Author: SSSF Staff

2019 SASP All State Team Criteria

Thanks to the generous sponsorship by GLOCK, RUGER, CZ-USA and ACTION TARGET, at the 2019 National Championships SASP will have an ALL-STATE TEAM Competition.

Athletes who compete in their respective state SASP match in .22 pistol, .22 rifle (optic/iron combined), centerfire pistol or PCC are eligible to make their states SASP All-State Team at the 2019 National Championships in Marengo, OH.  Each state will have an All-State Pistol team made up of two rimfire pistol athletes and two Centerfire athletes (1911 will not be included).  The All-State Rifle team will be made up of two rimfire rifle athletes and two PCC athletes. (iron or optic will not be considered).

Any athlete who places in the top two at their respective state championships will be eligible to represent his or her state in that discipline. Athletes may qualify as All-State in more than one discipline.  If a top-two athlete is NOT attending the SASP National Championships in Ohio, then the opportunity will be bumped down to the next eligible competitor from that state who is attending the National Championships.

Athletes attending the National Championships (representing their state as an All-State Team member) will receive a custom shirt signifying their All-State Team designation!


Top two athletes will be determined by the actual times shot for each discipline at their respective State SASP match.

Ties – If a tie occurs for final ranking, the In & Out (V for V if used) stage score will be used as the tie-breaker. If that does not break the tie, the fastest single run of that stage will be used as the tie-breaker. If necessary, the second and third run will be used as the tie breaker.

Times at the National Championships will be used from the athlete’s normal squadding with his or her team. Any ties will be broken as per the handbook and listed about using In and Out or V for V stage.

This is NOT an HOA event! Athletes do not need to compete in all disciplines.

SASP will provide awards to the 1st through 3rd place team members for each discipline. These awards will be presented at the respective awards ceremonies on Friday and Saturday at Nationals.

The All-State Teams will be comprised of two athletes from each state for each discipline, non-collegiate athletes only!

Good luck and congratulations to all the SASP All State Team members!

Request for Proposals: Shooting Coach Education Curriculum Development

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF) is receiving multi-state grant funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to address National Conservation Need #8 Outdoor Heritage — Participation, recruitment, retention and reactivation in hunting, fishing, boating, and conservation-related recreational activities; enhanced relations among state fish and wildlife agencies and related industries.

This project will address NCN 8 by providing new methods and tools that state agencies can use to recruit and retain youth shooting sports coaches to help grow and sustain participation in the shooting sports, thus driving revenue through excise taxes and creating a new audience for hunter recruitment. This project will also create industry/agency partnerships as state fish and wildlife agencies implement these tools with the help of the SSSF and other partners.

This project will result in a modernized, and scalable introductory shooting coach education program in shotgun, rifle and pistol for use by all 50 state agencies. Agencies can use the course to enhance their recruitment efforts by creating a large audience of shooting sports participants. Agencies may choose to customize additional content in addition to the core curriculum specific to state shooting sports programming needs.

This project will focus on volunteer coach education in shotgun, rifle and handgun shooting applicable, but not limited to the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP). The project includes development of learning tools and coursework using both online and range training. Much like popular hunter education courses, the project consists of online training for volunteers to complete at their convenience followed by a local range session where coaches can network amongst area teams. This approach will result in coach education available to volunteers at a lower cost, higher quality and better convenience than conventional training.

The SSSF would like to invite requests for proposals (RFP) to assist in developing curricula for this project. More than one proposal may be selected, as necessary to satisfy the requirement of the various shooting disciplines.

Responses must be received by March 1, 2019 by 5:00PM CST.

Download complete information here…

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation 2020 Scholarship Program

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), is once again offering our scholarship program to reward deserving, graduating seniors in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) with needed college assistance. The main objective is to award as many scholarships as possible to qualifying SCTP / SASP graduating seniors.

Since 2013, the SSSF has awarded over $450,000 in scholarship funds benefiting over 450 student athletes, from nearly all 50 states in the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting programs. We are pleased to announce that last year’s Scholarship Program awarded over $100,000 to qualifying applicants.

The SSSF is establishing minimal guidelines for the selection procedure, thus allowing the final selection to be as simple as possible.

*NOTE – You must be a current and paid member of the SCTP or SASP national organization at the time of application submission! See details on how to complete your team registration here.

General Procedures: Each applicant must be a graduating senior within the year of the awarded scholarship and must be registered for college before the scholarship is awarded in that same year.• Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average through the most recent grading period ending on or before April 1, 2020.

• Each prospective recipient must be registered as a full-time college student before the scholarship is awarded and must provide the name of the post-secondary college or community/ junior college to receive the scholarship proceeds. Each scholarship check will be mailed to the appropriate college in the student’s name by October 1, 2020. The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition.  This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

• Applicants may not be in receipt of any “full” scholarship funds in order to qualify (i.e., athletics, military academy, academic, etc.).

• Applicants must have participated during 2019-2020 in one of their SCTP / SASP State Championships, National Championships, or regional events in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic Bunker, Olympic Skeet Championships; Pistol or Rifle.

• Applicants must be able to complete all parts of the application packet:

Application / Personal Information Page:
•One Page Student Resume or School and Non-School Activities and Honors
•One Page Essay (see Essay Guidelines)
•Must attach current high school transcript or home school transcript!
Application Deadline (for the entire application packet): Midnight, April 19th, 2020
All Materials Must Be Received together as one packet by Deadline.  No exceptions!

Register Now For 2019 SASP College Nationals

The 2019 SASP College National Championships will be held March 8-10 at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama! Registration is now open through the SHOT System.

Date:  Friday, March 8, 2019 – Sunday, March 10, 2019

Match Time:  Friday at 1 p.m.
Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

Location:  CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
4387 Turner Mill Rd
Talladega, AL 35160

General Information 

Match Fee: $50


FRIDAY – 12:00 p.m. check in begins
12:30 p.m. safety briefing
1:00 p.m. match begins

SATURDAY – 8:00 a.m. check in begins
8:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. safety briefings
9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. match begins

SUNDAY – 8:00 a.m. check in begins
8:30 a.m. safety briefing
9:00 a.m. match begins

Match will include 1911 and PCC
REGISTRATION:  Log into your team in SHOT system, select Competitions bottom left.  Click on the “Click to View Shoots” tab.  Then click on Regional Shoots tab.  Then select the shoot you want to participate to the right.  Then from there click on an open slot name your squad and enter the athletes. (If athletes do not appear in the drop-down menu, check to be sure you have their SASP Classification entered in the team SHOT registration.  You may also pay online by clicking on the VOUCHER tab next to the Squad tab.

Download the match flyer here…

ALSO: We are seeking volunteers for safety officers and scorers for the match as well. Click here to visit our Signup Genius page for more information or to signup for one ore more volunteer slots!

For additional information contact Kelvin Walton at 262-693-7374 or kwalton@sssfonline.com.

Gene Overstreet and Phil Murray join the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Board of Directors


12th SGT Major of the United States Marine Corps, Gene Overstreet and White Flyer National Sales Manager Phil Murray have recently  joined the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to have SGT Major Overstreet and Phil Murray on the SSSF Board of Directors” stated SSSF Board Chair Louise Terry. “Both bring an industry and personal perspective to the importance of continued growth and development of responsible youth shooting sports across the country”.

SGT Major Overstreet spent 29 years in the United States Marine Corps, his last four years from 1991-1995 as the 12th SGT Major of the Marine Corps. Since retirement, SGT, Major Overstreet has served on several military and civilian boards.

Phil Murray is currently the National Sales Manager of White Flyer Targets, Inc, the nation’s largest manufacturer of clay targets. Phil currently is also a member of the Kid & Clays Board of Directors.

Ben Berka, SSSF President and Executive Director added, “both SGT Major Overstreet and Phil Murray are currently involved in the growth of youth shooting sports. They have experienced first hand the responsible, high quality life skills youth shooting competitors learn and utilize throughout their entire lives”.

Murray Photo Credit J. Michael Whitacre via Facebook

2018 Vision 20/20 Final Results

A big thanks goes out to all of the teams and donors who participated in the 2018 Vision 20/20 campaign! With your help we have raised $259,588!!

Total impact for the campaign amounts to almost $130,000 in cash grants going to Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program teams along with over $350,000 in MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment account benefit!

Congratulations to the teams that worked hard to compete in our team endowment bonus fund competitions. There were two team competitions with $30,000 each in MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funding up for grabs as follows:

  1. Teams with the most dollars raised.
  2. Teams with the most unique donors making donations via the SSSF website or print and mail form.
Top team in each category receives $10,000, 2nd gets $8,000, 3rd gets $5,000, 4th gets, $3,000, 5th gets $2,500 and 6th receives $1,500.

Here are the final team standings for each competition:

Most Dollars Raised

Team NameStateTeam IDTotal Donations
Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting ClubOhio614$54,321.00
Rio Salado Target TerminatorsArizona1070$31,843.00
Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap TeamIowa54$22,500.00
Waterford Wolverine Shooting TeamWisconsin1254$22,305.00
Ballard Clay BombersIowa172$16,505.00
North Scott Trap TeamIowa119$16,104.00

Most Unique Donors

Team NameStateTeam IDUnique Donors
Waterford Wolverine Shooting TeamWisconsin1254142
Central Arizona Target ShootersArizona64688
Rio Salado Target TerminatorsArizona107087
Ballard Clay BombersIowa17277
Williams County Target BustersOhio127660
Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap TeamIowa5455
Thanks again to all of the teams who participated and to the generous donors who supported them! If you did not participate in 2018, make plans to participate in the 2019 campaign starting in October.

Deadline Approaching for Colonel D.D. Behrens Athlete Endowment Grant Applications

2019 Athlete Endowment Deadline – January 31, 2019

In 2005 the Athlete Endowment Fund was established by Colonel D.D. Behrens with the intention of awarding grants to shooting sport athletes to help offset the cost of competitions, equipment, ammunition, travel and training in hopes of maintaining USA Shooting’s competitive excellence well into the future. The goal of the endowment is to build a strong foundation of USA Shooting athletes by assisting with development of their shooting skills needed to become high-level competitors and Olympians.

Learn more and view applications materials at the USA Shooting website…

SSSF Donates Nearly $500,000 to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) recently donated $480,281 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Teams earned funds by raising money through the SSSF’s Vision 20/20 fundraising campaign, SCTP and SASP national fundraisers and by placing in SCTP/SASP national events. These donations have benefited 97 teams participating in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) across 25 different states.

Since 2014 the SSSF has donated over $6.5 million to benefit 642 SCTP and SASP team endowment accounts across 45 states at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The SSSF provides SCTP and SASP member-teams the opportunity to earn MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account funds by participating in SCTP and SASP fundraising activities benefiting local shooting sports communities and through placements in SSSF-sponsored competitions . Please contact the SSSF for more information on how your shooting team can earn team endowment funding for their account at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

The Team Endowment Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program or financially assist in the start-up of a new youth shooting sports program. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either December or June, to pay for team expenses. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

Three weeks left for Vision 20/20! Team competitions close!

With just three weeks to go, the 2018 SSSF Vision 20/20 campaign team competitions for $60,000 in BONUS MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funding continue to be close. Tax-deductible donations in any amount can help determine which teams receive bonus funding so donate to your favorite team today and tell others to do the same!

There are two team competitions that continue through 12/31/18 with $30,000 each in MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funding up for grabs as follows:

  1. Teams with the most dollars raised.
  2. Teams with the most unique donors making donations via the SSSF website or print and mail form.

Here are the current team standings for each competition:

Most Dollars Raised

Team NameStateSSSF Team IDTotal Donations
Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting ClubOhio614$54,321.00
Rio Salado Target TerminatorsArizona1070$31,370.00
Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap TeamIowa54$20,530.00
Waterford Wolverine Shooting TeamWisconsin1254$20,325.00
Ballard Clay BombersIowa172$13,485.00
Williams County Target BustersOhio1276$11,660.00

Most Unique Donors

Team NameStateSSSF Team IDUnique Donors
Rio Salado Target TerminatorsArizona107033
North Scott Trap TeamIowa11924
Williams County Target BustersOhio127620
Ballard Clay BombersIowa17217
Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap TeamIowa5411
Manitowoc Gun Club BirdbustersWisconsin92511

The 2018 SSSF Vision 20/20 campaign fundraising goal has been exceeded with over $230,000 raised! While SSSF match funding has been exhausted, there is still $60,000 up for grabs in BONUS MidwayUSA Foundation team endowment funding for team donations received before January 1st! Every donation counts!

Visit our Vision 20/20 page
 for more information, to learn how to make a tax-deductible donation to your favorite team or how to get your team started in the campaign!

Help us identify and promote the fact that SASP is so much more than shooting!

We need your help!

We are frequently asked by individuals, small and large companies, non-profit organizations, local, state and national government representatives, and many others what the Scholastic Action Shooting Program is all about. The easy answer is that it is about competitive action shooting in a team environment that promotes collaboration, teamwork, and the development of shooting skills in pistol and rifle shooting. The lesser given, but equally important or more significant answer is that our program promotes friendship, respect for others, advanced listening skills, increased focus, analytical skills development and many, many more non-shooting related life skills. We know this experience is different for every youth competitor and their family.

We would like our Athletes, Coaches, Parents and Adult Volunteers to take a few minutes and really think about how you/your child’s or children’s participation in SASP has positively affected their lives outside of the shooting range. Have they:

Become a better student?

Become more responsible?

Made better life decisions?

Become a better friend/brother/sister/member of your family?

Started noticing the world around them?

Donated their time to charitable activities?

These are only a few examples of the changes we have heard from our coaches, parents, and competitors. We want to know what has changed in your child/children.


Here is what you must do:

Prepare a typed 300-400-word story addressed to SASP program management explaining in detail how you/your child/athlete has grown as an individual since joining SASP other than their shooting skills. Be sure to include what changed, why it changed, it’s impact to them and your family, and how that change will positively impact their life in the future. Also include at least five high resolution pictures of the athlete competing at an SASP event, practice or with other SASP athletes.

Download complete information for athletes here…

Download complete information for coaches, parents and adult volunteers here…

Submit these before 5:00 PM on January 31st, 2019 by email to rleach@sssfonline.com .

All submissions will be reviewed by the SASP Staff and a review committee. The top three stories with the most significant and clearly explained personal impacts will win one of the following prizes including guns from GLOCK, Taurus, and Mossberg plus Walker hearing protection!

First prize is guaranteed to be given away in each category, adult or athlete.  If 20 or more entries are received, the second-place prize will be awarded, and if 30 or more entries are received, all three prizes will be awarded.

So, start thinking first. Make notes of your key thoughts on this topic and then sit down and do your best to tell us how you feel the SASP program has and is changing you /your child’s/athlete’s life. I cannot wait to start reading and sharing these stories!


Rick Leach
National Director, SASP

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