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of Directors held their semi- annual meeting at the Olym- pic Training Center, Novem- ber 1, where a number of noteworthy actions were taken that will strengthen the organization for future success. In the late 1990s, USAS established a partnership with the NRA to develop a coach education and certi- fi cation program. That pro- gram has served our sport well in training thousands of coaches for Olympic-style as well as American-type shooting sports. We have an excellent cadre of club coaches throughout the country. However, it was rec- ognized some years ago that USAS needs an advanced coach program focused specifi cally on the Olympic disciplines that provides the needed knowledge and skills that shape the path- way to not only coach, but also to manage, programs at the Certifi ed Training Cen- ter and national-team level. At the recent meeting, staff proposed a four-phase plan to develop and implement a program that will include web-based training as well as practical range coach- ing. The NRA-USAS coach certifi cation will be prereq- uisite to participation in the advanced program. First priority will be the shotgun course, with rollout expected in 2015. The most signifi cant ac- tion the Board undertook


this year was to bring rev- enue generation activities back in-house and re-estab- lish a USAS marketing de- partment. The USA Shooting Team Foundation was estab- lished in 2009 in an effort to secure larger donations. It was felt shortly thereafter that it was in the best inter- est of all for the Foundation to assume all fundraising responsibilities other than direct marketing. While good success was


realized in establishing re- lationships with conserva- tion organizations and in revenue generation, change had become necessary to create a more functional dy- namic relative to USA Shoot- ing’s fundraising objectives. The USAS Board took action to bring general fundraising back in house and establish a marketing department. Rob Weekes has been


hired to lead the revenue generation effort. The tran- sition was completed at the November 1st meeting by merging the separate USA Shooting Team Foundation into USA Shooting through the dissolution. The con- tribution made by former Foundation directors was recognized and the USAS board authorized a task force to form a commission to assist Rob and the mar- keting department in their fundraising efforts. When formed and formally recog- nized by the board, it is ex- pected the chair of that com- mission will have a seat on


the USAS Board of Directors. The International Shoot-


ing Hall of Fame was an- other topic of discussion. Currently there is one Hall induction per quadrennial. It is felt the program will receive more ongoing vis- ibility by having an induction every other year and doing so in conjunction with the US Shooting Team Alumni reunion and a coach educa- tion event. Doing so will bet- ter recognize inducted mem- bers before their peers. It was also recommended that consideration to Hall nomi- nation be given to deceased athletes meeting admission criteria. Hall of Fame vot- ing was proposed to be ex- panded beyond current Hall members and the Board of Directors to include Alumni Association members. All recommendations were ad- opted and are refl ected in the amended International Hall of Fame Election Pro- cedures. The next induction and Alumni reunion will be held August 29, 2015. Another project that re-


fl ects USAS growth is the need to renovate the south- west offi ces that currently house Competitions, Mem- bership/Merchandise and a small airgun training range. Bringing former off- complex positions in house combined with the need for a full-time administrative assistant to the National Coaches, a po- sition in Youth Development and Coaching as well as in- terns is creating a situation


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where working space is in- adequate. We are optimis- tic that our revenue genera- tion efforts will provide the funding needed for both the coach program and offi ce renovation by fourth quarter 2015. An important action the


Board takes each fall is es- tablishing the next year’s operating budget. We thank the USOC for increasing their support in the critical Olympic qualifying year. The approved budget will help provide the most funding for athlete programs than any time in USAS history. Elite athlete programs will be em- phasized but signifi cant re- sources will be dedicated to the next tier of athletes that are demonstrating podium potential. As we look forward, we


see an exciting and reward- ing 2015!


BY ROBERT MITCHELL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO


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