you can still use the old USBA_Score_Sheet-09292008.xls version.

Attaching copies of spreadsheets with competition results to an email message addressed to us is the best way to report your game scores. Both the old and the new versions do extensive error checking to prevent mistakes and they handle all of the arithmetic for you.

Members by State {May 25, 2010 12:17:46 AM}

We have a new Members by State page that lists our members ordered by state. Email addresses are displayed for members who have said it is OK to share this information. This information is not indexed by search engines, so we feel it is safe to do it this way. Members who share their email addresses want to hear from other members in their area who are interested in target competition.

Requirements for Iron Rank {May 25, 2010 12:18:14 AM}

When we started the USBA we introduced the new Junior and Novice levels to give more people a chance to compete and advance in rank. At the same time we changed the requirements for the Iron Rank from 120 points from 10 meters to 150 points from 9 meters which is more consistent than the way it has been done in the past. We recently made the decision to honor scores earned under both the old and the new rank requirements since we have several new members who have scored over 120 points from 10 meters and the rest of the blowgun world still recognizes this as worthy of the Iron Rank. Congratulations to all members who have recently been awarded the Iron Rank and we apologise for taking so long to recognize your accomplishment.

Rule 7 Changed on September 26, 2009

An exchange of messages between Neondog and Fukiyaman on the Blowgun Forum resulted in a clarification of the IFA position concerning the addition of an "afterblow" (stabilizer or silencer). As a result, our rule has been changed.

From:

  • Mouth pieces and muzzle guards typically extend beyond the tube and are not considered part of the total length.
  • The barrel length is defined as the actual tube or the length of the device which controls the path of the dart or is sized to fit the dart (same caliber). Any accessory which extends beyond the maximum length of the blowgun must not be the same inside diameter as the blowgun and the difference must be visually obvious.
    Silencer (stabilizer) which has larger bore than the inner should not (be) used at competition. Hironori Higuchi

To:

  • Comercial mouth pieces and muzzle guards typically extend beyond the tube and are not considered part of the total length however any custom barrel accessories such as porting, counterweights or afterblow must not extend beyond the 48 inch length limit.

Rule 7 has been modified. {Dec 22, 2008 7:08 pm}

We are modifying rule (7) [pertaining to blowguns] as shown below. The original intention was to allow a competitor to add a "stabilizer" to a four-foot blowgun without having to shorten the length of the barrel to keep it legal. We have decided to abide by Dr. Higuchi's statement that stabilizers (silencers) should not be used. If we use them our scores:

  • will not be seen as official in the eyes of the IFA
  • will not be considered official by the former clubs of the FSBA
  • will not be considered official by the DBSC

The barrel length is defined as the actual tube or the length of the device which controls the path of the dart or is sized to fit the dart (same caliber). Any accessory which extends beyond the maximum length of the blowgun must not be the same inside diameter as the blowgun and the difference must be visually obvious.

Silencer (stabilizer) which has larger bore than the inner should not (be) used at competition. - Hironori Higuchi

A change has been made to our ranking system. {Nov 9, 2008 11:59 pm}

The Iron rank has been moved into the Expert class for better consistency of the system. All Novice 4 title holders have been changed to Expert Level 1 and those already in the Expert class have had their Level number increased by one. This change is being made to put all the metal ranks into the same class. A consequence of this change is that three scores will be needed to qualify for the Expert Level 1 title whereas only one score was needed to qualify for the Novice Level 4 title.

USBA is Open for Business!! {24th August 2008 00:29 a.m.}

Anyone wanting to join the United States Blowgun Association or learn more about it may do so by clicking on the link above.

Targets complying with IFA regulation are available for down loading as well as score sheets and of course, the USBA rules.

Compete with the materials that suit you best. IFA Affiliate - IFA Rules. - Neon_Dog

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