Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Morning Major Match Review – 2013 MO State IDPA

The long-anticipated 2013 MO State IDPA Championship match was this past weekend (May 10-11).  We ran about 180 shooters through 10 challenging and fun stages. Some videos and pictures of the match are just now surfacing on the IDPA at ARPC Facebook page. I didn't take any hat cam videos this year.  And I didn't even think about having anyone take videos of me shooting.

It's always a challenge to shoot well at this match.  As an assistant match director I'm working my tail off to get things ready to go.  Keeping my head in the game is not easy. I wanted as little distractions as possible so I didn't video anything.  Another challenge is that the match directors and CSOs shoot through the stages on Friday morning very quickly in 4-man squads.  There's not a lot of time to size up stages and go over your plan before you shoot.  Before you know it, you are on the line and ready to go.

So here's what went well for me.  First, the first stage of a major match has been a challenge for me in the past.  I've often made costly mistakes shooting the first stage.  Recently, however, I've solved this problem by being much more careful and deliberate starting out.  I don't care about winning that opening stage.  I just want to record a good score and be warmed up and mentally ready for the match as a whole.  So had a decent run on Stage #9 (the first stage our squad shot) and then was ready to kick some butt.  I smoked the very next stage (#10).

Second, I was pretty consistent the entire match.  I didn't win any individual stages, but I placed in the top 5 in many and in the top 10 in most.  That was enough to win the match for me.

Third, I had no major mental mistakes.  The only procedural I got was on the stage I designed!  Sigh.  But I was rushed on that stage.  I should have asked for a little more time.  I was called to the line quickly and didn't get a chance to run through the stage in my head.  I engaged some targets through a port in the wrong order.  Dumb.  But I was fast enough on that stage, so it didn't hurt me too bad.

Fourth, I had no gun or ammo malfunctions during the entire match!  Yippie!  I believe I've finally got everything running smoothly.

Fifth, I won SSP Division Champion (and was 3rd overall).  Nuff said.

Now for some self criticism.

First, I had too many points down (70).  I had no accuracy meltdown on any particular stage.  I had 2 mikes in the match, and I only got a few 3-down hits.  But I had way too many 1-down hits on close targets that should have been zeros.

Second, even though I had the third fastest raw time, I still think I can improve on my speed, especially my movement from position to position.

Enough for now. Here is the link to the results.  And here is a really cool spreadsheet analysis by Ken Rihanek.  Lot's of photos here.


  1. Great match and congrats on your 1st place SSP finish.

    I made some mental mistakes early on, but I used that as an opportunity to work on maintaining my self image and to not dwell on past mistakes through the match. Was able to bounce back on a couple of stages.

  2. Thanks, Brian. I hardly even saw you on Saturday. I wish I could have seen you shoot. I'll check your scores later tonight when I get home.