Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Well Folks there is what we have been waiting for from National about the National program reorganization. This pretty well defines how things are going to be put together at that level. Please not that the changes are at the national level and other than some scheduling will have little if any impact on the State and local programs. Take care! Jim
National 4-H Shooting Sports Update July 15, 2008 Action Needed: Please nominate candidates or encourage applicants for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Steering Committee and subcommittees– applications will be up by COB today at www.national4-hheadquarters.gov (under 4-H community) – and can be submitted electronically. DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15.
Please consider responding to the call for host institutions for the 2009 professional development workshop and the 2010-2011 invitational. RFA’s will be sent out in September.2008
Invitational: Thanks to University of Nebraska-Lincoln for hosting the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational, recently held in Grand Island, Nebraska. About 440 young people participated from 29 states, and altogether there were about 1,100 people—including coaches and volunteers. A number of coaches and teams members indicated that the event was well organized and liked the changes implemented this year. UN-L is to be commended for their leadership, thanks especially to Beth Birnstihl, Associate Dean and Steve Pritchard, Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator. Results and photos of the event are posted at http://shootingsports.unl.edu/index.html.
National 4-H Shooting Sports Program Committee—Transition The current committee is being transitioned to a new structure comprised of a small Steering Committee and three subcommittees. We are asking that you nominate individuals, or encourage their application. As part of the application process, applicants will need to submit a letter of support from their State 4-H Program Leader and the approval of their Extension Director. Application forms can be found at www.national4-hheadquarters.gov
The current National 4-H Shooting Sports Program Committee which has been providing leadership will dissolve as our system moves to the new structure, we encourage those interested in continuing to serve to submit applications. On behalf of the Cooperative Extension system, we thank all the staff, faculty, volunteers and others who have served on the Program Committee, their terms will officially end on July 31.
The Steering Committee will include representatives from National 4-H Headquarters, State 4-H Program Leaders, Extension Directors, and 4-H Shooting Sports liaisons. The three subcommittees will focus on (1) events, (2) professional development including hosting the annual training workshop, and (3) program quality. The latter will focus on curriculum development; oversee program reviews and the standards for the programs. The subcommittees may have volunteers and some external partners, the Steering Committee will be Cooperative Extension staff and faculty.
Events: In the fall, the Steering Committee will release an RFA for the invitational for 2010-2011. The invitational will rotate on 2-year cycles. The 2009 invitational will once again be hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Professional Development: As soon as possible, the Steering Committee will release an RFA for the professional development workshop to be held next spring; the actual training will be developed by the members of the professional development subcommittee, in cooperation with the institution hosting the workshop and National 4-H Headquarters.
Program Quality: The former program committee’s work on the Strategic Plan and the program review process will be recommended for use by this subcommittee. In July, New Mexico State University received a grant from National 4-H Headquarters supported by Fish & Wildlife Services for the development of a new hunting curriculum. As part of the new structure, National 4-H Headquarters will also solicit faculty and staff willing to serve as program reviewers- much like the National 4-H Programs of Distinction review process- and recommends that programs undergo regular reviews.
Funding Support: At National 4-H Council, Roger Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides leadership for fundraising for the National 4-H Shooting Sports program, he has been in close contact with many industry representatives, as well as new potential donors interested in supporting outdoor recreational activities. A restricted account is in place at National 4-H Council, with funds held for the support of National 4-H Shooting Sports activities and programs. In January of 2009, a “Friends of 4-H Shooting Sports” group will be launched, so that donors can stay connected to the program.
Licensing: Western Heritage (4-H Store on the 4-H Shooting Sports website) has been duly authorized and has an active licensing agreement to serve as the official vendor for 4-H Shooting Sports. Proceeds from this agreement will go to the National 4-H Shooting Sports restricted account for program support.
Cathann A. Kress Director, Youth Development National 4-H Headquarters CSREES, USDA 202-690-3009
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This item I received may be useful to as you work with youth. -- Jim
For Youth Leaders in the Shooting Sports, please note that we (NRA) have a new Manager of Disabled Services - Vanessa Warner at 703-267-1495. Please file this away for future reference when working with youth who may otherwise believe they are unable to shoot.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
To all with Shooting Sports responsibilities & State Team
We have an opportunity for 4-H clubs to raise funds by bagging at the Bas Pro Shops annual Conservation Partners promotion on Aug 23 rd. If any clubs would be interested let me know as soon as possible so arrangements can be made
Monday, July 7, 2008
The State Games of the West is a regional multi-sport event for athletes of all ages and abilities that will be held every two years. Participants from State Games programs in 13 Western states are eligible to compete in the inaugural State Games of the West and qualify for the 2009 State Games of America, the national State Games competition. This event is open to all Colorado residents and athletes who participate in the 2008 State Games in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Use the link below to access more information:
Use the link below to access the list.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Now that everything is set for the 2008 State Shoot, I would like to give everyone some ideas to consider for 2009 as we go through the 2008 event. Please pass your comments on to the executive committee well before the December meeting as you know all decisions are pretty much final by the time we have our meeting.
The two largest programs (archery and air rifle and air pistol) are once again scheduled on the same day which will mean that we will need a lot of cooperation to survive this day. I realize my proposals will be a drastic change but please consider them before you entirely reject them.
Other states with large programs have multiple day shoots. We have had three weekends in the past. Gas is now EXPENSIVE!
1. My first proposal is that we change our state shoot to a five consecutive day shoot.
There are two possibilities:
Labor Day Weekend - Add Friday and Tuesday.
Problems - All Schools and Colleges are in full swing
Football games are being played
Archery Hunting Season has started. Maybe Black Powder also.
Five Week Days - Monday through Friday, Wednesday through Sunday.
Possible date ranges from August 10-20.
Problems - Some people would miss work (I can't even count the number of days
I have missed in the past due to State Leadership Committments
and know many of you are the same including judging county fairs)
Some might miss football practices but at least not games
Positive Points - One trip to
Prior to all hunting seasons
Hopefully all county fairs would be over
Completed before 99% of schools starting dates
Plenty of time for all events
I personally feel a schedule should be set up so that each event has the same
days year after year; but I would not oppose a rotating schedule if everyone
thought that would be more fair.
2. My second proposal would be to bring our program more in line with the national program.
Having just returned from another national invitational and listening to many parents say
that they felt the state programs should mirror the national program, I feel it would be a
very positive step. I can not speak for any discipline except archery but I know that Terri
Brown and I offered many centrally located opportunities for the archery teams to
experience the events that would be held at nationals which provided the youth with the
opportunity to get to know each other and to experience 3D and Field archery. In the past
when I have given instructor training workshops, the most often asked question is "Why
don't we shoot 3D?"
3. My third proposal involves the archery program.
First of all, I would like to see 3D added and with a five day shoot that would be possible.
Secondly, I would like to see Seniors shoot farther (say 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards or
meters) and leave the Juniors at (say 10, 20, 30, and 40 yards or meters).
I KNOW our budget would not allow us to purchase foam animals; however, there is an
abundance of various paper targets that could be used for a 3D range. They could be
glued on cardboard and put on backers or just put on backers. The idea of shooting 3D at
unknown distances over a course would still be there. The youth could shoot with youth
from other counties and do their own scoring. An independent range officer could resolve
any issues and parents and coaches should be kept out of the course so that the youth
are entirely on their own. (I was extremely skeptical at the first national invitational in
2000 when scoring of all events was explained. However, I have come to appreciate it as
it gives more developmental opportunities to youth as they resolve the scoring issues.
I would be happy to discuss my ideas with any of you who are interested.
So there you go.
Hello Fellow Muzzleloaders:
It has come to my attention that there are Questions concerning the different nipples on Muzzle loading Rifles.
It is possible to thread a 6mm by .75 thread nipple into a gun that uses a ¼ by 28 thread nipple. Care must be taken when cleaning more than one rifle so that parts do not get mixed up.
These listed below are the most common nipples.
1st The American standard nipple is a ¼ by 28 threads per inch. This fits Most Thompson/Center Rifles along with Pedersoli, Austin Halleck and many Dixie Gun Works Rifles.
2nd The Rifles made in
3rd The CVA (Connecticut Valley Arms), Traditions use a 6mm by 1.0 pitch course thread nipple.
Keep your powder dry and safe shooting.
Thanks Rick ... good information for those of us who work with youth who shoot muzzleloaders!