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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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2018 SASP College Nationals

How did you spend your spring break?  Well 112 college athletes spent theirs competing for SASP National Titles in Alabama. On March 10 & 11 the Scholastic Action Shooting Program held our College National Championships at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL.  We thank GLOCK for sponsoring our use of the Marksmanship Park and CMP for their great southern hospitality.  This year was the largest championship in SASP’s history, with 16 teams, 112 athletes and 201 entries.  That is a 100% increase in teams, 44% increase in athletes and 121% increase in entries over the 2017 championships.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated with many competing in their very first national championships.  This year the results were very close with many places being decided by just a few seconds and some by less than a second.

In the Rimfire Discipline the University of Vermont took first, followed by Michigan State University in second and Texas A&M finishing third.  In Centerfire Texas A&M repeated as National Champions and also took second, with West Point coming in third. In Optic Rifle the University of Vermont took first and third with Florida State University finishing second. In Iron Rifle University of Arizona won the championship by less than 5 seconds at their first nationals with Florida State University taking second and Clemson University taking third. In the 1911 discipline Michigan State University won the national championship, with Florida State taking second and Miami University of Ohio taking third in their first trip to the national championship.

In the Open Division, Rimfire Bethel University won the National Championship by beating second place Clemson University by just 1.66 seconds, with Bob Jones University finishing third.  In Centerfire Lake Country Action Shooters and Bob Jones University shared the title with Texas A&M taking second and the University of Florida taking third.  In Optic rifle Concordia University Wisconsin competing in their first SASP took the championship beating second place University of Wisconsin Platteville by just .98 of a second, and Lake Country Action Shooters came in third.  Iron Rifle the University of Wisconsin Platteville took the title beating their in-state rival Concordia University of Wisconsin who took second, with Bethel University taking third.  In 1911 Lake Country Action Shooters took first and Concordia University of Wisconsin took second.

View the complete results here. Click on “leaderboards”, select the event you wish to see results for then select the leaderboard you would like to see. Check out our Facebook pages for photos and be sure to like and follow us!

We look forward to next year’s championship with even more teams and athletes competing for a 2019 national title.

Volunteers Needed at College Nationals

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is expecting a record turnout at the 2018 College National Championships at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. The match is scheduled for March 10-11, 2018 and we need your help!

We are looking for half day commitments to serve the roles of Safety Officers (SO) and scorekeepers. Working a match is a great way to learn more about the Scholastic Action Shooting Program! Also, for each half day worked you will be eligible for a random drawing for some great prizes!

If you have never worked on an action shooting range before, please view our YouTube video outlining the safety rules, standardized range commands and responsibilities and our video on using Practiscore for SASP data entry.

Additional training will be provided on-site for those new to action shooting. Volunteers must be at least 18 to work as safety officers.

Go to our Signup Genius link to view times and locations where help is currently needed.  Additional information will be shared with those signing up.

Register Now For 2018 SASP College Nationals

Registration for the 2018 Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) College National Championships is now open! Join us in Talladega, Alabama March 10 & 11 for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, and competition. Check out the Shooting USA feature on the 2017 College Nationals to see the event in action!

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2018 (rain or shine)

Match Time: 9:00 AM

Location:  CMP Marksmanship Park 4387 Turner Mill Rd, Talladega, AL 35160
(256) 474-4408

General Information

Match Fee: $50 per entry
Athletes may shoot centerfire or rimfire pistol and both rifle divisions if they wish. They may also compete in 1911 discipline as an additional gun, but must also compete in SASP centerfire or rimfire discipline.

Times:  7:30 am check in begins
8:45 am shooters meeting, safety briefing
9:00 am match begins

Shooting slots available for 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM flights Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday
Friday practice bays open from Noon to 4 PM

REGISTRATION:  Log into your team in SHOT system, select Competitions, bottom left.  Click on the “Click to View Shoots” tab.  Then click on National 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. Please register by Noon CST, Monday February 19 to guarantee an event t-shirt.

Please be sure to review the 2018 handbook for current rules. One or both of the new stages of fire may be used at the event.

For additional information contact Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com

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