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Overview

  1. The league cost is $50 for 10 weeks of shooting, one night per week. There is a dinner and awards night at the completion of each league.
  2. Shooters must be a Student Member or dependent of an Annual Member (EPM) to participate.
  3. Shooters must be at least 10 years old and no more than 17 years old by the completion of the league.
  4. Shooters will be under the supervision of a Range Safety Officer, but must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian (or other authorized person) during the league.
  5. Shooters should be reasonably familiar with their rifles before starting the league, and know how to load and unload, operate the safety, use the sights, and clean the rifle. Parents please help with this if you can, or ask for guidance.
  6. The Range Safety Officer may coach shooters, as needed. A parent may assist with limited coaching of a shooter so long as this does not interfere with the RSO conducting the league.
  7. There will be a mandatory safety and scheduling meeting before each league begins, which all shooters and a parent/guardian must attend. Shooters will request a time slot when they sign up at the meeting.

Youth League Rules

  1. Equipment needed

    1. Eye and ear protection.
    2. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor shooting.
    3. Any safe .22LR rifle, except for rifles with tubular magazines which load from the muzzle. A chamber flag is required, and a rifle case is recommended. For rifles that use magazines, at least one spare magazine is recommended.
    4. At least 30 rounds per week, but bring extra in case of duds. The maximum velocity allowed is 1300 feet per second. Decide on one type of ammo, and stick with it. If you change ammo, re-zero your rifle.
  2. Safety
    1. Eye and ear protection must be worn at all times on the range by all shooters and spectators.
    2. All matches will be run on “Cold Range” which means nobody will handle, load or shoot any firearm unless they are directed by the Range Safety Officer. Each week, when shooters arrive at the range, they will sign their name on a rule sheet.
    3. Before entering the range with a rifle, it must be unloaded and cased or with a chamber flag inserted. Do not uncase rifles, or place uncased rifles on the bench until you are told. You may place your rifle in the rifle rack if you wish.
    4. Shooters must always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
    5. Shooters will start each course of fire with the safety on.
    6. Shooters must always keep their finger off the trigger until the sights are lined up with the target and you are ready to shoot.
    7. After shooting each course of fire, the rifle must be unloaded and placed on the bench with a chamber flag inserted.
    8. If, during the course of fire, the Range Safety Officer or any other person notices an unsafe condition (e.g. a person or animal down range), they should call “Stop!” in a loud voice.
    9. If a shooter hears “Stop!” they must immediately take their finger off the trigger and promptly but carefully place the rifle on the bench facing down range, and step back. They must not attempt to place the safety on or unload the rifle. Shooters should wait for further instructions.
  3. Course of fire
    1. Shooters will have 6 shots to knock down 5 steel plate targets. This is called a “string.” Each league night there are 5 strings, for a total of 25 targets.
    2. This league focuses on precision not speed. To compete efficiently, shooters are expected to finish each string in 3 minutes unless coaching or equipment problems cause a delay.
    3. The targets will start at 13 yards, and the distance will increase by 3 yards each week out to a maximum of 40 yards.
    4. Shooters will need a minimum of 30 rounds of ammunition per week. If a shooter experiences a misfire or other defective round which does not fire, they can substitute another round to make up the shot.
    5. Shooters may not load more than 6 rounds at a time, and they may not shoot more than 6 rounds in each string.
    6. Shooters will shoot standing, but may support the rifle using their elbows resting on the bench. The rifle itself cannot rest on the bench while shooting, and we don’t allow any other artificial rest such as a sand bag, bi-pod, or sling for support.
    7. After the league begins, shooters may be permitted to change division in extenuating circumstances but they will gain no competitive advantage.
    8. Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each division and target category at the completion of the league.
  4. Divisions
    1. Shooters may compete in either iron sight division, or scope/optic division.
    2. Shooters may choose to shoot regular 4-1/2 inch diameter plate targets, or precision 1-3/4 inch targets.
    3. Shooters will be only competing for score against other shooters in their division and target category.
    4. After the league begins, shooters may be permitted to change division in extenuating circumstances but they will gain no competitive advantage.
  5. Scoring
    1. Shooters will get 1 point for each steel plate knocked down. The plate must fall to score. An orange marker will pop up when the target falls. Don’t shoot the orange marker!
    2. The maximum score each week is 25 points. Shooters will initial next to their score when they are done shooting.
    3. At the end of the league, the best 8 weeks for each shooter will count towards the final score out of a possible 200 points. There will be no make-ups for weeks that a shooter is absent or fails to complete.
    4. If scores for first, second or third place in any division are tied the end of the league, there will be a shoot-off to determine final placings.
  6. Disqualification
    Disqualification is rare. If a shooter has a significant safety violation they will be stopped from shooting for the rest of the night as a precaution. The first time a shooter is disqualified, the score will be zero for that week. They are encouraged to continue shooting the league, but will not be eligible for awards. If a shooter is disqualified from the league a second time, they will not be allowed to continue shooting the league.Shooters will be disqualified for:

    1. Any unintentional shot (“Negligent Discharge”).
    2. Any round fired over the berm or in an unsafe direction.
    3. Pointing a firearm at any person, including themselves. This includes “sweeping”.
    4. Breaking the 180 by pointing the muzzle up range at any time other than when the rifle is unloaded with a chamber flag inserted.
    5. Unsportsmanlike conduct.