Try-outs - for 2015 teams
4-H National Invitational Event Synopsis
Try Out Info &
Pre-registration form (pdf)
Air Pistol correction 8/25.
Missouri 4-H Shooting
State Team Selection
The selection process for the
nine state shooting teams begins this fall – after the completion of the
State Shoot. 4-H youth selected for
the state shooting teams will represent Missouri 4-H at the National
Invitational Match to be held June 21-26, 2015 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Any 4-H Shooting Sports member – in good
standing with their county program – enrolled in the appropriate
project number -- and at least 14 years of age may
participate in the selection process.
If numbers and space allows, 13 year olds may participate for the
experience, but are not eligible for the state team. Nearly all of the team
selection process is comprised of multiple try out dates. Each team has a unique process and may
have unique pre-registration due date, so read carefully. Written pre-registration is required. Telling the state instructor does not
qualify for “pre-registration”.
Events: The events shot at the try-outs may be different than state shoot
events and definitely different than county events. Please familiarize yourself with the
“national” 4-H shooting events. A link for the
Event Synopsis can be found on this web page (see above).
NOTE: A 4-H member may try out for more than
one team. But when that team selection
matches conclude, if the shooter’s scores qualifies for the team - he/she
must decide then: yes or no - to be on that team. They cannot continue the try-out process
once selected to a team.
Shotgun – Pre-registration:
have 3 record scores for each of the 3 events (Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays)
Shoot – plus a day…
Aug 23-24 -
first 50 State Trap Shoot @ Linn Creek on Sat Aug. 23 & Prairie Grove Sun. Aug 24 for 50 Skeet
& 50 Sporting Clays
Register for State Trap shoot
AND- Register no later than day of
state Trap Shoot for Sunday, Aug 24 events (may
register at Linn Creek at Trap Shoot)
Sept 20-21 - first 50 Skeet @ State Shoot on Saturday
– first 50 Sporting Clays @ state Shoot on Sunday followed by 50 Trap targets
for State Skeet & Sporting Clays events AND register no later than Sept
20 for the Trap event on Sunday afternoon (may
register at Prairie Grove Sept 20-21)
not pre-registered for the 2 opportunities during State Shoot weekends -
then must pre-register by October
must provide their own shells and are responsible for cost of clay
targets. Will shoot 50 targets each
of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays on each date.
& location: @ Prairie Grove
Shotgun Sports 9:30 check-in &
squad assignments; 10:00 Shooting begins
noted otherwise, the state team selection matches below are held at:
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports
Columbia, Mo Check-in:
Archery - Pre-register
by September 21 (Compound and Recurve shooters try-out at
the same time)
weekends. Must participate in at
least 2 of the 3.
3D & Field; Sunday: FITA
you shoot all 3 weekends, the low score in each event will be dropped. Best 2 out of 3 scores used to determine
Smallbore Rifle (.22) – Pre-register by October 1
weekends of try outs. Must participate in
both. All scores count.
events: a.m. -CMP Rimfire Sporter
& p.m. -Silhouettes
a.m. event: 3-P
Pre-register by October 1
Must shoot both days. All scores count.
October 11 – Saturday
October 26- Sunday
Will only shoot 2 events for
try-outs: 50 yd. Bullseye & 25
yd. Novelty target (Bottles & Critters)
No steel silhouette match for the
Smallbore Pistol (.22) Pre-register by October 1
2 days – must shoot both days. Cumulative score of all 4 events will
select the team.
October 12 – Sunday
October 25 – Saturday
Events: Slow-fire bullseye - optics OK; Modified Camp Perry – slow, timed, rapid – iron sights only
(No steel silhouette match in the
Air Rifle - Pre-register
2 try-out dates. 2 events each day.
Must participate in both days as cumulative score
counts toward the selection.
Events: 3 Position - Sporter Air Rifle - and 40
shots. All Standing – 40
shots. No silhouettes at try-outs.
@ Walsworth Community Center – Marceline, MO
Air Pistol - Pre-register by October 20
2 try-out dates. Must participate in
Events: 10 meter Bullseye – slow fire
only. Shoot the event twice each
day. Drop low score.
@ Walsworth Community Center – Marceline, MO
Hunting Skills -
Pre-register by Feb 1
1 day only
process will consist of:
Comprehensive written test over topics
covered at the national event, including habitat management, map reading,
outdoor skills, ballistics, optics, etc.
Wildlife Identification - furs, skulls,
tracks, scat, etc
No compass course at state try-out –but
will be part of national. No
shooting at state try-out, but will be required to shoot bow, shotgun, and
.22 rifle at national.
study materials: NRA Hunters Guide; Federal Ammunition
Wildlife Guides (Big Game, Small Game, Upland Birds, Waterfowl); Waterfowl
ID website http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/duckplum/duckplum.htm
Contact Bill Athey with questions at 417-499-2914
(please no calls after 9 pm) or email: Bill.Athey@yahoo.com
Pre-Registration Cost: $15 fee for 1st team
try-outs – U
Late entries (after due date) & walk-ins will be
accepted – BUT additional $20 late fee will be assessed ($35
selected, youth must commit to participating in the national contest. Youth selected should be prepared for
some financial obligations (most costs are provided) AND be committed to
practice with other team members and coach prior to the national.
note: Many state
team members are not extremely skilled when they try out; the competition
is not “fierce”. Don’t wait until
you’re “good enough”…come and try out.
If you don’t make the team this year, you will be much better
prepared for next year.
for state team members: UA
$135 Good Faith Deposit will be expected at the time of team selection. Team members will also be asked to participate
in other efforts to raise funds for the state teams – such as raffle
tickets. If enough funds are raised,
a portion of the Deposit will be distributed back to the team members. If you are not ready to make
this commitment, please do not sign up for the State Qualifier. Team members may solicit local funding
and contributions to subsidize their expense. Many county 4-H Councils will contribute
to participants in national events.
Please check with your local 4-H staff person for advice and guidance.
Parents are encouraged to make the National match a family vacation and
attend with their child.
Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Commitment to teams and coaches – If
fund-raising efforts are successful (as anticipated) the Missouri SS
program will pay the registration fee and lodging for team members &
coaches and provide several meals.
Historically, most parents travel as a family to the national match
to observe their child. If parents
cannot go, then other travel arrangements will be made for that team
U Equipment, ammunition and shooting supplies: Provided by the shooter.
Youth are responsible for
providing their own firearms or archery equipment and arrows/ammunition.U Please refer to the Event Synopsis of
these events. The synopsis is
available from your extension center or from the Missouri 4-H Shooting
Sports website. H
Selection Process: The Ufour
individuals with the highest applicable scores will
be given the opportunity to represent Missouri as a state team member. The fifth highest scorer will be selected
as an alternate, but will only attend the national match if one of the four
cannot. An individual may only try
out for 1 discipline per day. Those
not making a team on that day are welcome to try for another team during
following try-outs – but must notify the 4-H office (Gerry Snapp) that they
will be trying for another team.
On your own
- at try-outs
of team members will be announced at the conclusion of the last in the series
of try-outs. Selected team members
& parents are to remain for an orientation, questions and answers, and
planning period.- to get acquainted, meet coaches, arrange practices,
travel arrangements, etc.
For more information and
Send registration for &
1110 S. College Ave.
Columbia, MO 65211