Louisiana State Shooting Sports Competition Information

2021 Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Event Synopsis

This Synopsis outlines the events and specific requirements for the 2021 Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Regional and State Matches. For additional pertinent information for participants and coaches, see the 2021 Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Match General rules below.
Rule: Youth are allowed to participate in a maximum of (3) three disciplines. (Ex: Shotgun, Smallbore Rifle and Air Pistol)

National Qualifying Events (Seniors Only, Except BB)

Discipline Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Archery (compound)

Field Round

(Partial Field Round)

FITA Round

(Parial FITA Round)

3 - Round
Archery (Recurve)

FITA Round

(Parital Field Round)

Field Round

(Parital FITA Round)

3 - Round
Air Pistol Slow Fire - Bullseye Single Shot - Rapid Fire Air Pistol Silhouette
Air Rifle (Sporter) National STD Three - position Sporter Air Rifle Sporter Air Rifle Event (Standing NRA Sporter Air RIfle Silhouette

BB Gun (9 - 15 yrs old)

5 meter 4 position

Hunting Hunter Decision Making Hunting Skills Wildlife ID and Mangagement
Muzzle Loading 25 YD Novelty - Bottles and Haffner Critters Combo 50 YD Bullseye Muzzleloading Rifle Sihlouette
Shotgun Skeet Trap Sporting Clays
Smallbore Pistol Camp Perry Round (modified) Slow-Fire Bullseye - Single Stage Smallbore Hunter Pistol Silhouette
Smallbore Rifle NRA Smallbore Silhouete Rifle NRA Three - Position CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle

Non-National Senior Events

Discipline Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Archery Recurve Bare Bow, Genesis, Limited/Pins Compound, Open Compound, and Recurve Sighted (Can only pick two) 3 - D Round (Can only pick one bow to participate with) Field Round (Partial Field Round) (Can only pick one bow to participate with) Modified FITA Round (Can participate in two of the 5 bow categories listed)
Shotgun Modified Trap

Smallbore Rifle (Can only pick two events to compete in) CMP Rimfire Sporter Rifle NRA Three-Position NRA Smallbore Silhouette Rifle
Junior Events
Discipline Event 1 Event 2

Event 3

Archery Recurve Bare Bow, Genesis, Limited/Pins Compound, Open Compound, and Recurve Sighted (Can Participate in both events to compete in) 3 - D Round (Can only pick one bow to participate with) Modified FITA Round (Can participate in two of the 5 bos categories listed)
Air Pistol Slow Fire - Bullseye

Air Rifle National STD Three Position Sporter Air Rifle

Hunting Hunter Decision Making Hunting Skills Wildlife ID and Management
Muzzle Loading 25 YD Novelty - Bottles and Haffner Critters combo 50 YD Bullseye Muzzleloading Rifle Silhouette
Shotgun Skeet Trap Sporting Clays
Shotgun Modified Trap

Small Bore Rifle (Can Pick All 3) CMP Sporter Rimfire Rifle (Slow Fire Only) NRA Three - Position NRA Smallbore Silhouette Rifle


Southern Region Match-Parishes include: Beauregard, Allen, Evangeline, St. Landry, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Acadia, Lafayette, Cameron, Vermilion, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, St. Martin, Iberville, Iberia, St. Mary, Ascension, Assumption, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, East Feliciana and Livingston.
Northern Region Match- Parishes include: Caddo, Bossier, Claiborne, Webster, Union, West Carroll, East Carroll, Madison, Richland, Ouachita, Morehouse, Lincoln, Jackson, Bienville, Desoto, Red River, Winn, Caldwell, Franklin, Tensas, Concordia, Catahoula, LaSalle, Grant, Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon, Rapides and Avoyelles.
State Match - The state match is made up of participants from the northern and southern matches who have qualified to compete on a state level. Check the event synopsis for matches that will be offered at the state level.

Awards Scoring and Qualifying

  1. Awards - Awards will be presented to the top 3 teams, top 5 individuals in each event and top 10 for overall results in each discipline.
  2. Scoring – National Events and Disciplines with more than 1 event associated with overall winners: Raw scores are used in determining placements in each individual competitive event. (highest score wins). Overall awards are determined by percentage points (percentage points assigned for each “place”) in all 3 events, not by cumulative raw scores. If there is a tie in percentage points then cumulative raw scores are used to break tie. Shotgun and BB Gun will be only disciplines excluded from this scoring system.
    All other Disciplines will be placed by raw scores
  3. Purpose of Percentage Points (%):
    Percentage scoring can help equalizes the point differences between events. For example: a raw score potential of 40 in smallbore silhouettes compared to 600 points in 3P.
It also better reflects the relative excellence of competitors compared to placement points. Example: Air Pistol -slow fire bullseye (400 pts).
Raw Score Placement Pts % Mod %
Competitor A 1st 376 pts 18 .9400 1.000
Competitor B 2nd 360 pts 17 .9000 .9574
Competitor C 3rd 359 pts 16 .8975 .9548

In this example, a placement point differential of (1) is the same when A is compared to B - 376/360(14 pts raw score) as well as when B is Compared to C - 360/359 (1 pt raw score). Most people feel that relative excellence should be considered when determining High Overall Awards within a shooting discipline/category. The percentage scoring method permits this.
A modified % will be used at the National Invitational. Using the highest score recorded for a particular event as the baseline rather than the “perfect” score helps in equalizing the various difficulties of different daily events.

Modified % Formula: Ind Score/Highest Score= % score

Percentage scoring is also a better alternative for determining for High Overall Individual awards because tie-breakers will not affect the result as does placement points.
Team Scoring – All four or five (BB Gun/Shotgun-Modified Trap) scores from team participants for the event will count toward the team score for Regional Matches.
Qualifying - A minimum of 15 participants from each of the Regional Matches will qualify for the State Match in each event as long as the event has at least 25 participants competing. Additional participants may qualify at the discretion of the range master and/or state shooting sports coordinator based on their scores and availability of space. Team qualifying – only teams can qualify for State in BB Gun. A minimum of 3 teams from each of the Regional Matches will qualify.


Coaches – Each parish will have one coach per discipline. This coach is the only adult permitted to discuss procedures, ask questions, or advocate for his/her parish with range officials.
Event Coaching - As a general rule, limited coaching at the event site is permitted. However, coaching must never disturb other participants. A coaching line will be established on each range - behind the participant’s area and firing line and separate from the spectator area. Except during preparation time, coaches are to stay behind the firing line and in the coaching area. Coaches may assist the participant during prep time only. Once shooting for record begins, no coaching is permitted unless the participant asks permission from the range officer. Any request for coach assistance must be initiated by the participant; the coach may not initiate contact with the participant. The participant will put down their equipment, make it safe, leave the line, and then go talk to their coach. Coaches may ask the line officer to have their youth member come back to talk, but may not initiate contact with the participant. Coaches may not handle firearms or equipment after the match begins nor advance to the firing line unless authorized by the range officer. A coach may set up his/her own spotting equipment. Please note that specific coaching instructions may be issued at the range for each event.
Spotters/Scorers in silhouette matches – A coach/participant/family member will be allowed to spot in silhouette matches. Quiet conversation between the spotter and the participant is permissible. An official scorer, not from the same parish, will be assigned to each participant to record hits and misses.


Dress Code - Participants are expected to dress appropriately for the events in which they will participate. Team uniforms or shirts are encouraged, but not required. Range officials have the final word concerning the dress code and may announce or address specific cases. Fully enclosed shoes must be worn for all shooters in all events.
Behavior and Sportsmanship - All participants, coaches, and spectators are expected to demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship, supporting the objectives and ideals promoted by the 4-H program in general and the 4-H Shooting Sports Program in particular. Participants or coaches will render aid and/or testimony if asked to do so by any match official. All participants, coaches, and observers are expected to conform to appropriate state 4-H Code of Conduct expectations or volunteer agreements, not only to the letter, but to the intent.
Knowledge of Rules and Procedures –It is the responsibility of each participant and coach to read the rulebook, understand the procedures used in each event, and comply with the rules and standards of the events. Questions are encouraged to clarify any areas of misunderstanding or lack of knowledge. Ignorance of the rules in any event does not obviate their existence. Participants are responsible for knowing the rules of their event and staying within them. Learning the rules of the events is part of the educational process for shooting sports participants.

Challenges and Protests

Challenges – A senior shooter is the only one allowed to review his/her target. A junior shooter may have one coach or responsible adult review his/her target. Once targets have been scored, they will be available for review by participants for a period of 30 minutes unless otherwise posted. Upon completion of that time period the scores may no longer be challenged. Each range may announce its own procedures and time allowances for challenge. Each challenge will cost $1.00 per 45 shot challenged on paper targets. The participant/youth must make the challenge alone. BB Gun Test Challenge will follow same procedure as paper target challenge.

Protests - Youth participants only (no adults), may protest; a) an injustice they feel has been done to them individually; b) the conditions under which another competitor was permitted to fire; or c) the equipment another competitor was permitted to use.

Steps to Filing an Official Protest:
a. Range Officer – The protest is made orally to the chief range officer.
b. Range Jury – The protest may be stated orally to the jury of 3 or more officials present at the match, indicating the decision of the range officer.
c. Match Director or /Jury – The protest must be submitted in writing to the Match Director or the Chief Range Officer, accompanied by a $25 cash protest fee, within one (1) hour of the conclusion of the event. If the Protest is given to the Chief Range Officer, they will notify the Match Director immediately via radio or phone. The match jury will consider the statement, may ask questions of the participant and range officials and will render a decision in an expeditious manner. The decision of the match jury will be final and no further appeal is possible. Coaches, parents, and other parties may not participate in the process. If the protest is ruled valid, the fee will be returned.

Berm Issues

Please instruct your kids/participants to stay off of the berms at all Gun Clubs/Events. That means all of the berms in the front and back ranges. Disqualification is the consequence. The berms are the large piles of dirt that the bullets go into to stop them. I know it seems like common sense but every year we have kids climbing the berms.

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