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  1. Air Rifle as a Varsity Sport A presentation for: High Schools

  2. Introduction • Why your High School should consider Three Position Air Rifle as an addition to its varsity sports • Presented by: • GSSA – Georgia Shooting Sports Assn • USA Shooting • Civilian Marksmanship Program • Riverside High School

  3. History • GHSA varsity rifle teams have existed for >80 years • Smallbore (.22) rifle up to 1980’s • 3 Position Air Rifle introduced in 1990-91 • Smallbore dropped in 1995 • Three Position Air Rifle has grown to 115 varsity teams

  4. Team Basics • Team Size • 5 Co-ed team members • 4 top scores count for team score • Title IX neutral • Total team = ~ 1-3 per class

  5. Equipment Basics • Air Rifle & sling • Kneeling roll & mat • Spotting scope & stand • Rifle stand • Target trap • Shooting jacket • Pellets & targets

  6. Equipment Costs • Initial investment = $400 - $1400 per athlete • Equipment life 5-15 years • Annual operating costs = <$75/yr/athlete • True annual cost = ~ $ 200/yr/athlete

  7. Basic Rules • Rules: • Standard 3 Position Air Rifle Rules • Published by the National 3 Position Air Rifle Council • Sporter & Precision Rifle Categories • GHSA uses open category rule

  8. Basic Rules • Three positions • 10 minute prep period • Prone 10 shots/15 minutes • Standing 10 shots/20 minutes • Kneeling 10 shots/15 minutes • 5 minute transition periods • Complete match ~ 90 minutes

  9. Basic Rules • Firing line to target = 10 meters • Target = AR5/10 (Olympic) • Pellets = .177 cal (Olympic)

  10. Shooting Teaches: • Focus • Concentration • Self reliance • Emotional control • Positive self esteem

  11. Shooting is Egalitarian • Boys & girls compete equally • Shooting is 85% mental • Athleticism is not important • Good shooters make good students • Good students make good shooters

  12. Why your High School Should Add Shooting to its Sports • Small team size • Inexpensive operation • Co-ed sport • All students can participate • Readily available resources • FUN!

  13. We are prepared to: • Provide leadership training • Provide coaches training • Provide ongoing informational support • Provide local, hands on training for booster clubs/parents