Scholastic Action Shooting Program, SASP
Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP)


Scholastic Action Shooting Program

The Iowa Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is a team-based youth development program that uses pistols, rifles, and steel targets to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, mental focus, self-discipline, and self-confidence in Iowa's youth. Athletes from grade school through college may participate in any or all of these speed shooting sports.

In Iowa, the Department of Natural Resources serves as the State Advisor for the SASP program, and is responsible for providing assistance to new teams and hosting the state championships. In 2018, nearly 120 athletes on 6 teams across Iowa participated in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program.

Most the athletes compete in head to head competitions throughout the season as well as attend the State Championship events in June.

Getting started in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program is simple.  There are three main components required:

  1. The minimum number of participants (4 athletes over the age of 14 for pistol or over the age of 12 for rifle)
  2. Facility to hold regular practices
  3. Certified Coach/Coaches

The head coach distributes then collects the required registration forms available at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation to register your team.  Once your team is properly registered, your team may begin conducting practices and attending league and/or state championship events.  

Coach Certification

Scholastic Action Shooting Program coaches must be 18 years of age or older. The coach's first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the safety of all participants. Coaches must hold one of the following certifications:

  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach
  • 4H Shooting Sports Pistol Certification
  • IDPA Safety Officer or SO Instructor Certification
  • NROI Range Officer Certification
  • NRA Range Safety Officer

Regardless of prior certification, all coaches are encouraged to complete the NRA/CMP/USA Shooting Level 1 .

2019-2020 Scholastic Action Shooting Program State Championships May 30 & 31, 2020 Olofson Shooting Range, Polk City, IA

Divisions Divisions and categories will follow the criteria defined by the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP):

  • Intermediate 
    • Entry Level (1st year of participation as an Intermediate)
    • Advanced
  • Senior 
    • Junior Varsity (1st year of participation as a Senior)
    • Varsity
  • Collegiate 

Competitive Squads Competitive squads will consist of four athletes from the same SASP team. 

Rules The rules defined by the Scholastic Action Shooting Program shall govern this event.  Ties for 1st-3rd place among individuals or teams will be decided based on the SASP tie-breaking procedure.

Eligibility All athletes must be registered with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and meet eligibility requirements as outlined in the SASP Handbook.

Awards Team/Squad Awards By Division and Caliber: 1st - 3rd places Open Division: 1st - 3rd places

Individual Awards Men: By Division and Caliber: 1st - 3rd places Ladies: By Division and Caliber: 1st - 3rd places

Questions regarding the SASP Championship can be directed to Chris Van Gorp at 515-313-8048 or  

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