The United States National Range Officers Institute was designed to establish a structure for the creation, accreditation, recognition, and maintenance for USPSA members wishing to become match officials. Following the goals of the Range Officer Creed, the organization ensures that Range Officers are the best trained, the best qualified, and the best prepared, to a same world-wide standard, in conjunction with IPSC/IROA officials. There exists a direct relationship between the quality of the officiating, and the quality of the competition. Officials can enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow staff, and be proud to be a part of the fraternity of officiating.
The Purpose and Goals of NROI
- Establish national training standards for Range Officials.
- Advise on aspects relating to the safe conduct of competition.
- Advise on rules of competition and principles of good course design.
- Certify and recertify Officials.
- Serve and support local and national USPSA matches.
- Where relevant, offer support for international matches.
Range Officer's Creed
As a USPSA Range Officer, I shall conduct all competitions with the safety of the competitors, spectators and fellow Range Officials first and foremost in my thoughts and actions.
I shall always be courteous while maintaining firm control over my range and areas of responsibility.
I will always strive to be totally fair and impartial in my judgments.
Safety shall always be my primary goal, with efficiency and speed of the competition as secondary factors.
It is a privilege and an honor to serve as a Range Officer and I shall act accordingly.
It is my duty to assist all competitors in their attempts to accomplish their goals and not to hinder them by undue harassment and authoritarian behavior.
I shall put aside personal prejudices and act as an impartial judge at all times.
I shall keep my opinions to myself and shall not be critical of any individual beyond the field of contest.
I will thoroughly familiarize myself with all current regulations, match rules and attendant subjects.
I will be firm and fair in all judgmental calls made during the course of a stage, and be prepared to state in a clear and concise manner my reasons for such calls to the particular competitor or any Range Official.
During the course of a stage, my attention shall be clearly focused on the particular competitor I am assigned to observe, and I shall not permit my attention to be misdirected or lax.
Prior to and during a stage, I shall never consume any alcoholic beverage or narcotic. I understand that if I violate this rule, I may be suspended or barred from serving as a Range Official in the future.
I shall confer only with my fellow Range Officers and Match Officials concerning the behavior of any competitor and any decisions to be rendered.
I shall exercise due consideration for the personal emotions of any competitor, and shall act in a manner so as not to embarrass or disturb the competitor any more than is absolutely necessary.
I shall strive to never give even the appearance of wrongdoing.