USPSA Payouts: Go on, take the money and run!

USPSA Payouts - Lower Providence - May

Up until recently, I had no idea there was such a thing as USPSA Payouts for club level matches. When I learned about this phenomenon, I was handed a check for $30 by the Match Director at Southern Chester Co. Practical Shooters. The month prior, the usual division winners were out of town, shooting a Level II Match. I came away with 1st Place in Production Division and was proud of my accomplishment. The icing on the cake was getting paid for winning.

A couple of weeks later I learned that clubs in my area have USPSA Payouts for Class Wins as well. Much like my division win, I learned about this little gem when I received two checks from Lower Providence Rod and Gun Club ($20 per check) for being the High C Class shooter in April and June.

Based on what I’ve learned from asking around, Class Winners are awarded $20 if there are at least fiver shooters in the class. Division winners are awarded $30. I’m unsure if there are any stipulations on the number of shooters required for a division payout. This structure, as I understand it, is typical for the Mid-Atlantic Section.

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems:

As of this posting, I have shot 8 Club Level Matches this season at a cost of $155 (I received $5 off of my entry fee last month for helping with setup at Lower Providence). We aren’t going to touch on ammo cost because the cost of match fees alone, for the past four months, is surprising enough. Of that $155, I have won back $70, putting me at $85 spent (which is awesome).

These payouts are fantastic and have been a very pleasant surprise. Even so, there is a problem, sort of. One of my goals this season is to make B Class. If I make the bump in class, I coud very well stop receiving payouts. Before you scream “Sandbagger!” at the top of your lungs, it isn’t like that. I have no problem competing at a higher level, I actually look forward to it. The problem is the lack of B Class shooters at the two clubs I routinely shoot.

Looking back through the results, I’m seeing one B Class shooter on average. If I make B, that bumps the turnout up to two shooters. That is still three shooters shy of the five required for the club to payout on the Class Win. The same is true for A and M Classes, although they are a little closer to the minimum required. GM Class is rare although I think one of the regular M Class shooters may receive a bump to GM later this month. Then again, when you are shooting at that level you are probably striving for a Division Win since there are so few people shooting at that level, at our local matches.

At the end of the day, I’d feel like I was cheating myself if I held back to remain in C Class. For the time being, I’m going to continue shooting like I normally do. If I win my division and receive a USPSA Payout, great. If I get bumped and no longer qualify, well then that is all just part of the game.

6 comments On USPSA Payouts: Go on, take the money and run!

  • So you’re making decisions on how to shoot “for the time being” based on whether you would win prize money?

    No wonder the IDPA people give us hell.

    What would Colonel Cooper make of this?

    • The “for the time being” was more of a personal note. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be shooting C Class as I’m currently 3.26% points away from moving up to B.

      I have 2 Classifier Stages that should compute next week and I have no idea what that is going to do to my numbers. Neither of them were B Class scores, so my guess is two lower scores will drop and I’ll inch closer to B.

  • and that is why there are no cash prices in IDPA

    • Miguel,
      I was under the impression that the prizes were generally better in IDPA vs USPSA?

      If there are no payouts in IDPA, I can better understand why you guys always seem to have more, and better, props.

  • Guess I should clarify – I’m not saying you are making a decision based on the money, just lamenting the fact that a decision *could* be made based on the money.

    How many are making the other decision – sandbag it and make the dough? Then – classic sandbagging – win the C class walking away in a major match.

    • I’m glad you clarified. When I saw your comment I thought I should have proof-read harder to make sure it was clear I wasn’t holding back for potential payouts.

      You are right though, there certainly are moral issues that can arise from this situation. Fortunately, I think if someone comes away with a Class Win in a major match, they get bumped to the next class.

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