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Author: SSSF Staff

Earn This Combo Set on #GivingTuesday

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation will again join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on December 3rd, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

#GivingTuesday is also a great opportunity to drive donations for your SCTP or SASP team through our Vision 2020 campaign! Simple posts to your social media sites and/or e-mails to team members, parents, friends and business associates can make a difference! All you have to do is share your team ID and the link to donate!

This year we are offering a special incentive for teams on #GivingTuesday! We will be awarding this Henry Big Boy Rifle and Ruger Black Hawk revolver to the team with the most unique donors making online donations on December 3rd.

Here are the requirements:

  1. SCTP/SASP teams must be registered for the Vision 2020 campaign. Team registration information and materials can be found at the bottom of our official campaign page.
  2. Donations must be online through the SSSF Vision 2020 team donation form.
  3. Minimum donation is $10
  4. Teams must raise a minimum of $500 through online donations on December 3rd to be eligible for the Henry / Ruger combo.
  5. Winning team will be the team with the highest count of individual donors making a donation of $10 or more on December 3, 2019. In case of a tie, the team with the largest individual donation amount will win.
  6. Donors must use your SSSF team id at the time of the donation. Contact us if you don’t know your SSSF team ID
  7. Online donations must be made on December 3rd, 2019 in order to count towards this Combo Gun competition. 
  8. Total campaign donations, including all participating teams, must exceed $10,000 on December 3rd for the Henry / Ruger combo to be awarded. Note, donations on #GivingTuesday in 2018 exceeded $10,000.

Robust Insurance for SCTP & SASP Teams This Season

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic action Shooting Program (SASP) are ready and welcoming youth shooting sports teams from around the country for yet another successful shooting competition season!

As the leader in youth shooting sports, these programs go above and beyond in providing safe and fun competitive programs. Programs that instill confidence and respect while getting youth “off the couches” and participating in these highly energetic activities! Youth from grades 5 through College are welcome as well as any other organized youth programs like Boy/Girl Scouts, 4H, AIM, FFA, US Naval Sea Cadets, USAYESS and more. The SCTP and SASP do not discriminate and welcome everyone!

These programs were started by Industry and ran under the auspice of the NSSF back in 2001. As true today, Industry stands behind them 100% with both financial and product support making them the most supported youth shooting organization in the world!

Keeping in line with our standard of being #1, the SSSF liability insurance policy now provides a general aggregate limit of $10 million. The SSSF Commercial General Liability Insurance policy is the most comprehensive coverage available in the industry for youth shooting sports athletes, volunteer coaches, advisors, and other volunteers who have joined the SCTP and SASP. The new aggregate limit is twice that of previous policies.

“While the SCTP boasts an impeccable safety record, we feel it is in our best interest to make sure all of our athletes and coaches are properly insured” stated Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “We take protecting our members very seriously and have shown it by increasing the limits of the SSSF policy to a new level of protection! Industry and teams alike can rest assured we are taking every step to keep our members safe and covered!”

The SCTP is involved with all the clay target sports including Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Double Trap, Handicap Trap, Skeet Doubles, International Skeet and Bunker Trap and is the official youth program to USA Shooting!

Being a member of the SCTP or SASP is only $25 for athletes and $35 for coaches and volunteers.  Sportsman’s Insurance Agency (SIAI) provides the unprecedented commercial general liability coverage for SSSF, which is underwritten by T.H.E. Insurance Company, an AM Best A- rated company.  Sportsman’s also provides endorsed insurance programs for organizations such as the NSSA-NSCA, ATA, SCI and more.  

SSSF is also pleased to offer the nation’s finest gun insurance to members of SCTP/SASP through Sportsman’s Insurance Agency Inc.  

“We are excited to provide the best insurance found in youth programs.” Stated Rick Leach SASP National Director.  We continue to look for ways give our coaches and athletes great value with their membership.

SASP is involved with all aspects of Pistol and Rifle competition for youth around the country.  Action shooting sports continue to grow in the country.  Which became even more evident this year when the SASP National Championships became the world’s largest action shooting match held in history. 

The youth shooting sports program season started September 1st and the season runs through August 31st.

If you are looking to get your son/daughter involved or are looking to start a new team at your gun club, please visit our SCTP or SASP program pages.

Find complete details on the SSSF general liability policy at http://bit.ly/JoinSCTPSASP20.

SSSF Seeks Information Technology Project Manager

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Information Technology Project Manager.  The successful candidate will have a background in product management and be responsible all aspects of customer facing software application development, testing, training, implementation and support for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of customer facing information technology (IT) project management for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program. Successful candidate will play a key role in the organizations ability to recruit and retain members and supporters.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing all aspects of customer facing applications and software life cycle for the SSSF and its programs including development, implementation, support and retirement
  • Working with diverse groups including SSSF/SCTP/SASP management, customers, partners, contractors and other stakeholders to accurately assess current and future information technology needs required to increase membership, event participation and overall support of the SSSF and its programs
  • Prioritizing information technology needs and developing detailed IT project proposals and product road maps for program and foundation management
  • Creating timelines, developing budgets and identifying resources required for successful project completion of both short and long-term IT projects
  • Providing point solutions and integrations as needed to satisfy business needs
  • Documenting projects and communicating regular progress with all stakeholders
  • Creating comprehensive testing and implementation plans
  • Working with IT support staff to develop both internal and customer training materials
  • Planning and executing both internal and end-user training
  • Interacting with management, staff, membership, contractors and others to execute job duties
  • Constantly monitoring and evaluating technology trends and developments

Download complete position description and how to apply here…

Congratulations to the 2019 National Championship SASP All-State Winners

At this year’s SASP National Championships, 91 athletes from 17 states competed to help their state become the top state in pistol or rifle and have bragging rights for the next year.


To compete in the All State Competition at Nationals, athletes had to compete at their respective state SASP matches in Centerfire pistols .22 pistol, .22 rifle (optic or iron), or PCC. 

The top two SASP athletes at their respective state championships were eligible to represent his or her state in that discipline. Athletes could qualify as All-State athletes in both the rifle and pistol disciplines.  All athletes that attended the National Championships (representing their state as an All-State Team member) received a custom shirt signifying their All-State Team designation, thanks to the generous sponsorship by GLOCK, ACTION TARGET, CZ-USA and RUGER.
 
To see a complete list of all the 2019 All State Athletes here…

For 2019, the Scholastic Action Shooting Program is honored to recognize the following All State Winners for 2019.

Pistol:  1st Place          Wisconsin
            2nd Place         Tennessee
            3rd Place          Iowa
 
Rifle:    1st Place           Wisconsin
            2nd Place          Iowa
            3rd Place          Ohio               
 
We are looking forward to having even more states represented in the 2020 SASP All State Competition at the 2020 SASP National Championships.

For more information on the SASP All State Program including entry qualifications and guidelines, go to https://sssfonline.org/2019-sasp-all-state-team-criteria/

Congratulations again to all our SASP All State Program winners.

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Awards Over $100,000 in Scholarships

Rafe Nielsen (left) presents Grace Marlen a scholarship check at the SCTP National Championships. Grace shot a 200 x 200 with a Browning and won a shoot-off with two others to claim the prize July 20 at the Cardinal Shooting Center

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation through their Scholastic Clay Target Program and their Scholastic Action Shooting Program awarded 126 youth athletes over $100,000.00 in college Scholarships through their scholarship program and at the 2019 National Championships in Marengo, Ohio last month.
 
Tom Wondrash, National Director noted, “this is the first time our combined programs were able to award our Youth Athletes and their families over $100,000.00 in college scholarships. We could not have done it without the generous support of our program sponsors who continue to step up and support this initiative”.
 
In addition to the scholarships awarded to SCTP and SASP youth athletes that apply for these awards,at this years National Championships special scholarships were awarded by Browning, Beretta, and Blaser USA. In order to be eligble, athletes must have shot a Browning shotgun in 16 yard singles trap, a Beretta shotgun in the skeet event or a Blaser shotgun in the sporting clays event.

Winners of those scholarships include:

  • Browning Trap: Grace Marlen (St. Louis, MO), $7,600
  • Beretta Skeet: Graham Eubanks (Eatonton, GA) $4,000
  • Blaser Sporting Clays: Baylor Garland (Eatonton, GA), $5,000

 “The smiles on the faces of our athletes that are awarded college scholarships makes it all worthwhile” said SASP National Director Rick Leach. “College is such a significant financial commitment for all our youth athletes and their families. These college scholarships, no matter what the amount are something the youth athletes themselves can contribute to the effort”.
 
For a complete list of all the 2019 SCTP and SASP College Scholarship winners, click here.

Membership Renewals and Registration Reminders for New Competition Season

Greetings SCTP and SASP Coaches,

As a reminder, September 1st marks the beginning of a new season with the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Programs. Membership renewals for coaches and athletes are required to retain member benefits including liability insurance, use of the SSSF SHOT system and eligibility to participate in all of the great SCTP and SASP events at the local, state, regional and national levels. In addition, membership is required to take full advantage of all of the SCTP/SASP deals and promotions and fundraisers as well as camp opportunities, scholarships and the All Scholastic Team.

NOTE: If starting a new team, the head coach and/or team administrator should initiate these steps. In most cases the head coach/team administrator will also coordinate registration for all members of their local team. New teams are encouraged to watch our video tutorial on how to register.

Requirements for team and volunteer registration are as follows:

  1. Login to the SHOT System to create your new team and register your first coach.
  2. Create (new teams) or update (returning teams) your information on the SHOT System. See video tutorial for more information.
  3. Additional coaches / volunteers must be added through an invitation process in the SHOT System. Please watch our video tutorial on how to add a new coach or volunteer to your team.
  4. Pay your $35 registration fee for each volunteer. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
  5. Ensure your background check is current (a new check is required every two years) by logging into the SHOT system to verify the last date approved.
  6. Take the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coaches Course if you have not done so previously. There is no cost for the course when using the SSSF-provided voucher code. Volunteers must take this course only one time.

Requirement for registration of all athletes are as follows:

  1. Complete and return a 2019/2020 athlete consent/waiver form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete. Head coaches must keep a copy of the signed form and return the original to the program office listed on the form.
  2. Complete and retain the 2019/2020 Sportsmanship Contract form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
  3. Complete and retain the 2019/2020 Medical Consent form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
  4. Update the athlete information pages in the SHOT system. Ensure all contact information is correct and update the School Class and Classification information for each athlete.
  5. Pay the $25 athlete registration fee for each athlete. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
  6. Join and/or renew memberships with the National Governing Bodies (NGB) for skeet (NSSA), sporting clays (NSCA) and / or trap (ATA). NGB membership is a requirement to participate in SCTP state, regional and national championship events. PLEASE join or renew through the SHOT system as a portion of the membership fees sold through the SHOT system are retained for the SCTP Scholarship Program.

Thank you for your participation in the SCTP and SASP! If you have any questions on the registration process please contact your state advisor, regional program representative or national program staff member.

Be safe, have fun and enjoy another great season!

Sincerely,

Your Scholastic Action Shooting and Scholastic Clay Target Program Staff

The 2019 Scholastic Action Shooting Program 2019 National Championships became the Largest Action Shooting Match in History

65 SASP teams from over 20 states from as far away as Washington State traveled with their Youth Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers, and Parents all came together at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio for what proved to be a “Record Breaking” 2019 SASP National Championship.

 With over 1,650 entries, this years SASP National Championship surpassed Glock Shooting Sports Foundation to become the largest Action Shooting Match in history. SASP founding sponsors Glock, Ruger, CZ USA, and Action Target were all in attendance to be a part of this historic milestone. Over 250,000 shots were fired at the 2019 National Championship competitions.
 
Congratulations to all our 2019 SASP National Championship Individual and team winners. Many teams came to the Cardinal Center to defend their previous titles and left holding the “top spots” again for 2019. Still, many of this year’s individual and team winners were on the podium for the first time. It was easy to see that all our SASP teams had worked hard all year to get ready for the intense competition that is always a part of the SASP National Championships.
 

Our thanks to all our safety officer volunteers who put in over 1000 combined hours in the 90 plus degree heat and humidity. And our thanks to the staff at the Cardinal Center for their support.
 
For everyone involved it was an amazing week and it’s time to start planning for our next record setting National Championship event, July 11-18, 2020!

 For a complete list of the 2019 SASP winners, click the Results Tab on the menu bar of the www.sssfonline.org website.

About the National Championships
Complete information, participation, statistics and stock photos can be found at: https://sssfonline.org/news/media/

Custer, Washington Scholastic Action Shooting Sports “Team Gotta” Heads to the 2019 SASP National Championships to Defend Multiple Titles

Twelve (12) Youth Athletes from Custer, Washington based SASP Team Gotta are heading to the 2019 SASP National Championships in Marengo, Ohio this week to defend a host of titles earned at the 2018 SASP National Championships.

In 2018 Team Gotta won 1st Place in Rimfire Pistol, 1911 Pistol and Open Optic Rifle. Team Gotta, the SASP that travels each year across the country to attend the National Championships hold multiple events throughout the year to cover the cost of travel for the team athletes and coaches. Team Gotta Head Coach, Jim Coffey proudly stated, “last year and again this year our team athletes did not have to pay a dime to travel to Nationals”. The entire teams’ efforts throughout the year along with a grant from the Midway Foundation made all that possible.”

 
In addition to competing in numerous SASP events, Team Gotta youth athlete Naomi McKay, who finished 2018 as the Rimfire Pistol Senior Lady High Overall sang the National Anthem at the 2019 National Championships opening ceremonies on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

About the National Championships
Complete information, participation, statistics and stock photos can be found at: https://sssfonline.org/news/media/

SIG Team Captain Max Michel to appear and train at 2019 SASP Nationals

Max Michel – Team Captain, SIG

Come meet and learn from SIG team Captain, Max Michel at the 2019 Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships!

All action shooting enthusiasts attending the 2019 National Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH are invited to attend a unique learning opportunity presented by SIG. Clinic times are Monday, July 15 10:00AM and 3:00PM at the action shooting range. Max will also be shooting the official SASP course of fire on Monday starting at Noon.

Max will also be providing personalized coaching to 4 specially selected SASP athletes at noon while he shoots the SASP Nationals stages. The 4 SASP athletes will be chosen from those in attendance and will get to shoot one stage with Max while he coaches them through the stage.

Max Michel, Jr. is one of the most dominant shooters in the world today. Michel is a Guinness World Record holder and International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Champion (World Shoot XVII). He also holds seven World Speed Shooting Championships (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2009, 2007 and 2005), ten USPSA National Championships (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004), five US Steel National Championships (2017, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2008), and more than 200 other major championship victories. As an international competitor, Michel has represented the United States in the last seven IPSC World Shoots and returned home bearing gold each time.

As the Captain of Team SIG, Max is recognized worldwide as a top tier athlete and instructor, along with being mentor and coach for the team.

SASP Athletes Train & Compete at the Olympic Training Center

Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) athletes had the opportunity to train and compete at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  From May 24-26, 2019 12 Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) athletes learned to shoot the International disciplines of 10 Meter Air Pistol, Sport Pistol and Rapid-Fire Pistol.  Athletes stayed at the Olympic Training Center and were trained by USA Shooting Coach Brent McPherson and former USA National Team Member and USA Shooting Board Member Jim Henderson.   This was SASP’s first Junior Olympic Development Camp (JODC) in 5 years.

For action shooters the athletes picked up the Olympic disciplines quickly.  Before they left the Olympic Training Center 8 of 12 athletes shot 10M Air Pistol scores that would have qualified them last year to be invited to the Junior Olympic Trials for a chance to make the United States Junior Olympic Team.  Coach Jim Henderson stated, “In all my years of coaching I have never seen a group of athletes pick this up so quickly, and then perform at this high of a level.” 

Congratulation to the following SASP athletes who applied and were selected to attend the SASP 2019 JODC.

Jordan Walton WI, Annie Unsell AL, Bailey Lueders MO, Julia Kassa AZ, Sydnie Gray MI, Natalie Unsell AL, Jacob Pruitt OH, Ethan Jardines VA, Robert Little TX, Sawyer Phipps TN, Zachary Winton TX, and Maccoy Gilkison VA.

We also had SASP coaches and SASP staff participate in an international discipline coach’s clinic on May 22 and 23 before helping coach the SASP athletes upon their arrival.  Russell Gilkison VA, Samantha Engle MI were the coaches that participated in the coach program.

SASP is excited to watch as these athletes continue to participate in the International disciplines with hopes of one day seeing one of them standing on the podium and the American Flag is raised as they represent our county in international competition.

We look forward to again holding a JODC in 2020.

SASP would like to thank USA Shooting, especially Brent McPherson and Jim Henderson for their coaching and working with us to provide this great opportunity for our athletes.  We would also like to thank the US Olympic Training Center for their hospitality.

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