The USHPSA is a governing rules body for High Power rifle shooting that is there to serve the shooter.
Unlike other high power organizations there is no centralized bureaucracy that is in charge of the USHPSA. The clubs represent their shooters and the clubs make decisions. The USHPSA is not a big bureaucracy like some organizations that are slow or ignore what shooters want with no accountability to its customers. The USHPSA is a decentralized organization and is accountable to its members and the shooters. USHPSA can adapt quickly to the needs of the members and shooters. The USHPSA does not have a board of directors made up of celebrities. The USHPSA does not have people who make money off of or are employed by the organization. The USHPSA sole focus is on representing and doing what is best for the shooter and helping grow the shooting sports. Example to this point is the introduction of the F-Practical class as well as improving a DR program to recognize shooters of all rifle types in a fair way. Also the clubs are in charge of their own matches. The USHPSA will NEVER send out notifications telling clubs their sanctioned matches are canceled like some organizations have done.
The USHPSA uses NRA rules as the basis for their rules. However we reserve the right to adapt and change rules as the member clubs see fit to best fit our shooting population. In some cases this has already been done. Any differences are listed on shooting rules webpage. Eventually as time permits there will be a USHPSA rulebook.
The clubs are the members of the USHPSA. The clubs keep track and issue classifications for their shooters at this time which are honored by other clubs. As the organization grows there are plans for a automatic score tracking system, where the scores are entered and the software will automatically issue classifications to the shooters, similar to systems used by some golf leagues. If there are issues that need to be discussed or changes that need to be made they are brought to the attention of the USHPSA Club rep and then the member clubs get together to discuss it in an open and transparent way.
The people that know what is best for their shooters are the clubs. Why shouldn't the clubs have a say in the organization? What do you get for the money you send to other organizations for running their matches? Classifications and maybe national records? USHPSA offers all of that but allows the clubs to keep this money and use it for themselves. This is done because the club itself does the work normally associated with the centralized bureaucracies such as keeping track of scores for classifications.
Yes if you are a member club you can still run NRA or CMP affiliated matches.
1. Shooter Classifications
2. Common Regional Medals
3. Distinguished Rifle program
4. National Records (as demand grows)
5. Centralized entering of scores for classification
The costs are what is needed to run the organization. At this time website, but eventually centralized score/classification tracker. The cost will be far less than what clubs pay for other shooting organizations. The current total cost to run the organization is $211. That is less for a total organization that what some clubs spend in a year for their matches to other organizations.
If clubs are interested in joining they need to contact the USHPSA. It is as simple as that, once they can then start running USHPSA sanctioned matches, keeping track of scores for USHPSA classifications, and helping with any of the organizational costs they are a member.
No, any classification that you have from other organizations that use the same percentages stated in USHPSA rules will roll over into USHPSA classifications.