Junior Steel Challenge

Our mission is to build character, understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment among young people through the shooting sports.

The SC is a youth program designed to provide young people with a positive experience in the shooting sports. Our goal is to instill the values, skills, and cultural traditions of the shooting sports in America’s youth by developing school-age shooting teams. Competition is clearly a part of SC, but it is not the program’s sole goal. The “win-at-all-costs” philosophy has no place in the SC. Striving to win while playing by the rules does. It is the DUTY of everyone involved in the SC – coaches, parents, and participants – to establish high standards of moral and ethical conduct which SC unit members will strive to emulate. SC activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements – SAFETY and FUN. SAFETY is incorporated into every facet of every SC activity. The learning environment at unit practices and at competitions is designed to be FUN for all participants. SC participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. They discover the joy of contributing to a shared goal and the commitment that goes along with it. During this self-discovery process members develop proficiency in a sport that can be shared and enjoyed with family and friends for a lifetime.
Youth between the ages of 12 and 20 are eligible to participate in the safe, educational, and enjoyable Scholastic Steel Challenge. Students at post-secondary schools are welcome as well. Adults can participate too, shooting alongside their SC charges as members of SC’s parent organization, the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA).

Participants do not have to become members of GCF&G but do need to become members of the Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA) ($20 annual membership). They must also have successfully completed a safety training program such has the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program. However, anyone can contact the coach, Wally Patterson (patterwc@sbcglobal.net), and arrange to visit a practice or two before joining.

Competitions are based on 4 stages of timed courses of fire on steel targets between 7 and 35 yards. Rules and tons of other information can be found at http://www.steelchallenge.com/ Shooters will all start with .22 lr pistols from the ready position. As they progress (and funds allow), shooters will advance to 9 mm pistols starting from holsters in the surrender position. While any gun from the approved USPSA production gun list is allowed (http://www.uspsa.org/rules/production_list.php), a striker-fire or safe-action pistol is highly recommended. At this time, shooters participating as part of this team are only required to provide their own eye protection and hearing protection. No other equipment must be purchased.

Practices are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at GCF&G or Sim-Trainer, depending on weather, hours of useable daylight, and range availability.




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