Author: Tom Davis

Hunters HD Gold Renews Sponsorship of Scholastic Action Shooting Program

Hunters HD Gold, manufacturer of premium eye protection has continued its Gold-level sponsorship of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) into 2021. Hunters HD Gold utilizes specialized lens technology to allow more light to pass through the lens than traditional polycarbonate lenses. Packed with other features such as high contrast, anti-reflective, and Photochromic transition technology, Hunters HD Gold eye protection provides great value to shooting sports competitors. New for 2021, Hunters HD Ruby line of eye protection enhances visibility of electronic red dot optic or red fiber optic sights and increased contrast against cloudy skies.

“Hunters HD Gold is excited to continue our sponsorship of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program in 2021, said Hunters HD Gold Marketing Director, Kenzie Fitzpatrick. “Safety is the #1 priority for this sport, followed by performance. We firmly believe that our eyewear is the best at providing both to these young athletes. These kids are the future of both shooting sports and our 2nd Amendment Rights. We are proud to support a program that does so much for junior shooters!”

“We are excited about the launch of Hunters HD Ruby,” said Brian Conley, President of Hunters HD Gold.  “We spent months testing tint levels and working with shooters directly to perfect the lenses. We don’t develop anything without help from the end users who need a quality product that works for them. Look for the Hunters HD Gold tent at your next match to demo a pair of Ruby’s.”
SASP athlete, Nate Gibson wearing Hunters HD Gold frames and lenses
“Hunters HD Gold continues to offer new technology to the action shooting sports competitor,” commented SASP National Director, Rick Leach. “Athletes in this sport are keen to explore products that give them the competitive edge. With the increased popularity of red dot electronic sight disciplines in our program, the new Hunters HD Ruby line of eye protection is sure to explode in popularity, even in other youth sports such as clay shooters who track targets against blue skies. We are so thrilled for the continued support from Hunters HD Gold. Their commitment to shooting sports is unrivaled and athletes can count on seeing the iconic Hunters HD Gold demo tent at the upcoming SASP matches this season.”

Federal, CCI To Continue As Platinum Sponsors In 2021

Long-time Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) sponsors, Federal and CCI Ammunition have renewed their support of youth shooting sports as Platinum-Level Sponsors. 

“Federal and CCI Ammunition are proud to continue our partnership with the Scholastic Action Steel Program. The program continues to grow leaps and bounds while offering youth a safe and high-quality competitive program. The desire and passion these kids put into the sport deserves the best performing and highest quality ammunition available. Our employees are proud to provide high-quality American-made ammunition for the SASP participants to reach their goals.” Dan Compton, Rimfire Product Line Manager for Federal and CCI Ammunition.

Rick Leach, SASP National Director, commented, “Having Platinum-Level Sponsors like Federal and CCI Ammunition continue their long-standing support is a reminder of the importance our industry places on supporting youth development through shooting sports. We look forward to having their vital support this year and many more.”

For more information on Federal ammunition, go to of CCI ammunition, go to

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), offers a 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.
Key points to consider before submitting
-The application deadline is firm with no extensions.
-All materials must be submitted as ONE pdf file.
-PLEASE read ALL of the application, incomplete applications will not be considered. No blank spaces!
Applicants must be a registered and paid athlete in our program. Scholarships are open to SCTP and SASP athletes only.

For full procedure details and application document, please visit

2021 Talladega Regional

Taking place alongside the 2021 SASP College National Championship, this match gives teams the opportunity to compete for Regional titles early in the year. 

This match also gives any high school athletes the opportunity to begin networking with collegiate shooting teams as they look at attending college. Likewise, college coaches can observe rising SASP athletes competing at the Regional level.
Match Date:
Friday, March 12, 2021 – Sunday, March 14, 2021
Match Start Times:
Friday 1:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM & 1:00PM
Sunday 9:00AM
Match Location:
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park
4387 Turner Mill Road
Talladega, AL 35160

SASP Names Madeline Maggard As New Texas State Advisor

Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Director, Rick Leach is proud to name Madeline Maggard as a new Texas State Advisor for SASP. Madeline joins Harold Carter as State Advisors, serving over thirty SASP youth shooting teams in the Lone Star State. 

Madeline selflessly dedicates much of her time to youth shooting sports. As an educator at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Madeline is also the head coach of the Jesuit Competitive Shooting Teams, which participate in both the SCTP and SASP youth shooting sports programs. “Madeline has also been serving as a SCTP state advisor but as a competitive pistol shooter herself, we recognize where her passion is,” said Leach. 

“I’m excited and honored to join SASP’s great team of like-minded enthusiasts and share my passion for advancing the sport of youth shooting,” exclaimed Maggard. “I’m a pistol girl myself and love shooting steel alongside my athletes! Let’s be loud and proud, y’all!” Maggard loves to compete with her Glock in GSSF matches but also competes with rimfire divisions.

SASP’s State Advisors throughout the country work diligently to both assist current teams and expand participation in their respective states. “Someone recently asked me why some states have or need more than one state advisor,” Leach reflected. “Wisconsin has historically been the largest participating state in the SASP program and has two state advisors. Texas is currently number two in SASP but has four times the land area that of WI at five times the population at, 29 million residents. Based on those stats, Texas should be the largest participating SASP state. With that land area, we definitely need more than one state advisor to spread the word about the SASP in Texas.”

SASP Athletes Place In 2021 USA Shooting Arizona State 10M Pistol Championship

Guest blog by SASP Coach Bill Perkins

With the recent addition of international air disciplines to the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), Arizona teams were eager to participate in the USA Shooting Arizona State Pistol Championship on Tuesday December 29th at the Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club in Mesa, Arizona. Many of these SASP athletes had competed in action shooting matches for years but were new to international-style pistol matches.  With only one month to prepare, three teams practiced for the event, with ten athletes choosing to compete for the State Championship.

With years of muscle memory tasked for speed, these young action shooting athletes had to slow things down and hit very precise shots at the Olympic 10M pistol event.

Instead of multiple steel target arrays, international-style pistol matches require the athletes to shoot from the standing-position, one-handed at a target with approximately a one-inch “10-ring”, located 32’ 9.7” away.

The equipment the athletes use and method of match preparation is also very different from action shooting.  Olympic air pistols were borrowed, practices scheduled, guns zeroed, familiarization with the rules and new performance routines were learned by these athletes.  When the athletes are on the firing line, coaching is not allowed, so coaches must properly prepare their athletes ahead of time with the full knowledge they are going to need during the match.

After the fast, but focused month of preparation, it all came down to the 60-shot, 90-minute match of the USA Shooting Arizona State Pistol Championship.

Congratulations to University of Arizona WildGats President, Julia for her 1st place finish.  Second place went to Theodore from Straight Shooters.  Third place went to AJ K from the Venture Crew shooting team, Baden-Powell. 

Currently, 46 states have USA Shooting rifle matches and 30 states have USA Shooting pistol matches.  With SASP’s addition of 10 Meter Air Rifle, 10 Meter Air Pistol and Sport Pistol, youth athletes throughout the country can experience the excitement of team-based shooting sports in both the wildly exciting sport of action shooting and the disciplined precision of international air disciplines. As the Official Youth Feeder Program for USA Shooting, the SASP gives opportunities for young athletes to pursue their Olympic dreams! Julia and her coach Bill Perkins of the WildGats attended SASP’s 2019 Junior Olympic Development Camp. Watch for opportunities for SASP athletes to participate in future Olympic Development Camps.

With the recent addition of Jim Henderson as the SASP Director of Development for International shooting, the SASP is demonstrating its commitment to create more shooting programs for our youth. Henderson stated that he will, “bring more youth to the fun side of precision shooting.”

Special thanks to Arizona Match Director John Karadsheh, who is the Head Coach for the Rio Salado Juniors Rifle Team.  Many of his athletes have been training for years for this match.  SASP Coach Bill Perkins found out about the upcoming Arizona State Championship just six weeks before the event and asked if pistol was offered.  John petitioned USA Shooting to amend his 10M air rifle match to include 10M air pistol.  When USA Shooting approved his request, the word went out to several SASP teams that this opportunity was available to our athletes. Thanks to Marc Orvin for officiating and teaching our action shooting athletes and coaches more about International style shooting.  The 2020 Arizona Championship is in the books!

2021 Valentine’s Classic

Our first annual Valentine’s Classic kicks off Sunday, February 14, 2021 and closes Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10 PM CST!  Get your team registered before noon CST, February 12, 2021, to get in on this virtual match from your home range! All scores must be sent in by 10:00 PM CST on Sunday, March 7, 2021. 

The match will be open to all disciplines.  Regional medals will be sent to the top three squads in each discipline for Rookie, Intermediate, Senior, Open and Collegiate divisions.  

Individual high overall medals for male and female, 1st – 3rd, will be awarded for rimfire pistol, stock service pistol, and rifle (all three rifle disciplines combined).  The HOA’s will be with all age divisions combined. 

We do not want a lack of ammunition to stop kids from being able to participate. If an athlete competes in Rimfire Disciplines for one of our regionals (including the Valentines Classic) between now and your official state SASP match, this will not lock them into shooting rimfire for the entire 2020-2021 season.

Athletes must be registered with their annual fee paid and their Consent & Waiver form in to the national office before participating.  There must also be a registered and paid coach for the team to participate. These important forms can be found in the Resources + Forms section of the mySASP website.

When you register your team please use the first available squads in the match.  It does not matter what day/time you sign up for the virtual match.  Once you are registered you can shoot any day in the designated dates for the match.


Champion, Hoppe’s Renews Sponsorship of Scholastic Action Shooting Program

Entering 2021 in support of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) are Vista Outdoor brands Hoppe’s and Champion. Their commitment to the program as Platinum Sponsors demonstrates the industry’s philanthropic effort to support youth shooting sports, as well as knowing the future health of the firearms community belongs in our younger generation of shooting sports athletes. 

“We are excited to partner with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program again this year,” said Eliza Graves, Senior Brand Marketing Manager. “The future of America rests with our youth and educating them in safe shooting principles is of the utmost importance. SASP has been a great partner in promoting and growing the shooting sports over the years. Champion and Hoppe’s products are a natural fit helping these athletes reach the next level.”

“We are humbled to see sponsors like Champion and Hoppe’s continue their support of youth shooting sports year after year,” said SASP National Director, Rick Leach. “We are energized by the renewed Platinum Sponsorship for 2021. Champion and Hoppe’s are trusted throughout the shooting sports community and our athletes trust in their suite of products to train and perform at their best throughout the season.”
About Hoppe’s
Established more than 110 years ago, Hoppe’s has emerged as the leading gun care company, having grown along-side hunters, shooters, and soldiers who depend on their firearms every day. It has remained the most trusted name in gun care by advancing and evolving technologies to meet those needs. From the ever-popular and versatile No. 9 and the quick and easy BoreSnake, to the marvel of efficiency we call Gun Medic, Hoppe’s is the only name you need to know for firearm cleaning and protection. For more information, visit

About Champion
Champion is a leading provider of quality trap throwers, paper targets, metal targets, clay targets, hearing and eye protection and shooting systems. Shooting is a fun pastime, and Champion produces a wide variety of products to enhance the experience for shooters of all levels. For more information, visit

2021 SASP National Raffle

We are kicking off the SASP National Raffle a little early this season! With prizes from our sponsors Glock, CZ-USA, Mossberg, Browning, Ruger, and Tandemkross, these raffle items are provided to help fundraising efforts for SASP Teams nationwide. National Raffle tickets may be purchased through your local SASP team or through the national office if they are not participating in raffle ticket sales. Coaches may sign up their team to sell SASP National Raffle tickets by contacting the national office.

Teams selling SASP-supplied raffle tickets will retain $5 per ticket sold. The SASP will pay into team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation for the top three ticket selling teams as follows:

1st—$3,000 2nd—$2,000 3rd—$1,000

We will be drawing winning tickets at SASP Nationals on July 16, 2021 at the Cardinal Shooting Center, winners do not need to be present to win.


SASP Selects Jim Henderson as DOD for International Disciplines

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) proudly selects Jim Henderson as the Director of Development for newly established International Disciplines of 10 Meter Air Rifle, 10 Meter Air Pistol and Sport Pistol. A decorated marksman with approximately 67 national records including the President’s 100 Pistol Match, which he has also won 9 times. Henderson will expertly guide program efforts while advancing the SASP’s mission to promote youth development through shooting sports. Henderson brings expertise and experience from being a member of the US Army Marksmanship Unit and has been a competitor and instructor for over 30 years. Henderson, a former member of US National Team, has also served on the USA Shooting Board of Directors as the athlete representative and is the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Pistol Program Coordinator.

Henderson stated he is honored to join the SASP team and get to work growing youth shooting sports. “I am excited to see SASP trained athletes become future members of Team USA, and ultimately Olympic Champions.”

“We are confident that Jim Henderson’s expansive knowledge and experience in international shooting sports, both as a competitor and coach, will quickly establish our new air pistol, air rifle and sport pistol disciplines,” said SASP National Director, Rick Leach. “Jim’s experience with the CMP and USAS will help us as we work together with these groups to grow youth shooting sports in our nation. SASP is known throughout the nation as a premier youth shooting sports program and we will continue to uphold that reputation with our new international disciplines guided by Jim Henderson. As USA Shooting’s official youth feeder program, along with the selection of the SASP as the national governing body for the Intercollegiate Pistol Program, made up of a large group of NCAA schools, we are absolutely thrilled to add Jim Henderson as our new Director of Development for International Disciplines to further capitalize on this momentum.”

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