Revised Article XI Section J NTTL Rules 8/26/96 Re: Shooting before 2nd rotation
Revised from By-laws to Regulations 8/97
Added Article XI Section 4-D NTTL Rules 8/13/99 Re: Pre-squadding
Revised Article XI Section 3 NTTL Rules 8/13/99 Re: Schedule rotation
Revised and added Article XI Section 4 Special NTTL Rules 9/13/99
Revised Article V Section 1 Meetings 8/11/00 Re: Time & place
Revised Article XIII Picnic List 8/3/05
Revised Article XI Section 4-A NTTL Rules 6/17/07: Targets Thrown
Revised Article XI Section R NTTL Rules 6/17/07: Posted range rules
Revised Article XIII Section 3 Annual Picnic 6/17/07: Re: Jr/Sub Jr ages
Revised Article XI Section 4-C NTTL Rules 6/6/12 Re: Scoring etiquette
Revised Article XI Section M NTTL Rules 9/18/13 Re: Ties w/ 125’s
Revised Article XI Section N NTTL Rules 9/18/13 Re: Signing squad sheets. *NOT MANDATORY 2014*
Revised Article XI Section P NTTL Rules 4/1/15 Re: Shooting times
Added Article XI Section 4-T NTTL Rules 7/18/18 Re: Officers/Captains
Added Article XI Section 4-U NTTL Rules 7/18/18 Re: Score keepers
Added Article XI Section 4-V NTTL Rules 7/18/18 Re: Straights
Added Article XI Section 4-W NTTL Rules 9/5/18 Re: Resetting targets
Added Article XI Section 4-V NTTL Rules 3/3/21 Re: Practice on league night
Revised Article XI Section 4-O NTTL Rules 3/3/21 Re: Minimum shoots required for award qualification
Added Article XI Section 4-Y NTTL Rules 4/7/21 Re: Category sign-ups and age
The regulations drawn at the direction of Rick Mothersell, League President, 1991, and formulated and presented by the following members;
The new organization shall be known as Northern Tier Trap League.
The object of the organization shall be to promote the sport of trapshooting, firearm safety, sportsmanship and good fellowship.
Any organized trap shooting club in the state of New York and Canada shall be eligible for membership in the “NTTL”, after first being approved by a majority of the Team Captains of the organization.
Any member of the Northern Tier Trap League shall have the privilege of discussing or speaking at any annual or special meeting of the Organization.
The by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board.
The order of business shall be as follows:
1. The latest rules of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association shall govern all shoots conducted by the member clubs or the Organization except as noted in #4 below. The host club shall have a copy of the latest ATA rulebook and NTTL Constitution at the site of the shoot.
2. If any team should drop out and is replaced by a new one, the new team will assume the number of the team dropping out. If no new team comes in then this number will be a BYE until a team does come in.
3. Each year the schedule will change by taking the bottom team and moving it to the top and the rest of the team’s drop down one. (Revised 8/13/1999)
4. SPECIAL NTTL RULES
A) All targets thrown on a scheduled league night for score will be new solid orange, or orange dome with black rim, known as NY style and will be provided by the host club. (Revised 6/17/2007)
B) All trap machines must be set to ATA rules.
C) During an NTTL league match it is recommended, but not required, that there be a referee from both teams present at the scorer’s station. The scorer shall call the “lost birds” and do so loudly enough so that shooters and the other referee (if present) can hear the call. The second referee (if present), and any shooter on the line, shall have the right to dispute any such call or non-call on the spot, but, this MUST be done before the shooters have taken up a position on their next station, and another shot is fired, or in the event of the last station, before leaving the shooting field. After the shooters and both referee’s (if present) have had their say, it shall be the duty of the scorer to render a final decision as to whether the target was “Dead” or “Lost”. The scorers’ decision shall be final. (Revised 6/6/2012)
D) 1. No Pre-Squadding (Added 8/13/1999)
All shooters must shoot when their squad is called to the line, even if the squad is not a full squad. One shooter CAN and WILL be considered a squad and MUST shoot when called, or they may elect to resign on a later squad. The only exception is when visibility is altered due to sunset; the called squad may wait a reasonable amount of time, as determined by Team Captains. Under NO circumstances may a squad be jumped and resurrected to shoot at a later time out of numerical sequence. i.e. Squad #2 can never shoot before Squad #1
2. No Squad Jumping - 1st League Rules
The practice of pre-squadding is prohibited. All shooters must be present at the time they are signed up to shoot. IF a squad is called to the line and the shooter is absent, that shooter will be removed from that squad and the squad will shoot immediately.
E) Each club shall provide the trap setter with an orange flag on a three (3) foot dowel rod to be used in case of a trap malfunction.
F) The shooting area will be restricted to shooters, scorekeepers, referees and trap house personnel.
G) Shooters must pay $10.00 in US funds, annual League dues before their score will be entered into the records, it will be the Team Captains responsibility to collect their dues and turn it in to the Treasurer of the NTTL. The price of dues is subject to change yearly at the annual Spring meeting.
H) Shooters will be classified based on last year’s average if they shot a minimum of five (5) shoots. Others will be treated as new shooters and will be classified based on their first five (5) shoots this year or known ability. Team Captains will be responsible to ensure shooters are classified in the proper class.
I) An individual may shoot for only one (1) NTTL team per year. Team choice is determined when the individual signs up for their first league shoot.
J) All shooters must be signed up and competed in one (1) league shoot prior to starting the second rotation of the schedule or their score will not count toward the team score. (Revised 8/26/1996)
K) Each shooter will shoot at 25,16 yard targets for score.
L) Teams will count their five (5) highest scores to arrive at their team score.
M) Winners of League matches will receive two (2) points, the loser zero (0) points and one (1) point will be awarded to each team in case of a tie, with the exception of a tie at 125 in which case each team will get two (2) points. Total score birds shot will break ties at the end of the season (Revised 9/18/2013)
N) Each squad score sheet will have team number, league membership card number and correct first and last name. Score sheets will be signed by a member of the squad before leaving the field (Revised 9/18/13) Not mandatory (2014)
O) Individuals must shoot a minimum of 85% of scheduled shoots to qualify for an award. (Revised 3/3/21, revised from 75% previously)
P) If both Captains agree that all of their shooters have shot, and no more will arrive, the host club can close early. The last squad is to be signed up by 8:30PM. At 9:00PM shooters that are signed up to shoot will be called to the line. No squad may begin shooting after 9:15PM. (Revised 4/1/15) Variations of this rule will be over ruled by local ordinances and shall be posted on the league schedule.
Q) In the event of a broken trap machine, loss of power, or other good reason for postponement, a decision on make ups will be made by the Team Captains on the spot. All affected shooters will be offered the opportunity of making up this shoot within two (2) weeks. Shooters who have completed their shooting shall not be allowed to re shoot.
R) Shooters must obey posted gun safety rules at each club. If a club has posted range rules regarding an open or closed gun on the firing range, all shooters will obey those posted rules. All actions will be open at all times with the exception of O/U and SxS while they are in the gun racks. (Revised 6/17/2007)
S) A closed gun will be allowed on the firing line only and any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action as specified in Article XII
T) A League Officer cannot serve as a team Captain concurrently. (Added 7/18/18)
U) A score keeper on league night must be a NTTL member or an ATA member. Also required to have knowledge of the NTTL Regulations. (Added 7/18/18)
V) If a shooter is going straight for consecutive weeks, they cannot miss a shoot to maintain their streak. Any missed league shoot will result in starting over. NO exceptions.
Also, a straight streak cannot be carried over from one season to the next.
W) Should a trap be throwing targets that, although not necessarily illegal, appreciably vary from trap to trap, any shooter may request that Team Captains or Alternate reset the trap even though prior squads have shot. The final decision as to whether or not a trap is to be reset will be made only be Team Captains or Alternate. (Added 9/5/18)
X) Shooting practice prior to league score on league night: If a club is open earlier in the day on league night a member can shoot practice prior to league starting, but it must be BEFORE 4:00 PM. After 4:00 PM a shooter may NOT shoot practice until AFTER they have shot for league score. (Added 3/3/21)
Y) A shooters category is determined by their age as of the FIRST LEAGUE SHOOT for that year. (Added 4/7/21)
1. Awards Day Sequence
B) Sackets Harbor
D) Adams Center
F) Sno Fun
G) Beaver River
2. The Team hosting the annual picnic must have the facilities to accommodate at least 100 people including appropriate sanitation facilities.
3. Trophies of League shooting will be handed out at the annual picnic and to be as follows:
Top Gun Missing no shoots
High Average 1 Place
Ladies Class 2 Places
High Senior Vet 2 Places (70 years plus)
High Vet 2 Places (55-69 years)
AA Class 2 Places
A Class 2 Places
B Class 2 Places
C Class 2 Places
D Class 2 Places
Juniors (15-17 years) and Sub Juniors (12-14 years) places to be determined yearly by the Board. (Revised 6/17/2007)