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MidwayUSA Foundation Now Accepting Cash Grant Applications

Columbia, MO – The MidwayUSA Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from shooting teams in their Team Endowment Program. Any youth shooting team with a balance in their MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment that did not apply in June 2019 is eligible to apply for a cash grant. Applicants must complete the MidwayUSA Foundation grant application, found at midwayusafoundation.org/teamgrants and submit it by December 15th.

Teams are eligible to apply for a cash grant, every year. Youth shooting teams can receive 5% of their endowment balance to use for shooting team expenses, such as ammunition, travel, entry fees, uniforms, targets, and more. The December 2019 cycle has over 2,250 teams eligible, and a potential payout of about $4.3 million.

In their last grant cycle, the MidwayUSA Foundation paid $1.7 million in grants to 521 youth shooting teams. Each year the number of grant applications submitted has increased. Ideally, every shooting team with an endowment will receive a grant each year. If you need assistance or have questions about eligibility, you can email grants@midwayusafoundation.org.

The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charity, founded by Larry and Brenda Potterfield, working to sustain the shooting sports industry by providing permanent, long term endowment funding to over 2,700 youth shooting teams.

For more information about the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc. and its Team Endowment Program, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

Robust Insurance for SCTP & SASP Teams This Season

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic action Shooting Program (SASP) are ready and welcoming youth shooting sports teams from around the country for yet another successful shooting competition season!

As the leader in youth shooting sports, these programs go above and beyond in providing safe and fun competitive programs. Programs that instill confidence and respect while getting youth “off the couches” and participating in these highly energetic activities! Youth from grades 5 through College are welcome as well as any other organized youth programs like Boy/Girl Scouts, 4H, AIM, FFA, US Naval Sea Cadets, USAYESS and more. The SCTP and SASP do not discriminate and welcome everyone!

These programs were started by Industry and ran under the auspice of the NSSF back in 2001. As true today, Industry stands behind them 100% with both financial and product support making them the most supported youth shooting organization in the world!

Keeping in line with our standard of being #1, the SSSF liability insurance policy now provides a general aggregate limit of $10 million. The SSSF Commercial General Liability Insurance policy is the most comprehensive coverage available in the industry for youth shooting sports athletes, volunteer coaches, advisors, and other volunteers who have joined the SCTP and SASP. The new aggregate limit is twice that of previous policies.

“While the SCTP boasts an impeccable safety record, we feel it is in our best interest to make sure all of our athletes and coaches are properly insured” stated Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “We take protecting our members very seriously and have shown it by increasing the limits of the SSSF policy to a new level of protection! Industry and teams alike can rest assured we are taking every step to keep our members safe and covered!”

The SCTP is involved with all the clay target sports including Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Double Trap, Handicap Trap, Skeet Doubles, International Skeet and Bunker Trap and is the official youth program to USA Shooting!

Being a member of the SCTP or SASP is only $25 for athletes and $35 for coaches and volunteers.  Sportsman’s Insurance Agency (SIAI) provides the unprecedented commercial general liability coverage for SSSF, which is underwritten by T.H.E. Insurance Company, an AM Best A- rated company.  Sportsman’s also provides endorsed insurance programs for organizations such as the NSSA-NSCA, ATA, SCI and more.  

SSSF is also pleased to offer the nation’s finest gun insurance to members of SCTP/SASP through Sportsman’s Insurance Agency Inc.  

“We are excited to provide the best insurance found in youth programs.” Stated Rick Leach SASP National Director.  We continue to look for ways give our coaches and athletes great value with their membership.

SASP is involved with all aspects of Pistol and Rifle competition for youth around the country.  Action shooting sports continue to grow in the country.  Which became even more evident this year when the SASP National Championships became the world’s largest action shooting match held in history. 

The youth shooting sports program season started September 1st and the season runs through August 31st.

If you are looking to get your son/daughter involved or are looking to start a new team at your gun club, please visit our SCTP or SASP program pages.

Find complete details on the SSSF general liability policy at http://bit.ly/JoinSCTPSASP20.

SSSF Seeks Information Technology Project Manager

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Information Technology Project Manager.  The successful candidate will have a background in product management and be responsible all aspects of customer facing software application development, testing, training, implementation and support for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of customer facing information technology (IT) project management for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program. Successful candidate will play a key role in the organizations ability to recruit and retain members and supporters.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Managing all aspects of customer facing applications and software life cycle for the SSSF and its programs including development, implementation, support and retirement
  • Working with diverse groups including SSSF/SCTP/SASP management, customers, partners, contractors and other stakeholders to accurately assess current and future information technology needs required to increase membership, event participation and overall support of the SSSF and its programs
  • Prioritizing information technology needs and developing detailed IT project proposals and product road maps for program and foundation management
  • Creating timelines, developing budgets and identifying resources required for successful project completion of both short and long-term IT projects
  • Providing point solutions and integrations as needed to satisfy business needs
  • Documenting projects and communicating regular progress with all stakeholders
  • Creating comprehensive testing and implementation plans
  • Working with IT support staff to develop both internal and customer training materials
  • Planning and executing both internal and end-user training
  • Interacting with management, staff, membership, contractors and others to execute job duties
  • Constantly monitoring and evaluating technology trends and developments

Download complete position description and how to apply here...

Membership Renewals and Registration Reminders for New Competition Season

Greetings SCTP and SASP Coaches, As a reminder, September 1st marks the beginning of a new season with the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Programs. Membership renewals for coaches and athletes are required to retain member benefits including liability insurance, use of the SSSF SHOT system and eligibility to participate in all of the great SCTP and SASP events at the local, state, regional and national levels. In addition, membership is required to take full advantage of all of the SCTP/SASP deals and promotions and fundraisers as well as camp opportunities, scholarships and the All Scholastic Team. NOTE: If starting a new team, the head coach and/or team administrator should initiate these steps. In most cases the head coach/team administrator will also coordinate registration for all members of their local team. New teams are encouraged to watch our video tutorial on how to register. Requirements for team and volunteer registration are as follows:
  1. Login to the SHOT System to create your new team and register your first coach.
  2. Create (new teams) or update (returning teams) your information on the SHOT System. See video tutorial for more information.
  3. Additional coaches / volunteers must be added through an invitation process in the SHOT System. Please watch our video tutorial on how to add a new coach or volunteer to your team.
  4. Pay your $35 registration fee for each volunteer. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
  5. Ensure your background check is current (a new check is required every two years) by logging into the SHOT system to verify the last date approved.
  6. Take the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coaches Course if you have not done so previously. There is no cost for the course when using the SSSF-provided voucher code. Volunteers must take this course only one time.
Requirement for registration of all athletes are as follows:
  1. Complete and return a 2019/2020 athlete consent/waiver form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete. Head coaches must keep a copy of the signed form and return the original to the program office listed on the form.
  2. Complete and retain the 2019/2020 Sportsmanship Contract form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
  3. Complete and retain the 2019/2020 Medical Consent form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
  4. Update the athlete information pages in the SHOT system. Ensure all contact information is correct and update the School Class and Classification information for each athlete.
  5. Pay the $25 athlete registration fee for each athlete. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
  6. Join and/or renew memberships with the National Governing Bodies (NGB) for skeet (NSSA), sporting clays (NSCA) and / or trap (ATA). NGB membership is a requirement to participate in SCTP state, regional and national championship events. PLEASE join or renew through the SHOT system as a portion of the membership fees sold through the SHOT system are retained for the SCTP Scholarship Program.
Thank you for your participation in the SCTP and SASP! If you have any questions on the registration process please contact your state advisor, regional program representative or national program staff member. Be safe, have fun and enjoy another great season! Sincerely, Your Scholastic Action Shooting and Scholastic Clay Target Program Staff

Scholastic Clay Target Program Seeks Director of Development

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Director of Development for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The successful candidate will be responsible for growing and supporting SCTP member teams in the western half of the Unites States. This is a full-time, exempt position with home office location in the western part of the continental United States. Job Description Responsible for member growth of the program by recruiting new teams and retaining existing programs.  Work with and develop Regional Field Representative (RFR) employees and volunteer State Advisors in order to grow the SSSFs’ clay target sports in a grass-roots fashion. Provide training, key information and resources for RFRs, State Advisors and coaches within respective region.  Find and develop state advisors and other key groups in states who can positively influence and grow local member-teams and support coaches on a daily basis. Provide support for program competitions.  Consult with RFRs, state advisors and coaches as needed to ensure leagues, local matches, regional matches and state matches are successful.  Ensure teams are registered and are using the SSSF SHOT data system for managing athletes and events. Develop leads and provide support for program fundraising efforts.  Assist National Director to plan and conduct fundraisers such as raffles, banquets, etc. which benefit local teams and the national organization.  Ensure all national fundraising remains compliant with local, state and national regulations.  Assist National Director in soliciting industry and other national-level sponsorship. Serve as on-site shoot director and/or assistant shoot director for all national level events and some regional events.  Recruit local volunteer match directors for other regional and state championship events and work closely with volunteer shoot directors to ensure events are conducted in accordance with SSSF standards. Work with Regional Field Representatives, State Advisors and other key stakeholders to conduct a variety of volunteer coach training including shooting coach certification and SCTP informational meetings. Work closely with the National Director to develop annual program budget and monitor program income and expenses against the budget. Supervise and provide direction to Regional Field Representatives in assigned region. Monitor progress of employees and state advisors based on key metrics and provide periodic progress reports to National Director. Review and approve employee timesheets, travel and program expenses per SSSF policies. Download complete job description and how to apply here...

SSSF Donates Nearly $500,000 to MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Accounts

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) recently donated $480,281 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation. Teams earned funds by raising money through the SSSF's Vision 20/20 fundraising campaign, SCTP and SASP national fundraisers and by placing in SCTP/SASP national events. These donations have benefited 97 teams participating in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) across 25 different states. Since 2014 the SSSF has donated over $6.5 million to benefit 642 SCTP and SASP team endowment accounts across 45 states at the MidwayUSA Foundation. The SSSF provides SCTP and SASP member-teams the opportunity to earn MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Account funds by participating in SCTP and SASP fundraising activities benefiting local shooting sports communities and through placements in SSSF-sponsored competitions . Please contact the SSSF for more information on how your shooting team can earn team endowment funding for their account at the MidwayUSA Foundation. The Team Endowment Program at the MidwayUSA Foundation gives a community the ability to financially support a competitive youth shooting sports program or financially assist in the start-up of a new youth shooting sports program. The team can then request a grant of up to 5% of their endowment account balance once each year, in either December or June, to pay for team expenses. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.

2018 SCTP Nationals Rebroadcast on Shooting USA Sports Television

The Scholastic Clay Target Program’s 2018 National Competition from the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio will be the featured story on the Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 Shooting USA Sports Television broadcast at 8:00 PM Central on the Outdoor Channel. The episode will be re-broadcast once more in 2019. Check the current airing schedule at www.ShootingUSA.com for upcoming shows. This year’s SCTP Nationals featured over 5,600 registrations by 2,256 athletes between 9 years of age and college from 26 states across the country.  Overall attendance including siblings, parents, and guests exceeded 10,000 making this year’s SCTP Nationals the largest SCTP event in our history. Tom Wondrash, National Director of the Scholastic Clay Target Program was thrilled with this years competition. “ This years national event featured some of our closest team competitions and the energy and enthusiasm was “off the charts”. The 2019 SCTP Nationals are scheduled for July 13-20 at The Cardinal Shooting Center.

2018 SCTP Nationals Featured on Shooting USA Sports Television

The Scholastic Clay Target Program’s 2018 National Competition from the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio will be the featured story on the Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Shooting USA Sports Television broadcast at 8:00 PM Central on the Outdoor Channel. The episode will be re-broadcast twice more in 2019. Check the current airing schedule at www.ShootingUSA.com for upcoming shows. This year’s SCTP Nationals featured over 5,600 registrations by 2,256 athletes between 9 years of age and college from 26 states across the country.  Overall attendance including siblings, parents, and guests exceeded 10,000 making this year’s SCTP Nationals the largest SCTP event in our history. Tom Wondrash, National Director of the Scholastic Clay Target Program was thrilled with this years competition. “ This years national event featured some of our closest team competitions and the energy and enthusiasm was “off the charts”. The 2019 SCTP Nationals are scheduled for July 13-20 at The Cardinal Shooting Center.

Nominate Your Shooting Coach for a Double-Goal Coach® Award

Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award is given to youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach, striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. The 50 national award winners will receive $200; a certificate; recognition on PCA's website, newsletters and media campaigns; and 2 tickets to the 2019 National Youth Sports Awards & Benefit sponsored by Deloitte ($500 value). Select winners will be selected to participate in a panel discussion during the event and will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend. Nominations will close on November 30, 2018. Finalists will be announced in early 2019. Winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

Criteria Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. A Double-Goal Coach behaves as follows: • Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes. • Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction. • Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self). Selection Process The Double-Goal Coach® Award Selection Committee will select Chapter Winners/National Finalists for the Double-Goal Coach® Award in early/mid February 2019.  Fifty National Winners will be announced in March 2019. Go to the PCA website for complete details and to nominate your shooting coach! The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. has been a partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance for several years by providing the Double Goal Coach®: Coaching For Winning and Life Lessons on a complimentary basis to all new Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program coaches. The course equips shooting coaches with the information and tools to develop young athletes in a positive, caring fashion. The SSSF also offers discounted courses through PCA for parents and athletes.

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