Welcome to Triple Nickel Junior Shooting Sports
The Triple Nickel post in Ely, Iowa founded a Junior Shooting Sports (JSS) club in the fall / winter of 2016, under the governance of the American Legion shooting division of the organization. The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program encourages marksmanship and gun safety education for junior high and high school aged youth.
Starting in the fall of 2017, the club focuses on the American Legion curriculum of “Junior Shooting Sports” Basic Marksmanship Course. Volunteer coaches will provide instruction on air rifle markmanship during an eight week lesson plan. The Basic Marksmanship Course is a comprehensive instruction package for the beginning shooter that has little or no marksmanship experience. The course insures understanding by the student and easy use by the instructor. Gun safety and marksmanship fundamentals are taught through a balanced mix of short lecture or discussion followed by hands-on activity.
The coursework and hands on training will focus on gun safety, education, and markmanship and provide a basic element of:
The class can accommodate 12 student athletes each session. Each student athlete is required to supply their own eye protection.
Due to the class being only 8 weeks in duration, students are urged to attend all 8 classes. We recognize that family emergencies arise, therefore students are required to attend a minimum 7 of the 8 classroom sessions in order to obtain their certification. Attendees will receive classroom learning and will have instruction on the three positions of air rifle competition: Prone, Standing, Kneeling. Students attending this class will receive a handbook and will be given six quizzes during the 8 week session, followed by a final exam.
American Legion Triple Nickel’s Facility
Is located at the American Legion Post 555 (the St. Quentin Post)
at 1545 Main Street, Ely, Iowa 52227.
The Ely American Legion will provide a printed copy to students: “Student’s Guide to Position Air Rifle” (this is the content that students will cover in the 8 week Basic Marksmanship Shooting Program). An online version can be viewed here American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program Student Handbook
Note that there is reading assignments prior to the 1st class and each were to prepare for the following week’s content. Click here for the Basic Marksmanship Assignments by week.
Fall 2017 classes will be Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.
November 7, 2017 December 5, 2017 January 2, 2018
November 14 December 12
November 21 December 19
Winter 2018 Session (if there is interest):
January 9, 2018 February 6, 2018
January 16 February 13
January 23 February 20
January 30 February 27
How to sign up as a participant for the 2017-18 classes?
Student Athletes: 12 participants per session will be accepted due to equipment availability/requirements.
Signup will be conducted online and on a first come / first serve basis
Triple Nickel JSSC’s Annual dues and usage fees
Currently, we do not charge a membership fee for student athletes or families. While there are costs associated with facilitation of the program, donations are welcome.
How can the Triple Nickel JSS and shooting sports benefit student athletes?
Educate. Knowledge. Self Confidence.
There are companies and government organizations that support the shooting sports, some of which include the following:
- Army Cadet Command (Army JROTC)
- Civilian Marksmanship Program
- Daisy / U. S. Jaycees Shooter Education Program
- Marine Corps Training and Education Command (USMC JROTC)
- USA Shooting
- National Rifle Association
- Iowa DNR Shooting Sports
- Iowa Companies including: Brownells & Crow Shooting Supply, Knight Rifles, Hunter Specialties, etc
The Triple Nickel Junior Shooting Sports Club’s volunteers are available for questions you may have:
- Executive Board: Butch Gaddis (President), Tina Elwood Gehrke (VP), Juan Trevino (Secretary), Jerry Walling (Treasurer)
- Coaches/Safety Officers: Executive Board Members, Garrett Carlson, Wesley Carlson, Ed Mertens, Alan Wery