Orion's National Air Rifle League
Orion's National Air Rifle League creates a bold new competition format, allowing teams to compete virtually in a low-cost, yet meaningful national competition for both elite and developing teams. Teams compete against teams of their own relative skill level in a round robin style format during the 8 week regular season, beginning on 26 September, with the league culminating in a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season for the top 8 teams.
- Registration Deadline: 16 September 2016.
- Coaches Meeting Webinar: The week of 19 to 23 September, exact date and time not yet set.
- Pre-Season Competition: 5 September to 25 September 2016
- Regular Season: 26 September to 20 November 2016
- Post-Season Tournament: 28 November to 18 December 2016
For more information download the complete National Air Rifle League Program.
The League is structured into disciplines, conferences, divisions, teams, seasons, and games. The two disciplines are Sporter air rifle and Precision air rifle. The Sporter discipline is made up of five conferences these are (1) Army JROTC, (2) Marine Corps JROTC, (3) Navy JROTC, (4) Air Force JROTC, and (5) Jr. Rifle Clubs. The Precision discipline has two conferences; these are (1) JROTC and (2) Jr. Rifle Clubs. A conference can have multiple divisions of teams. A division is ideally a group of 8 teams of relatively equal skill level that compete against each other in games. A team consists of four or more air rifle athletes with a coach from a single school or club. A game is one competition between two teams. A complete season has three parts, a pre-season optional tournament, an eight week six or seven game regular season, and a three week single-elimination tournament for the top teams. During the regular season, teams compete only against the other teams from within their division.
Teams are organized into divisions, within a conference, according to their relative and historic skill levels. The division names (from highest to lowest), are Champions, Distinguished, Elite, Governor, Leaders, Master, Premier, Sharpshooter, Tops, and Wizards. The number of divisions within a conference will depend on the number of competing teams. During the regular season, teams compete against other teams in their division in a series of win-loss games. The winner of the division is the team with the highest number of wins.
In the Sporter discipline, the top team from each Champions division, plus the next three teams with highest seasonal average from any division are invited to the single-elimination tournament. In the Precision discipline, the top two teams from both Champions division, plus the next four teams from any division are invited to the single-elimination tournament. There is one tournament for Sporter air rifle and one tournament for Precision air rifle. The league winner, for each discipline, is the winner of the respective single--elimination Tournament.
Teams will compete each week from their home range. Scores from each team will be merged on the Internet using Orion’s Virtual Match technology. Results will be listed live online on Orion’s Result Center.
To create year to year parity within Divisions, teams are squadded into Divisions based on their performance from last year. The Champions Division, in all conferences, is reserved exclusively for teams who participated in last year’s league. It consists of the top four teams from the previous season’s Champions Division, and the top two teams from the Distinguished Division. All other Divisions are squadded based on their previous year's seasonal average. New teams will be squadded based on results from well known competitions.
Register for the Sporter League
Register for the Precision League
You may also register by completing the form at the end of the League Program and mailing it into Shooter's Technology.
Major Changes from the 2015 Season
- Pre-Season tournament is added, allowing teams to practice for the league prior to the start of league play.
- Regular Season is changed to an 8 week 6 or 7 game season. Each team will be scheduled with at most one game a week,and have at least one bye week.
- Precision Discipline is changed to two conferences, "JROTC" and "Jr. Rifle Clubs."
- Precision Discipline course of fire is changed to 40 shot standing. Sporter league remains a 3x10.
- To ensure more equity among teams in a division, squadding into divisions has changed to be more dependent on a team's seasonal average from last year's season.
Reagular Season Structure
Post-Season Tournament Structure for both Sporter and Precision
Teams invited to the Sporter Tournament will be:
- The first place team from the Army JROTC Champions Division.
- The first place team from the Navy JROTC Champions Division.
- The first place team from the Marine Corps JROTC Champions Division.
- The first place team from the Air Force JROTC Champions Division.
- The first place team from the Jr. Rifle Club Champions Division.
- The next three teams with the highest seasonal average, from any division or conference.
Teams invited to the Precision Tournament will be:
- The first and second place team from the JROTC Champions Division.
- The first and second place team from the Jr. Rifle Club Champions Division.
- The next four teams with the highest seasonal average, from any division or conference.
Teams will be seeded, 1 - 8, based on their seasonal average.
To help encourage the development of young athletes and recognize top performers, The League seeks to provide as many awards as possible to deserving teams and their team members.
The participation and award schedule for 2016 is as follows:
- Each athlete from each team will receive a participation pin.
- Each athlete will receive a specially designed league sticker that may be placed on his or her rifle.
- Engraved medals for up to ten athletes in each of the top three teams within each division.
- An Orion Scoring System hat for coach for the top three teams in each division.
- A banner for each of the top three teams within each division.
- A trophy for each team that makes the single elimination tournament.
- Each athlete who participates in the single-elimination tournament will receive a participation medal unique for the tournament.
- A plaque for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in each single-elimination tournament
- 2,000 Orion air rifle targets for the league champion team.
All athletes and teams eligible under the National Three-Position Air Rifle Rules are eligible to compete in Orion's National Air Rifle League. No all star teams, and each athlete may only compete for one team.
Each school or club may register one team in the Sporter league and one team in the Preicison league. All athletes on your team may compete. In each game, only the top four scores will count towards the team total.
Download the complete National Air Rifle League Program or contact the Legue Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.