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Youth Programs & Coaching Education


Coaches are the Multipliers In Youth Program Pipeline


For Youth Programs and


Coach Education programs, 2014 was a VERY busy year. We successfully hosted fi ve Junior Development camps, three coach clinics, a Level 3 coach school (rifl e and pis- tol) and three competitions – that’s 14 events in seven months! This year we also hosted


the fi rst USA Shooting All Women Coaches Clinic and the fi rst High School/Colle- giate Coaches Clinic with 37 enthusiastic participants. This women’s clinic was deliberately created to give women coaches an environ- ment for them to discuss their challenges/issues be- ing women coaches and how to help other women become shooting coaches. The end result from this group of participants was to form a Women Coaches As- sociation. The High School/Col-


legiate Coaches Clinic was originally developed just for collegiate coaches. We invit- ed high school coaches to at- tend and they outnumbered the collegiate coaches by a signifi cant margin. We came to the conclusion that we should be investing more in our high school coaches ed- ucation, because we want to start athletes on the Olympic path sooner than college, not to mention that high school programs are where the collegiate programs get their athletes.


USA Shooting also hosted


the fi rst ACUI/BJ McDaniel Collegiate Shotgun Develop- ment Camp this year with 40 collegiate shotgun athletes and two collegiate coaches participating and the larg- est Junior Shotgun Develop- ment camp on record. We hosted the fi rst Sport


Pistol Development Camp for the Scholastic Pistol Pro- gram/SSSF with seven ath- letes and four coaches. For the fi rst time, we also award- ed four National Junior Team slots to the SCTP National Champions. In 2014, we conducted


the Progressive-Position Pis- tol National Championships in dual venues – Colorado Springs, Colorado and Fort Benning, Georgia - and re- corded a record-high partici- pation for the second year in a row (132). In 2013, we had a total of 116 and in 2012 we had 89 total competitors. We worked with US Olym-


pic Committee staff to pro- duce new online training presentations for nutrition, sport psych and strength/ conditioning for coach and athlete education. Two of the three are complete and on- line on the Coach Education webpage. We also have a presentation by Bob Palmer on High Performance Coach- ing Tips with more to come. This year we added two


new rifl e/pistol USA Shoot- ing Certifi ed Training Cen- ters (CTC): MSU/Demmer


12 USA Shooting News | Year in Review 2014


Shooting Center in East Lan- sing, Michigan and the West Seattle Sportsman’s Club. We now have 18 USA Shoot- ing Certifi ed Training Cen- ters across the country - up from 11 CTCs back in 2011. By the end of the year,


we expect to roll out a new updated USAS Safe Sport online training course and a generic version that can be used by our affi liated clubs and allied organizations. Thanks to a dedicated


team of Youth Program In- terns, USAS coaches, CTC coaches, NTC Junior Club, our partner organizations and other individuals too nu- merous to name all of them, all events went well and were successful based on event participant surveys. The Youth Programs and


Coaching Education Depart- ment has some aggressive goals and an event schedule for 2015 which includes: • Develop a formal USAS Coach Educa- tion Program spe- cializing in Olympic shooting sports


• Develop and sup- port women coach programs to increase the number of wom- en shooting coaches


• Deliver high quality Junior Development camps and coach clinics at the OTC and CTCs (emphasis on CTCs)


• Develop strategy/


plan for increasing number of pistol athletes and pistol coaches


• Increase the visibility and value of the CTCs and add two more rifl e/pistol CTCs


• Host 2015 Biennial Coach College and Conference


• Increase participa- tion in Progressive Position Pistol Pro- gram


• Complete all online basic training cours- es for rifl e, pistol, and shotgun


There is so much to do


and so little time, resources and staff to do everything to the extent desired. Priorities have to be set and budgets allocated. Planning has be- gun for 2015 and we are looking forward to another busy and successful year! USAS Youth Programs going forward will have a greater focus on high school and younger shooting athletes and their coaches. We need to start the athletes earlier, but we need trained and educated coaches on the ground before this can hap- pen. Coaches are the multi- pliers.


BY MICHAEL THEIMER YOUTH PROGRAMS & ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER


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