NSCA National Delegates recently voted on two rule changes, and both were approved by a majority of the Delegates. Both rules will take effect on January 1, 2021 for the 2021 shoot year. The new rules and the vote count for each are:
Rule #1 – Sub-Gauge Classification
Creation of a separate Sub-Gauge Class System – Starting January 1, 2021, any sub-gauge event (defined as any event using a shotgun that is not 12-gauge and is smaller in diameter than 12-gauge) would have a separate class system. (This would be one class for all the sub-gauges smaller than 12-gauge, not a class for each gauge.)
To begin the new Sub-Gauge classes, ALL shooters would start one (1) class lower than their current 12-gauge class as of December 31, 2020, prior to the 2020 end-of-year review. Shooters cannot refuse the down-class; thus, there will be NO Master Class shooters in the Sub-Gauge classification to start the first year (2021). The punch system would be the same as with the current 12-gauge system.
In mid-January 2021, all shooters in the 12-gauge classes will go through a normal end-of-year review based on the 2020 shoot year. If the shooter gets down-classed in their 12-gauge class during the end-of-year review, they may refuse the down-class for the 12-gauge class ONLY. Nothing is changing for the 12-gauge classification process.
Yes – 94 votes (77.05%)
No – 28 votes (22.95%)
Rule #2 – Legacy Concurrent
A new concurrent category named Legacy Concurrent would be created for shooters 80+ years of age.
Yes – 112 votes (91.80%)
No – 10 votes (8.20%)
Source: NSCA News