Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports
Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Overview
The purpose of the Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to promote positive youth development through the safe and responsible use of archery equipment, pneumatic arms and firearms. Education is the foundation of the program. 4-H Shooting Sports strives to integrate education, recreational and competitive program elements by working with families to develop a passion for the sporting traditions of archery and marksmanship. The most visible aspect of the shooting sports program, but not the most important, is the element of competition that allows youth to exhibit their skills, develop goals, and engage in a social environment where they can interact with other youth and caring adults.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Programs seeks to create a "spark" in Arizona youth to increase their opportunities to participate in STEM-oriented lessons, develop healthy lifestyles and choices, as well as engage in civic life through participating in regular lessons that are taught by highly qualified, caring, certified adult volunteers. Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Projects vary by county and availability of certified instructors, however, courses currently available in Arizona include:
- Pistol (air and small bore)
- Rifle (air and small bore)
- Hunting Skills / Outdoor Exploration
- Program Coordinator Training
For questions about Arizona 4-H State Shooting Sports contests, volunteer certification/training, and Shooting Sports policy and procedure, please contact: Erik Schroeder, State Shooting Sports Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about how to join 4-H in order to participate in our Shooting Sports program, please contact your local county 4-H professional office.
Winter 2022 Shooting Sports Education Level 1 Instructor Training
18 NOV 22 Update: Today is the day! Please remember that we are meeting at the VFW in Tucson tonight at 6pm, NOT at the range. We will be reviewing general 4-H education modules 1-4 as well as a class on Arizona 4-H shooting sports policy and procedure. The address for tonight is: 8424 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85710.
Class reservations will be confirmed for all instructor students upon sign-in. Block-one classes with a Saturday morning kick-off include: Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle and Shotgun. Block-two classes starting late Saturday afternoon include: Hunting Skills and Pistol.
16 NOV 22 Update: Please be aware there is a bicycle race being held in the vicinity of the range complex this weekend in Tucson. Recommend everyone considers using the Rita Rd. exit rather than the Houghton Rd. exit to access the ranges. The bicycle race is expected to cause significant traffic delays in and around the Houghton Rd. area.
10 NOV 2022 Update: Reduced rate hotel accomodations at one of the closest hotels to the range complex have been coordinated courtesy of the Pima County Shooting Sports Committee. November 18, 19 and 20, the hotel is offering a rate of $179 for single/double occupancy and $189 triple/quad occupancy (plus applicable taxes). Please let them know you are a part of Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports.
Hampton Inn & Suites Tech Park
9095 S Rita Rd
Tucson, AZ 85747
25 OCT 2022 Update: Registration, cost and scheduling information is available at the following link: event page.
Please be aware that our next training class for shooting sports Level-1 Instructor certification is scheduled to occur 14-16 July 2023 at James 4-H Camp near Prescott, Arizona.
Level-1 Instructor Training will take place in Tucson, 18-20 November 2022. Training will begin Friday evening at VFW Post #549, 8424 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85710. Training Saturday and Sunday will be conducted at the Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range, 11296 S. Harrison Rd., Tucson, AZ 85747. Attendees who are previously certified as adult volunteers and meet all course requirements throughout the weekend, will graduate as 4-H qualified instructors in two shooting disciplines.
Disciplines being offered during this training session currently include: archery, rifle, pistol, shotgun, and hunting skills. (Attendees may also attend Friday night and Saturday only if they wish to become qualified to instruct in one discipline.)
It is recommend that anyone who wants to attend this training becomes a 4-H adult certified volunteer prior to attending the course. This is a recommendation and not a requirement. Please contact your local 4-H county office for more information on how to initiate this process, or reach out to the State Shooting Sports Coordinator, Erik Schroeder to get started.
2022 Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Education State Match
The 2022 Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Education State Match will be held February 25-27 at the 7 Mile Hill Shooting Range near Kingman, AZ.
More information here.
2021 Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports Postal Match
The Arizona Shooting Sports Committee provided an opportunity to focus on the educational and recreational aspects of shooting sports. In place of an in-person Arizona Shooting Sports Competition, we conducted a free postal match contest from March 15 through June 15. All county and tribal 4-H members were encouraged to participate in the postal match. The postal match provided youth the opportunity to participate in eight activities that included Rifle, Handgun, Shotgun, and Archery discipline activities. Youth submitted their target score or results via pictures and forms. The committee team scored the results and approved the scores. The rules were relatively simple and we relied upon the guidance of leaders and advisors to avoid confusion and problems.
* Youth awards will be sent out to the local Extension office once all materials are received from the vendor. The Shooting Sports team will notify the local leader and staff of awards delivery before it is sent out. Thank you, Shooting Sports Team.
2020 State Shooting Match Highlights
The shooting sports education state match brought together youth from around the state to engage in education and competition. The event was well-attended and it was great to see efforts from the year come to fruition at this state competition. More information will be coming soon about placings and exhibitors who may have qualified to compete at the National level.
National 4-H Shooting Sports webpage (https://4-hshootingsports.org)
National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships webpage (https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/national)
Arizona 4-H Shooting Sports webpage (https://extension.arizona.edu/4hshootingsports)
Arizona 4-H State Shooting Sports Rulebook (https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/documents/2022%20Arizona%204-H%20Shooting%20Sports%20Competition%20Rules.pdf)