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=== Equipment Rules ===
 
=== Equipment Rules ===
IDPA matches are divided up into six entirely separate divisions, and one optional division:
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IDPA matches are divided up into six entirely separate divisions, and one optional division, each with specific criteria:
SSP - Stock Service Pistol
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* '''SSP - Stock Service Pistol''' - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber
ESP - Enahnced Service Pistol
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* '''ESP - Enahnced Service Pistol''' - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber
CDP - Compact Defensive Pistol
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* '''CDP - Compact Defensive Pistol''' - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber
CCP - Compact Carry Pistol
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* '''CCP - Compact Carry Pistol''' - Unloaded weight of 37 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber
REV - Revolver
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* '''REV - Revolver''' - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6
BUG - Back-up Gun
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* '''BUG - Back-up Gun''' - The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 29.00 oz. or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6 rounds total  + 1 in the chamber of semi-automatic BUG
NFC - Not for Competition is an optional division for local matches only. This can be used to allow someone who does not meet equipment rules to go ahead and shoot the match.
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* '''NFC - Not for Competition''' is an optional division for local matches only. This can be used to allow someone who does not meet equipment rules to go ahead and shoot the match. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10
  
More detailed descriptions of firearm divisions as well as information pertaining to holster, belt, magazine pouch, cover garment, etc. requirements are available in section 8 of the Rules, ''and may be added here later.''
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Information pertaining to holster (section 8.5), belt (section 8.4), magazine pouch (section 8.6), concealment garment (section 8.9), etc. requirements are available in section 8 of the Rules, ''and may be added here later.''
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=== Match Tiers ===
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Specific requirements for each of the five recognized match tiers are described in the IDPA Rulebook section 1.2 "Match Administration Rules." 
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* Tier One (Local club match)
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Tier One matches are typically rather casual, with approximately 18-24 competitors.  All IDPA rules, classifications, and divisions are recognized.  Additionally, Tier One allows for the Not For Competition (NFC) Division.
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* Tier Two (Sanctioned)
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Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
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Must be able to accommodate at least 75 competitors, including staff.
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Minimum of 8 stages
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Minimum round count of 100
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Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
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BUG Division is optional
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* Tier Three (Sanctioned)
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Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
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Must be able to accommodate at least 125 competitors, including staff.
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Minimum of 10 stages
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Minimum round count of 125
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Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
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BUG Division is optional
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* Tier Four (Sanctioned)
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Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
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Must be able to accommodate at least 200 competitors, including staff.
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Minimum of 12 stages
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Minimum round count of 150
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Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
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BUG Division is optional
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* Tier Five (Sanctioned)
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Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements
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Must be able to accommodate at least 250 competitors, including staff.
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Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing
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BUG Division is optional
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=== Match Officials ===
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==== Safety Officer (SO) ====
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===== Description =====
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According to Section 2 of the IDPA Rulebook, IDPA Safety Officers are volunteers whose goal and purpose is to see that all shooters have a safe and enjoyable experience.  As such, SO's have two roles:
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* As the primary and most visible role for shooters at an IDPA match, the SO serves as an ambassador for the sport, and is key in forming a new shooter's impressions of IDPA.
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* The SO also serves the primary match official, responsible for running shooters safely and smoothly through each course of fire.
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===== Qualifications =====
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Section 2.2 (IDPA Safety Officer Qualifications) of the IDPA Rulebook lays out the following paraphrased primary requirements for SO's:
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* Be at least 21 yesrs old, and able to lawfully posses a firearmm.
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* Be a current IDPA member in good standing for at least six months.
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* Have shot at least six IDPA matches.
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* Complete an IDPA Safety Oficer class taught by an authorized IDPA Safety Officer Instructor (SOI).
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* Be a current member in good standing of the IDPA.
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* Regularly participate in IDPA matches as an SO.
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* Maintain SO certification via continuing SO education and recertification every two years.
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==== Chief Safety Officer (CSO) Certification ====
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The CSO acts as the senior Safety Officer on the course of fire (CoF). The CSO is
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* All of the SO criteria above, designatd by, and directly accountable to the Match Director.
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==== Match Director (MD) Certification ====
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==== Area Coordinator (AC) ====
  
  

Revision as of 10:24, 18 August 2015

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is a membership-based organization and the governing body of a handgun-centric shooting sport based on simulated "real-world" scenarios, using practical equipment not customized for competition, and which a person may actually carry for everyday self-defense.


About

IDPA was founded in 1996 in response to shooters who desired a more real-world based self-defense event than was being offered by other sports at that time. IDPA is geared toward new and average shooters using practical gear and guns, allowing participants to spend a nominal amount on equipment, but provide competition for shooters even at the Expert and Masters classifications.

As of July 2015, there are more than 25,000 IDPA members competing in more than 400 affiliated clubs in over 50 countries around the world.

Contact Information

The International Defensive Pistol Association� 2232 CR 719 Berryville AR. 72616

Phone: (870) 545-3886 Fax: (870) 545-3894 Email: info@idpa.com

Membership

Membership in the IDPA is available on a one or three year basis. A single year membership is $40.00, while a three year membership is $105. IDPA rules allows a shooter to participate in one local/tier 1 match without being a member. The registration page is here: https://www.idpa.com/join-now


Rules

The most recent IDPA rules can always be found at the IDPA website at this link: http://www.idpa.com/compete/rules The current rulebook, as of August 17, 2015, is downloadable as a PDF file at: http://members.idpa.com/Content/Rules/x2gukat1.wyt.pdf Anne Arundel Fish and Game Association provides a nice overview resource for shooters at: http://www.aafgidpa.com/admin/Welcome_to_IDPA_Shooting.pdf

Classification Rules

Shooters are divided into one of six classifications so that they may compete against others of similar skill. New members are listed as Unclassified until they shoot a classifier match. Classified shooters may increase their classification through a better score on a classifier match, performance in a sanctioned match, or through an equity promotion. The six classifications are:

  • Unclassified
  • Novice
  • Marksman
  • Sharpshooter
  • Expert
  • Master

Equipment Rules

IDPA matches are divided up into six entirely separate divisions, and one optional division, each with specific criteria:

  • SSP - Stock Service Pistol - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber
  • ESP - Enahnced Service Pistol - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10 + 1 in the chamber
  • CDP - Compact Defensive Pistol - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber
  • CCP - Compact Carry Pistol - Unloaded weight of 37 oz or less, with heaviest magazine. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 8 + 1 in the chamber
  • REV - Revolver - Unloaded weight of 43 oz or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6
  • BUG - Back-up Gun - The unloaded firearm with the heaviest magazine must weigh 29.00 oz. or less. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 6 rounds total + 1 in the chamber of semi-automatic BUG
  • NFC - Not for Competition is an optional division for local matches only. This can be used to allow someone who does not meet equipment rules to go ahead and shoot the match. Division Capacity (Maximum number of rounds allowed in magazine or cylinder): 10

Information pertaining to holster (section 8.5), belt (section 8.4), magazine pouch (section 8.6), concealment garment (section 8.9), etc. requirements are available in section 8 of the Rules, and may be added here later.

Match Tiers

Specific requirements for each of the five recognized match tiers are described in the IDPA Rulebook section 1.2 "Match Administration Rules."

  • Tier One (Local club match)

Tier One matches are typically rather casual, with approximately 18-24 competitors. All IDPA rules, classifications, and divisions are recognized. Additionally, Tier One allows for the Not For Competition (NFC) Division.

  • Tier Two (Sanctioned)

Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements Must be able to accommodate at least 75 competitors, including staff. Minimum of 8 stages Minimum round count of 100 Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing BUG Division is optional

  • Tier Three (Sanctioned)

Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements Must be able to accommodate at least 125 competitors, including staff. Minimum of 10 stages Minimum round count of 125 Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing BUG Division is optional

  • Tier Four (Sanctioned)

Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements Must be able to accommodate at least 200 competitors, including staff. Minimum of 12 stages Minimum round count of 150 Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing BUG Division is optional

  • Tier Five (Sanctioned)

Specific SO, CSO, MD, and stage approval requirements Must be able to accommodate at least 250 competitors, including staff. Competitors must be IDPA members, and classified in the division in which they are competing BUG Division is optional


Match Officials

Safety Officer (SO)

Description

According to Section 2 of the IDPA Rulebook, IDPA Safety Officers are volunteers whose goal and purpose is to see that all shooters have a safe and enjoyable experience. As such, SO's have two roles:

  • As the primary and most visible role for shooters at an IDPA match, the SO serves as an ambassador for the sport, and is key in forming a new shooter's impressions of IDPA.
  • The SO also serves the primary match official, responsible for running shooters safely and smoothly through each course of fire.
Qualifications

Section 2.2 (IDPA Safety Officer Qualifications) of the IDPA Rulebook lays out the following paraphrased primary requirements for SO's:

  • Be at least 21 yesrs old, and able to lawfully posses a firearmm.
  • Be a current IDPA member in good standing for at least six months.
  • Have shot at least six IDPA matches.
  • Complete an IDPA Safety Oficer class taught by an authorized IDPA Safety Officer Instructor (SOI).
  • Be a current member in good standing of the IDPA.
  • Regularly participate in IDPA matches as an SO.
  • Maintain SO certification via continuing SO education and recertification every two years.

Chief Safety Officer (CSO) Certification

The CSO acts as the senior Safety Officer on the course of fire (CoF). The CSO is

  • All of the SO criteria above, designatd by, and directly accountable to the Match Director.

Match Director (MD) Certification

Area Coordinator (AC)

Mid-Atlantic IDPA Clubs

In addition to Match Director/Safety Officer requirements, IDPA requires clubs to host a minimum of 1 classifier event per year, and a minimum of six matches per year. The classifier may be one of those matches.

Delaware:

Maryland:

North Carolina

LINK CLUBS FROM http://www.virginiashooters.com/IDPA.php

Pennsylvania:

Virginia:

LINK CLUBS FROM http://www.virginiashooters.com/IDPA.php

West Virginia:


References