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GLOCK Donates $25,000 to SSSF to Benefit Scholastic Pistol Program

GLOCK, Inc. has made a $25,000 donation to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) to benefit the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP).

GLOCK Donation
L-R: Scott Moore, SPP National Director; R. Lee “The Gunny” Ermey; Josh Dorsey, GLOCK Vice President of Operations and Sales; and Ben Berka, SSSF President and Executive Director
The donation was presented to SSSF at last week’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee.

GLOCK was one of the founding partners of the Scholastic Pistol Program when SSSF started the program in 2012 and has supported the program since with its products and participation.

Ed Fitzgerald, Special Projects Manager at GLOCK, Inc., is a member of SSSF’s Board of Directors and attends many SPP matches, not only to represent GLOCK, but also to work with the athletes and coaches and to assist with the operation of the events. Fitzgerald even travels to many matches throughout the South with a complete SPP/Action Target set-up for ranges that need targets for SPP events.

“GLOCK understands the importance of industry leadership in the promotion of a safe and effective way of introducing the concepts of basic competitive shooting to young men and women who are just starting out,” said Fitzgerald. “As the industry embraces this concept of supporting our young competitors, we will continue our efforts to lead the way in supporting the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.”

In addition to the growth of the national program through GLOCK’s financial support, product donations, and loaner guns, the company’s generosity makes it possible for many SPP teams to have sufficient guns for competitors’ use and to raise funds for team expenses. The company also offers special pricing for SPP teams that allows team dollars to go further.

“The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is honored to receive this major gift from GLOCK,” said Ben Berka, SSSF President and Executive Director. “With their support, we are able to further strengthen and grow our Scholastic Pistol Program at the grassroots level and provide local teams with the education, support, and resources to run successful programs.”

To learn more about GLOCK or its products, visit us.GLOCK.com.

SPP Collegiate National Championship Title Changes Hands for 3rd Year in a Row!

West Point Cadets Take Top Honors

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) held its 2015 Collegiate National Championships on March 21, with nearly 20 squads from nine schools vying for titles in both the Varsity (centerfire) and Junior Varsity (rimfire) divisions. The United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) hosted the event at Fort Benning’s Krilling Range in Georgia.

Schools competing this year were Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Florida, Florida State University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, Southeastern Illinois College, University of Vermont, and United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Cadets from West Point took first place honors in the Varsity Division, outshooting powerhouse Texas A&M Corps of Cadets by a score of 188.04 to 190.11. The 2.07 winning margin is one of the closest finishes in SPP history and sent the coveted Daniel C. Hodne Trophy to a new home on the Hudson River. The University of Florida Centerfire Squad 1 outpaced the Kentucky Wildcats to take third place.

In the Junior Varsity Division, West Point took its second title of the day over a strong runner-up Michigan State Green Squad, with Texas A&M Maroon Squad coming in third.

“The United States Army Marksmanship Unit Action Shooting Team looks forward to the chance to interact with students and host the Scholastic Pistol Program’s College Nationals every year,” said SFC Michael J. Buss, Action Shooting Team Chief, USAMU. “Our world-class facilities get our team ready for matches around the country, as well as sharpen soldiers’ marksmanship skills through training. These young shooters are the future of the sport and only add to the excellence demonstrated every day by soldiers on Fort Benning.”

“The USAMU has been a great partner in helping grow SPP as well as the future of our sport,” said Scott Moore, SPP National Director. “They have been gracious enough to support SPP on several projects. Krilling Range has become a second home for us!”

You can see full results from the SPP Collegiate National Championships on our Match Results page.

See photos from the SPP Collegiate National Championships

Photos by the Alabama Privateers, who assisted the SPP staff at Collegiate Nationals

$40,000 of Team Endowment Funding Designated for SPP Virtual E-Postal Match Series

If your team participates in the SPP Virtual E-Postal Match Series, you now have opportunities to earn endowment funds for your team! The Scholastic Pistol Program has designated $40,000 of its 2015 endowment donations for the Virtual E-Postal Match Series participants.

The Virtual E-Postal Match Series is designed so teams can compete without having to travel to other ranges. Teams can shoot on their home ranges, then submit their scores to SPP for entry into the virtual match.

Beginning in April 2015, there will be a special monthly random draw with a prize of a $1,000 donation to a team’s MidwayUSA Foundation endowment account. This special event will run through December 2015 and is open to any team/squad that participates in the Virtual E-Postal Match Series in that month.

In addition, we will be offering endowment donations as placement awards. This year we will be using the Lewis Class system during the Virtual Match Series. There will be two (2) Lewis classes in each division, and endowment money will be given to first, second, and third places in each class. In Class A, the donations will be $1,250 for first, $1,000 for second, and $750 for third. In Class B, the donations for first through third will be $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively. To be eligible for Virtual E-Postal Match Series Championships, a team or squad must register at least six (6) squad scores during the season.

To compete in this series, the team/squad must shoot the entire course of fire and submit their scores for registration. Just like any live match, a team/squad must have four individuals competing. The current Virtual E-Postal Series season began September 1, 2014 and has been extended to run through December 15, 2015.

Eligibility for SPP Virtual E-Postal Match Series
Any team/squad that is fully registered in the Scholastic Pistol Program, which includes being registered in the SHOT system, is eligible and encouraged to compete in this series. Teams must also have an endowment account with the MidwayUSA Foundation. If you don’t have an endowment account, it’s easy to start an account here.

Submitting Scores
Score sheets can be downloaded from the website. Coaches must register each score by submitting a scanned copy of the completed SPP score sheets to tmowry@sssfonline.com. The cost of registration is $5 per squad (of four) per match score.

Notice: These updated rules for Virtual Matches supersede previous published editions.

SPP Southwest Winter Regional Hosted by Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit hosted the Scholastic Pistol Program’s Southwest Regional Match on Saturday, February 7 at the Gun Smoke Range in Snook, Texas.

This first regional match of 2015 saw 27 squads comprising 115 athletes from 12 teams from around the country. Sending squads for the match were the Alabama Privateers (AL), CC Top Shots (TX), Dripping Springs (TX), North Texas Hot Shots (TX), Red Dawn Raiders (TX), South Texas Shooters (TX), Southeastern Illinois College (IL), Straight Shooters (AZ), Team Gotta (WA), Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (TX), U.S. Military Academy – West Point (NY), and the U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis (MD).

See our photo gallery of the Southwest Regional Match below

The match included some special events in keeping with being hosted by a military unit. BG(R) Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., Commandant of Cadets, started the match by signaling the firing of the Corps’ new 105mm howitzer. During the lunch break, athletes and guests were treated to a show of force by three AH-64 Apache helicopters.

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets successfully defended their title to repeat as College Centerfire champions, while the team’s Maroon squad took the College Rimfire title. South Texas Shooters Squad 1 won the Senior Centerfire title, and Team Gotta (WA) won Senior Rimfire. Among Junior squads, South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 3 were the winners.

Divisional winners include:

College Centerfire:

    1st – TAMU Corps of Cadets (CCMU) (TX)
    2nd – USMA (West Point) (NY)
    3rd – USNA (Annapolis) (MD)

College Rimfire:

    1st – CCMU Maroon
    2nd – CCMU White

Senior Centerfire:

    1st – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 1

Senior Rimfire:

    1st – Team Gotta (WA)
    2nd – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 2
    3rd – Dripping Springs (TX) Maroon

Junior Rimfire:

    1st – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 3
    2nd – South Texas Shooters (TX) squad 5
    3rd – Red Dawn Raiders (TX) Strikers

High Overall Awards

    Junior Rimfire – Ethan Inocando, South Texas Shooters 3
    Senior Rimfire – Adam Thomas, Team Gotta 1
    Senior Centerfire – Domingo Quintanilla, South Texas Shooters 1
    Collegiate Rimfire – Chandler Lewis, CCMU Maroon
    Collegiate Centerfire – Anthony Veith, West Point CWT
    Junior Rimfire High Lady – Katy Allen, South Texas Shooters 5
    Senior Rimfire High Lady – Annie Unsell, Alabama Privateers
    Senior Centerfire High Lady – Abigail Hanna, South Texas Shooters 1
    College Rimfire High Lady – Naomi Boyer, CCMU Maroon

The Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU), at Texas A&M University also created a new trophy to be presented each year at the SPP Southwest Winter Regional for the top high-scoring Service/Senior Military Academy centerfire team. The trophy will be known as the Easley “Deadeye” Award, which is named in honor of A&M graduate Brig. General Claudius M. Easley, US Army.

Our thanks to Mary DuBuisson for sharing her photos of the event.

Apply for 2015 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) and National Rifle Association (NRA) invite all qualified 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) athletes to apply for the SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team.

“The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation promotes youth development and well-rounded student athletes through our SCTP and SPP programs, and this is just another way we like to recognize our athletes for performance on the range AND in the classroom,” said Ben Berka, SSSF Executive Director.

Please note that the application deadlines and some requirements have changed.

Requirements for application are as follows:

  • Must be 2015 registered athletes in good standing with SCTP or SPP
  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Applications must include transcript through the last grading period ending on or before April 1, 2015.
  • Must meet one of the following shooting qualifications:

      SCTP (skeet or trap) – achieved 190/200 targets (or equivalent in lesser target format) in a competition between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015


      SCTP (sporting clays) – achieved 170/200 targets (or equivalent in lesser target format) in a competition between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015


      SCTP (bunker trap, international skeet, or international doubles trap) – achieved 110/125 targets in a competition between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015


      SPP – achieved a total match score of 75 seconds or less in an SPP match between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015

  • Must supply two letters of recommendation from a coach, teacher, or adult third party

Deadline for applications is April 3, 2015.

Download the Application Form (PDF)

Download the Application Form (Word doc)

TWRF Is New Tennessee State Advisor for SPP

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) announces that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) has been named State Advisor for its state, filling the role of managing the Scholastic Pistol Program there.

State advisors play a critical role in SPP shooting activities within their respective states, promoting the principles of the SPP and acting in the program’s best interests. They are also the program’s “resource central” for their states. Advisors respond to inquiries about SPP, assist in program activities, encourage participation and the formation of new teams, and provide important program information to team coaches, shooting facilities, and other organizations hosting SPP teams.

TWRF Executive Director, Julie Schuster, conveyed her excitement about the foundation managing the program. “This is a great opportunity to introduce the youth of Tennessee to another shooting sport that teaches numerous disciplines that positively affect our society. Plus, it’s really fun! We’re looking forward to growing the program in Tennessee.”

As the unique, nonprofit arm of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the foundation’s shared mission with the agency is to involve and educate the state’s youth in the outdoors and shooting sports. TWRA has expressed its support of TWRF’s role in SPP.

Lacey Lane of McKenzie will be the Tennessee SPP Director working for the TWRF. Lacey will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management – Wildlife/ Fisheries from UT Martin. She has grown up in the Scholastic Clay Target Program since she was 15, shooting on the well-known McKenzie Girl’s SCTP team. She is very familiar with the SPP Program and will work with participants across the state recruiting, assisting with hosted events, and promoting the program.

“I’m thrilled to be working for the foundation and introducing students to a sport I have been passionate about for many years,” commented Lane. “The shooting sports has opened many doors for me, and I want to pass that on to others.”

Executive Director Schuster recalls her youth, “I loved the outdoors as a child but didn’t have the chance to pursue hunting and/or shooting competitively. It just wasn’t an option back then. The outdoor opportunities available to young people today are exciting. It’s up to us to make sure these opportunities continue and are available to all of Tennessee’s young adults.”

For more information on the Tennessee Scholastic Pistol Program or how to get a team started, contact Lacey Lane at llane@twrf.net or 731-415-0641.

Video: SPP Southeast Regionals by the Alabama Privateers

The Alabama Privateers SPP team have blown us away yet again with another of their videos, this one from the SPP Southeast Regional Match held recently in Tennessee. In the video, you’ll see all the action at this beautiful new range that was designed to SPP specifications and launched with the Southeast Regionals. Enjoy!

GOAL Is New SPP State Advisor in Massachusetts

The Scholastic Pistol Program has a new State Advisor in Massachusetts to coordinate SPP activities and events there. The Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL) will fill the role of State Advisor, giving the SPP an entire organization of “boots on the ground” to form new clubs, host events, and promote the program in Massachusetts. GOAL is the state’s NRA affiliate organization that promotes both political and sporting efforts there.

“GOAL members worked very, very hard this past legislative session to change the Massachusetts law regarding minors and handguns,” said Jon Green, Director of Education and Training for GOAL. “We are all so happy that we were successful. GOAL can now get behind this fantastic shooting sport known as the Scholastic Pistol Program and help to share gun safety, sportsmanship, and the Second Amendment with our young people.”

State Advisors play a critical role in SPP shooting activities within their respective states. State Advisors promote the principles of the SPP and act in the program’s best interests. They are also the program’s “resource central” for their states. Advisors respond to inquiries about SPP, assist in program activities, encourage participation and the formation of new teams, and provide important program information to team coaches, shooting facilities, and other organizations hosting SPP teams.

GOAL has already confirmed several events in Massachusetts for 2015 since their recent appointment and expects to confirm additional ones soon.

“SPP is pleased to have the Gun Owners’ Action League as our new partner,” said Scott Moore, SPP Director. “The experience and hard work of GOAL will a huge asset as we continue to grow SPP in New England!”

Learn more about the Gun Owners’ Action League.

SSSF Donates $45,100 to SPP Team Endowment Accounts at MidwayUSA Foundation

Last week, SSSF contributed $45,100 to the MidwayUSA Foundation on behalf of 23 Scholastic Pistol Program teams from 10 states.

The donation represented team endowment funds earned in the inaugural Florida Law Enforcement Explorer Shooting League match and the Washington State Scrimmage, both of which were held on November 15. In addition, 12 of the teams earned endowment money through their participation in the 2013-2014 SPP Virtual Match target season.

SSSF’s latest contribution to the MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Program brings the total to $446,000 donated to date in 2014 on behalf of SPP teams. The program expects teams to earn another $6,000 before year’s end.

The purpose of the MidwayUSA Foundation endowment program is to provide sustained financial support for youth shooting teams. Teams with an endowment account are able to draw a grant each year to use for team expenses. SSSF regularly makes endowment funds available for SCTP and SPP events and contributes them to participating teams’ endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Since 2011, SSSF has donated funding to several hundred team endowment accounts across 48 states.

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