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Mississippi Skeet Shooting Association State Team

The Membership of the MSSA adopted the use of the Points Based System described below during the Annual Meeting held at the 2012 Mississippi Skeet Championships.

The 2013 Teams will be determined using the Average based system on the 2012 Shooting year data. The 2014 State Team will be determined using the Points Based System based on the 2013 Shoot Year.

Proposal to change eligibility from HOA Average System to Points Based System as of the 2013 Shoot Year

The Suggestion

Historically, the Mississippi State Team has been determined using the HOA Average of Mississippi Shooters who met the Minimum Target Requirement and participated in at least 2 Mississippi shoots with 20 or more HOA competitors. In addition, the winner of the HOA State Championship is designated as the State Team Captain as long as they have met the above requirements.


The proposal outlined here is to change our system for selection of the State Team from this Average Based System to a Points Based System which rewards participation and winning at all class levels. The points based system described below encourages shooters to compete both within Mississippi and outside the state to gain more points for the Mississippi State Team and for recognition at the national level, since NSSA also uses a points based system for All-American Team determination.


This proposal is offered to the membership of MSSA for their perusal and discussion. It has no effect on team selection for the current (2012) shooting year which will be based on HOA average as in the past. Any change, such as proposed here, would require a majority vote of the MSSA membership at the annual meeting, typically held during the weekend of the State Championship.

The Proposed Mississippi Points System Awards

Mississippi shooters will be awarded points for shoots reported on the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Association Website for shoots in Mississippi, Zone VI, and neighboring states Alabama and Tennessee from Zone 4. Note that points are weighted more for Mississippi shoots to encourage participation within the state for the State Team!


Points Awards are as follows:


Mississippi Shoot Awards


Out of State Shoot Awards


Open Score Awards

In recognition that Skeet is a game of perfection and heartbreak, often at large shoots perfect scores do not place. The following Score Award points equal to the shooters score in the following events will be awarded for open shooting accomplishment.




In 2015 at the State Meeting it was suggested and voted upon to again base "HOA Score Points" only on the "Top 4 HOA Scores" at a given shoot. To identify the TOP Shooters at the shoot and focus on the Best 10 Shooters in Mississippi for the Mississippi 1st and 2nd Teams.

In 2014 at the State Meeting it was discussed to base "HOA Score Points" not only on the "Top 4 HOA Scores" at a given shoot but also on a shooter's HOA Class.

This awards lower class shooters who often shoot personal best scores which while higher than their average are not has high as the top HOA event scores. These scores are currently set as:

AAA >= 395
AA >= 388
A >= 380
B >= 368
C >= 351
D >= 329
E >= 310

This will be used to determine teams starting in the 2015 target year.

This link shows the change in point values from the OLD method to the New method on the 2015 Target Year data as of 2015-08-22. Click HERE to download the PDF.

HOA Average Point Award

In 2015 at the State Meeting it was suggested and voted upon to again base "HOA Average Points" only on the "Top 11 HOA Averages" for that shooting year. To identify the TOP 11 High Average Shooters and focus on the Best 10 Shooters in Mississippi for the Mississippi 1st and 2nd Teams.

In recognition that Skeet is a game of perfection shooters who maintain High HOA Averages should be acknowledged for their accomplishments. Shooters with HOA Averages greater than or equal to the 11th Ranked HOA Average of Mississippi Shooters meeting the Mississippi Minimum Target Requirements will be awarded 1 point per thousandth.


Example:

Rank Name HOA Avg. HOA Point Award

1 Johnny Sureshot .9929 x 1000 = 992.9 993

2 - 9 Rankded Shooters HOA Averages shot MSSA Target Standards

10 Jimbo Tenhut .9597 x 1000 = 959.7 960

11 Ralph Underwire .9593 x 1000 = 959.3 959

12 Bobby Oneout .9592 x 1000 = 959.2 0000


The Membership of the MSSA during the Annual Meeting held at the 2014 Mississippi Skeet Championships voted to discontinue the use of the 11th HOA Average as a base line for HOA Average Points. Therefore, when a shooter reaches the MSSA Minimums they are automatically awarded HOA Average points.

Shooters who have not met the Mississippi Minimum Target Requirements will not be awarded points nor will their averages be used to determine the top 11 ranking for the HOA Average Point Award.

Minimum Target and Fixture Shoot Participation Requirements Would Remain the Same for Eligibility to State Team.

Mississippi Team Year

The Mississippi Team is determined from the shooting performance of the previous year. For example, the 2012 Team is determined from the 2011 shooting year data.


Mississippi Minimum Target Requirements

12 Gauge 700 targets

20 Gauge 500 targets

28 Gauge 500 targets

410 Bore 500 targets

Doubles 0 - No Requirement

Fixture Shoot Requirements

Shooters must complete the HOA Events, normally the 12, 20, 28 and 410 Bore, in at least 2 Mississippi shoots with 20 or more HOA competitors. These shoots are normally but not limited to:

The Mississippi Skeet Championships

The Rebel Open

The Catfish Open

The Hillbilly Open

The Bois d' arc Open

The Redfish Open

Other shoots that meet the 20 shooter HOA measure will be automatically added to the list for team determination.

Selection of Captain of the State Team

The MSSA State Team Captain will be the Mississippi Skeet Championship HOA Champion for the shooting year. In addition to winning the HOA Championship the captain must complete:

The Minimum Target Requirements

The Fixture Shoot Requirements

Top Eight (8) Points Shoots

In 2015 at the State Meeting it was suggested and voted upon to base "Shooting Year Points" only on the Shooters "Top 8 Shoots" for that shooting year. The top eight (8) was suggested as being in line with the minimum standards requirement of Mississippi.

Mississippi shooters annual points total are based on the points earned from the eight (8) shoots which provide an individual with the most points.

World and National Level Shoot Recognition

The National Skeet Shooting Association manages and promotes the Mini World, Main World, US Open and Masters shoots annually. The US Open and Masters are often shot on a rotational basis and may or may not be in easy travel distance for Mississippi Shooters. If these shoots are attended by Mississippi residents and score/winner reports can be acquired from shoot management they will be counted as an out of state shoot for point award.

Mississippi Honorable Mention Team

In 2015 at the State Meeting it was suggested and voted upon to determine an Honorable Mention Team.

The Honorable Mention Team may not necessarily be compromised of the Mississippi shooters ranking 11-15. Additional criteria such as all shoots above the eight (8) shoot maximum, classification, HOA Average, Mississippi Championship performance, Zone VI Championship performance will be weighed by the Mississippi Executive Committee to determine the Honorable Mention Team assignments.

View the Points System Model in Action

The updated system is now in place on the Mississippi Skeet Shooting Association website and can be viewed at: http://www.msskeet.org/mssapts.php