Posted On: 06-10-2013
Imperial, MO – Interested schools will soon have additional shooting sports offerings to choose from. The Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA) has begun development of a national school based air rifle program that will target safety, teamwork, focus, self-esteem and marksmanship. The program will be modeled after the successful National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) which provides an introduction to archery as part of school curriculum to over two million students annually. Based on NASP® surveys, 56% of the students involved in archery are interested in trying other shooting sports and this program seeks to provide additional opportunities.The air rifle target shooting program will apply the existing NASP® model using school aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands, positive language, and standardized equipment to uphold the ultra-safe record of the shooting sports.A pilot of the new program is currently being developed. Interested schools, potential sponsors, and fish and wildlife agencies can contact the organization at for more information in being involved in the pilot and the program.For more information about the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®), visit
 Missouri Legislature Passes Resolution Recognizing Youth Trapshooting
House Concurrent Resolution No. 43
            WHEREAS, the sport of trapshooting is one of the three major forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting and is growing in popularity throughout the United States and Missouri; and
            WHEREAS, the trapshooting games were originally meant for the hunters to develop their skills, but these shooting games have obtained international recognition and are encouraged by sports associations; and
            WHEREAS, trapshooting is a sport where flying clay targets are fired at with a shot gun. Trapshooting is considered to be an exciting and challenging sport with several million participants; and
            WHEREAS, trapshooting has been a sport since at least 1793; and
            WHEREAS, Olympic trap is one of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) shooting events, introduced to the Olympic program in 1900; and
            WHEREAS, the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) is the primary governing body of American trapshooting and has launched a major initiative to attract more youth shooters; and
            WHEREAS, a great deal of coordination and discipline is needed for trapshooting. Trapshooting sports test a player’s skill in marksmanship and improve confidence of youth, both male and female, who may not possess the physical attributes to compete in other competitive sports offered at their schools; and
            WHEREAS, the goal of any program of youth trapshooting should be to provide instruction and promote firearm safety, personal responsibility, and sportsmanship among primary and secondary students; and
            WHEREAS, trap shooting competitions promote tourism in the State of Missouri by bringing in participants and their families from around the country who stay in motels, eat in restaurants, and shop in retail stores, and purchase products from vendors at events; and
            WHEREAS, the ATA, the Missouri Trapshooters Association, and other state shooting organizations also award scholarships to college-bound trapshooters based on citizenship, scholarship, and need. Many youth trapshooters are now attending college with the help of those scholarships; and
            WHEREAS, our youth should have the opportunity and be encouraged to participate in this extracurricular activity in the same manner as other youth extracurricular activities, such as football, baseball, softball, basketball, track, or band; and
            WHEREAS, the boards of education of every Missouri school district and school is encouraged to promote and include trapshooting as a high school sport:
            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-sixth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby encourage the school boards of every school district and school in the State of Missouri, in conjunction with the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance, to voluntarily promote and include trapshooting as a high school sport for the youth of our state; and
            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the Missouri Commissioner of Education, the Missouri School Activities Association, the Missouri Trapshooters Association, the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance, and each school district and school in Missouri.
Missouri GOP Recognizes MYSSA Director Willis Corbett
On May 13, 2011, Willis Corbett was be the 39th person inducted into the Missouri Trapshooters Hall of Fame—the capstone of an illustrious career in the shooting sports.While many Hall of Fame trap shooters are honored for their outstanding shooting ability, Willis was nominated for his many contributions to the shooting sports, according to Randall Crawford, a director of the Missouri Trap Shooters Association.Willis’ interest in shooting can be traced back to his earliest years. When he was about 12 years old, he won the singles, handicap, and doubles at a national competition in Maryland, according to a feature article about Willis in Trap & Field magazine, the nation’s preeminent publication for trap shooters.After completing his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he began his career as a field representative for Winchester. In this capacity, Willis traveled the country, demonstrating Winchester’s firearms and ammo. He helped open public shooting facilities and organize competitions while working behind-the-scenes with opinion-makers and elected officials.Throughout his more than 6 decade long career with Winchester, Anheuser-Busch, and the National Rifle Association, Willis estimates that he has met, trained, or influenced millions of teens and adults. And thanks to his efforts, shooting became a recognized collegiate sport and the shooting sports earned mainstream acceptance.Through activities that he organized such as an annual shoot for state legislators, Willis has gotten to know countless elected officials over the years—and Republican candidates and campaigns have come to rely on him for his expertise. His Republican activism has brought him to national conventions, and he even had the honor of serving as a presidential elector from Missouri’s 1st District. Most recently, Willis served as the Chairman of the Sportsmen for Roy Blunt coalition in 2010.Now, even after retirement, Willis has remained active in the shooting sports and the Republican Party. He founded the Missouri Youth Sports Shooting Alliance to bring the tradition of shooting sports to the next generation of Missourians.As MOGOP Committeeman John Scates wrote, “Willis is a national treasure.” The Missouri Republican Party agrees. We thank Willis Corbett for his years of dedication to our Party and our candidates, and we congratulate him on his induction into the Missouri Trapshooters Hall of Fame.
Missouri High School Trap Shooters Receive Major Funding

Imperial, MO – April 5, 2011 – Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders and owners of MidwayUSA, recently donated $330,000 to the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance to help increase the attendance by high school teams at both the High School State Championship and the Fall Classic both to be held at the Missouri Trapshooting Association home grounds at Linn Creek.This will be the 24th year of the state High School Trapshooting Championship expected to draw over 800 competitors on April 30. Each eligible participating high school will receive a grant of $2000 for their account with the Scholastic Shooting Trust. Additionally, $5000 will be paid to the winning schools’ trust fund in the High School and FFA Divisions, with $3500 for second place, and $2500 for third through fifth place.Larry and Brenda are passionate about getting more young men and women involved in the shooting sports and are excited to be partnering with such a great youth organization as MYSSA.For more information about the Potterfields or MidwayUSA, visit or call 1-800-243-3220.For more information about the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance, visit www.moyouthshooting.orgMidwayUSA Establishes Missouri Endowment to Benefit Young Shooters
Imperial, Missouri – The Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Larry & Brenda Potterfield Endowment which has been established to support youth shooting programs in Missouri. Established with a generous $100,000 donation by the Potterfields, the endowment will allow MYSSA to continue to offer assistance to various organizations to help realize the organization’s goals of making safe shooting sports accessible to all Missouri youth.MYSSA was founded in 2006. Its mission is to bring together all youth shooting programs in the state. Today MYSSA represents over 21,000 Missouri youth, each of whom will have firsthand experience with the shooting sports each year.MYSSA continues to grow as shooting sports programs from across the state join the organization as affiliate members, providing the lifeblood necessary to keep the program vibrant and relevant for today’s young shooters.MYSSA has accomplished some notable achievements in the few years of its existence. The Alliance facilitates the training of excellent shooting coaches to help assure that young shooters have qualified leaders as they enjoy and gain proficiency in the sport. The first statewide event hosted by MYSSA was the MYSSA Fall Classic trap shooting competition, which was a remarkable success as it drew nearly 300 young shooters from across the state to compete in Linn Creek, Mo.Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA, is a longtime friend of youth shooting programs. He and wife Brenda are founders of the Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund, which was created to raise money for shooting teams for high schools, colleges, and universities all over America.For more information about the Potterfields or MidwayUSA, visit or call 1-800-243-3220.For more information about the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance, visit
Missouri Youth Shooting in the News
TV report on effort to make trapshooting a high school sport

Click here for a link to YouTube video of St. Louis Channel 11 report on efforts to have trapshooting recognized as a high schooll sport statewide. It is great to learn of the formation of the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA). USA Shooting wholeheartedly supports the MYSSA effort to be an umbrella organization, providing support for, and fostering communication between, established shooting programs that will provide additional shooting and training opportunities to the youth and coaches of Missouri. USA Shooting relies on partner organizations like the MYSSA for the development of coaches and young athletes, some of whom will progress into our programs and ultimately represent the United States in International and Olympic competition.Bob Foth
Youth Programs and Coach Development Manager
USA Shooting
 At last, an organization that will be able to provide support to all the different needs of youth involved in the shooting sports. The Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance is right on track with its goal of assisting not only the youth participants, but the volunteer adult leaders with training, equipment and programs. Youth are our future, we salute your efforts.

Bill Poole, Director 
NRA Education and Training Division

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