USA Shooting

USA Shooting (USAS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of shooting in April 1995.[1] The NRA had served as the NGB for one hundred years prior to this change in administration. It is USA Shooting's mission to prepare American athletes to win Olympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S., and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country. The organization implements and manages development programs and sanctions events at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

USA Shooting official logo.

OriginsEdit

Prior to 1979, a year-round U.S. Shooting Team did not exist. Athletes trained independently and met once a year to try out for major events such as the Olympics and World Championships. Once the matches were over the team disbanded until the following year.

Spurred on by the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the National Rifle Association (NRA) mandated the establishment of National Teams and National Development Teams, a national coaching staff, year-round training programs, and a main training site for Olympic shooting sports.

FacilityEdit

USA Shooting is headquartered at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Olympic Shooting Center was built in 1985 and is used for elite and resident athlete training, competitions, national championships, coaching seminars, camps, committee meetings and local clubs. Approximately 25 resident and day-use athletes train at the OTC during the year.

The Shooting Center is the largest indoor shooting facility in the Western Hemisphere and the third largest in the world. Three separate ranges provide 29 firing points from 50 meters and 73 firing points from 10 meters for training and competitions. It also houses the administration offices, a gunsmith room and locker rooms for resident and visiting athletes.

In addition to the indoor ranges at the OTC, the outdoor ranges at the International Shooting Park are also used by U.S. Shooting Team members. Construction began in 1985 on 102 acres (41 ha) of land leased to the United States Olympic Committee on the edge of the U.S. Army's Fort Carson. Four superimposed international-style skeet and bunker trap fields, shade shelters and a clubhouse have been completed.

OperationsEdit

The sport of shooting now involves 15 events in which the U.S. has the opportunity to win Olympic medals. It is a sport enjoyed by men and women of various ages. The 2004 National Team comprises athletes ranging in age from 15-50. There have been over 90 Olympic medals won by the U.S. since its inception. Out of the top-10 American Olympic medalists of all time, three are shooters, and the sport is ranked third in total U.S. medals won-behind track and field and swimming.

Oversight; SafeSportEdit

The United States Center for SafeSport was founded in 2017 and has oversight involving abuse and sexual misconduct in all U.S. Olympic sports. As of 2021, 20 cases had filed in connection with USA Shooting.[2]

In June 2021, Olympic team nominee Keith Sanderson was excluded from the U.S. delegation for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, due to a suspension handed down by the United States Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct.[3][4] USA Shooting released a statement, saying: "this is the first [SafeSport] suspension of any kind for a USAS staff member, volunteer, coach, or athlete."[5]

USA Shooting Team FoundationEdit

In 2021 USA Shooting reinstated the USA Shooting Team Foundation.[6] US Olympic athletes are largely supported by individual and corporate donations whereas many other countries increasingly providing central or Government funding for elite athletes. The Foundation has a mission "to provide philanthropic support to USA Shooting, ensuring athletes have access to the best facilities, coaching, training and support in their pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic medals".[7]

Hall of fameEdit

The organization maintains a hall of fame whose inductees have included:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barth, K.; Dreilich, B. (2010). Training Shooting Sports. Meyer and Meyer Series. Meyer & Meyer Sport. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-84126-305-2. Retrieved 18 April 2019. USA Shooting (USAS) was chartered by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of shooting in April 1995. It is headquartered in Colorado ...
  2. ^ "USA Shooting Statement June 23, 2021". aroundtherings.com. Since the launch of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, 20 cases have been filed in connection with USA Shooting, and this is the first suspension of any kind for a USAS staff member, volunteer, coach, or athlete.
  3. ^ "US shooter out of Olympics over sexual misconduct". Sunday Observer. June 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "SafeSport lifts stay that would have allowed athlete suspended for sexual misconduct compete for Team USA in Tokyo Olympics". June 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "USA Shooting Statement June 23, 2021".
  6. ^ "USA Shooting Team Foundation Names New Board of Directors". USA Shooting. USA Shooting. 24 February 2021. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Leadership". USA Shooting. USA Shooting. Archived from the original on 16 May 2022. Retrieved 16 May 2022.

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