For the purpose of illustration I will use stages #24 and #25 from the 2014 USPSA Handgun Nationals, held in St. George, Utah. I was an RO on Stage #25. This is how we ran it. The shooter selected to go first by the squad was the first shooter on Stage #24, the squad’s last shooter would be the first shooter on stage #25. The squad’s last shooter is not expecting to shoot for awhile, and may not be prepared. For this reason we were sure to notify the last shooter right away that they would be the first shooter on Stage #25.
Both Stage Briefing were read, and the shooters were given five minutes to walk through both stages. The was adequate because both stages were small and simple.
When it was time to began, both shooters were called to the line and given the “Make Ready” command. The shooter on stage #24 would shoot his/her course-of-fire while the shooter on stage #25 waited. Once the shooter on 24 was finished and given the “Range is Clear” command, they would step back. The shooter on 25 was given another “Make Ready” command. At this time they were allowed to take another sight picture if they chose.
Once the shooter completed their course-of-fire and the range was declared clear, both sets of RO’s went forward and scored the targets, while the shooters taped and reset both stages.
After signing score sheets, the shooter on Stage #24 moved over to Stage #25, the second shooter in line stepped up to Stage #24, and the first shooter of Stage #25 moved to the end of the shooting order for Stage #24.
Take note that this example was from Handgun Nationals where there is an abundance of RO’s. At other matches it is more likely that one set of RO’s would run a shooter on the first stage, keep them hot (gun loaded), move them over to the second stage and run them there. Once completed, go forward and score each stage.
Have you had any unique experiences shooting or ROing two stages in one bay?