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Author: Tom Davis

Betsy Ross Arms SASP Nationals Scholarship

We are happy to announce a unique opportunity focused on lending a helping hand to some of our fastest athletes, most capable of being National Champions, but are unfortunately unable to attend SASP Nationals due to family budget concerns.

One of our newest Bronze Sponsors, Betsy Ross Arms is graciously lending aid to deserving athletes for this cause. Awardees will be recognized by the National Director’s decision. A preference will be to young female athletes, per the suggestion of Betsy Ross Arms, a female-owned company.

To be considered for this assistance, please email the National Office with the completed application below by June 14th, 5PM CST.

SASP Nationals Registration Checklist

Coaches,

A few reminders regarding registration for nationals:

  • Your athletes must be paid and have their consent waiver on file before they will show up on your squads.
     
  • Verify your athlete’s classification (Rookie, Intermediate Entry, Intermediate Advanced, JV, Varsity).
     
  • Verify your athlete’s and coach’s shirt sizes.
     
  • You must ensure you have enough registered coaches to cover your squads for any given date/time you register.
     
  • All rifles must be shot by noon Friday, July 15th
     
  • Coach requirements for a given flight:  
    Up to 16 entries: one coach
    17 – 32 entries : two coaches
    33 – 48 entries: three coaches
    More than 48 entries: 4 coaches

2022 SASP National Raffle Fundraiser

SASP Coaches:

The SASP National Raffle is underway and we wanted to remind you of this additional fundraising opportunity. With six exciting guns up for grabs and a $10 ticket price, this raffle should be a great way for your team to gather additional resources for your expenses. Please review the raffle detail packet below and let us know if you have any questions.

2022 SASP Nationals Ammo Preorder

Through the dedication of our Platinum Sponsor, CCI, we have a limited quantity of rimfire ammunition available for teams registered and paid for Nationals.

CCI Mini Mags are available for $10 per 100 rounds. You can preorder 200 rounds per rimfire discipline shot at Nationals. A team coach must pick up and pay for all of the teams ammo. Pre-order once your team is registered and paid, while supply lasts, by contacting Kris Leach, SASP Administrative Assistant: kris@mysasp.com. Ammo pickup will be available each day at 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM.

Registration for Nationals Begins May 16th

The largest action shooting match in the world is just two months away. Coaches can start getting teams registered for Nationals starting Monday, May 16th at noon CST! Registration for International disciplines will also open on May 16th, details to follow. #2022SASPnationals

New and returning champions crowned at SASP Action College Nationals

2022 was a year for redemption and reaching for new heights at the SASP Action College Nationals. Held on a three-day schedule, the match was hosted at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park on March 11-13th. This year saw an increase in participation as colleges and universities began to better navigate travel and safety considerations since the disruption in 2020. The prestigious National Championship event saw both the return of previously absent teams and newly established shooting programs. 

In a sport of walking the edge of blazing speed with acceptable accuracy, collegiate athletes negotiated the courses of fire, working as a team to achieve the fastest times in team aggregate scoring. The vast majority of shooting sports measure athletes as individuals, whereas the Scholastic Action Shooting Program not only focuses on youth development, but also utilizes a team aspect seen in typical ball sports.

Youth shooting sports also provides a level playing field. The sport does not favor the strongest or tallest athlete, or even gender. In fact, females claimed the overall National Champion title in two shooting disciplines. 

Bethel University Team Captain and 2022 Ladies Rimfire Pistol National Champion, Annie Unsell

Just over one hundred athletes competed at the match, part of sixteen different teams from ten different states. Ready to give their best performances and fastest times, teams were eager to bring home the Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup and Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup traveling trophies. 2021’s championship saw a huge upset with Liberty University claiming both titles. Still feeling the sting from last year’s defeat, Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit was keen on reclaiming the pistol cup, to confirm their dedication to the centerfire pistol discipline.

Participating athletes more than doubled from last year’s match, signifying a rebound in both popularity of shooting sports and an easement of travel restrictions. Part of this rebound is the recently formed team from Arizona State University, the Sun Slingers. This and other new teams are joining long-established programs in providing opportunities for young adults to experience and excel at shooting sports. Some of these teams are simply club organizations, whereas others are fully-fledged shooting programs with scholarship opportunities.
As part of SASP’s mission of youth development through shooting sports is the expansion to Olympic-style disciplines. Just days following the Action National Championships, the SASP put on the 2022 Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals at multiple CMP venues. In support of both collegiate competitions were members of USA Shooting, introducing athletes of all disciplines to the sport of Olympic 25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol. 
Buddy DuVall, Chief Marketing Officer of USA Shooting, walks the Hillsdale College team through the Olympic Rapid Fire discipline
As the official youth-feeder program for USA Shooting, the SASP provides opportunities for athletes to achieve their olympic dreams. 

Over the three-days, well over 44,000 rounds were safely fired at the 2022 SASP Action College Nationals. Following Sunday morning’s flight of scheduled competition, scores were calculated, verified, and posted. During the afternoon’s award ceremony, squad awards and high overall honors for individuals were given. After numerous medals were received for various rifle and pistol disciplines, the Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup and Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup remained on the table.

First up was the Rifle Cup, awarded to the team with the fastest rifle squad time for any of the three rifle disciplines in SASP (iron sight rimfire, optic sights, and Pistol Caliber Carbine). Bringing the cup home to Wisconsin was Concordia University, edging out Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State University in the Optics Rifle discipline. Helping bring home the cup was Concordia’s Nathan Fingeroos, adding the High Overall National Champion to the list of accomplishments for the Falcons.

Concordia University are the National Champions and brought home the traveling Tammy L. Mowry Rifle Cup

Long seen as the mainstay of College Nationals is the Centerfire Pistol discipline, which has been a focus for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit. In fact, for five consecutive years, the Aggies have defended their title, each year bringing back the Daniel C. Hodne Pistol Cup home to College Station, TX. 2021’s championship saw the Aggies unseated, with Liberty University decidedly winning the title and taking physical possession of the trophy. This year, the Marksmanship Unit’s performance was enough to reclaim the familiar championship title. Breaking their reserved, regimented demeanor, if only for a second, the team walked up and happily received the honors of fastest team in the nation in centerfire pistol.

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit reclaims the pistol cup
With another Collegiate National Championship in the books, the SASP thanks its sponsors for their incredible support, including Founding Partner Sponsors, GLOCK and RUGER, along with Sustaining Partner Sponsor, Walker’s Hearing Protection.
Currently, thousands of junior-aged SASP athletes are training for state and regional level events, leading up to the Junior National Championship this summer. Each July, tens of thousands of junior athletes, coaches, parents, program sponsors, and more converge on the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH. Included in this massive event is the SASP’s sister program, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), where youth athletes compete in team-based clay target sports. Deemed as the largest competition in Cardinal Center history and the largest action shooting match in the world, Nationals is poised to break more records this July.

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2022 Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals

In March, the 2022 SASP Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals were held at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park and South Airgun Range. The youth development program held back to back collegiate championships, with the international pistol events beginning after new champions were crowned at the SASP Action College Nationals.

Collegiate shooting teams went head to head in international pistol events, with both familiar individual scoring and SASP’s team aggregate scoring. On the first day of competition, athletes gathered at the CMP’s South Airgun Range in Anniston, AL to begin the 10 Meter Air Pistol events. After two relays, Ohio State University soundly retained their title as team champions, followed by West Point and MIT. As individual athletes, Ohio’s Katelyn Abeln went into the final in first place, shooting a 570 – 16x for her 60-shot score.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Ryan Yi came away the winner of the coed air pistol finals. In the last series, Ryan’s final shot was a 10.5 (distance from the center X), scoring enough to beat Ohio’s Jack Leverett, whose final shot was 10.7.  The separation between first and second place came down to just eight-tenths of a point at 234 and 234.8, respectively. In third place, Katelyn Abeln returned to the podium, shooting a total aggregate score of 212.4.

On day On day two of the 2022 SASP Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals, the event shifted locations to the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park for the Sport Pistol events. Ohio State University athletes Henry Leverett and Katelyn Abeln swept the gold and silver individual finishes, as well male and female high overall, shooting a 586 – 59 and 577 – 44, respectively. Joining them were teammates Jack Leverett and Cade Haiby to secure the Sport Pistol Team Championship for the Buckeyes.

On the final day of competition, SASP athletes returned to the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park for Standard Pistol events. Olympian brothers and SASP athletes, Henry and Jack Leverett claimed gold and silver, with West Point’s Luke Braun grabbing a bronze podium finish. Four out of the top six athletes in Standard Pistol were Ohio State University athletes, claiming another Team National Champion title for the Buckeyes.

As the official youth feeding program for USA Shooting, a large number of SASP athletes and coaches at this match are current and former Olympians, National Team Members, and Junior National Team Members.

Past and current US Olympians at SASP Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals
Past and current National Team Members at SASP Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals
Past and current Junior National Team Members at SASP Intercollegiate Pistol Nationals

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