RULES The official PPP rulebook, in its entirety, can be found on the USA Shooting website: http://www.usashooting.com/youthPistol. php.
There are three positions in this program: basic supported, standing supported, and International. Basic supported position- an athlete may be seated or standing, with 1 or 2 hands on the grip. Athletes are encouraged to progress to a one-handed position as soon as they may safely do so considering the size of the grip and weight of the pistol. The grip (and hands) may be rested on a firm support or a counterbalanced T-stand. If a firm support is used, the shooter may rest any part of either or both hands and the butt of the pistol on the supporting material. The firm support should be designed to provide an erect position with proper sight alignment and an extended arm. If the T stand is used, the support point may be anywhere between the elbow and muzzle. The competitorâ€™s shooting arm should be fully extended with the sights at eye level. The non-firing hand may provide support for the firing hand or the butt of the pistol. The maximum age is 13.
Standing Supported- an athlete must be standing with one hand on the grip. A T-stand may provide counterbalance support between the elbow and muzzle. The athleteâ€™s shooting arm must be fully extended, with the sights at eye level. There is no official minimum age, however, a club or other governing body may establish a minimum age within its jurisdiction. The maximum age is 15. International- an athlete must shoot standing, unsupported with one hand on the grip. The suggested minimum age is 13. Teams consist of three members of either or both sexes. Teams may be broken into the following categories: Supported Position Teams- consist entirely of members who are in the supported categories. Mixed Position Teams- must have one member who shoots in a supported category. The other two members must shoot in the International category. Unsupported Position Teams- are composed entirely of members who shoot from the International position.
TRAINING AND COACHES One suggestion for running a safe range is to have everyone involved in running the range become an NRA Range Safety Officer. To find a class locally or to set up a class at your range, visit: http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx or contact: National Rifle Association of America Training Department 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 1-800-672-3888 One of the key areas of training available for adults wishing to work with young athletes is the Coach Education Program 6
in which USA Shooting, NRA and the Civilian Marksmanship Program partner to educate and certify coaches. Every youth shooting sports program should have at least one certified coach. For more information on this program, to look for classes in your area, or to schedule a class at your club, check out http://www. nrahq.org/education/training/coaching/index.asp or contact National Rifle Association The Coach Education Program 11250 Waples Mill Road Fairfax, VA 22030 firstname.lastname@example.org 703-267-1401
A guide to NRA Junior Progressive Pistol