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Youth Programs


USA Shooting Youth Programs Busy Year Introducing Youth To Shooting


Activity in Youth Programs


was robust throughout 2013 with the goal of introducing more people to our sport.


USA Shooting helped spon-


sor the ACUI International Bunker and International Skeet champi- onship at the ACUI Nationals. With over 550 collegiate shotgun athletes attending the ACUI Na- tional Championships, it was an opportunity to promote Olympic shotgun sports. James Reed (Uni- versity of Texas-Arlington) and Miranda Wilder (Schreiner Univer- sity) won the Bunker Trap events while Ryan Smithhart (Linden- wood) and Caitlin Connor (Pikes Peak Community College) won the International Skeet events. USA Shooting and Scholas- tic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) extended and strength- ened their formal partnership earlier this year. SSSF’s Scholas- tic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is USA Shooting’s junior shotgun development program.


USAS


supports the SCTP program by hosting two junior Olympic de- velopment camps in May and August of each year. In addition, USAS hosts the SCTP Interna- tional Shotgun Championships in July at the USAS shotgun range at Fort Carson each year. Many of our USAS shotgun team members have come through the SCTP program.


USAS has a similar relation- ship with the Civilian Marksman- ship Program (CMP) for rifl e. The CMP conducts and hosts the Junior Olympic Three-Position Air Rifl e National Championships at


BY MICHAEL THEIMER YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER


the Biennial Coach College in all disciplines (rifl e, pistol and shot- gun). We also offered the ASEP course and a fi rst aid course which are the primary require- ments for achieving the Level 2 Coach Certifi cation.


The Biennial Coach Confer-


Tyler Volkman, Joshua Yoo and Robert Wells top the podium at the PPP National Championship at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


their facilities either at this year’s site in Anniston, Ala. or at Camp Perry, Ohio on alternating years. The 2013 Precision JO 3PAR Champion is Rachael Schoenrock from the Homestead 4H Shoot- ing Club. She was awarded a USAS National Junior Team spot and jacket. We experimented with a dual


venue national championship for Progressive Position Air Pis- tol (PPP): the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs and Fort Benning hosted by the US Army Marksmanship Unit. The CMP’s mobile electronic targets were used to support the event at the OTC.


Since the beginning of the


PPP program, participation at Nationals never previously ex- ceeded 100 competitors. This year we had a 20% increase in competitors with the dual venue strategy.


It’s always a learning


experience when doing some- thing radically new, but it was


successful in achieving the in- creased participation goals. We are planning to have a dual venue again in 2014 with some improvements identifi ed from this experiment.


A collegiate coaches clinic was hosted by USAS here at the OTC in August. It included all disciplines (rifl e, pistol and shotgun). The collegiate coaches had an opportunity to work with the USAS National Coaches on advanced coaching techniques, learn about ISSF rule changes, etc.


Twenty-three collegiate coaches attended this clinic. Next year we plan to make this a high school and collegiate coach clinic.


The Biennial Coach College and Conference began with the NRA hosting the National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) School. This NCDS School trains new coach course instructors who co-taught the level 1 coach certifi cation courses offered at


ence follows the Coach College. This year it was extended by a half day to accommodate a large number of topics/presen- tations that had been suggested by coaches and past attendees. Prior to the start of the confer- ence a SCATT clinic, ELEY ammo testing presentation and an Orion electronic target scoring clinic were all well attended.


All


presentations and some audio recordings are available here: http://www.usashooting.org/ membership/coaches/2013-coach- conference.


In 2013, USA Shooting


awarded Certifi ed Training Center status to four new clubs/pro- grams:


Livermore Pleasanton Rod & Gun Club, Livermore, Calif. lprg.org


Team Shooting Stars, Coppell, Texas


teamshootingstars.org


Tennessee Wildlife Federation - Nashville Gun Club, Nashville, Tenn.


tnwf.org


Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Kerrville, Texas


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