Ely Junior Shooting Sports Program (JSSP)
The JSSP is a national program with the American Legion. The Ely American Legion has a JSSP Iowa program that consists of:
1. 8 week Basic Marksmanship Classes (registration* in August and classes start on Tuesdays in October)
2. November thru March – Air Rifle practices (3 positions)
*It is recommended that students have the upper body strength to hold up an air rifle (older than 9 years old is strongly recommended and preferred)
Fall/Winter Basic Marksmanship Class Registration: Opens Aug 1 (limited to 12 students) and is shared on social media (Ely American Legion Facebook page). The 2023 Competition Season begins in November 2022.
Basic Marksmanship Registration
The annual Basic Marksmanship Program classes take place in the fall.
Registration opens August 1 and is limited to 12 students. Registration is strictly online.
Classes take place weekly on Tuesday evenings starting the first Tuesday of October and continue weekly every Tuesday through November.
Tentatively, student athletes who are confirmed registrants for the class will meet on the 2nd Saturday in September at the Ely American Legion Post for completion of registration information and pick up of class materials.
Basic Marksmanship Class Materials
Ely American Legion will provide a printed copy to students: “Student’s Guide to Position Air Rifle”
(binder includes 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.
How to sign up as a participant for the classes?
A link will be shared on this site and in social media with the link to online registration
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 annual costs associated with facilitation of the program, donations are welcome.
How can the Triple Nickel JSS and shooting sports benefit student athletes?
Safety. 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
Do you have additional questions for 555JSS?
The Triple Nickel Junior Shooting Sports Club’s volunteers are available for questions you may have:
Executive Board: Tina Elwood Gehrke, Juan Trevino, Garrett Carlson
Coaches/Safety Officers and board members: Alan Wery, Jerry Walling
Thanks to former Air Rifle Club President Butch Gaddis for helping to start this program in 2019.
Historical State of Iowa Match Award Winners who came from Ely Program:
Chase Gehrke, 6th 2016
Kaleb Lane, 4th 2016
Kadence Gillin, 3rd 2021