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NRA / USA Shooting Level I Coaches Course in Iowa

The Ankeny Izaak Walton League in Elkhart, Iowa, will host a Level I Coaches Course on November 8-9, 2014. The training will be provided by the Iowa Shotgun Coach Development Team, who are select members of the NRA/USA Shooting National Coach Development Staff (NCDS). The Level I Coaches Course is a comprehensive program which covers American trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, International Skeet, and International (Bunker) Trap. Registration fee is $180. A 50% tuition reimbursement for Iowa-based SCTP-registered coaches is available through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, Inc., upon successful course completion. Successful completion requires 85% on the written exam and recommendation from the coach trainer. The two-day course will run 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Candidates should bring their own shotguns, eye and ear protection, shooting vest/shell pouch, and note-taking materials with them. Targets, 12 and 20 gauge target loads, and lunch will be provided each day. Junior Trainers are also encouraged to attend. The Junior Trainer provides support to the coach, helping younger shooters learn safety and helping the coach at team activities. The Junior Trainer is recognized only to work under the direct supervision of a Coach (Level 1), Certified Coach (Level 2), or Advanced Certified Coach (Level 3). This level of the Coach Education Program is designed for young people, age 15-17, who show leadership in shooting programs. The Junior Trainer must successfully complete the discipline-specific Level 1 Coach School and obtain the recommendations of a parent and a coach.

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CZ-USA Video: Handgun Training Tips

There's a good chance you can improve your shooting in just four minutes, the time it takes to watch this video featuring Matt Hopkins, CZ-USA sponsored shooter and USPSA Production Grand Master. Hopkins offers three excellent handgunning techniques for faster, more accurate shooting. The three techniques deal with sight alignment, correct grip, and trigger control.

SCTP Coach Training in Wisconsin

If you're considering becoming an SCTP coach, two upcoming events in Mayville, Wisconsin can help you accomplish that. On December 12, SCTP will host an informational meeting for those who want to know more about becoming an SCTP coach. You can hear from SCTP representatives and current coaches from the area, as well as having all your questions answered. The meeting is free and open to the public. On December 13-14, we will offer a Level 1 Coach's Certification class. The two-day course will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is $190. For more information on either of these events, contact Amanda Wondrash, 262-206-4634.

Hear Kim Rhode on ESPN Radio This Saturday

Kim RhodeOlympic shooting star and five-time medalist Kim Rhode can be heard this Saturday morning on ESPN radio at 790 AM on the "Outdoors with Larry Rea" show. As SSSF's Honorary Fundraising Chairperson, Kim, an SCTP alumna, will be appearing on the show on behalf of SSSF to discuss our programs and how to support them. The show broadcasts from Memphis, Tennessee from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m.

Larry & Brenda Potterfield Donate Over $1.7 Million to SSSF

Larry and Brenda PotterfieldLarry and Brenda Potterfield recently donated over $1.7 million to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation to further our role in growing youth shooting through the Scholastic Clay Target Program and the Scholastic Pistol Program. "Brenda and I are delighted to support an organization that utilizes scholastic shooting programs to help develop today’s youth,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “As leaders, we all have an opportunity to change the future; we’re investing in tomorrow’s leaders, America’s future decision makers." Larry and Brenda were recently named Founding Life Diamond Members of the Champion’s Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to the SSSF mission. They are also Charter Members of the SSSF Legacy Society, which honors donors who have included SSSF in their estate plans through deferred gifts. “The generous support provided to the SSSF by Larry and Brenda is vital to the growth and expansion of our Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Pistol Programs. This donation will help us extend our reach to get more kids pulling triggers and also support local SCTP and SPP team endowment accounts to fund teams well into the future,” said Ben Berka, President and Executive Director of the SSSF. About MidwayUSA Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA. They instilled family values like honesty, integrity, and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each employee added to their growing team. For over 37 years, MidwayUSA has offered JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING® for shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, and hunting with an unyielding focus on customer satisfaction. For more information on MidwayUSA, visit their website,, find them on Facebook,, or follow them on Twitter,

SCTP Junior Olympic Development Camp Is a Hit

SCTP has just completed its second Junior Olympic Development Camp of the year at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The camps are held in conjunction with USA Shooting to help USAS identify SCTP athletes who may have the potential to become USA Shooting team members. Both athletes and coaches participate in the Junior Olympic Development Camps. Athletes learn about the international shooting disciplines, engage in a little friendly competition, and enjoy rubbing elbows with Olympic athletes and coaches while living for a few days at the Olympic Training Center. Coaches gain the experience they need to train athletes in the international disciplines. Athletes, coaches, and parents have nothing but glowing reviews of the camps:
    "I can’t say enough about how great this last week was. It really did exceed my expectations from every angle. I learned a bunch about my personal coaching style, about how to motivate these kids and how to 'fill the hopper' for USA Shooting. I doubt I’d be able to even say the one thing that was best about this week." "Getting to know [the SCTP staff] only reinforced what I knew: that SCTP is a first-class organization with first-class people, and I’m proud to be associated with it. My personal confidence in being able to help these athletes has increased, and I know I’ve got a backup team to help when we hit a wall." "Just wanted to thank you and the rest of the coaches for a great experience for the kids in Colorado Springs. What a fantastic program and opportunity for the kids to get the Olympic training experience, as well as try something new. We really appreciate the work that went into setting up and running this camp. Would not change a thing. Nice to have some new drills to take home to liven up practice." "Your efforts are very much recognized and appreciated. [My son] has not stopped talking about the camp (which is unusual for him as he usually doesn't say much in general)." "Thank you so much for all the work that went into holding the SCTP camp for the kids! I know how much goes into the planning and logistics, so we just wanted to let you know how much it is appreciated. [My son] had a great time and got a lot out of his time with the athletes and coaches at Ft. Carson."
If you didn't make it to one of the Junior Olympic Development Camps this year, plan to participate in a camp next year. Dates will be May 21-25 and August 9-16, 2015. We've posted some photos from last week's camp on our Facebook page.

Sporting Clays Shoot to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

If you're in Middle America this weekend, here's something you can do that is fun and benefits a good cause. SCTP shooter Corey Spruill and his father, coach James Spruill, of the Gateway Claybusters in Missouri, are hosting their annual sporting clays shoot to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, August 23. Shooting for the 100-target event starts at 8 a.m. Team entry is $300, and individuals may shoot for $75. Click on the links below for more information and registration. Event Flyer Sponsor Information Registration Form

Order SPP Nationals T-shirt

The Scholastic Pistol Program has had numerous requests for t-shirts from the 2014 National Championships, so we will be re-ordering a supply of them soon. SPP t-shirts will be available in Small through X-Large sizes for $14 and XXL and XXXL sizes for $16, plus shipping. Click here to place your order on the SSSF online store. The deadline to submit your order is September 7. Delivery will be approximately the week of September 22.

Save the Date: College Regional Tournament, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

The Scholastic Clay Target Program will be hosting a College Regional "Spooktacular" Tournament on October 31 - November 2 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. The tournament is open to any and all colleges registered with SCTP. Plans are still coming together, but for now, save the date. You don't want to miss this! Details will follow soon. Scholastic Pistol Program teams: Do you want to be included in this fun event? If so, contact Tammy Mowry or Scott Moore to let us know.

Video: Shotgunning Advice from Skeet Legend LP Giambrone

World Champion skeet shooter, instructor, and Hall of Famer Paul "LP" Giambrone III recently took time for an interview with Dan Hathaway, SSSF Director of Development, for the next issue of Inside SSSF e-magazine. But we're giving you a preview now! At only 28 years old, Giambrone has already won 15 World Skeet Championships and has been inducted into NSSA's Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame. He continues to compete -- and win -- and operates a shooting school. He offers SCTP shooters and coaches his best tips for more shotgunning success: Thanks to Paul 'LP" Giambrone III for his time and advice. To learn about lessons or having LP to conduct a clinic in your area, visit his website at Special thanks also to Brent Edwards for editing this video.

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