Competitors check in at the 2011 NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship

The 2011 NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit has officially kicked off at Camp Perry this morning, with registration opening at 8:00 a.m. Nearly 235 competitors along with their coaches and families have traveled from all over the country, from as far as Hawaii, California, and even Alaska. We even have an international team joining us this year from South Africa, who have brought 17 competitors as part of their contingent. 

While the some of the competitors register and go through equipment check, others are already in the CMP's indoor range getting in some final practice before the competitions starts tomorrow. Later this afternoon, there will be a meeting for coaches and competitors where important information including the schedule, rules, and updates will be shared, as well as giving the coaches and competitors a chance to ask questions and meet the match staff.

As the competition continues, we'll be bringing you all the news, photos, and results from the match and the training courses. We'll even tell you how you can take a look at the competitor's electronic targets LIVE while they shoot!  

Kerrin Brinkman and Tori Croft head to Camp Perry for the National Jr Air Gun Championship on NRAblog The 2011 NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship and Training Summit will kick off tomorrow at Camp Perry, and NRAblog is heading north to the shores of Lake Erie to bring you news, photos, results and more. Along for the ride? Tori Croft, Manager of NRA's Collegiate Shooting Program.

On the agenda for the next three days? Several days of competition with some of the country's best young air gunners facing off for top honors in the Sporter and Precision categories. When they're not competing, the shooters will be in the classroom learning about everything from collegiate shooting opportunities from Croft, to the mental focus needed to compete, and even nutrition for athletes.

There will be, of course, time for fun with friends, including the notorious "Barter Bar" where competitors swap and trade coveted items from their hometowns and states.

We'll start providing live coverage tomorrow morning, so check back for the latests news and scores from the 2011 NRA National Junior Air Gun Championship and Training Summit at Camp Perry!

2011 NRA Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award Winner Margi Constantino The National Rifle Association has selected Margi Constantino of Montezuma, Iowa, to receive the 2011 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment and the shooting sports through education, advocacy, volunteerism, and legislative activism in support of the goals of the NRA.

Chosen for her dedication, passion, and hard work, Constantino has worked tirelessly to teach and mentor people all of ages in the shooting sports, but particularly youth. Preservation of the Second Amendment relies heavily upon getting young people involved in the shooting sports and providing them with opportunities to retain and hone their shooting skills. For the past 16 years, Constantino has done just that, helping to develop and foster a love of the shooting sports in countless children.

“Margi Constantino has touched the lives of so many people through her efforts, helping to guide and educate them to become safe, skilled marksmen and responsible, ethical hunters,” said Rosemary Herr, Manager of NRA’s Women’s Programs Department. “Her support of the shooting sports and Second Amendment is one that will not soon be forgotten by those who have benefitted from her efforts.”

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2011 Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award Winner Marlene Duncan on NRAblog The National Rifle Association has selected Marlene Duncan of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to receive the 2011 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award. This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments of modern heroines through their legislative activism as well as advocacy, volunteerism, and education of others to the goals of the Second Amendment and the NRA on a national level.

For the past 30 years, Duncan’s involvement in and support of the shooting sports and Second Amendment has been invaluable not only to the NRA, but to her community and the many lives that she has touched through her hard work.

“Marlene is one of those special women that you can’t help but admire,” said NRA Women’s Programs Manager Rosemary Herr. “She has taught us all the meaning of service and dedication and as a role model for women of the NRA, Marlene is second to none. We are very proud to have her as our 2011 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award winner.”

An NRA Benefactor Life Member, Duncan holds numerous certifications with the NRA, including NRA Appointed Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and NRA Coach School Instructor. During her tenure, Duncan has trained hundreds of people, from creating more NRA Certified Instructors, Coaches, and Range Safety Officers, to serving as a Clinic Director for Women On Target® clinics.

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NRA Junior Smallbore Camp We told you about the NRA Junior Shooting Camps being held this July at Camp Perry a few weeks ago, and now it's your last chance to receive advanced registration prices for these camps. Tuition for registration materials postmarked on or before June 15th is $200, after that tutition increases to $225.

NRA Junior Pistol Camp: July 12-16

NRA Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp: July 23-27

Details and registration paperwork for each camp is available for download at the links above. Paperwork must be postmarked no later than June 15th to receive advanced registration pricing, so print yours out today to make shooting a part of your summer fun!

NRA Training on NRAblog

We recently told you about the NRA Junior Pistol and Smallbore Rifle Camps being held at Camp Perry this summer, but what about training opportunities for adults? Well fear not, we've got several options for those of you looking to head back to summer school.

For those looking to learn to run the firing line or simply learn more about proper range operations, consider a Range Safety Officer Course offered by our Training Department. Two course will be held, the first July 18 and the second on July 29. To register or to learn more about the courses, visit www.nrainstructors.org or contact Sean Thorton at sthornton@nrahq.org.  

Interested in helping others hone their shooting skills? Why not take one of our Coach Schools. The Coach Education Program is offering a Level 1 Pistol Coach School July 13-15 and a Level 3 Air Rifle/Smallbore from July 25-27. Learn more about the different coaching levels and what it takes to upgrade. To learn more about these coaches schools or to register, contact NRA National Coach Trainer Marcus Raab at mraab@nrahq.org.

Not joining us at Camp Perry this summer? New training courses and coach schools are added each week, so check www.nrainstructors.org for training opportunities in your area or the Coach School listing to find the right coaching course for you.

The firing line at the 2010 NRA National Junior Air Gun Championships After last year's run in Alburquerque, the National Junior Air Gun Championships and Training Summit will return to Camp Perry, Ohio beginning on June 23, 2011. The competition runs through the 25th at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Air Gun Competition Center.

“We look forward to returning to Camp Perry,” said Jessica McClain, NRA Air Gun Coordinator. “A record turnout participated in the 2009 event at Camp Perry. They really enjoyed the electronic target systems too.”

Open to shooters under the age of 21, competitors are ranked according to birth year as Sub-Junior (born 1996 or later,) Intermediate Junior (born 1993-1995) and Junior (born 1990-1992.) Participants can shoot as individuals or as part of a four-person team.

McClain hopes to see even more shooters at this year’s National Junior Air Gun Championships thanks to the event being held right before the National Junior Olympic 3-Position Air Rifle Championships at the same facility.

“Between the NRA National Junior Air Gun Championships and the Junior Olympics, these young shooters will be given the opportunity to compete at the largest and most prestigious matches in the same location, providing lower travel costs,” offered McClain.

In addition to the Championship, the Training Summit provides competitors, coaches, and parents with informational seminars on a variety of issues. NRA staff and experts will be on hand to share their knowledge on the mental and physical aspects of competition, nutrition, collegiate shooting opportunities, and NRA Youth Programs.

Check-in for the National Junior Air Gun Championships, along with equipment inspection and practice begin, on Thursday, June 23rd. Competition commences on the 24th and concludes with the Awards Ceremony on Saturday night.

For more information on the National Junior Air Gun Championship and Training Summit, contact Jessica McClain at 703-267-1477 or at jmcclain@nrahq.org. NRAblog will be providing live coverage of the event, so be sure to check back for scores, updates, photos and more!

If you or someone you know is a young shooter looking to mix some top-notch coaching with summer fun, then look no further than our NRA Junior Shooting Camps. Each summer, NRA offers a Junior Pistol Camp and a Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp at Camp Perry in Northern Ohio.

Each is a five-day camp offering expert instruction by NRA Certified Coaches. Both camps are geared towards intermediate shooters, but beginners are accepted on a space available basis. Open to ages 12-18 years, these camps provide young people with the chance to improve their shooting skills under the guidance and supervision of experiences coaches. They’ll learn and train alongside like-minded youth focused on taking their shooting abilities to the next level.

The Junior Pistol Camp will be held July 12-16 and the Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp will be held July 23-27, both in conjunction with the National Matches at Camp Perry. The Junior Pistol Camp is limited to 50 shooters and will focus on conventional and international pistol shooting, while the Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp is limited to 72 shooters and centers on 3 and 4-position rifle shooting.

Advanced registration (by June 15) is just $200.00, standard registration (after June 15) is $225.00. This includes training materials and administrative fees, but does not cover travel or lodging costs.

First-time campers for the Junior Pistol Camp only are eligible for tuition and travel reimbursement of up to $500.00 per individual thanks to the generous support of the Ohio Gun Collectors Association.

Information packets and registration forms for both camps can be downloaded online, or call 703-267-1411 for more information. You can also view the new Junior Pistol Camp brochure online.Print and send your paperwork in today to make the most of your summer by attending an NRA Junior Shooting Camp! Check out the slideshow above for scenes from last year's Junior Smallbore Rifle Camp.

NRA Coach Programs

Summer is nearly upon us, and as we creep into warmer weather, there's no better time to become an NRA Certified Coach.

Coach Schools train people to become NRA Certified Coaches in a variety of shooting disciplines.

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.

Check out new Summer Coach Schools after the jump or check out the full listing of upcoming schools.


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