In close cooperation with the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP), a program of the San Antonio-based Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), the Texas Youth Action Shootout will host youths age 12 through college age with a safe and team-based competitive environment. The series will conclude with a State Championship event in May 2017.
SASP is the leading organization in the United States for organized youth action shooting events. Certified volunteer coaches and individual shooters are trained in safe gun handling and competition-oriented shooting skills through the assistance of the SASP organization. Youth teams are comprised of four shooters using rimfire handguns and rifles, or centerfire handguns in which they engage multiple steel targets from a stationary position. Scores are based on participant times and marksmanship skills.
As SASP action shooting continues to grow nationwide, the TSRAF intends for the Texas match series to produce teams that will lead the nation in performance, character and safety. Each of the series matches will prepare our Texas youth shooters to compete at the SASP National Championship match held each July in conjunction with the SSSF's Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship.
“The Scholastic Action Shooting Program is pleased to be able partner with the Texas State Rifle Association Foundation. Texas is one of our leading states for SASP program membership and we believe we will be able to introduce many more youth to our great sport. We look forward to the opportunity to work together to promote our programs and reach out to the youth of Texas”, stated Tammy Mowry, national director of the SASP.
The TSRA Foundation is very proud to have the support of the SSSF/SASP organization and the support of the Texas based coaches and volunteers currently competing in SASP. Texas currently ranks second in the United States in number of registered SASP participants, and with the launch of this match series TSRAF expects to increase that number exponentially as it pursues its organizational goals of providing quality youth shooting opportunities in Texas for youth.
Matches scheduled for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are as follows:
- October 8, 2016 - Corpus Christi, TX
- December 3, 2016 - Marble Falls, TX
- February 4, 2017 - College Station, TX
- April, 2017 - TBD
- May 2017 - State Championship - TBD
The TSRAF Operations Coordinator, and SASP State Advisor, Angela Gerlich issued the following statement: "It is the goal of the TSRA Foundation to work with and support a wide range of firearm-related programs in Texas. By providing this match series for our Texas youth the TSRA Foundation continues to promote firearms safety, enhance marksmanship skills, and grows the knowledge and camaraderie within shooting sports. We are excited about this opportunity and have recruited the assistance of individuals who have been successful with current SASP programs in Texas. Our series of matches will be managed by myself and a committee composed of the following individuals: TSRA’s Action Pistol Director Mark Mathews, Dripping Springs FFA Pistol Coaches Dominic Shaw and Rick Bangs, and Coach Kevin Jimmerson of the 2016 SASP Collegiate National Champions, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU).”
Mark Mathews remarked: “As a Shooting Sports Director in the TSRA, I am excited to see a new program specifically geared toward our youth expanding in Texas! The Scholastic Action Shooting Program, teaches safe gun handling and competition skills necessary to participate in matches such as NRA Action Pistol. I look forward to further supporting these young shooters at future local, state and regional Action Pistol matches.”
About the Texas State Rifle Association Foundation:
Founded in 2008, The TSRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the Texas State Rifle Association and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context. For more information about the Texas State Rifle Association Foundation, visit us at www.TSRAFoundation.com or follow us on Facebook.