AIM is the OFFICIAL youth program of the Amateur Trapshooting Association.
AIM’s Focus: Members of AIM will enjoy the thrill of shooting registered competition on a level playing field as an individual and/or as a team. The purpose of AIM is to provide a safe and positive experience with firearms and registered trapshooting for youth, elementary school through college age. AIM encourages good sportsmanship and personal responsibility through competition while establishing the foundation to make trapshooting a lifelong avocation.
National Governing Body: The Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) is the official governing body of the sport of Trapshooting. Founded in 1889, the ATA is the “faithful protector” of the sport of trapshooting and as such governs the sports’ rules and regulations. The ATA also seeks means to enhance the sport while stimulating growth and participation. The ATA provides trophies, financial assistance and event management to support state and provincial associations. In addition to the many services and perks the ATA offers to its members such as scores published in the Official Magazine of the ATA, Trap & Field, and online tracking of scores via shootata.com; the ATA hosts the largest shooting event of its kind, the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships. The ATA believes that their role as the National Governing Body of American Style Trapshooting instills an obligation to promote a premier program for the development and recognition of young trapshooting athletes everywhere.
Official Rules: ATA Rules will govern the AIM Program unless otherwise noted. It is the responsibility of coaches and participants alike to be familiar with all aspects of the ATA Rule Book. All teams are expected to be comprised of local shooters from the same club, school, organization, or group. A qualified coach or adult must be present while athletes are on the field during practice or competition. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that all applicable laws within their jurisdiction are complied with.
AIM Operations Handbook: All rules and regulations regarding AIM can be found in our AIM Operations Handbook. You can request a copy to be mailed to you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual Classification: Classes are used in each age category for the Online Zone Championship and the AIM Grand National Singles & Doubles Championships. In the current target year, the target requirement to avoid minimum Class B for any age category will be 200 singles targets prior to the Online Zone Championship and 400 Singles targets prior to the AIM Grand National Championship. In Grand Championship Doubles, the target requirement to avoid minimum Class B for any age category will be 200 targets prior to the event. There will be no target requirements or penalty yardage for the AIM Grand National Individual Handicap Championship. Members will compete from their current ATA yardage.
Team (squad) Classification: Any shooters may shoot on a squad composed of members of other categories. However the squad will be shooting in the highest category represented in the squad. (Example if a squad is comprised of 1 pre-sub 2 sub juniors and 2 juniors the squad will be competing in the junior category) Moving up in age group is for Team purposes only and does not affect the individual’s category with AIM.
AIM Annual Teams: All AIM Annual Teams will be based on AIM membership and the total number of members in the category/zone/state. AIM All Stars are the highest level of shooting recognition followed by All-Zone then All-State.
Scholarships: Yearly scholarships will awarded to eligible members. Scholarships will be given out in Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship. Additional scholarships may also be available each year. Contact the ATA office for additional information on how to donate to the AIM Scholarship Fund.
Insurance Statement: “AIM” has been added as an additional named insured on ATA’s policy and is afforded the same liability protection as is currently in effect for all of the other approved ATA entities and activities. For more information, please call Sportsman’s Insurance: (800) 925-7767
Special Awards: Special awards are available at the AIM Grand Championships for Teams/Squads representing the organizations below: 4H, FFA, Boy Scouts of America, American Legion.