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2021 International Club Team Postal Matches

The International Club Team Postal Match has been CANCELED for 2021.

The International Club Team Postal Match will not take place during 2021. The covid-19 epidemic greatly disrupted the shooting schedules of participating muzzle loading clubs during the last three months of the 2020 event. After careful consideration and after discussions with local coordinators of some of the clubs, prospects were obviously dim for setting up a successful competition for the first six months of 2021. The result was a decision to call off the match for 2021.

[img:ribbon_tps] The match organizers and many members of the participating clubs were disappointed with 2020 results. Five of the eight clubs were not able to submit targets for scoring for the last three months of the match. (Here is a link to the 2020 Results.) In order maintain interest in the match and to serve as a general boost to participating muzzle loaders' morale, the UPMLA distributed "Team Member" ribbons to the local team coordinators to be given to all shooters who had shot the match target for at least one of the monthly events. They seemed to be well received.

The International Match will resume in 2022

The UPMLA plans to conduct the match again, assuming some successful resolution of current social upset. In 2021 the match organizers will contact clubs that have recently participated, and clubs that might be interested in joining up in 2022. The guidelines and organization of the 2022 match will be like that of previous matches, so the description below of the 2020 event will remain here for reference.

[img:map_tps] The UPMLA sponsors a team postal competition among several muzzle loading clubs. The competition involves monthly matches taking place over a six month period, January through June. Participating clubs have been located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, and the province of Ontario.

Eight clubs from Canada and the United States entered the 2020 competition.

How it works:  Each month, each shooter who shows up at a meeting of a participating club fires six shots at a paper target distributed individually for that month's competition. All who shoot are considered to be "on the team" for their club for that month. All shooters at an individual club should fire at the same time and place. There are no "make-up" targets for absent shooters. Numbers of individuals who shoot at any of the clubs can vary from month to month. Management of the monthly shooting event for each club (time, day, place, etc.) is left to the club.

Targets are placed 25 yards from the firing line. Firearms should be traditional sidehammer or underhammer rifles or smoothbores, either flintlocks or caplocks. Open sights only. Patched roundball only. The five highest scoring shots on each target will be counted toward the individual target score of 50 points maximum.

After the monthly shoot, each club mails the targets from all of its shooters to the UPMLA competition scorer. The five highest-scoring targets from each club are totaled to make up the club score for that month.

The scorer will tabulate the scores of the targets of each shooter in each club, and send results showing scores of all the shooters to the coordinator of each club. Every shooter can then see the scores of every other shooter in all the clubs.

There are NO FEES for participating. The only cost to a club is for postage to return the targets for scoring, and for making photocopies of the new target for club members each month.

In 2020, eight clubs are participating:
[img:tgtapril] The targets often show a good bit of imagination and artistry. Some careful planning before shooting may be necessary to decide how to place the shots for a maximum score.

The competition is for fun and glory.

Summary scores for the teams may be posted in the News and Notes section of the UPMLA web site. (Here is a link to the 2020 Scores.)

More information? Questions? Contact:
  • Jon Henkel
    11428 US Highway 41
    Pelkie, MI 49958
    phone  906-353-6511
      email: jonhenkel@up.net

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