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  • The

    SKIRMISH RULES

    of the

    North-South Skirmish Association, Inc.

    2016 edition This edition of the Skirmish Rules supersedes all previous editions. An up-to-date copy is maintained for downloading on the N-SSAs website (www.N-SSA.org) under Information for Skirmishers. Updates will be posted after each meeting of the Board of Directors at which changes are made. Please incorporate updates immediately in order to keep your copy of the Skirmish Rules current.

    http://www.n-ssa.org/

  • The address of the N-SSA is 480 Chalybeate Spring Road, Winchester, Virginia 22603- 9542.

    Our website iswww.N-SSA.org

    The North-South Skirmish Association (N-SSA) is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    The North-South Skirmish Association (the N-SSA) is an equal opportunity association interested in qualified members without regard to race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, weight, height, age, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, the presence of a medical condition which does not prohibit the member from participating in the activities of the N-SSA, disability or handicap, or any other legally protected status. This policy shall be postedwith every edition of The Skirmish Rules.

    http://www.n-ssa.org/

  • Summary of the changes in the 2016 edition of the Skirmish Rules

    Rules 4.10a, 22.7c, 25.1.5c, 25.1.6a and b, 25.1.7b---All serve to change the required minimum distance between spectators and shooting gear from eight feet to three feet.

    Rule 5.10.1---Sets the time limits and targets for Traditional Musket Company Matches at national skirmishes.

    Rule 10.16k---Establishes a one-minute wait before returning to serve a gun whose primer has failed.

    Rule 13.2.4---Establishes a procedure to declassify classified individuals who no longer compete.

    Rule 20.7---Establishes loading procedures and general rules for single-shot smoothbore pistol competition.

    Rule 36.2---Excludes 14-year-olds who are N-SSA members from BB gun competitions.

    Rule 37.11k---Liberalizes conditions under which pets may be brought to Fort Shenandoah for non-national skirmishes.

  • Section Titles 1 Scope and Authority 2 Skirmishes 3 Official Program 4 General Rules for Company Matches 5 Musket Company Matches (including Traditional Matches) 6 Carbine Company Matches 7 Revolver Company Matches 8 Breechloading Rifle/Carbine II Company Matches 9 Smoothbore Company Matches 10 Artillery (Cannon) 11 Artillery (Mortar) 12 Individual Matches and Aggregates 13 Individual Qualification and Classification 14 Company Qualification and Classification 15 Company Commanders 16 Eligibility of Competitors 17 General Rules for Competitors 18 General Rules of Competition 19 Small Arms 20 Loading and Clearing Small Arms 21 Inspection 22 Small Arms Ammunition 23 Uniforms 24 Accoutrements 25 Range Layout and Target Frames 26 Range Control and Commands 27 Interruption of Matches 28 Statistics Operations 29 Challenges and Protests 30 Skirmish Finances 31 Skirmish Shooting Awards 32 N-SSA Shooting Awards 33 N-SSA Service Awards 34 Uniform Competition

  • 35 Costume Competition 36 Youth Competition 37 Bivouac and Camping Rules 38 Range Use at Fort Shenandoah 39 Smoking, Alcohol, and Controlled Substances 40 Sutler Rules

  • 2016 edition Section 1: Scope and Authority

    SECTION 1: SKIRMISH RULES, SCOPE AND AUTHORITY

    1.1 SCOPE

    The North-South Skirmish Rules (hereafter called the Skirmish Rules) are binding on all participants (individuals, companies, and member organizations) in all events in the programs of all official North-South Skirmish Association skirmishes.

    1.2 PURPOSE

    The purpose of these rules is to assure that official N-SSA skirmishes are conducted uniformly in all regions, as well as to establish uniform standards for official events, range procedures, arms, equipment, uniforms, and conduct.

    1.3 AUTHORITY

    a. The Board of Directors of the North-South Skirmish Association, Incorporated, approves and publishes the Skirmish Rules under the authority of Article VIII, Section 2 of the associations Bylaws.

    b. In cases of challenge, protest, appeal, or dispute the Board of Directors interpretation of these rules is definitive and final.

    1.4 AUTHORITATIVE VERSION

    The authoritative version of the Skirmish Rules is the latest edition, the master copy of which is maintained by the Executive Secretary. That copy supersedes all other editions.

    1.5 ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITY

    The responsibility for enforcement of the Skirmish Rules rests with:

    a. The N-SSA Board of Directors

    b. National Commander, at national skirmishes

    c. Inspector General, at national skirmishes

    d. Regional Commanders, at regional skirmishes

    e. Regional Inspectors, at regional skirmishes

    f. Assistant Inspectors, when asked to assist

    g. Organization commanders, within their organizations

    h. Company Commanders, within their companies while competing

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  • 2016 edition Section 2: Skirmishes

    SECTION 2: SKIRMISHES

    2.1 SKIRMISH DEFINITION

    A form of competition in which uniformed teams, hereafter known as companies, fire Civil War firearms or their replicas (see Section 14) in a series of matches featuring destructible targets. A skirmish may also include matches for individual competition and matches for artillery.

    2.1.1 OFFICIAL SKIRMISH

    An official skirmish shall be defined as a National Skirmish (2.2) or a Regional Skirmish (2.3) or a Regional Specialty Skirmish (2.4) that has been approved by the Board of Directors or its designated representative, and registered with the Executive Secretary and the Insurance Committee.

    2.1.2 SKIRMISH RULES REQUIRED AT ALL OFFICIAL SKIRMISHES

    The skirmish director of every official skirmish must have a copy of the latest edition of the Skirmish Rules on hand at the skirmish.

    2.1.3 REQUIRED PARTICIPATION

    a. Article II, Section 4 of the Bylaws requires member organizations to participate in at least three official skirmishes each year.

    b. The Executive Secretary shall use the participation records of national skirmishes and reports of regional commanders to compile a report to the Board of Directors each January listing member organizations that have not met the participation requirement.

    2.2 NATIONAL SKIRMISH

    A skirmish sponsored by the North-South Skirmish Association, Inc., and conducted in accordance with the Skirmish Rules. Participation in the national skirmishes is limited to member or probationary organizations of the N-SSA and invited guests of the Board of Directors.

    2.2.1 REGISTRATION

    a. The Executive Secretary shall send registration forms to all member and probationary organization.

    b. Such forms shall include a tentative program, a registration return deadline, and shall have spaces to enter the organizations musket, carbine, revolver, repeater, single-shot, and smoothbore companies, mortar(s) and cannon (by class), and individual match entrants.

    c. Requests for assignment to a specific position, relay, or phase will be honored to the extent possible, and ONLY if the registration is received on or before the deadline.

    d. Late registrations will be accepted ONLY if space is available without altering the skirmish program AND the Information Technology Officer has not received the registration data from the Executive Secretary

    2.3 REGIONAL SKIRMISH

    A skirmish sponsored by one or more member organizations of a Region and conducted in accordance with the Skirmish Rules.

    2.3.1 DRAWN TEAM REGIONAL SKIRMISH

    A region may hold one skirmish per year at which the company members are drawn at random. The skirmish staff may be appointed by the region commander or by the

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    member organizations of the region or a region member organization may provide the staff.

    2.4 SPECIALTY REGIONAL SKIRMISH

    A skirmish sponsored by the N-SSA or one or more member organizations in which the entire program may consist of matches for artillery (cannon, and/or howitzer, and/or mortar), or for one or more types of firearms (see Section 19) and which is conducted in accordance with the Skirmish Rules.

    2.5 SKIRMISHES AT FORT SHENANDOAH

    Any skirmish held at Fort Shenandoah, excluding the Veterans Skirmish, must be an official skirmish.

    2.6 COMPANY MATCHES

    a. Company matches are those parts of a skirmish in which the participants shall compete as multi-person companies in a prescribed number of company events.

    b. The final standings of the companies shall be determined on the basis of the total elapsed time of each company, summed from the individual company events times, as detailed in Section 27.

    2.6.1 COMPANY EVENT

    a. A company event is a stage of all company matches.

    b. Each company shall have an identical number of targets.

    c. In most cases, the targets shall be destructible so the company, judges and spectators can observe the progress of the competition.

    2.6.1.1 POINT EVENT

    a. A point event is an event in which the companies fire at a target or a set of targets for score or hits.

    b. Firing may be controlled by command or by time limit. Companies shall be scored in accordance with th