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A Year Under New ISSF Rules: How USA Shooting is Preparing Our Shooters


Coaches and athletes alike are still working to best understand the training adjustments that will lead to a future podium.


BY DAVE JOHNSON DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS


2013 can best be described


as a year of transition and change. Signifi cant rule changes since 2012 have certainly im- pacted our athletes, but they have also been a challenge for


many cases, signifi cant changes to long standing training regi- mens are warranted; in others coaches and athletes alike are still working to experience and understand the best training


sets needed as quickly as pos- sible in search of an edge. Our Paralympic Shooting Pro-


gram has also seen impressive growth and new athletes already gaining the podium. Look for sev-


and developing in 2014—watch for them through our Youth Pro- grams and Athlete Development links.


In our Competitions Division,


we have fi nished a very busy year that at times featured near-


Emil Milev (center) was able to take advantage of the new ISSF fi nals format. He qualifi ed for the fi nal at World Cup Finals in Munich for Rapid Fire Pistol in the last posi- tion. Shooting a remarkable fi nal, he was able to snag the gold medal.


Photo by: Marco Dalla Dea/ISSF


our cadre of volunteers, coaches, offi cials, parents, club leaders— really our entire sport family. As of this writing, some of the rules are still being fi nalized just 10 months from the 2014 World Shooting Championships and fi rst opportunity for our athletes to earn Olympic Country Quota slots for 2016. We’ve appreciated the pa- tience of our shooting commu- nity as we have worked through integrating and understanding the new rules and policies. In


adjustments that will lead to a future podium.


The team has performed well


this year and worked hard to overcome the challenges. Many of the juniors and newer athletes have found early success in the new formats. Our longtime veter- ans in many cases have, as one Olympian told me, had to “re- tool their approach to the fi nals almost completely.” A positive outcome of the new formats has been an injection of new thinking towards mastering the new skill


34 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2013


eral new faces representing the USA from both the civilian world and the new Paralympic Section at the US Army Marksmanship unit.


On our coaching front, we


have expanded our outreach to our youngest athletes through more opportunities and integra- tion with team training activities, but also have refocused our ef- forts on bolstering our coach certifi cation and education pro- grams at every level. We have many new initiatives maturing


ly simultaneous events covering Rifl e, Pistol and Shotgun. We saw signifi cant increases in par- ticipation and have worked hard to integrate feedback from the community to further improve the various championships and selections.


By December, USAS should


have the latest rule updates and policies set in stone for the fu- ture. Please visit USA Shooting ‘s website for the latest announce- ments and updates. See you on the ranges.


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