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4-H SAFE - Shotgun

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Shotgun shooting is exciting!. Since youth development is the foundation of 4-H, our Coaches keep positive youth development in mind at all times. Safety is always a primary consideration. Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. Coaches are trained to maintain the highest standards of safety at all times for participants and all assistants. Shotgun shooting involves placing a cloud of shot where a target will be when the shot reaches that location. The pattern or shot cloud is relatively large, so precise aiming is unnecessary. Aiming is a serious form fault in shotgun shooting. Timing and pointing are the keys to consistent shotgun shooting. The process involves several fundamental steps for successful target hits. 4-H members coached by a trained 4-H S.A.F.E. Shotgun Coach can be shooting fairly well within a short time! Youth are matched to equipment that is best for them, to reduce recoil and improve their performance. 4-H S.A.F.E. Coaches diligently teach youth critical knowledge and awareness of firearms handling practices and teamwork, so that everyone learns, participates, and has fun in a safe setting!

Competition’s Place in 4-H Shooting Sports: Competition has a place in 4-H shooting sports as a celebration of the Life Skills (teamwork, communication, etc.) and Essential Elements (mastery, independence, belonging and generosity) that have occurred within the context of a 4-H S.A.F.E. Club setting -- but education and positive youth development, not competition should drive 4-H S.A.F.E. Clubs. Each shooting sports discipline offers a State Championship event, and the First Place Senior Team may be eligible to attend the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island NE. Alabama 4-H also offers a summer Invitational Tournament series as part of the Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery.


Beyond 4-H: Youth Shotgun Competitions & Resources



For more information, please contact Shannon Andress, 4-H S.A.F.E. Coordinator

Alabama Cooperative Extension Alabama 4-H Staff The Alabama 4 H Club Foundation


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