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Orion Preferred Scoring System for Junior Olympic Qualifi cation

Starting with the 2013-2014

Junior Olympic Rifl e and Pistol Championships, USA Shooting is giving a strong preference to selecting qualifying match loca- tions that use electronic scor- ing. Electronic scoring includes systems like Sius-Ascor, Mega- Link, Meyton, or Orion. We made this decision in an effort to have comparable and consistent scor- ing throughout the country. It’s a way to help ensure all shooters are treated equally. One of the reasons we were able to make this decision is because of Ori- on’s now widespread use and availability. Orion works by digitally scor-

ing paper targets using com- modity scanners and a Win- dows based software program. Orion is as accurate as any other electronic scoring system, it’s affordable, and provides many advantages to match directors and team leaders. Orion comes with a complete match manage- ment system. It supports and is approved for all USA Shoot- ing courses of fi re for 10m air rifl e, 10m air pistol, 50ft rifl e, and 50m rifl e. Its result system automatically breaks individual and team ties, including the new

decimal scoring standard. Orion can even upload your competi- tion results to the Internet. Orion took a different ap-

proach in using paper targets. Once fi red, the targets are digi- tized using commercial scan- ners. The Orion software reads the resulting image fi le and scores each shot using an image processing algorithm. By relying on a software solution with com- modity scanners, Orion achieves the same level of scoring accu- racy but at an affordable price point for local clubs and teams.

Orion’s Result Center A most valuable aspect of

Orion is the online result ser- vice, called the Result Center ( With Orion, any match can have a presence on the Internet. When enabled, Orion will automatically upload results after a target is scanned and scored. Spectators and ath- letes alike can view the results online. The need to have timely online results cannot be under- stated.

Using Orion in a Sanc- tioned Event There are a few important

steps to follow to use Orion at your competition. *Specify that Orion will be listed in the match bulletin. *All targets must be scored

with Orion. The use of a plug or other manual methods of scoring is prohibited in conjunction with Orion.

*Competitors should be

made aware that there is a two- point penalty for lost protests (USAS rule *Scores must be reported to

USAS after the match. This can easily be done online via Rail- Station, USA Shooting’s data- base management system. *Make sure you know how to

use Orion before the day of your match. This will ensure your com- petition runs effi ciently. Orion recommends running practice matches before your sanctioned event.

How to Contact Orion To learn more about Orion

visit or call (703) 335-7760.

2014 World Cup Stage in Rio Cancelled; Reallocated to Beijing

The 2014 ISSF Shotgun

World Cup Stage in Rio De Ja- neiro (BRA), scheduled to be held April 26 - May 7, 2014, has been cancelled and has been re-allocated to Beijing, where it will be combined with the Rifl e and Pistol World Cup Stage to be held there July 1 - 10. The Shotgun World Cup Stage

should have taken place on the layouts of the 2016 Olympic Shooting Range of Rio, which is being renovated. The Organizing Committee –

the Confederacao Brasileira de Tiro Esportivo – communicated to the ISSF its intention to can- cel the organization of the event, in consideration of the ongoing construction and renovations.

Online Training Courses Available

USA Shooting is developing

online basic training courses for all Olympic shooting events. These are basic how to get

started online courses. We get a lot of calls about how to get started, but there is nothing in the marketplace on how to get started in Olympic style shooting sports with the exception of rifl e. The fi rst online pistol course

is the Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol basic training course. A link to this course can be found on the lower-left corner of usashooting. org.

“White Flyer Targets is extremely pleased to be the offi cial clay

target provider for the USA Shooting Team,” said Phil Murray, Na- tional Sales Manager for White Flyer Targets. “In the past few years when our targets have been shot at World Cups and other venues, numerous world or event records have been tied or established. Our total commitment as always has been to provide the best quality target that can be made.”

6 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013

Memorial Donation In Memory Of: Richard L. Warren

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