- Enhance youth development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activities.
- To involve youth in a life skills program that teaches safe and responsible use of shooting sports equipment including sound decision-making, self-discipline and concentration.
- To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
- To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and life-long avocation activities related to shooting sports.
- To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities.
- To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs using experiential (hands on) educational methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.
- A county may enter any number of eligible Junior or Senior Division 4-H’ers in the State Sporting Clays Match. Participation may be limited to facility accommodations and is available on a first registered, first served basis.
- Competition will consist of a 100-target event and will be individual competition only.
- Squadding – County groups may not be squadded together. A Certified Coach or qualified adult designated by shoot management will accompany each squad on the range.
- All 4-H’ers, coaches and adult volunteers will wear hearing and eye protection at all times while on the range.
- Closed toe shoes that are secured to the feet by use of a heel strap or formed heel must be worn at all times while on the range. Flip flops and sandals are not allowed. Shoes must be worn at the firing line.
- Counties participating in the state event must provide at least one adult to serve as a referee and score. This will be at the same time that the same county will have participants shooting on a different station.
- Coaching is not permitted while 4-H’ers are on the firing station. Coaching is only permitted before and after rounds are completed and can not cause any delay in the competition.
4-H’er (Participant) Responsibility:
- All 4-H'ers must have successfully completed a State Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program.
- Guns must be cased or placed in a gun rack when not in use.
- Practice gun safety! Muzzle control must be maintained at all times. Actions must remain open when not shooting. Actions must be opened and guns unloaded when moving from station to station.
- Gun actions may be closed and guns loaded ONLY when on the shooting station when it is the 4-H’ers turn to fire. Break action guns may be closed while in a gun rack but must opened immediately after removing the gun from the rack.
- 4-H’ers are responsible for knowing and following the rules of each clay target discipline including proper shooting sequence, where to stand while waiting your turn, when actions may be closed and the responsibilities of a squad leader while on the field.
- In the event of a misfire, firearms must remain pointed down range in a safe direction, keeping both hands on the firearm) until the firearm has been inspected by the referee.
- At no time may a gun muzzle be rested on the body part or a toe pad in 4-H competition. In addition no body part may be rested on the muzzle of the firearm
- It is the 4-H’ers responsibility to protest how a target is scored prior to shooting additional targets or leaving the station.
Coach / Referee Responsibilities:
- Observe for proper firearm safety (Muzzle, Action, Trigger).
- Observe for sportsmanship, ethical behavior and proper shooting procedures.
- Know the rules! These include the Georgia 4-H rules as well the NSCA rules.
- Know how to properly score targets and load targets into the machines if applicable.
- Know the proper procedures for handling a misfire. This includes having the 4-H’er not move their hands from the trigger or touch the safety, and examining the firearm and ammunition to determine cause of the misfir
- Serve as a Field Judge to launch andobserve targets and indicate score as hit or miss and declare “no target” if the target appears broken prior to firing. All targets must be declared hit or missed. (All targets declared “no target” shall not be scored and must be re-shot for scoring. All targets must be launched immediately upon the call for a target or targets.
- Course of fire will be a 100 target course established under the Guidelines of the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA). The course will be set by the management of the facility hosting the event.
- Any shotgun 12 gauge or smaller firing a shot charge meeting the requirements of Georgia 4-H. Firearms with release triggers are NOT permitted.
- 4-H’ers will supply their own shotgun and shotshells. Shotshells must meet the following specifications:o 1 oz cannot exceed 1325 FPS
o 7/8 oz can not exceed 1350 FPS.
o Shot size must be 7 ½ or smaller and not exceed 1 oz. Shells will be factory loads. NO RELOADS WILL BE ALLOWED. 4-H’ers are responsible for bringing enough shells for all rounds, practice shots, proof-doubles, and tie breakers if necessary.
- No more than 2 shotshells may be loaded at any time.
- Shoot offs for awards will be conducted at a predetermined station and will be based on miss and out.
- For additional rules, refer to the NScA rule Book. A copy may be downloaded at http://www.mynsca.com 4-H rules take precedence over other rules.
Certified Coaches / Adults:
- Counties are required to have a minimum of one 4-H certified coach in the shotgun discipline coach for each 4-5 member group attending.
- A 4-H certified coach must be present on each field during competition.
- A 4-H certified coach in shotgun discipline must be present for a county practice or event to be recognized as a Georgia 4-H SAFE program.
- Additional adequate adult supervision should be present to serve as range safety officers and help facilitate all aspects of Project SAFE events and activities. Adults should be Certified Overnight Chaperone Trained or Screened Volunteers depending upon responsibilities and roles assigned.
Awards & Recognition:
- Awards are as outlined by the Project SAFE Development Committee. Recognition will be given to high individuals in both Junior and Senior Divisions.
- The State Sporting Clays Match is an additional opportunity for 4-H’ers. Winners of the Sporting Clays Event are recognized for participation only and are not recognized with Master 4-H Status or recognized at State 4-H Congress.
- State Winning High Individuals are permitted to compete in future years.