It's been a few years since I've shot a match, so I don't know if this has been going on for a while or is new...but what's up with the stage variations? Gssfonline still only shows the "standard" 3 stages, as well as paper-only variations for ranges where steel isn't available.
At the Orlando match this past weekend, I shot a 5-to-Glock unlike any I'd ever seen. When I asked the RO about it, he said there are variations now, and when a match is setup, they pick one variation.
I think it's cool that they're adding some variety. I was just surprised to see it. I'd even like to see some moving targets, but I suspect that (things like the Texas star) would raise the bar a bit too high and leave the newer shooters less pleased with their performances.
Maybe they could keep Amateur class simple, but add some more challenging targets to some of the other classes, particularly the master class ones. We know the masters can do ~2s plate runs...but how fast would they clear the Texas star?
Guess you have been waaaaaaay out of the loop. These have been in effect for a year. If you scroll down on the fist page of the GSSF Site you will see a hot link to them.
Here check'em out: http://www.gssfonline.com/GSSF_NEW_Courses.pdf