Olympics Ahoy: SASP Adds Airgun Disciplines For Junior Shooters

Think your child may be a budding Olympian? Maybe it's time to catch some air!

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posted on November 20, 2020
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One of the best things about the shooting sports is that you don't have to be able to run a four-minute mile or leap 6 feet in the air to excel, and that's why the shooting sports are among the fastest-growing sports for juniors. Another wonderful aspect of the shooting sports is that a junior shooter can take what they need from the sport. Whether that's just something to do after school, a way to garner scholarships, or a potential path to Olympic glory, the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is here to help. Recently, they've made that even easier for NRA families by introducing airgun disciplines.

SASP's expansion of International Air Rifle, Air Pistol, and Sport Pistol disciplines to its youth shooting sports program means that junior shooters who prefer airguns (or who have little choice, depending upon their school's rules) still have a path to future shooting success within SASP's "feeder program." Part of what SASP does is host Junior Olympic Development Camps to help identify junior athletes who have the potential to become USA Shooting National Team members and, ultimately, Olympic champions.

“As the youth feeder program for USAS, adding these new international disciplines expands opportunities for youth athletes with dreams of becoming Olympic athletes,” said Rick Leach, SASP National Director. “With these new disciplines, we anticipate working with additional program sponsors that are focused on supporting youth air gun sports. We look forward to working with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), USAS and other national shooting programs to grow youth shooting sports in the nation.”

Of course, not everyone can be an Olympian. But everyone can learn safe gun handling, marksmanship, sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty and teamwork ... and SASP has just made that easier for everyone. To learn more, visit MySasp.com.




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