International Competition Programme
The International Programme splits into two parts, essentially those where selection is open to all SSRA members, and those were membership of a National Squad is a prerequisite. Full details of selection processes and international squads that the SSRA operates are available in our Athlete Pathways document, which is available to all members.
A complete history of those International Matches that are deemed as full "caps" is now available here.
Those matches where selection is open mostly take place during Scottish and British Open Meetings, and include:
Those matches were National Squad membership is a requirement include:
Scotland's only "postal" indoor international match is shot annually against a team from the North Island, New Zealand. A team of fifteen, with two reserves who also record scores, fire 40 shots prone indoors. The top eight placed competitors from the The Speedway final qualify automatically for the Scottish Team, with the remainder being selected from those performing well in other indoor competitions around the country. This match is shot by Scotland two weeks after the Speedway final, usually in late March or early April, with New Zealand shooting their part in their spring (September or October). Since 2000 there has also been an event for a team of five under 21 juniors.
See here for a complete history of this match.
Two International Matches are held for teams of three, concurrent with the Open Championships. In the "main" sixty-shot match team members can be male or female, the other forty-shot match restricted to women. The Scottish Teams are picked from the aggregate which is completed before the actual Championship match.
An International Match is held for teams of three, concurrent with the Open Championship. Team members can be male or female, shooting under ISSF or disabled rules. The Scottish Team is picked from the double sixty-shot aggregate which is completed before the actual Championship match.
This match against a team from the (UK) Police Athletic Association is held on the Scottish Meeting range, the day before that meeting starts. Team size is flexible (generally around six to eight competitors on each side), and each competitor will fire sixty shots at 50m and a further sixty at 100yds. The Scottish Team are selected with a view to future development, but including enough experience to make the match competitive.
Three "Home Countries" prone matches are held on the final morning of the Scottish Meeting. The "main" match is for mixed teams of ten competitors. The other matches are for a women's team of five, and a junior (under 21) team of three. The matches are all shot concurrently, and there is nothing to stop a female junior shooting in all three teams! The course of fire is a modified Dewar, i.e. twenty shots at 50m followed by twenty shots at 100yds. The Scottish Team is almost exclusively selected from those competing in the Aggregate over the previous four days.
There are three "Home Countries" prone matches as per the Scottish meeting. In addition there are 3-positions matches for teams of three, one over a 3x40 course of fire, which is open to male and female competitors, the second over a 3x20 course of fire, which is restricted to female competitors.
This match against a team from the Army Rifle Association is similar in nature to the Police AA Match, but generally includes 3P as well as prone. It is intended to restrict this match to B and Junior Squad members in the future.
Up to four individuals per country compete in each discipline in this event for the European members of the Commonwealth (Cyprus, England, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales).
The host county defines the programme, with not every event guaranteed to be run (e.g. full-bore ranges are not available everywhere, cartridge pistol events are not available in mainland GB, ISSF 300m is rare, etc). Concurrent pairs events are held on an ad-hoc basis.
This event is held three years out of every four (not in Commonwealth Games year). The next event will be held in September 2000 on the Isle of Man (full-bore in England).
Priority for selection is given to A squad members, but B squad members may be brought in to fill any gaps.
This event is open to all of the Commonwealth countries. Up to three individuals per country compete in each discipline.
A full programme of ISSF events, with the addition of NRA Target Rifle, is run where possible and where justified by entries (ISSF 300m 3-Positions is rare). Pairs events are included as separate matches.
This event is held every second year (not in Commonwealth or Olympic Games years). The next event will be held at Melbourne, Australia in 2005.
Selection is restricted to A squad members.
Click here to see details of previous teams and medals.
Up to two individuals per country in each discipline, subject to a limit on team size imposed by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland.
A partial ISSF programme (no 300m, Running Target unlikely), with the addition of NRA Target Rifle is run where possible. Pairs events are included as separate matches.
This is held every four years (two years apart from the summer Olympic Games), with the next event in Melbourne, Australia in 2006.
This is the highest level at which a shooter can compete under a Scottish banner.
Nomination by SSRA is restricted to A squad members - STSF will select the overall shooting team, subject to confirmation by the CGCS.
Click here to see details of previous teams and medals.