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Youth Rifle League ShootersThe Youth Rifle League is 10 weeks of fun competitive shooting, designed to challenge shooters while developing safe and accurate rifle marksmanship techniques.

COST:  $50 for 10 weeks.  Shooters will need at least 30 rounds of ammunition per week.

Each course of fire will challenge the young shooter’s ability to shoot safely and accurately at reactive steel plate targets. All shooting will be done under the direct supervision of a Range Safety Officer. This league is for all skill levels. It starts with targets at 13 yards, and the distance progressively increases up to 40 yards for the final week. Shooters must use “.22 Long Rifle” ammunition only (no magnum or other variants), with separate divisions for iron sights and scopes/optics. Shooters may use any bolt action or semi-automatic rifle which is safe to shoot, but we do not allow rifles with tubular magazines which load from the muzzle.

The league shoots each Monday night. There are 4 consecutive leagues each year – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Shooters will be assigned a 30-minute time slot to shoot. To participate in the league each shooter must be a dependent of an Annual Member (EPM). All league shooters and a parent/guardian must attend the mandatory safety meeting held the week before the league starts. Shooters will request their time slot at this meeting.

A parent or guardian must be present with shooters during the league. If another adult brings the shooter instead, they must be a BRSP Annual Member and have a release signed by the parent. 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. All shooters must be between 10 and 17 years old by the completion of the league.

Once you’ve attended a meeting and signed up for the league, you’ll need to prepare for the first league night.

WHAT TO BRING:

  1. An appropriate .22 rifle, preferably in a rifle case, and a chamber flag. We have spare chamber flags. It is essential shooters practice with their rifles before league starts, including loading ammunition into a magazine, inserting and removing a magazine, opening and closing the bolt, operating the safety, and aligning the sights with a target. Sights need to be zeroed for 13 yards before arriving the first week.
  2. At least two magazines for rifles that use them, more if available. Five is best. Shooters are encouraged to pre-load each magazine with 6 rounds before arriving to shoot league.
  3. At least 30 rounds per week, but bring extra in case of duds. The maximum velocity allowed is 1300 feet per second (this is usually written on the box, or search on line). Decide on one type of ammo which works reliably and accurately in your rifle, and stick with it. If you change ammo, re-zero the rifle. Subsonic ammo may not cycle semi auto rifles in the colder months.
  4. Eye and ear protection for shooters and parents. Consider anti-fog glasses for the colder months and sunglasses for the brighter months. Prescription glasses are fine if they completely cover the eyes. Wear either earplugs or earmuffs, depending on comfort. Slim electronic ear protection often works best.
  5. Appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor shooting. Shooters will be outside for 30 minutes or more, and will shoot better if more comfortable and less distracted. During the warmer months consider comfortable shoes, a ball cap, and insect repellent. In the colder months, wear warm boots, layered clothing, gloves, hand warmers, and a warm hat. Bring ice cleats each week. If conditions become icy, we may require cleats to be worn by everybody on the range for safety reasons.
  6. A good attitude!

We have a limited selection of rifles available for use during the league. Using your own rifle is best, as the sights and other features can be personally adjusted to the shooter. But if your rifle has problems on a league night, we’ll have one of our ones there ready to use.

Shooters compete for 10 weeks, but at the end of the league only the best 8 weeks for each shooter will count towards the final score. This means if a shooter misses one or two nights during the league, they could still be eligible for awards.

At the completion of each league, there will be a potluck dinner and awards night.

See this page for the full list of Youth League rules. 

This page has some useful tips on shooting techniques.

Youth League scores are here

Contact the range at (907) 688-2809 if you have any further questions.