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Numerous opportunities exist for young people interested in shotgun shooting sports. The Olympic events include Men’s and Women’s Trap and Skeet as well as the Men’s Double Trap event. Many organizations offer American versions of these games which are a typical introduction to the sport.
USA Shooting hosts the National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championships every year.
Boy Scout of America Venturing and 4-H Shooting Sports both offer youth programs for shotgun shooting. Contact your local chapter to find out if it is offered in your area. Some schools and many local shooting clubs provide youth shooting sports programs as well.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program offers a great program to get young athletes involved in a team oriented version of the sport. The mission of the SSSF is to introduce school-age youths in grades 12 and under to the clay target sports and to facilitate their continued involvement in the shooting sports.
USAS has partnered with the 4-H and created an marksmanship achievement program for rifle, pistol and shotgun events called the Passport program. Click here to learn more about the Passport program. Your 4-H club can order the achievement pins and ‘passports’ directly from the 4-H National website.
USA Shooting publishes USA Shooting News (for members), sanctions matches and is the National Governing Body for the Olympic Shooting Sports in the U.S. We run National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championships and Junior Olympic Development Camps. Our website also includes information about match schedules, clothing sales and competition results. Our National Team Coach annually names a Junior Olympic Shotgun Team.
The NRA has a qualification program, sanctions matches, offers a tremendous variety of materials and has programs for competitions, collegiate shooting, coach education, advanced summer camps, etc. NRA also offers grant programs that provide funding for youth programs.
Growing youth shooting sports in the U.S. is always a focus for USAS. One of the key areas to achieve this is the Coach Education Program, in this program we have partnered with the NRA and Civilian Marksmanship Program. Every youth shooting sports program should have at least one certified coach. For further information please contact Michael Theimer by email or phone 719.866.4889.
Here is the selection procedure and policy for the JO Shotgun Squad Selection