Ninth PPP National Championship Set for Colorado and Georgia

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 26, 2016)

Two world-class shooting venues will once again hold the ninth Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP) National Championships, July 28-30. More than 120 athletes will be vying for national titles and an opportunity to earn Junior Olympic Squad status.Ninth PPP National Championship Set for Colorado and Georgia

The Western regional taking place at USA Shooting headquarters on campus at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs will see 74 athletes step to the firing line, while the Eastern regional at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Fort Benning, Georgia is expected to draw 49 athletes. The separate National Championship venues help attract a greater number of participants, and also make traveling to the matches easier. The match will officially begin with pre-event training on July 28, and conclude on Saturday, July 30.  After the conclusion of both regional National Championships matches, the results will be combined to determine a National Champion for the top finishers in each position after totaling qualification and finals points. Medals will also be given to the top performers at each of the regionals.

The PPP program, which began in 2008, creates an opportunity for youth to begin at an earlier age. There is no minimum age limit. The youngest competitor this year will be seven-year-old Nathan Lim (La Puente, California). How early a youth starts shooting pistol depends on his/her ability to hold and shoot an air pistol safely as determined by an experienced pistol coach. Also, any person may compete in Progressive Position Pistol through age 20. Progressive-Position Pistol Program is designed to ‘progressively’ develop junior pistol athletes through the three categories as defined by the shooting position used by the competitor. They include basic supported; standing supported and international (one-handed) standing. PPP gives the junior athlete the opportunity to focus on and learn the foundational pistol skills with the opportunity to participate in competitions. This develops confidence, skills and knowledge at an early age.

Assistant National Team Pistol Coach Eric Pueppke describes the PPP program as a “feeder” for USA Shooting. “We want to get more people in the pyramid coming up to get to our national teams,” he says. “It [the PPP program] provides an avenue for younger people to get started.”

Progressive Position Pistol starts with the gun bench rested, then supported standing, then unsupported standing.Youth involvement in the pistol discipline is a primary goal of USA Shooting to help create greater participation within the sport and to ultimately increase the quality and depth of our future Olympic pistol athletes. The PPP program has provided a pivotal starting point to many young athletes who have earned National recognition at the recent USA Shooting National Championships and National Junior Olympics. Carson Saabye (Larkspur, Colorado) worked through the PPP program until becoming the youngest athlete ever to make USA Shooting’s National Team. The successful Bridge Jr. Shooting Club also has seen many National Junior Team members and National Junior Olympic Champions come out of the PPP program.  The club, directed by Assistant National Team Coach In Kim, has been a rising success story over recent years and this year has been no different. The trophies presented to the PPP National Champions were donated by Kim and continue to be a part of the main lobby display cases at USA Shooting.

The PPP National Championships will be uploaded via the Orion Scoring System and be tracked from their database. The two venues will combine results after the conclusion of the final match on Saturday, and National Champions will be announced shortly after the match.

For results information, check the Orion database here.

For more information regarding the PPP Program, check here.

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