UGA Extension Office

S.A.F.E. Shotgun Team

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Monroe County 4-H offers a Shotgun Team for youth in 6th-12th grade. Registration for Shotgun is Friday, December 2nd.  Spots are limited. Membership cost is $235.  This cost can be broken down into two payments, $117.50 at time of registration and the remainder $117.50 at the mandatory parent meeting on January 9th or 10th.  Only one meeting must be attended.  Our first practice is Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00pm . Practices are held every Sunday at the Meadows Gun Club in Forsyth, 2-4pm. If you have interest in becoming a part of the Shotgun Team please contact Rachel Frisbie at rachel.kirkland@uga.edu.

Registration: December 2nd until all spots are filled
Time: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Location: 4-H Office, 484 Hwy 83 South (located beside Hubbard Elementary, second floor)  
Mandatory Parent Meeting - January 9th and 10th at 6pm
Practices: Every Sunday beginning January 22nd until season closes in May
Practice Times: 2-4pm
 
Monroe County Shotgun Team Remind!  This is the best way to stay up-to-date on practices, competitions and optional tournaments.  To receive messages via text, text @g92fb to 81010.  You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @g92fb'
 
Hunter Safety  Requirement
All 4-H'ers must successfully complete the Georgia Hunter Education Program by January 21, 2023.  
Georgia DNR makes it very convenient for youth to complete the hunter education online.
Please visit this sit to familiarize yourself with the options:
Each you will need to create a GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com account.
While parents may submit payment it is essential that the account is in youth's name.
 
 
 
We are in need of Shotgun coaches! All shooting sports teams are coached and led by volunteers. Coaches must complete the UGA Volunteer Screening process and attend a weekend-long training course in September, December, or January. Team coordinators assist coaches by organizing team practices, communicating with families, and serving as the main point of contact for the team. Team coordinators must also complete the UGA Volunteer Screening process. If you are interested in serving as a shooting sports coach or team coordinator, please contact Rachel Frsibie at rachel.kirkland@uga.edu



What is Project S.A.F.E.?

Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education) is an active program, attractive to youth and adult audiences. The program is curriculum based and designed to assist young people in personal development, establish a personal environmental ethic and explore life-long vocational and avocational activities. The program uses experiential learning and positive interactions with youth and adult role models to help young people develop self-concept, self-assurance and a positive self-image.
 
The program promotes responsibility, decision-making and identifying realistic, personal goals. Participants may elect to compete at a level appropriate for their abilities or pursue other objectives. Participants have shown high achievement in the field, shop or classroom and on target range, but personal development for young people and leaders is the real objective. The program strives to "make the best better."
 
Like other 4-H projects, S.A.F.E. has a subject matter base. It has strong links to natural resources, wildlife, outdoor recreation and safety. The content is drawn from sports medicine, psychology, education, biological and physical sciences engineering, mathematics, technology, as well as American traditions, folklore and history.

Project S.A.F.E. Objectives

  • Enhance youth development of self-concept, character and personal growth through safe, educational and socially acceptable involvement in shooting activities.
  • To involve youth in a life skills program that teaches safe and responsible use of firearms including sound decision-making, self-discipline and concentration.
  • To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
  • To expose participants to the broad array of vocational and life-long avocation activities related to shooting sports.
  • To strengthen families through participation in life-long recreational activities.
  • To complement and enhance the impact of existing safety, shooting and hunter education programs using experiential (hands on) educational methods and progressive development of skills and abilities.

Shotgun Club Safety Policy

Club Policies

1. All parents and members will be provided a copy of this policy for their information. Each parent and member must sign the Participant and Parent Contract stating they have read the document and agree to follow this policy.

2. A 4‐H Certified Coach and Screened Volunteer must be present on the range when shooting is taking place to ensure safety.

3. Members must always be respectful of their leaders, parents, and fellow members. Treat them as you expect to be treated.

4. At least one parent/guardian responsible for the member must be present during practice.

5. Participation in 4‐H Club activities is strongly recommended.

6. Good sportsmanship is not only desired, it is expected!!

7. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all times in the practice and competition areas.

8. Misuse of equipment or reckless behavior that endangers others will result in immediate suspension from practice; after 2 violations, 4‐H Member will be dismissed from the club.

Insurance
Monroe County 4‐H Shotgun Club members and coaches are provided limited insurance coverage by the Monroe County 4‐H Club through American Income Life. The insurance is usable for any injuries that occur at a scheduled Monroe County 4‐H Shotgun Club practice and any competitions.

The Shotgun Team Coordinator will have claim forms in event an accident does occur. Any accident must be reported immediately to the Monroe County 4‐H Agent.

 


Equipment and Ammunition


Any 12 or smaller gauge shotgun is allowed. 4‐H’ers will supply their own shotgun and shotgun shells. Shotgun shells must meet the following specifications:
• 1 1/8 oz. cannot exceed 1290 FPS
• 1 oz. cannot exceed 1325 FPS
• 7/8 oz. cannot exceed 1350 FPS
• Shot size must be 7 ½ or smaller (#8 or #9) and not exceed 1 1/8 oz. Shells will be factory loads. NO RELOADS WILL BE ALLOWED.