The following questions and answers should help explain the current BFTA Grading System. Should you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to contact BFTA Grading Officer here
BFTA Cards / Numbers
All shooters apply for their Bfta card & number via their club, only insured clubs can apply to the grading officer not individual shooters. Bfta cards are printed once a year, usually late March. At other times of the year, if a new to the sport shooter joins, the card will be hand written and the Bfta number for the new shooter added to the current Regional Grading. Your Bfta number is set via the Club you register with, prior to summer or winter season starts, for example :
CSFTA 0xxxx (0 not shown on card /number)
Once you have a BFTA number E.g. 50800 WAFTA, you can only change it, for example to 20800 MFTA by your new club applying for you prior to a season starting. While in summer this has little or no effect and if the Grading officer is willing the actual number change can be made in the middle of the summer season. Once winter season shoots have started a shooter can not change their BFTA number to another region before the end of the winter. The reason for no Bfta number change in winter is due to the inter regional contest which ends the winter season.
However a shooter can of course shoot in another region if the new region is willing, but they will not be eligible for their inter regional team and in most cases they are recorded as guest shooters in the regions winter league.
Does everyone get a grade?
Yes. The BFTA grades each person based on their performance in regional and National (BFTA) competitions. Scores have to be submitted for grading within one week of the shoot date for BFTA grading. Club or Regional Competition Secretaries should send results preferably in Excel to the Grading Officer. Alternatively the Grading Officer will take results from the various regional websites, if they have not been forwarded on.
For those sending results, please include:
1. Date and venue of Shoot
2. Shooter’s Full Christian and Surname
3. Shooter’s Club
4. Shooter’s Class of entry (i.e. PCP, Open or, Spring)
5. Shooter’s BFTA number, (if they have one)
6. Include shooters who do not have a BFTA number as records will be of use if the shooter at some point then receives a BFTA number.
7. Shooter’s score in targets hit
What are the grades used and what do they mean?
The grades used for PCP are “AA” , “A”, “B”, and “C”.
This means that in competition, shooters are generally only competing with other shooters of similar ability.
“AA” grade shooters are those with an average score of 85% or above.
“A” grade shooters are those with an average score greater than or equal to 75% and less than 85%
“B” grade shooters are those with an average score greater than or equal to 65% and less than 75%
“C” grade is for shooters with an average score less than 65%
Piston and Open classes are graded separately.
How is the percentage calculated?
Your percentage (apart from Open class entries) is based on the number of targets hit by you as a percentage of the number of targets hit by the highest scoring shooter in the same competition, even if they are from outside of the region.
Open % is graded from the highest scoring Open class shooter.
For example: A 50 Target course is used. The winner on the day hits 40 Targets – so 40 becomes the 100% benchmark against which your percentage is calculated. You hit 30 Targets so your percentage would be 75% because you hit 75% of the targets hit by the Winner. (A quick method using a calculator is divide your lower score by the highest score and multiply by 100 – or learn to use the percentage key.)
A brief explanation of the calculation of the average
Starting with a base %, add the new % to it and divide by 2, giving a new average %. Add another, divide by 3, add another & divide by 4 and so on up to a rolling total of 16
Score 1 = 50%
Score 2 = 70%
Score 3 = 90%
Total % of 210% divided by 3 shoots = average of 70%
This would put a new shooter in B grade
Even though the displayed Average % and Predicted Summer / Winter grade may constantly change, the shooters Current BFTA Grade at the start of the season will remain for that season, unless a request is made to move up a grade or more. A shooter may elect to move up one grade or more, but not down. When a shooter elects to move up a grade they cannot move down until re-graded at either winter or summer seasons end.
Who does the grading?
The Grading officer enters you score as a %, worked out from the supplied score sheets from national or regional FT events shot to BFTA rules. If they are local or regional shoots, the BFTA Grading Officer does not know you have taken part until he is sent the results by your Local/Regional Competition Secretary.
How is the grading done?
All new BFTA shooters will start in A grade. Once three PCP results have been received, a grade is applied to the new shooter based on the first three results average %. In some cases, a shooter will not be graded until 6 results are received, this is at the grading officers discretion where a better starting average is needed. Please note some regions use a different grading system to the BFTA.
Established shooters will have a rolling 16 average % score, based on the last 16 results received, or any amount of submitted scores up to 16.
(The change from 20 scores was made at the Nov 2015 AGM)
All BFTA shooters are graded twice a year, once after the winter league results (normally BFTA inter regional around Easter is the last score before summer re-grading) and again after the summer leagues, usually BFTA Euro (mid September usually) is last competition before re-grading for winter.
Based on a rolling average it will allow shooters to work out their own percentages and monitor their own progress.
Updates are posted as and when they come in on the BFTA Forum
Full rolling 16 updates are sent out as and when the BFTA grading officer is able to, but at least once shortly after the Inter-regionals and once shortly after the BFTA European Championships, to all regional representatives, which are to be passed on to their respective regions via Regional Secretaries or Clubs, who should pass this onto shooters.
Shooters can request their own current rolling 16 at any time.
Regional 2016 (post inters) will be in Black
2016 Bfta Shoots will be in Bold Black
Regional 2015 scores (post inters) will be in RED
2015 Bfta shoots will be in Bold RED
Regional 2014 results are in Green
2014 Bfta shoots are in Bold green
Regional 2013 Scores are in Blue (up to 2014 inters weekend)
2013 BFTA shoots will be recorded in Bold Blue
All shoots prior to 2013 have been deleted for the rolling 16. This is to ensure the most up to date results only are recorded to give a better reflection on a shooters current ability. This helps keep track of the age of a recorded score. The system works best with the most up to date results, some shooters record more than 16 results a year, some only a few.
The main columns of interest to shooters will be:
Current BFTA grade
This in effect is the start grade for the season, either winter or summer. This shows a shooter’s grade, i.e. “B” that should be used for the current season, unless electing to shoot in a higher grade. These grades only change if a “new” shooter records three scores, or if a shooter elects to move up a class
Any shooter requesting to move up a BFTA Grade i.e from A – AA needs to e-mail the Grading Officer.
This is a shooters current Average %, based on supplied scores. a max of 16 scores is used.
Every time a score is received for a shooter, it is entered as score No”1″ in the rolling 16 columns. All other scores move along one to the right, so score no 1 becomes no 2 etc. When 16 scores have been received and another scores is added, score 15 becomes score 16 and score 16 drops off the list, think of it as out of date as opposed to score 17!
Null score cards
If signed in for a shoot run to BFTA rules, all shooters should hand in a score card. If however a poor score is obtained through illness or injury to the shooter or a mechanical fault of the shooing equipment, then the Chief Marshall can sign the card off and the score does not have to be sent for grading.
No score of 1 will be registered on the BFTA grading list, as this will grossly deflate a shooters rolling 16 average.
I think my grading is wrong!
The gradings are done on an automated system and are based only on results supplied to the BFTA. If you think there is an error, then contact the Grading Officer, but please have a detailed explanation of what you think is wrong. Don’t forget, the score dropping off your rolling 16 can have more effect than the latest score being added, that’s once you have the full 16 rolling scores.
Don’t forget, the score dropping off your rolling 16 can have more effect than the latest score being added, that’s once you have the full 16 rolling scores.