By Lars Dalseide | February 11 2013 15:57

Twenty-four Sectionals scheduled for 2013, thousands of rifle and pistol shooters expected to enter

NRA National Collegiate Competitions Manager Tori Croft working at her computer

Fairfax, Virginia - "This is a rough time of the year for me," said NRA's National Collegiate Shooting and Schools Program Manager Tori Croft. "It's the Sectionals."

Sectionals are competitions hosted by area colleges or collegiate shooting clubs. Open to all surrounding collegiate shooters, sectionals are divided up in the following categories: air pistol, free pistol, standard pistol, woman's 40 shot air pistol, woman's sport pistol, air rifle and smallbore rifle. They are the first step into qualifying for the National Championships in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Croft keeping the records straight for NRA Collegiate Rifle & Pistol Sectionals But before that happens, the NRA Collegiate staff takes care of the sectionals first. And by staff, we mean Croft.

"From January through February, I will check a few thousand scorecards, process the payments, submit the scores to our database, check the original scorecards against the scores in the database and begin the awards process."

The awards process is a bit less taxing.

Everyone who participates in a Sectional receives a pin commemorating the event. Winning teams receive a glass mug while individual winners receive a gold, silver and bronze medal for their achievements. And if a shooter finishes in the top thirty nationwide in any of the seven categories listed above, they also earn an invitation to the National Championships in Georgia.

"The Sectionals are an opportunity for the next generation of rifle and pistol shooters to make their mark on the shooting sports," claimed Croft. "Past winners have gone to claim both National and International titles. That makes the small steps we perform here all that more important.

"So while that means I'm incredibly busy, the results are also incredibly rewarding."

Check out NRA's Collegiate and Schools Department webpage for more.

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