4-H Shooting Sports National Championships Rules & Forms

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    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 24-29, 2018

    youth participating in competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Championships
  • National Championships logo

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 24-29, 2018

    youth participating in competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Championships
  • National Championships logo

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 24-29, 2018

    youth participating in competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Championships
  • National Championships logo

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 24-29, 2018

    youth participating in competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Championships
  • National Championships logo

    Grand Island, Nebraska
    June 24-29, 2018

    youth participating in competition at the 2018 4-H Shooting Sports Championships

RULES & FORMS

The 2018 registration is coordinated through your 4-H Shooting Sports State Coordinator or Designated Person. You can the contact information for your state's Shooting Sports coordinator at 4-hshootingsports.org.

General Rules

2018 General Rules - PDF | Doc   

Event Synopsis

2018 Event Synopsis (v2) - PDF | Doc 


Silhouette Range Update

The distance for all silhouette matches (Muzzleloading, Smallbore Pistol, Smallbore Rifle) will be measured in “yards” not “meters” for 2018 to accommodate available space. We will be able to offer 32 firing points this year on a temporary silhouette range located on the Cowboy Action Range at HPSP. 


New For 2018

  • Ceremony Celebration – Due to possible personal injury to spectators and participants, there will be NO throwing, tossing or discharging of any items during the opening ceremony parade of participants or during awards ceremonies. Participants will be allowed to trade state items during the Teen Social event.
  • NRA Air Rifle Silhouettes, only 10 Meter Sporter Air Rifles approved by CMP Rule 4.2 for 10-meter matches will be allowed for Air Rifle Silhouettes. Rifles can weigh No More than 11 lbs. with a scope.
  • The Dress Code has been updated. Please note that leggings (tight fitting/yoga-type stretch pants) are allowed when worn underneath with compliant shorts, skorts or skirts. See the General Rules for more details.
  • Air Pistol – Only wad cutters in .177 cal. pellets can be used in all three air pistol events.
  • In all silhouette events, only tie scores for the top 10 individuals and top 5 teams will be broken. In the event of a tied score, the scorecard will be reviewed and the shooter with the most Ram hits will be declared the winner. If a tie remains, then by the most Turkey hits, then most Pig hits. If all animal hits are the same, a shoot off on Rams will determine the winner. The shooters will fire alternate shots until one shooter misses with the other shooter hitting the target. Shooters will be allowed one warmup shot with their spotter prior to firing their first tiebreaker.

reminders for 2018

  • Coaches and participants are reminded to check their specific discipline section in this Synopsis for NGB version of rules that will be implemented this year.
  • Equipment check-in is scheduled for Sunday only, from 4-9 p.m. No equipment check-in is scheduled for Monday.
  • Food and drink may be brought to the Heartland Public Shooting Park but NO food or drink may be brought into the Heartland Event Center or the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center. Food vendors will be available at the Heartland Public Shooting Park and the Pinnacle Bank Expo Center.
  • Nebraska will be using the Kongsberg Scoring System for two of this year’s Air Rifle events and one Air Pistol event. The Orion scoring system will be used to score the Air Pistol Single Shot - Rapid Fire event.
  • The Air Pistol, Single Shot – Rapid Fire, and the Smallbore Pistol, Camp Perry Round, will be using a turning target system. Be sure to read the “Procedure” section of the synopsis.
  • All shotguns used by contestants must be equiped, fitted, and utilized (i.e. shell catcher) so as not to eject empty shells in a manner that substantially disturbs or interferes with other contestants.
  • Shotgun events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will start at 9 a.m.
  • Competitors are limited to checking in a maximum of three firearms or bows during the official equipment check-in period. Chief Range Officers may verify a backup firearm or archery equipment, if needed, on the practice range.
  • Smallbore rifle, smallbore pistol and muzzleloading will all shoot the same distances for silhouettes - 10 chickens at 40 yards, 10 pigs at 60 yards, 10 turkeys at 77 yards, 10 rams at 100 yards.

Hunting Skills

Check-In Procedure

All shooting equipment, except Shotgun, and supplies must be inspected at the Check-in Station on Sunday at the designated times and locations listed on the Schedule. Shotgun participants DO NOT need to check-in their guns or equipment prior to competing. No equipment check-in scheduled for Monday. Equipment may be checked at any time before, during, or following competition to ensure compliance with the event rules.

Participants should open and print their respective discipline check-in sheet below. Complete the requested information and bring TWO copies of their form with them to their discipline Check-in Station at Nationals or follow the email directions on the form, if provided. This will enable crews to inspect and process your equipment in a timely manner. Thanks for your cooperation.

Discipline Information 

2018 Archery Rules

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Steve Pritchard
EMAIL: spritchard1@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-395-2158