Scholastic Action Shooting Program Gets Record Number of Entries

"This officially makes the 2018 SASP National Championships the largest Youth Action Shooting event in the world and the largest Steel Match in history."

2018 SASP National Championships
"This officially makes the 2018 SASP National Championships the largest Youth Action Shooting event in the world and the largest Steel Match in history."photo from guns.com

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program received a record-setting number of entries for their National Championships, to be held on July 14-21.

Created to help students further personal values and character traits for fair play, responsibility, compassion, sportsmanship and self-discipline through action shooting competitions, the SASP offers youth from grade school through college the means to safely participate in action-based shooting sports. Youths compete with .22 rifles, and .22 and/or centerfire handguns.

The 1,192 entries submitted this year "… officially makes the 2018 SASP National Championships the largest Youth Action Shooting event in the world and the largest Steel Match in history….and we still have a few weeks of registration to go," said Rick Leach, SASP's National Director, in this story from guns.com

Leach also made an appeal for volunteer safety officers to help man the event and keep participants and spectators safe on the range due the increased participation. For those interested in helping out but haven’t worked an action shooting range before, SASP offers a tutorial here that will prep you on rules, range commands and responsibilities, with additional training offered on-site:

Interested parties must be a minimum of 18 years of age, and can throw their name in the hat online. As a thank you, each volunteer can enter a drawing, which will include at least five firearms.

Also this week, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) and National Rifle Association (NRA) Competitive Shooting Sports division announced this year's members of the All-Scholastic Team, set to compete at the SSSF/SCTP/SASP Team Championship in Marengo, Ohio.

More than 230 student athletes from 25 states have been named to the team this year and will be recognized at the opening ceremonies.

The All-Scholastic Team recognized the top student athletes in the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program for their achievements in the classroom, on the range, and in their communities.

Team members have proven academic excellence by posting 3.0 or better grade point averages, shooting excellent scores in recent competition (95% in trap or skeet, 85% in sporting clays, 88% in international trap/skeet or 75 seconds or less for SASP) and by demonstrating outstanding community involvement.