OK. Now you have an overview. Here's what you really need to know at a match.
The first couple of matches, start in the pits or on a relay that doesn't fire first and WATCH. Take mental or physical notes of how things are done (the worst way, and the best - learn from examples!). When it comes for your turn to fire, if you screw up or break safety rules on the firing line you may be DQ'ed (asked to leave) or instructed on the correct procedure. It all depends upon the severity of the infraction, and how each match director chooses to enforce them. You will get no second chances at Perry or regional matches. SAFETY FIRST!
Have your gear ready and be familiar with it. Don't wait for match day to find out your sites are 1 MOA, 1/2 or 1/4! Or during a string of fire find out your mags will not drop out by themselves. Know how to use your sling and where it needs to be set for each position it is allowed to be used, and where to park it for offhand. BE PREPARED.
Become familiar with the line commands and what they mean.
"Shooters, bring your equipment to the line."
"Shooters, your three minute prep time begins when your targets appear". You may handle the rifle now and dry-fire, get slinged-up if necessary.
"Shooters, your prep time is over!"
The match director will give an intro to the match, and tell you the time limit allowed, number of rounds to be fired, etc.
"Shooters, stand!" Not used in offhand or slow-prone.
"With one round, load." Or, "with two or five rounds, load." ONLY M1 closes bolt!!
"All ready on the right, all ready on left, all ready on the firing line?" Show you are ready or not with a nod.
"Shooters, you may begin firing when your targets appear!"
"Are there any saved rounds OR alibis?" DO NOT fix a miss-fire, etc if you want to take advatange of a refire. Look for a range officer for help and instructions. If someone else had problems, you will be given further instructions. If you have saved rounds - shots that did not get fired within the time limit - let a range officer know so the guys in the pits don't go nutz looking for holes that aren't there.
"Shooters, make you rifles safe and wait for you score!" Put in open bolt indicator (aka OBI).
"Shooters, remove you equipment from the line for the next relay." Know where to park your gear when not on the line.
Become familiar with the pit commands and what they mean, and how to mark a target.
"The pits are now opened!" Grab something to drink, munch on, your smokes, hearing protection, and a pen if scoring in the pits. Get your butt downrange. If leaving, don't procrastinate - otherwise you'll be rushed getting ready on the line.
"The pits are now closed!" Make sure target is clean, ready, and the correct one. Ask or look around if not sure. You should be OK since most of the time you will be paired up with someone experienced, or consult the 'pit boss'.
Stand by your targets.....half-mast your target". Put target up halfway so match director can see that it is ready.
Stand by your targets.....targets UP!" You will mark and score each shot in offhand or slow-prone, using a small disk to mark the shot and a large disk to score on the target perimeter (see target above). LEAVE THEM UP IF IT IS A RAPIDS RELAY!! This is the most common mistake even regulars make! Watch and learn, but don't neglect your target.
Stand by your targets.....targets DOWN!" Rapids will be scored after alotted time period has expired by using a scoreboard and golf tees in the bullet holes. Only time you may need help is scoring bullet holes on a line (they get the highest value), finding multiple hits on same hole, or not having the proper number of bullet holes for the string.
Make your targets ready for the next relay" You will either use pasters, a clean center, or new target to cover the holes just made.