The Scholastic Action Shooting Program focuses on team-based shooting sports that instills personal values and character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and personal commitment. As the sport itself, these qualities will stay with them throughout their lifetimes, helping each young athlete reach his or her full potential. The SASP is proud to provide a youth program in which athletes from grade school through college can compete and grow in a sport where there is no such thing as being “benched”. Nearly all shooting sports offer a level playing field where success can be achieved without respect to gender or athletic ability that often drives traditional “ball sports”.
With youth teams established throughout the nation, the SASP allows for a year-round season, culminating at the National Championship each July. This 10-day event sees thousands of young athletes join their team to see who comes out on top as season champions. Since 2019, the SASP National Championship is the largest action shooting event in the world, a title previously held by Glock’s GSSF.
Athletes in the SASP may compete in action shooting and/or precision events. The exciting world of Action Shooting allows for awe-inspiring stage runs using .22 rifles, .22 handguns, pistol caliber carbines (PCC), and/or centerfire handguns. SASP athletes also compete in precision events, identical to the Olympic international disciplines of the 10 Meter Air Rifle, 10 Meter Air Pistol and Sport Pistol. As the official youth feeder program for USA Shooting, youth athletes turn to the SASP as a path to achieve Olympic dreams. Behind each shooter both figuratively and literally, you will see a supportive group of coaches, teammates, and families cheering them on. Like other youth sports, adult volunteers typically serve as head coach or other supporting roles.
“Another record-breaking season was set in July at the 2022 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships. Hosted at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, the annual youth shooting sports competition once again set the mark for the largest shoot in Cardinal Center history. Between the two youth programs, 39 states were represented at the National Championships…”
“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 scoring…”
“The 2021 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships are set to break all previous records for attendance and event participation. On June 24, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation announced a combined total of 3,614 athletes and 10,082 event entries for this year’s matches. As the official youth feeder programs for USA Shooting, SCTP and SASP continue to provide opportunities for athletes to follow their Olympic dreams…”
“At the national championship match, there are many divisions in which to compete such as: rimfire rifle and pistol, rimfire rifle and pistol with optics, PCC, etc, but the National Championship Trophy Pistol Cup named for Daniel Hodne is awarded only to the highest-scoring team firing striker-fired centerfire pistols.….”
“The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) has Olympic athletes in their ranks, ready to perform on the world stage in Tokyo. With their newly established international disciplines, SASP athletes saw podium finishes at the recent 2021 Air Pistol Junior Olympic National Championship before putting on incredible performances at the 2021 SASP National Championship. As current SASP athletes, both Jackson and Henry are SSSF College All Americans, having secured their spots on the 1st teams for international air, sport, and standard pistol….”
“With more than 2,700 athletes from 33 states attending, the 2021 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship firmly established itself as the largest SCTP National Championship to date. Not to be outdone, attendance at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program’s National Championship ballooned to more than 650 participants this year….”
“With two competitive squads defending their title, the Tammy Mowry Rifle Cup remained at home in Virginia with Liberty University’s clear victory in the Rimfire Rifle Iron Sight discipline. After a close race throughout Saturday’s match schedule, Liberty University’s consistency in the Centerfire discipline gave them 3.45-second lead ahead of Texas A&M, becoming the first college action shooting team in SASP history to hold both championship trophies at the same time…”