01. January 2000 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

The National Range Officers Institute Canada, is responsible for disseminating information to all National Range Officials in Canada. Much of the information relates to safety issues, rules of the sport and arranging for Range Officials for the annual IPSC Canada National Championships. NROI is also responsible for the training of all National Range Officials in accordance with international training standards.

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12. February 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

Proposed National Disqualification and Recertification Policy

Application: All IPSC sanctioned matches in Canada

In the event that a competitor is disqualified twice in a twelve‐month period (starting with the first disqualification and regardless of the level of the sanctioned match) a suspension may be issued by the Section Training Coordinator(1) of the Section. Once a suspension occurs, the process for recertification begins.

Recertification Process

Level 1 Recertification: Consists of eight exercises from the Black Badge course, including the”el prez”. The suspended member must demonstrate competency in all exercises to be allowed to compete.

Once the re‐certification is completed, the member will be issued a new provisional card and must successfully complete a sanctioned match in the year following the re‐certification. The provisional card is sent to the Section Training Coordinator and kept on file for a minimum of 12 months.

If the member is disqualified in the twelve months following the recertification, they may be suspended. If suspended they would move to Level 2 recertification.

Level 2 Recertification: Requires that the member retake the entire Black Badge Course and successfully shoot a sanctioned match in the following twelve months.

If the member is disqualified in the twelve months following the completion of Level 2 Recertification (Black Badge Course), they may be suspended. If suspended they would move to Level 3 recertification.

Level 3 Recertification: The matter is referred to the board of directors of the section to decideif the disqualified member should continue to be a member of IPSC in Canada.

(1) The Section Training Officer or their designate will review all match disqualifications for possible follow up.

08. January 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

2018 NROI Rulings

Official Ruling
In the interest of Safety, NROI Canada will be prohibiting the use of Blackhawk Serpa Holsters and their variants that unlock in the same manner (using the trigger finger to release the firearm above the trigger guard) as of January, 1, 2018. The design of this holster has resulted in many documented accidents; has been banned by multiple law enforcement agencies and other sporting associations. This is covered under rule 5.2.6 – Range Master’s authority – IPSC Canada has deemed it unsafe and is use will not be permitted in any IPSC competitions.

Deactivation of the locking mechanism or other modifications will not make the Serpa holster legal for use .The holster modified or not is banned from use for any level of IPSC competition.

Clarification / Interpretation “A competitor who fails to satisfy the equipment or other requirements of a declared Division after the Start Signal, will be placed in Open Division,”
Failure of the requirements of a declared division does not include magazines or speed loaders in a competitors’ pockets that the competitor does not use during the course of fire.

17. October 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

Production Optics Letter and provision division rules.

At the IPSC General Assembly held on August 26, 2017 in Chateauroux, France – the Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a investigating new division, known as Production Optics. The IPSC Executive gave their blessing for the regions to trial the new division, but they did not provide the regions with a rule set.

After extensive discussion with many regions, the region of Canada has decided to implement theattached (see next page) rule set for Production Optics for trial. Basically, it is the Production Rule Set, utilizing the production gun list but allowing slide mounted red dot optic sights.

Beginning in 2018; All Canadian sections can use this rule set to offer the Production Optics division to their competitors at their matches. Some things IPSC Canada members should be aware of:

  1. IPSC Matches have the choice to not offer division recognition at a match (they can chose not to recognize Production Optics or even Standard at a match)
  2. Since this is a trial division; at Level 3 matches no president’s medals will be available for awards for Production Optics
  3. This is a trail division. While we and many other regions believe this is the best direction for Production Optics; IPSC could chose to not go ahead with it or modify the rules disqualifying guns or components that are permitted in this version of the rule set. Of course, if this happens, IPSC Canada will notify its membership as soon as possible.

We hope that this new division will offer a popular option to competitors and with luck, be popular enough to grow like our other divisions

Yours truly,
Sean Hansen
Regional Director, IPSC Canada


28. July 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

Jim Smith is a new Canada NROI Coordinator. You can contact him at jim@division8.co

13. September 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

IPSC Canada Regional Director approved PractiScore as a scoring program for any L1, L2 and L3 matches in Canada. PractiScore app works on Android and iOS/Apple phones and tablets and allows to deliver match results faster and save time for Match Director and Stats Officers.

We encourage all Range Officers and Match Directors to get familiar with the system. Here is a short list of good practices to follow, especially for a large matches:

  • Name your scoring devices used by ROs according to stages or shooting bays (see Import/Export / Device Name in the app) and put a sticker on the front of device with device name, so you’d always use same device for same stage
  • Always pull scores only to a dedicated master device (i.e. avoid pulling scores between scoring devices). This makes it easier to investigate issues in case of any troubles (and also easier to find scores if anything is missing).
  • When pulling data from scoring devices, keep an eye on the battery levels.
    Educate ROs to keep device screen off while not scoring to save battery
  • Lock individual stage to devices (to avoid scores entered to a wrong stage). It is a device-specific setting.
    In Android app, see stage editing screen, entry menu (vertical dots) on the right
    In iOS/Apple app, see lock icon on the right of the stage entry
  • MD can enable “Secure Match” mode to prevent stage ROs to change competitor info at the stages (secure pin/password will be required to make changes)
  • In Android app, you can also enable score logging in match setting. If you have an SD card in device, select a folder on sd card. This will create a human readable log of all saved scores
14. December 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: NROI

IPSC Canada / NROI Canada Range Master Program 2016

This document is designed to set out the procedure for a NROI Canada Official to enter the “Range Master” program. Applications must be sent to NROI Canada Coordinator in written format and must include ALL of the information required in the “To Apply” section below.

Minimum Qualifications required for applying to the NROI Canada RM Program as a “Provisional RM”.

To apply the applicant must:

  • Be an active NROI Canada CRO with a minimum of 4 years experience
  • Have worked as a CRO @ 2 Canadian National Championship matches within the past 4 years from date of application (a minimum of 1 Nationals must be outside of home section)
  • Have been a Match Director @ at least 2 Level II or higher matches within past 2 years
  • Receive and submit written a recommendation from at least 2 “Current” full RMs (1 of which must not reside in applicants home section)
  • Receive and submit a written recommendation from their Section Coordinator
  • Receive a recommendation from the Regional Director of IPSC Canada.
  • Receive a recommendation from the President of NROI Canada.

The Mentor/Senior RM: This person will be responsible for training and mentoring the candidate, and will work with the student at ALL matches. The mentor must either be chosen or approved by the Regional Director & President NROI.

Note for clarification: The above requirements are the min to be accepted into the “Provisional Range Master” Program. Once accepted, the following items are required to be completed during the minimum 1 year of mentoring as a “Provisional Range Master.” To be “mentored” simply means the candidate MUST work alongside their senior/mentoring RM during all of the requirements below. The candidate will not work alone as a RM but always alongside their mentor.

Mentoring items:

  • Must work as a mentored RM @ at least 4 level II matches
  • Must work as a mentored RM @ at least 1 level III or higher match
  • For each of the above matches the mentoring RM must complete a written report of the students performance which must include:
    • Details of any arbitrations
    • Details of decisions made by the student
    • Details of any mistake made by the student (we all make them, let’s be honest)
  • A final report from the Mentor, after all of the above matches are completed, documenting the student’s performance must be submitted, along with the above individual match reports, to the President of NROI Canada

The reports will be reviewed by the Regional Director & President of NROI. Based on these reports, and any other reports received, the candidate will be given a final decision within 30 days.

This final decision will have 3 possible outcomes:

  1. Candidate is successful and is promoted to full Range Master.
  2. Candidate requires further training/mentoring. Provisional status remains, review in 6 months.
  3. Candidate has failed to meet the minimum requirements, and due to one or more reasons is removed from the RM training program at this time. Depending on specific circumstances, the candidate may reapply in 1 year.


NROI Canada has commissioned Cape Custom Gunsmiths to build certified Boxes for Standard Division. The boxes will be built to the following measurements: 225mm x 150mm x 45mm.

Each Section will be supplied with one Box.

Canada’s exemptions for Open and Standard Division are gone as of July 1, 2009. All competitors must now comply with the international rules for each division. This means that the minimum bullet weight for major in Open Division is 120 grains. For Standard Division, A handgun in its ready condition, but unloaded and with an empty magazine inserted or empty cylinder closed, must fit wholly within the confines of a box which has internal dimensions of 225mm x 150mm x 45mm (tolerance of +1 mm, -0 mm).

Note: that all magazines must comply.