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4-H... More than cows, pigs, and chickens! Texas 4-H Natural Resources is the home of projects and programs such as shooting sports, sportfishing, WHEP, wildlife, and more outdoor and natural resources related activities and events!

Friday, August 25, 2017

4-H Shooting Sports Project Coach Training and Certification

The 4-H Shooting Sports Project encompasses a large percentage of the 4-H membership in Texas and is the only project that requires each volunteer coach to be trained and certified in specific shooting disciplines before working with local 4-H youth.  The shooting disciplines covered in 4-H are archery, pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloading, and hunting.  Several hundred volunteers are trained each year.  September and the new 4-H year open the coach training season.  Many questions arise each year concerning 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification and the trainings themselves.  The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
  •  All 4-H Shooting Sports local projects must have at least one 4-H trained and certified coach in each of the disciplines offered in that project.
  • Adults must first be enrolled on 4-H Connect as 'Volunteers' which requires a background check that takes at least two weeks to process so do this well in advance of a desired training registration.
  • Only one discipline certification is available per training attended.  However, coaches may attend multiple trainings and be certified in multiple disciplines.
  • A certified coach must be present on the range during all firearm handling and live fire.
  • A certified coach must be 21 years of age or older.
  • No other certifications or professional training will substitute for 4-H training and certification.
  • Any 4-H member or volunteer 14-20 years of age may attend the training and receive an Assistant Coach certification.
  •  All scheduled trainings are open to enrolled 4-H volunteers and eligible members regardless of where in the state they live.
For more details on this certification, click HERE.