Why shooting sports, you might ask? Approximately 45 percent of the homes in the United States have firearms.
Safe and responsible handling of firearms is vital to prevent accidents in the home or next-door. Shooting is the third most popular international competitive sport behind the combination of track and field and swimming and diving. It is nearly unique in that athletes can remain competitive throughout their lifetimes. Shooting and hunting “bridge” the generation gap. Youngsters, their parents and grandparents can all enjoy shooting and hunting together. Additionally, shooting sports attract new audiences to 4-H and create bonds between adults and youth.
Shooting has been part of the 4-H program almost from its beginning. Rifle marksmanship and safety were part of many state programs back in the post World War I era. 4-H members are taught safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision-making, self-discipline, and concentration. Besides learning fun and new things, we also develop leadership skills by teaching others. There are 6 projects in the 4-H Shooting sports program: Shotgun, rifle, archery, pistol, black powder, and hunting.
4H Contests Held During the Texas State Roundup
QUALIFYING INDOOR RIFLE MATCH
The Texas 4-H Roundup Indoor Rifle Match is a qualifying event for senior age 4-H members only. Participants must qualify from their respective District rifle contests. Each District may allow their top three teams and top three individuals (not from a team) to register for this event.
Each participant of the Texas 4-H Roundup Indoor Rifle Match must be either
- a member of one of the top three teams
- one of the top three individuals (not from a team) who competed in their District rifle contest in the current 4-H year
Each shooter in this event will receive an individual score and is eligible for High Individual placings. This 3-position smallbore rifle match will follow the NRA Smallbore Rifle Rules rulebook except as noted in this match bulletin.
INVITATIONAL ARCHERY MATCH
Participants in this event must be in a supervised 4-H archery program to participate. Coach’s information must be provided at registration and verified before approving to shoot at State level.
The archery match will follow 4-H rules posted on the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports webpage and be held at the Texas A&M University Rec Center Archery room shooting facility. The course of fire will be the same as the Texas 4-H Indoor Archery Match, with NO 9 meter line. There will be a limit of 120 participants in this match. It will be an invitational match with senior and intermediate age divisions. Awards will be at the evening assembly on Wednesday.