UGA Extension Office

Shooting Sports

4-H Archery Team, BB Team and Shotgun Team

Visit the Georgia 4-H S.A.F.E. website for all shooting sports guidelines and rule book.

BB Team - 4th -8th Graders

Our 4-H BB Team has started practice. For more information and the practice dates view the schedule.

Match dates: District BB Match in Griffin, GA on Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Shooters who score 310 or higher can advance to the State BB Match on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, GA. Team score must exceed 1550 to advance.

Georgia 4-H SAFE website has all kinds of information. See full BB Policies handout for all details of competition.

The team is now full. If you need more information contact the 4-H office at 706-628-4824.


The age range to be eligible to compete on the Archery Team is 4th grade through 12th grade.

Coach Jerry Griswell has created the schedule for the season. Membership is $70 to help cover some of the match costs.

The State 4-H SAFE Archery Advisory Committee has put in a great deal of work this fall to improve, amend and clarify the Outdoor Archery Policies and Guidelines. The updated material is now posted on the GA 4-H SAFE website at:

We strive to continually improve our programs. The updated guidelines provide greater detail and address multiple questions that have arisen over the years. Hosting an event as large as our State Outdoor Archery Match is complex. Scoring a large match is a challenge. Well prepared coaches and volunteers enable us to conduct the match safely and in a timely manner. There is expanded guidance on scoring that should be used by coaches and volunteers to prepare for our match. We have made changes in distances to align with 4-H at the national level. Please study the “Tournament Guidelines” beginning on page 12 for these details. Please take time to read through the document as soon as you can to familiarize yourself with the changes.

We need more volunteers to help and go through Coaches Training.

Shotgun - Students in the 5th through 12th grades can compete. Shooters are to have completed the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Hunter Safety Course according to the 4-H S.A.F.E. rules.

For information on any of the above teams call our office at 706-628-4824.

Becoming a S.A.F.E. Certified Coach  

Certified Coaches and adult leaders are instrumental in delivering S.A.F.E. Programs on both the county and state level. If you are interested in becoming a certified coach and volunteer for your local 4-H program, contact your local county Extension office. To become a certified coach, you must:

Meet the volunteer screening requirements of the University of Georgia which includes filling out an application with the local county office, submitting references and undergoing a background check conducted by the University.

Volunteers must also complete Chaperone Training if they plan to be the leader of a group or accompany youth on overnight trips. Chaperone Training is completed during the State  SAFE Certified Coaches trainings.

To lead S.A.F.E. (Shooting Sports Programs) leaders must attend a Certified Coaches Training. These are held three times a year at Rock Eagle 4-H Center (Friday Evening-Sunday Morning). Interested adult leaders that would like to work with S.A.F.E. programs are registered for the state level trainings through their county offices.

S.A.F.E. Certified Coaches Trainings

Certified Coaches Trainings are held at various times during the year. The trainings are designed to help coaches establish and conduct 4-H youth development programs related to Target Sports. Training consists of 8 hours of discipline training (Archery, Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun) and 6 hours of youth development training that includes information on working with youth, chartering your 4-H Club and Risk Management. Trainings are held in the Fall and Winter each year.