Category: 6 Stage Design

IDPA Rulebook – Chapter 6 – Stage Design Rules

6.6 – Miscellaneous Stage Design Rules

6.6.1 Only official IDPA cardboard targets or IDPA approved targets can be used in any IDPA stage. 6.6.2 75% of all shots required in a match must be made from 15 yards or closer. 6.6.3 Scenario stages may have targets up to 20 yards from the shooter. 6.6.4 Standards stages may have targets up to […]

6.5 – Muzzle Safety

Match Directors are required to designate muzzle safety areas per the safety rules in section 2.9.

6.4 – Stage Boundaries

Stage boundaries must be defined at each stage, located no more than 10 yards back from the furthest up range shooting position. Rope, tape, cones, flags, etc. must physically indicate these boundaries.

6.3 – Fault Lines

Fault Lines must be used by match directors to delineate cover at a cover position to reduce disputed penalties. Fault Lines may consist of marking material that remains consistent for each shooter the entire match. They may be tactile or non-tactile at the discretion of the match director. If they extend above the ground surface, […]

6.2 – Stage Descriptions

A well-written stage description contributes to the success of a match and prevents confusion and frustration among staff and competitors. The written stage description is read to every squad to ensure uniform communication. The written stage description includes, at a minimum, the following elements: A defensive scenario or a standards (skills test) Start position Specifies […]

6.1 – Stage Categories

IDPA stages are divided into two general categories: 6.1.1 Scenario Stages Scenario Stages attempt to represent a target engagement that could actually happen. Scenario Stages must have a written scenario description and must use Unlimited Scoring. 6.1.2 Standards Stages Standards Stages are designed to test the shooter’s performance of the various techniques employed in IDPA […]


A Stage Description cannot override the rulebook, nor may it forbid legal actions by shooters except under the following conditions: To address a safety concern as it applies to the limits of the range. Provide the option of not wearing a concealment garment. Specify the number of rounds in the firearm at the start of […]

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