Above all else, Coaches are responsible for insuring the safe and responsible use of firearms, and instilling these practices in their team members. Coaches are also responsible for making the team experience fun for all!
Having credentialed coaches has become a necessity in today’s litigious world. Having coaches who have completed a comprehensive coach education program adds an extra dimension to starting the next generation of trapshooters on the correct road to a lifetime of enjoyment of our sport. Having coaches with whom we can communicate quickly will help build and maintain a cohesive ATA youth program. The ATA strongly suggests that all coaches consider attending an NRA/ATA Shotgun Coach School but it is not by any means a requirement for AIM teams.
There are two ways to become an ATA Shooting Coach: (1) by successfully completing an NRA/ATA Trap Coach School, or (2) by successfully completing the NRA/USAS Shotgun Coach School (which, in addition to trap, teaches skeet, sporting clays and International) and using the form at the back of this brochure to request credentialing as an ATA Shooting Coach. Coach Schools may be scheduled in your area by contacting (for a Trap Coach School) the ATA Youth Development Director or (for the NRA/USAS Shotgun Coach School) the NRA National Shotgun Coach Trainer (703-267-1401).
To facilitate communication, current NRA/USAS Shotgun Coach School graduates are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as ATA Shooting Coaches.
All coaches involved with AIM for ATA participants, whether they have taken the Coach School or not, must abide by the Coaching Ethics Code. Graduates of the Coach Schools have already signed that they will abide by the Coaching Ethics Code. For all other coaches, this document may be viewed on line at:
For new participants and their parents on a Club or School team, Coaches are to give a brief introduction to the sport of trapshooting so the entire family understands the sport. Parents may want to take up the sport too!
The youth trapshooters of today are the future of our member clubs. Our member clubs that go to the effort to sponsor a youth trapshooting program need to be thanked. Coaches are urged to instill in their shooters and parents the desire to "give back" to their host club by volunteering service hours to the benefit of the club.
Coaches are urged to make good use of grant opportunities such as Friends of NRA for necessary equipment and supplies for their programs.
Coaches will gather all participant and coach forms and monies and submit them to:
Insurance coverage is available to eligible Credentialed/AIM Coaches and Volunteers with Sportsman’s Insurance Agency, Inc. Credentialed Coaches are covered under the General Liability Insurance for ATA Certified Instructors and Coaches Policy. AIM Coaches and Volunteers are covered under the ATA Gun Club General Liability Policy. To learn more about the policies, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINCHESTER/NRA MARKSMANSHIP QUALIFICATION PROGRAM
NRA/ATA TRAP COACH SCHOOL
Coach School Sponsors Guide:
NRA Shotgun Shooting classes can be found here:
ATA’s TAX-EXEMPT FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES: Help us grow our three tax-exempt Funds – Youth and Education, Gun Clubs, and General – so ATA grants will be available in the future! Donation opportunities are available to Honor Your Shooting Mentor and Remembering a Missing Squad Member. Visit the ATA web site:
Special AIM Discount Programs
AIM Coaching Forms:
Monthly Shooting Event (MSE) Report Form (Take to shoot)