Program Objectives Instill ethics, sportsmanship , and responsibility. Develop leadership skills. Promote the safe storage and handling of firearms and archery equipment. Expand 4-H membership. California 4-H Shooting Sports Participation • 3,103 4-H members were enrolled in the project during 2005-2006. • 376 4-H leaders were enrolled in the project during 2005-2006. • 522 4-H members participated in the 2006 State Postal Match. • 111 4-H leaders participated in the 2006 State Postal Match. The California 4-H Shooting Sports Program currently offers six disciplines. Archery Black Powder Hunting Pistol Rifle Shotgun National Policy on Paintball • The purpose of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to promote youth development through the safe and responsible use of archery equipment and firearms. • Pointing any type of firearm including air guns, laser guns or laser sighting devices at any person or any humanoid target is inappropriate. • The National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee is unequivocally opposed to such use in the 4-H program. Youth Participation Criteria • Must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1st. • Project must be instructed by leader certified in the discipline being offered. • Subject to approval of project leader and member’s ability to follow instruction and safety rules. • Participation in Muzzle Loading discipline requires a minimum of one year prior participation in another discipline. Opportunities for Teens • Teen Leaders may participate in training w/adults. • State Incentive & Recognition Award program. • 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador program. Adult Volunteer Criteria • Must be a 4-H leader at local level. • Must be 21 years of age. • Must have certification from 4-H or a recognized organization. Certifying Organizations Certification “Instructor” Rating Archery Black Powder Pistol Black Powder Rifle Black Powder Shotgun Hunting Pistol Rifle Shotgun 4-H State or Regional NRA Certified Instructor NRA Certified Coaches x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x NMLRA Certified National Field Archery Assoc National Archery Assoc National Bow Hunter Ed. x x x x CA Dept Fish & Game Hunter Ed. Shooting Sports Volunteer Definitions State Instructors Trained & certified in their discipline by the National 4-H Shooting Sports team. Trained & certified in their discipline by participating in a course offered by an Instructor. Trained & certified in their discipline by participating in a course offered by a Trainer or possess certification from an approved organization. Trainers Project Leader Becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader • Steps Involved. – Be a 4-H leader in your home county. – Possess approved certification or receive training in your desired discipline. – Submit an application to the State Coordinator. Code of Ethics • Respect participants. • Set a good example. • Respect the dignity of each participant regardless of ability. • Conduct program in a professional and ethical manner. • Adhere to guidelines & be technically competent. Upcoming Training Courses • Upcoming training courses are posted on the shooting sports web page. To receive email notification of future trainings, enter your name and email address on the shooting sports list serve. Important Websites • The National 4-H Shooting Sports web site can be accessed at: http://www.4-hshootingsports.org • The California 4-H Shooting Sports web site can be accessed at: http://ca4h.org/projresource/shooting sports Content of National Web Site • Information on and explanation of • • • • the shooting sports program. Links to state web sites. Information regarding National 4-H Matches. Instructor resources. Photographs. Content of State Web Site • • • • • • State Instructor contact information. Policies & Procedures Handbook. Forms specific to shooting sports. Upcoming trainings schedule. List serve subscription information. State 4-H Postal Match information. State Program Sponsor • Funds provide support for: – Training supplies – Instructor reimbursement – Promotional items State Committee • Provides leadership for the State Program and coordinates training. • Serves as a liaison and resource to UC staff. • Helps establish policy. Competitive Opportunities • County shoulder to shoulder matches. • California State Postal Match. • National 4-H Match. • Outside agencies; Jaycees, National Guard, American Legion, etc.