4-H Shooting Sports State Tournament takes place August 15

Take aim to participate in the 2015 Michigan 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament, a fun, competitive shoot that focuses on youth development.

4-H Shooting Sports State Tournament takes place August 15

Each year, Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports hosts the “4-H state shoot” for youth ages 9-19 involved in shooting sports. This tournament attracts over 500 participants in all disciplines of shooting sports. Combined with volunteers, leaders and spectators, this tournament has nearly 2,000 people attending! This year, the event is taking place Aug. 15 at the Blue Water Sportsman Club in Kimball, Michigan. This one-day event is a great family time for those involved in Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports.

Individual events include target and 3-D Archery, BB gun, air pellet, small bore (.22), trap and skeet shotgun and muzzleloader. These events are further divided into divisions based on age and specific criteria surrounding the gun or bow. Teams are also scored using individual scores of four members to create team divisions.

The state shoot is a great opportunity for youth to showcase their talents in the area of shooting sports. The only prerequisite to attending as a competitor is each participant must have participated in a competitive event prior to attending the state shoot. Competitive shoots are held throughout the state in all disciplines and include regional shoots, postal shoots, county shoots and club shoots. Each county has a quota they are allowed in each discipline to attend the state shoot. Some counties hold a county shoot to determine the representatives at the state shoot for their respective county. This is not a requirement, but a means to qualify participants for counties with large participation.

Competition is a big factor at the state shoot with all competitors wanting to place well and perhaps win a medal. However, the event is still looked at as an educational opportunity. The competitiveness of the events provides many learning opportunities and teachable moments that are explored by coaches, instructors, parents, range workers and even participants. This emphasizes the focus of 4-H Shooting Sports as youth development and the importance of building life skills and character traits for youth.

The deadline to enter this year’s state shoot is July 15. Registration forms are available online at the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports website or from your county MSU Extension office. For more details, contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 906-774-0363.

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