When it comes to your clubs and/or major regional matches, how many adult shooters are needed to normally justify a class and awards for that class?
My predisposition is that 4 shooters would be the absolute minimum to formally justify an official class at a match, i.e. Hunter, IC, etc. to justify distributing awards for those classes to ensure that competitors aren't picking up awards for merely shooting the class when only 2 or 3 shooters actually compete in that class.
I can also see the argument that if 3 do arrive then its enough to warrant 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for a given class but the argument comes up that well, the shooters were guaranteed wood/awards...
Anyhoo, what do you guys do at your clubs?
For general guidelines, please see these sections of the Handbook:
Class System - Page 30
Awards Presentation - Page 31
http://aafta.org/Assets/handbook/2009/a ... 202009.pdf
A common rule of thumb seems to be (on any given classification): 3 shooters per placement award (i.e., you need 4 to 6 shooters to justify a 2nd place award, and 7 to 9 to justify a 3rd, etc).