Learned shooting from his father and the United States Naval Academy

NRA National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia and NRA National Training Manager John Howard Daniel Subia's road to the NRA started at his father's side in the open deserts of Arizona. With his trusty slingshot in hand, a four-year old Subia stood and waited. Not making a move, not making a sound, he waited for the quarry to appear. It was everything he hoped for.

"I was filled with so much excitement and anticipation, I could barely sleep that night," said Subia. "It was better then waiting for Santa Claus."

It's that sense of excitement that he's bring now to the NRA. As the new National Coach Trainer, he hopes the to spread that same passion throughout the nation's shooting coaches.

The National Coach Trainer oversees the National Coach Development Staff — a collection of volunteers who teach coach schools ... more on NRA's new National Coach Trainer Daniel Subia ...

Are you a shooting coach? An instructor? Then you can help the Boy Scouts next July in Mount Hope

A proud Scout from the Kansas City area shows off his cherished souvenir Federal  shotgun shells complete with the Jamboree logo after finishing his 5 Stand experience at Camp Thunder.on NRAblog Kansas City area Scout shows off his cherished souvenir at Camp Thunder - shotgun shells with the Jamboree logo. (Photo by Philip Schreier)
The 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree is right around the corner. Taking place at the brand new High Adventure Base just outside of Mount Hope, West Virginia, it appears they are in need. In need of coaches and instructors.

"We were contacted by officials from the Boy Scouts of America," said NRA Education & Training Director Bill Poole. "They are looking for USA Archery Level 1 Instructors, NRA Certified Instructors and Certified NRA Coaches to run what they tell me is the largest youth shooting sports event ever held in West Virginia."

Here's a bit from their formal announcement:

Shooting Sports promises to be a sensational section at the Jamboree as thousands of Boy Scouts and Venturers will experience numerous shooting sports activities. 

More on the Boy Scouts call for coaches and instructors ...

Coach Russ Evans and a smallbore rifle shooter check out a target during the NRA Junior Smallbore Camp at Camp Perry Port Clinton, Ohio - Just because school lets out for summer doesn't mean that you can't fit in some learning time on the range. If you or someone you know are a competitive junior pistol or smallbore rifle shooter, then the 2012 NRA Junior Pistol and Smallbore Rifle Camps this July in Camp Perry, Ohio are right up your alley.

Under the supervision of NRA Certified Coaches, these six-day camps offer expert instruction for 12-18 year old competitors looking to take their shooting skills to the next level. Although both camps are geared towards intermediate shooters, beginners will be accepted if space becomes available.

“The Junior Camps are an excellent resource for young competitive shooters who want to hone their skills,” said Bill Poole, Director of NRA Education & Training. “From mental focus to advanced marksmanship techniques, participants leave with a host of knowledge that they can apply to their training.”


The cover of the February 2012 issue of NRA InSights

Did you know that NRA InSights, NRA’s publication for Junior shooters and hunters, is available for free in an online digital edition? The February 2012 edition is online and ready to be enjoyed! You don’t have to log in or give a password—just click here and view this issue at any time. This month, kids’ creativity is highlighted with the results of the 24th Annual George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest; the secrets to creating beautiful outdoor photos and a cool outdoors-themed career. We’re also kicking off a series of tips for competitive pistol shooters penned by NRA Youth Programs’ coach extraordinaire, Larry Quandahl…and don’t miss a step-by-step instructional video on how to build a fire, courtesy of our 16-year-old field correspondent, Jack Evans.

The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, NRA's Competitive Shooting Journal, features a special competition clinic held at the Scarborough Fish & Game Association in Scarborough, Maine deisgned specifically for women. Aimed at bringing more women into the world of competitive shooting, this successful event shows that recruiting new shooters can be as simple as making the classroom fit the student.  

Just For Women Competition Clinic

Written by David Petzal with photo by Bruce Fleming

Women learn from each other during a Competition Clinic - As any firearms instructor or coach can tell you, women shoot as well as men and are often easier to teach. So why aren’t there more of them in the shooting sports? Because getting women and guns to mix in this day and age takes some special effort. [Editor’s note: In our 2010 review of NRA Classification data, 9.12% of competitive shooters were women.]

A prime example of how recruiting more women shooters can be done successfully was provided on May 14, 2011 at Scarborough Fish & Game Association (SF&GA) in Scarborough, ME. Incorporated in 1958, this NRA-affiliated club has grown to 177 acres with ranges for ATA trap, sporting clays, 5-stand/ wobble trap, high power rifle, IDPA action pistol, bullseye pistol and archery. There are also 25-, 50-, and 100-yard utility ranges, all run and maintained by the 750-plus club members.


NRA Coach Programs Last month, Assistant National Coach Trainer Samantha Olsen traveled to Colorado to for the 2011 Coaches Conference. While there, Olsen conducted National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) Training for three candidates who then went on to teach other Coach Schools, training eight more people to become NRA Certified Coaches. Here's a quick report from Olsen on the training:

The 2011 Coaches Conference was held November 12-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Olympic Training Center. The week started off with the National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) training. After completion of the NCDS training, candidates went on to teach the Level 1 Shotgun, Pistol and Rifle Coach School. The National Rifle Association’s Coach Education Program would like to thank Delbert Richardson, the General Manager at Pikes Peak Gun Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado for allowing the Shotgun Level 1 Coach School to use their facility to conduct the practical range exercises.

For more information on the NRA Coach Education Program, check out their website or contact Samantha Olsen at solsen@nrahq.org. Many NRA Coach Schools are held each year, and one may be in your area!

NRA Coach Programs

Just about every competitive or recreational shooter I've ever met has someone to thank for helping introduce them to the shooting sports or for helping them develop their skills. But for many competitive shooters, a coach is the person that they credit for helping them reach their goals and train to be the best athlete they can be.

NRA's Coach Education Program helps train shooters to become one of those people, and to foster a love of the shooting sports through mentorship. Each year, hundreds of people become NRA Certified Coaches by attending a Coach School. Available in a variety of shooting disciplines including Shotgun, Air Gun, Smallbore, and Pistol, Coach Schools teach the necessary methods for encouraging shooters and developing their skills through education.

Many Coach Schools have been added to the schedule for late fall/early winter in all disciplines, so check out the full listing of upcoming Coach Schools to find one that fits your needs.

More schools are added frequently, so check the Coach Education Program website on a regular basis for updates. For more information about the Coach Education Program or to hold a Coach School held in your area, contact Samantha Olsen at (703) 267-1504 or solsen@nrahq.org.

NRA Competitive Shooting is releasing a new, more accessible version of its wildly popular conventional tournaments with the NRA Club Champion Challenge.

Today, NRA Competitive Shooting unveiled the “NRA Club Champion Challenge”, a new recreational shooting event for hometown shooting clubs, businesses and civic organizations. These events will be fun, relaxing, and will encourage your members to try a variety of disciplines and courses of fire.

What it is not is a high level competition using state of the art competitive equipment and the use of this equipment should be discouraged. Any club or organization can participate and any range can configure a challenge. NRA membership is not a prerequisite.


A shooter consults his Athlete's Journal to make adjustment when switching to the kneeling position

Port Clinton, Ohio - The final training courses at the NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship concluded this afternoon with new seminars offered for competitors, coaches, and parents. 

On today's training agenda were three separate seminars. Paul Davis taught the group about proper nutrition for shooting. Covering important topics such as what to eat before a match, foods that provide energy without causing jitters, and how balanced nutrition plays a major role in being a competitive athlete highlighted his presentation.

Another topic, offered by Paul Davis, focused on Athlete's Journals. Journals allow shooters to review how their preparation affected their performance. The seminar suggested recording items such as sighting adjustments during transition from different positions, range and weather conditions, exercise and nutrition habits, and much more.

Finally, Clyde Furr discussed various grants available to clubs and shooting groups through the NRA, and how these funds can be a major benefit to helping improve shooting sports programs on a local level and help competitors travel to competitions such as this one.

The last relay is on the range, meaning that we're very close to having final results. Keep checking back to see who will be our 2011 Champions!  

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