Youth Shotgun Programs

USA Shotgun Programs

USA Shooting Shotgun ProgramsUSA Shooting hosts the National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championships every year. 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.


Boy Scout of America Venturing and 4-H Shooting Sports both offer youth programs for shotgun shooting. Contact your local chapter, local shooting club or school to find out if it is offered in your area.

The mission of the Scholastic Clay Target Program 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.

One of the key areas in growing youth shooting sports 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. 

Squad Policy

  • Members must be a junior level standing, as defined by the International Sport Shooting Federation (ISSF). An athlete may compete as a junior through the calendar year in which he or she turns 20.
  • All squad members are required to provide all of their own equipment.
  • Current or past members of the National Team, National Junior Team or National Development Team are not eligible for the Squad.
  • Funded or supported camps and/or competitions are dependent upon budget available.
  • Members may be removed from the squad by the recommendation of the coach and Director of Operations with final approval of the Executive Director based on:
    • Code of Conduct violation
    • Failure to attend activities or complete required administrative duties
    • Attitude

Selection Procedure

Here is the selection procedure and policy for the JO Shotgun Squad Selection


                                   Rachael Heiden                                                                    Collin Wietfeldt