University of Maryland Extension

Shooting Sports

                                     

Like all of our 4-H programs, the purpose of shooting sports programs is youth development and teaching of life skills to young people.

Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. the discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms and archery use carries over into many other aspects of life.

4-H Shooting Sports Responsibilities

A 4-H Shooting Sports Leader is.....

  • Interested in youth and their development
  • Interested in some phase of shooting, hunting or wildlife
  • Willing to learn how to teach shooting effectively
  • Willing to be helpful, open, and supportive
  • Interested in challenges with rewards
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and energetic
  • Honest, self-disciplined, and kind

Leader Responsibilities

  • Learn and practice highest standards of safety
  • Learn and practice cooperative coaching techniques
  • Learn and practice 4-H teaching techniques
  • Invest your time, energy and spirit
  • Focus on helping youth develop and learn
  • Be a strong, positive role model

Shooting ability is not essential, but willingness to learn coaching skill is. Training is available for interested people. Program materials provided excellent support.

Skills for Life...Activity for A Lifetime

Youth Development Through 4-H Shooting Sports

Why Does 4-H Have Shooting Sports?

  • Like all of our 4-H programs, the purpose of shooting sports programs is youth development and teaching of life skills to young people. Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem and sportsmanship. The discipline and self-control required for responsible firearms use carries over into many other aspects of life.
  • Nearly two-thirds of the homes in the U.S. have firearms. Exposure to safety and responsible handling is vital to preventing accidents at home, at neighbors, or at a friend's home.
  • 4-H programs provide a positive experience for youth and promote the safe and ethical use of firearms and archery equipment. 4-H youth may learn to shoot, but we teach first and foremost, the appropriate handling and use of firearms.
  • It is our belief that firearms education reduces gun accidents.
  • Hunting and shooting sports are rich American traditions. 4-H shooting sports programs help continue this tradition through involvement of the total family: youth, teens, parents and even grandparents.
  • The Shooting Sports rank third in popularity among International & Olympic Sports behind track & field and swimming. The uniqueness of shooting sports as a lifetime sport makes it exceptional.
  • Each of the shooting sports disciplines teaches safety, concentration, self-discipline, self-confidence, goal setting, decision-making and build toward more advanced activities and opportunities.
  • As is the case with other sports and scholastic programs, college bound youth have opportunities to vie for college scholarships.

 What Participants Gain

  • Lifetime Sports
  • Useful Knowledge and Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Safe Habits
  • Self-Discipline & Self-Esteem
  • Respect
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Confidence & Concentration
  • Poise
  • Opportunities to Set Goals
  • Opportunity to Achieve Goals
  • Sportsmanships
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Ethical Standards
  • Friendship
  • Exposure to Careers
  • Opportunties for Recognition

 

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