Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program 

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Program Overview

The Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) aims to bring the joy of the outdoors and the rewards of safely learning to shoot to young Arkansans. Have you ever considered competing in the Olympics or a national shooting championship? This program from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission could be a start.

The AYSSP has two divisions: junior and senior. The junior division is for grades 6-8 and the senior division is for grades 9-12. Home-schooled students compete in the division they would be in if they were in public school. Home-schooled students 15 or older must compete in the senior division. Trap shooting is the sanctioned sport of the AYSSP. The season begins February 1 and ends July 31.

Any type of shotgun action is allowed, as long as the bore is 12 or 20 gauge. Release triggers are not allowed. Trap machines that throw targets at unknown angles are used. The state coordinator may specify models of trap machines for AYSSP events. All shooters and coaches must wear appropriate eye and ear protection.


2017 Tournament Information

All teams must be on the field and ready to compete 45 minutes prior to their scheduled time to compete. No ammunition is allowed on the AGFF shooting sports complex range grounds. Anyone caught having any ammunition on their person or vehicle will be grounds for disqualification of the team. AYSSP will provide all competitors their needed ammunition once they take the competition line.


Season Calendar

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Team Terms

Each AYSSP participant must be on a team. Teams commonly represent schools, 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups and other organizations, although anyone may form a group. Each team must have a coach and must meet these requirements:

  • A team must have at least five members.
  • Teams shoot in squads of five members.
  • A team may field as many squads as it can fill.
  • Participants must take part in at least five team practices.
  • Practices must be held on different days.
  • Regional and state competitions do not count as practice.
  • Each participant must shoot at least 25 targets at each practice.
  • Each team must register with the AYSSP state coordinator.

A shoot is a competition between at least two teams. A regional meet is a competition among shooting squads from a geographic area that are trying to qualify for the state championship.

Only registered AYSSP participants are allowed to compete and practice. All teams must be registered by March 1. Only coaches may register teams. Click on the link below to register.

Team Support Packages

A shooting team may apply for an AYSSP grant. A team must have at least five members and must practice at least five times. A grant will provide a basic team support package which includes:

  • Targets
  • Ammunition
  • Protective glasses
  • Ear protection

Coach Information

Coaches must be 21 to apply and must be certified by AGFC to participate in the program. Contact program coordinator Chuck Woodson to learn more. Forms are available for the Practice Log, Shotgun Checkout, Trap Machine Checkout, Trap Machine Grant Application and Tournament Score Sheet.

The Coach Application/Background Check Form must be completed, notarized and mailed to the AYSSP Coordinator when applying for an AYSSP coach position. An Arkansas State Police background check will be run on every applicant who is not an active Hunter Education Instructor on file with the AGFC.


Returning Coaches
Returning coaches must send in an update to register as active for the upcoming season. These forms have been sent out via e-mail and must be mailed back by Oct. 15, 2015. If you have not received your form please contact Chuck Woodson. Complete and mail back upon receipt to avoid being removed from the database.

Please note:

  • Coaches must register with a specific team.
  • Head coaches must verify the active coach status of their team assistants.
  • Returning coaches who have been with the program since the beginning may also receive notice to renew their background check. AGFC is required to keep these records updated. Please be sure to complete and return the form promptly.

New Coach Training
There is no AYSSP new coach certification training scheduled at this time.

Program Staff

NameTitlePhone | Email
Chuck WoodsonArkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program Coordinator501-230-4738 | Email