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Glynn Academy Rifle Team
Georgia High School Association
A. Air riflery is a state championship co-ed event open to Georgia High School Association (GHSA) schools of all classifications.
1. Contestants in riflery must be certified as being eligible through the GHSA Office. All rifle team athletes must have a sports physical on file at the school.
2. JROTC programs may use school rifle team members in JROTC program competitive events. The athletes must be currently enrolled in JROTC and be entered as a JROTC unit and not as a school team. They may not enter competitions or tournaments unless there is a JROTC competition category.
B. Competitions will be Open Class,which permits use of Precision or Sporter Class equipment using Precision air rifle rules. The latest edition of the "NATIONAL STANDARD THREE-POSITION AIR RIFLE RULES" (published by the National Three-Position Air Rifle Council, Camp Perry, P. O. Box 576, Port Clinton, OH 43452 - also available on website: http://www.odcmp.com/3p.htm) will govern all GHSA matches except the following:
1. The course of fire will be the team event 4x3x10. All matches will be shoulder to shoulder. Postal matches will not be accepted. Team members will be distributed equally between relays if more than one relay is used.
2. Except at the State Championship, Sectional and Semifinal competitions, the coach may assist team members (without disturbing other shooters), but may not physically assist the shooters in loading, cocking or adjusting the sights.
3. The following safety regulations are mandatory for ALL competitions, training and practices: Clear Barrel Indicators (CBIs) will be in all rifles when not firing. They will be inserted in the rifle when taken out of storage or cases. The CBI must visibly extend beyond both ends of the barrel when installed. The CBIs may be removed when the preparation and changeover phases begin. They will be reinserted after each position stage. CBIs must be inserted anytime someone goes forward of the firing line or removes the rifle from the firing line.
C. Each Area shall draw up schedules for each team in the Area.
1. Four competitors comprise a rifle team and will be used for post season competition. Areas may organize their competitions as they elect in regard to the number of team members involved as long as the top four (4) scores count toward the school's team score.
2. Standings will be determined by won-loss results. A team may compete against only one other team in a given regular season match. Ties will be broken using National Standard Rule 8.6. If tie breaking rules are exhausted and the match is still tied, the match will be scored as a tie and each team credited with one-half win and one-half loss. In cases of identical won-loss records, the results of their season competition against each other will determine standings. If still tied then a shoot-off match will be held if necessary.
A. The first six teams (four member teams) in each Area will advance to the Sectionals.
A. The twenty-four (24) teams winning the Sectional competition will advance to the State Semifinal competitions.
A. The twelve (12) teams winning the Semifinal competitions and the two (2) teams with the highest losing scores in the Semifinals qualify to compete at the State Championship. Each of the participating school's teams will enter a four member team with all shooters' scores to count for the total team score. These four individuals also qualify for the state individual competition. All other GHSA competitors firing a 290 or better in a regular season GHSA Area match or in the Sectionals or Semifinals also qualify for the state individual competition if their team does not qualify. Schools with more than four competitors with the 290 or better qualification may use four of these competitors as a team plus their additional qualifiers may compete for the individual championship.
B. The State Riflery Championship will be held Fort Benning, GA.
The GHSA State Coordinator and State Meet Director for Riflery is Major Larry Pendergrass (retired) - 770-922-7871; home address: 3593 Limberlost Trail, Stockbridge, GA 30281
GHSA Riflery Graduates Compete in the NCAA
(Current through 2013 NCAA Season)
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has long been supportive of rifle competition and sanctioned small bore (.22 caliber) most years from 1944 to 1995. Participation by schools was declining, primarily because of costs to build indoor ranges or to modify existing ranges to meet rising standards. The GHSA began sanctioning 3-Position Air Rifle in school year 1991-92. It is a varsity coed sport and treated as the other varsity sports with the same requirements and awards. The sport has grown significantly from 22 to more than 120 schools competing. The quality has correspondingly grown and Georgia is a leader in producing high quality high school athletes in the sport.
Though the majority of the student athletes had no prior experience in the sport many have raised their skill levels to compete at a higher level. Some have competed in the NCAA, even though they had to go out of state to do it until 2008. A total of 53 who competed in GHSA 3-Position Air Rifle have been verified from records as competing in NCAA rifle competitions. Of the 53, 11 competed at service academies and 22 at other out-of-state universities. There were no universities in Georgia competing in NCAA rifle competition until North Georgia College and State University began in 2008 and Columbus State in 2009. North Georgia withdrew in 2010 and has reentered in 2011. There have been 22 former GHSA competitors compete in NCAA competition at these two universities thus far.
The 53 former GHSA air rifle competitors have earned a total of 38 All-American honors, which include both air rifle and small bore. One was NCAA Individual Champion, one selected for the US National Team and nine to the National Development Team.
These accomplishments are not by just an elite small group of 53 student athletes, there have been many others of remarkable skill competing in the GHSA. There is depth in the program and many skilled competitors. More than half of the GHSA Championships’ medalists (1st – 3rd places) and more than a third of those selected for high school all-state honors elected to not compete in the NCAA.
The growth in quantity and quality has been great primarily because of the coaches who devote a lot to the sport.
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