If you shoot (or are thinking of shooting) IPSC and live in Mississippi, you need to register to shoot (or at least come watch). Magnolia has held this State Championship IPSC Match since 1996. And it gets better every year (as long as Mother Nature behaves herself). I was Match Director of this match for 3 years (1998, 1999, 2000 ?), but John (and his "crew") has taken this match to the current level that I could only dream about. I think it is 8-10 stages, all setup and running at the same time. John has done wonders with this match. Great stage designs with detailed props. Last year I think they had almost 200 shooters.
Even if you don't want to shoot...... (your loss), I suggest you come and watch. No charge to watch. You will see some REALLY good IPSC shooters. Shooters from all over the South East USofA.
And sorry to say........ I will not be one of the shooter....
There won't be a match in Byram on the first Sunday. Because the Classic covers Pearlington's match dates, they will hold a match on the Coast on the 1st Sunday.
As of now, it looks like I won't be able to make it due to work. It looks like this will be my first Classic to miss since I started shooting in 2000. I've made 10 in a row and have been very fortunate along the way, winning a couple of classes and 4 Limited State Championships, missing a 5th last year by less than 2 match points in a 1220 point match. I earned a slot to the 2010 Nationals at last year's Classic, but it is looking like I will have to miss that this year as well (I've been to 5 Nationals and will go back again sometime in the future if not this year). I still have my fingers crossed that something changes so that I can make the Classic.
As mentioned above, it has steadily grown, and there were 190 shooters last year from all over the country. The majority are from the Southeast, but we have had shooters from Nebraska, Arizona, and other distant states that aren't coming readily to mind. There is a limit of 200, so maybe it will fill up this year. As Section Coordinator, I approved the stages (all 10 of them) as did National headquarters, and they look great. I believe the total round count is 263 this year (1315 points).
Official match dates are the 14th - 16th. Range Officer's and a few regular competitors that make the request and are approved to do so will shoot on Friday; the remainder of the competitors shoot on Saturday and Sunday morning (7/3 or 8/2 depending on their respective schedules). Cash and plaques to winners of classes and divisions, and prize table is by random draw so everyone has an equal chance. Speaking of that, I understand the prize table will be better than ever this year.
Prize money won't be set in stone until the match begins and all of the entries are in. It takes a certain amount of money just to run the match, and any shooters above that number are largely more money for the prize table and prize money. It doesn't cost much more to run a match for 200 shooters than it does one for say, 150, but the former will have $5,000+ more available for prize money or the prize table.
They use an Excel spreadsheet that calculates the number of shooters in each division and each class to calculate how much the checks should be. For this reason, some of the checks end up as rather strange, odd amounts rather than an even, whole number. There is at least a method behind the madness!
The fact of the matter is that there will be so many plaques and checks, no one will be getting rich from it. I would hazard a guess that prize checks will run from $200-400 on the high end down to $30-$50 on the low. That is the problem with all of the classes and divisions. John and I laughed one year when we had nearly 50 plaques for a little over 150 shooters. Nearly 1 in 3 shooters was at least getting a plaque! There are of course many benefits to the divisions/classes. The match would certainly be a lot smaller if it was everyone heads up and run what you brung.
The Classic will be the only USPSA match in Byram in May.
There is no charge to spectate or visit the vendors that will be set up.
There won't be any scores updated, other than some stage scores will usually be posted late Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning, stage results are posted after all of the shooting is done and shooters are allowed to check their hitfactors, comparing them to a carbon copy of the score sheets given to them at each stage. After this awards and prizes are done.