Missouri Youth Have New Shooting Organization

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Thousands of young Missourians enjoy hunting or target shooting. Many belong to shooting teams or other organizations. Soon, they may be able to find out about one another's activities and pool their resources for mutual benefit, thanks to the newly formed Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA).

Since its first meeting in April 2006, the MYSSA has attracted five member organizations - the Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports, the Ozarks Trails Boy Scout Council, the Junior Shooting Sports Program of the Missouri American Legion, the Missouri Youth Hunter Education Challenge and the YMCA of the Ozarks. These groups represent 19,800 shooters.

The groups will hold a Youth Shooting Summit in the near future to discuss how to achieve their goals, which include:

  • Publishing a calendar to coordinate youth shooting events.
  • Providing opportunities for quality coaches' training.
  • Investigating liability insurance for coaches.
  • Identifying shooting ranges available for youth activities.
  • Identifying other resources for shooting programs.
  • Organizing a Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Summit.
  • Overseeing regional and state tournaments.
  • Incorporating more shooting opportunities in public and private schools.
  • Seeking acceptance of youth shooting programs by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Director Jan Morris said the MYSSA does not want to change the administration of other youth shooting programs or regulate their activities. It has no membership fees or dues. "We only want to help support their programs to make them more productive," he said.

MYSSA board members include Willis Corbett, Jan Morris, Dempsey Gottschalk, Lyndle Pruett, Paul Larsen, Lou Rupp, Lynn Kilpatrick, Bob Staton, and Dave Stogsdill.

For more information, contact Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance, P.O. Box 71, Imperial, MO 63052, [email protected].