The Boulder Rifle Club Junior Air Rifle League is an NRA Marksmanship 3-position, 10-meter air rifle program for boys and girls aged 8-18. The BRC Junior Air Rifle program is expressly designed to introduce youths to precision rifle shooting. The program focuses on developing the fundamentals of 3-position rifle sports with emphasis on safe rifle handling and developing correct positions for rifle competition. As our shooters advance in ability, progressing through prone, kneeling, and standing (off-hand) shooting positions, they earn qualifications of Pro-Marksman, Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert. Some of the more serious athletes continue shooting in the league to earn the challenging Distinguished Expert qualification.
The league shoots in the BRC indoor range every Tuesday during two annual seasons; winter and summer. Winter league runs from October through April, summer league from June through August. There are two practice sessions in winter league, at 5:30 and 6:45 pm, with a maximum of 10 shooters in each. Summer league is one session at 6:45 pm. League members have ample weekly practice time, usually around 40 minutes of shooting time broken into two relays of 20-25 shots each with roughly 20 minutes for each relay.
At the start of each season, we conduct a mandatory-attendance 1-hour safety class and league orientation. Shooters are also given instruction on how the air rifle functions, use of target sights, and use of shooting coats, slings, etc. We continually reinforce safety practices as we coach the shooters in rifle marksmanship.
Our club provides .177 caliber single-shot competition-quality pellet rifles, pellets, targets, and all necessary equipment for beginner to intermediate junior shooters. Shooters and observers are expected to have personal eye and ear protection. While the club provides the basic equipment, as shooters progress into more advanced skills, they will probably want to acquire equipment of their own.
Coaches conduct frequent 5–10-minute interactive briefings on various aspects of precision rifle competition ranging from the shooting process to proper diet, exercise and stretching, to correcting positional faults, and cultivating a healthy competitive mental attitude. There are usually three coaches on the firing line with the shooters. Our coaches are all USA Shooting/NRA Certified Rifle Coaches, and all have undergone a background check to be part of the coaching team.
League members are responsible for following all range rules and demonstrating good sportsmanship. Shooters are expected to make a best effort to attend all practices and any scheduled conflicts (other sports practices, etc.) are strongly discouraged. Each shooter must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult during each practice, as the parent acts as the scoring official for the shooter.
Participation in the league requires Junior Membership in BRC ($25/year). The league activity fee is $50 for each league season, used to defray the cost of consumables (targets, pellets, etc.). Space is limited, and in years when demand is high, we have had to use a waiting list, so enquire early.
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