Shooting Sports Coaches Training

Information about Certified Shooting Sports Coaches

Coach Certification

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certifications offered include: 4-H Certified Coach and Assistant Coach.
  • A 4-H Certified Coach must be currently enrolled as a 4-H volunteer and have an updated YPS background check on 4-H Connect. Annual enrollment is required to maintain certification.
  • A 4-H Certified Coach must be 4-H certified in the specific discipline (shotgun, rifle, pistol, archery, muzzleloading, hunting & wildlife) in which a shooting sports project is being conducted. A 4-H Certified Coach may be trained and certified in multiple disciplines.
  • Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun) is obtainable per participant per regular training.
  • Separate specific trainings are offered for the hunting & wildlife and muzzleloading disciplines.
  • Trainings occur around the state in various locations and throughout the year.
  • Certification is only acquired at this time through a 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training run either by the Texas 4-H Natural Resources Program Office or one of the 12 District Extension Offices.
  • Trainings are 12 hours long or longer and typically run through a weekend.
  • Equivalent certifications through other entities (NRA, USA Shooting, USA Archery, etc.) are not allowed to replace 4-H Coach Training at this time.
  • 4-H Coach Certification is transferable across the state.
  • 4-H Coach Certification is transferable from other states with the approval of the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator.
  • All Coach Candidates will be required to bring a signed copy of the Waiver Indemnification and Medical Treatment Authorization Form to the training. Original signatures only, please.  No copies.

Minimum Age

  • A volunteer must be 21 years of age or older to be a 4-H Certified Coach.

Assistant Coach Certification

  • Assistant Coach Certification is offered to those 14-20 years of age who attend 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Training. This certification changes to a 4-H Certified Coach certification on the date of the holder’s 21st birthday. A replacement certificate may be requested by contacting the Texas 4-H Natural Resources Program Office.
  • Youth Assistant Coaches must bring a copy of the Youth Assistant Coach Acknowledgement Form signed by both the youth and his/her parent or guardian.  Original signatures only, please.  No copies.

Presence of a 4-H Certified Coach

  • A 4-H Certified Coach must be present at the time of any shooting practice and must remain on the range within control of the shooting practice. Non-certified volunteers may assist at the coach’s discretion but cannot act without the certified coach present and in control. Assistant coaches are also able to assist the coach but also cannot act without the certified coach present and in control.
  • Any 4-H Shooting Sports project must have at least one 4-H trained and certified coach in each of the disciplines (shotgun, rifle, pistol, archery, muzzleloading, hunting & wildlife) offered within that local project. This includes home based projects.

4-H Certified Coach at a Shooting Event

  • 4-H Certified Coaches are not required or obligated to attend competitive events involving their discipline or local 4-H membership. Attendance at these events and chaperoning 4-Hers at these events is on a volunteer basis only.

Re-certification

  • There is no re-certification requirement for a 4-H Certified Coach. If a coach has been inactive for a period of several years, a county may require attendance to additional training.

Upcoming Training

Stephenville Training

Date & Time:   Check back for 2017 updated information

Location:
Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center
1229 N. US Highway 281
Stephenville, TX 76401

Please note that if you enter this address into a GPS or Google maps, it will may not take you to the correct location.  The building is located at the northwest corner of US 281 and Hwy 8/Lingleville Hwy in Stephenville.

If using GPS, use the following coordinates: 32.244602, -98.196043.

We have created a Google map at this link:
http://tinyurl.com/D8ShootingSportsCoachesTrai

Cost:
Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun) is obtainable per participant per regular training.

Adult Leader/Coach Candidate

$120

Adult leader seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH.
Assistant Coach-Adult (age 18-20)

$120

Adult Leader less than 21 years of age seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach.
Assistant Coach-Youth (age 14-18)

$120

Youth 4-H member seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach. Must be accompanied to training by a previously certified Shooting Sports Coach OR an Adult Leader/Extension Employee participating in this training. Must be 14 years of age or older by September 1 of current 4-H year.
Youth Assistant Coaches must bring a copy of the Youth Assistant Coach Acknowledgement Form signed by both the youth and his/her parent or guardian.  Original signatures only, please.  No copies.
Extension Employee

No charge

Seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH.
Previously Certified Coach-ONLY Accompanying a youth Assistant Coach Candidate (under the age of 18).

No charge

Not seeking certification. Must be a previously certified Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Coach, AND must ONLY be participating in this training to accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18).

 

Schedule

Lodging:
Lodging is on your own at this training. Various lodging options are available in and around Stephenville.  Suggested hotels are listed below.

Holiday Inn Express
121 Lockhart St.
Stephenville, TX  76401
254-965-8899
http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/stephenville/stpes/hoteldetail

LaQuinta
105 Christy Plaza
Stephenville, TX  76401
254-918-2444
http://www.laquintastephenville.com/
If you use the code “TX4H” you will get a 15% discount on your room rate and the Texas 4-H Foundation will receive some monetary support from LQ. 

Hampton Inn
910 South Harbin Drive
Stephenville, TX  76401
254-918-5400
http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hampton-inn-and-suites-stephenville-DALSVHX/index.html
This will most likely be the most expensive hotel of the three.

There are other hotels in Stephenville, but I would bet these are probably the nicest.  If they don’t work, let me know and I’ll try to get you some more suggestions.  They are all fairly close to one another and our office and it doesn’t make much of a difference as far as distance goes in getting to the office.


What To Bring As A Participant

Everyone attending should take the following:

  • 3-ring binder (2″ or larger recommended)
  • writing materials and extra paper for notes
  • highlighters if you use them for stressed points
  • eye protection (shooting glasses or goggles) – recommended for archery, mandatory for all other disciplines
  • ear protection (plugs or muffs) – mandatory for shotgun, rifle, and pistol disciplines
  • comfortable outdoor clothing, including a cap or hat suitable for the prevailing weather and be prepared for inclement weather
  • sunscreen
  • range chairs if desired
  • snacks and drinks between meals if desired
  • open mind ready to learn and share
  • Signed copy of the Waiver Indemnification and Medical Treatment Authorization Form  Original signatures only, please.  No copies.
  • Youth Assistant Coaches must bring a copy of the Youth Assistant Coach Acknowledgement Form signed by both the youth and his/her parent or guardian.  Original signatures only, please.  No copies.

Shotgun discipline participants:

  • 20 or 12 gauge shotgun, any action type
  • Ammunition pouch or vest
  • 2 boxes of shells

Archery discipline participants:

  • Bow, of any style
  • Appropriate arrows, practice points only, no broadhead hunting points

Rifle discipline participants:

  • .22 caliber small bore rifle, of any style, preferably bolt action
  • 1 box of .22 ammunition

Pistol discipline participants:

  • .22 caliber small bore pistol, of any style
  • 1 box of .22 ammunition

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