In reviewing your member records, you may have noticed a new statistic in your Member Data, the Current Class Ratio. Here’s what it means:
The NSCA Advisory Council and Executive Council have reviewed the current procedures for end-of-year reviews of members’ classifications and have adjusted the process for determining who will be offered down-classing at the 2016 year-end review.
NSCA divides competitors into 7 classes. A member proceeds to move up in a class after a certain number of wins/placements in their current class. These wins/placements are represented by punches. When a member fails to obtain a certain number of wins/placements in their current class, they are eligible for a class reduction. Currently, the minimum number of punches that must be earned in each class to remain in said class are:
- M – 7
- AA – 4
- A – 3
- B – 3
- C – 2
- D – 2
Allowing down-classing based solely on a minimum number of punches earned resulted in the downward classification of some highly skilled shooters when they were already appropriately placed. In order to minimize erroneous down-classing, the AC/EC have determined that down-classing will not be automatically offered to shooters who place, on average, in the top 70% of their class, instead reserving down-classing for shooters who place, on average, in the bottom 30% of their class.
A shooter’s average finish is represented by the Current Class Ratio (CCR), which is the average of their RNK (on the shoot history web page) for all shoots in their current class. The lower a CCR, the higher the shooter generally places and vice versa. Therefore, down-classing will be offered only to shooters with insufficient punches whose CCR is greater than 0.700, or an average finish in the bottom 30% of their current class. All other criteria will remain the same as recent years.
Summary of Year-End Review Process with CCR
1. Members who will be reviewed:
- a. Members who were in the same class all year and shot 500 or more targets
- b. Members who moved to their current class during the year and who shot 1,000 or more targets in that new class.
2. If you are in M and have received less than 7 punches during this calendar year AND your CCR is greater than 0.700, then you are eligible for review/downclass. The same will apply for each class, with the punch limits as described above (AA-4, A-3, etc.)
3. The following members will NOT be reviewed:
- a. Didn’t change classes during the year and shot less than 500 targets.
- b. Did move to a new class but shot less than 1,000 targets in their new class.
- c. Have elected to opt out of the end of year review process.
4. The following members will NOT receive a down-class:
- a. Earned more than the minimum punches for the member’s class (B-3, C-2, etc.)
- b. Has a CCR less than 0.700.
1000 Target Review
Members who request a voluntary 1000-Target Review at any time throughout the year will be subject to the identical criteria described above as if their review had occurred in the Year-End Review Process.