Children Are the Future at CCSSEF…
At the Cheshire County Shooting Sports Education Foundation, we are proud of the accomplishments of our young shooters. Supported by CCSSEF, ladies and gentlemen ages 10 to 19 can learn about and develop the skills necessary for rifle marksmanship. Starting with .22LR caliber rifles, our Gold and Silver Team level shooters also practice with Air Rifles.
Led by NRA Certified Level II Rifle Coach Larry Parker Sr, the Ferry Brook Junior Shooters offers an affordable place for the next generation to learn firearm safety and operation, marksmanship skills, as well as enter friendly competition. Personal achievement is accomplished through the NRA/Winchester Marksmanship Qualification Awards Program which takes an average of 2 years to complete.
For 2018, our Alumni Andrew (Junior at West Point) and Tobin Sanctuary (Sophomore at Univ of North Georgia) was named to the CRCA Scholastic All American Award. Bailey Urbach (Junior at Ohio State) Alumni of the Hudson NH Junior Rifle Team was also named. All 3 of these athletes have been named to the Scholastic All American list each year they have been in college. In addition, Elizabeth Dutton (Freshman at Ohio State) of the Hudson Rifle Team made Honorable Mention on the NRA’s All American Collegiate Smallbore Rifle list.
The Next Level: Our Gold and Silver Teams
The Gold and Silver Team shooters are required to participate in a minimum of 5 Junior Olympic and NRA Sectional Matches during the indoor season. Each year, we sponsor the trips of several shooters to out-of-state competitions or training.
Our Shooting Stars
- 2-3 of our shooters attend the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships each year
- One of our shooters has moved on to the US Olympic Development Team and is still active with the Olympic Development Program which he now does via the U.S. Army “World Class Athlete” Program.
- Participating in the National Matches since 1985, our Junior Members have been on the top 3 two-person team 11 times. Three of those times, our shooters have been National Champions.
- Since 1993, 8 of our shooters moved on to be Collegiate Shooters. 3 of them have earned the title of “All American Shooters”. Only 4 with that title were from New Hampshire since it began in 1936.
- In the past 20 years, 3 of our shooters have become members of Military (ARMY & MARINE) Rifle Teams. A 4th is currently through military training to be part of the US Army’s “World Class Athlete Program”
We also Target Character Development
More than just about shooting, both coaches encourage the children to develop and maintain strong moral characters. Team spirit, responsibility, and accountability are highly valued. “We teach our shooters that they should seek out the accomplishments and positive achievements of others and speak and congratulate appropriately on those activities…”
“Pay it Forward” is also a motto for the team. Giving back to the community is a point that our coaches stress. From being good role-models, to volunteering themselves once graduating our program, our juniors learn valuable experiences they can use for life. Whether it be during summer camp at the club or via sponsorships to national competitions and clinics, CCSSEF has provided our youths opportunities to gain poise, confidence, and self-esteem.
The cost is $80 per year or $20 for the Fall, $40 for the Indoor range season, and $20 for the Spring.
Everything our shooters need to participate is provided thanks to our generous sponsors.
For further information, contact Larry Parker Sr.
Phone: (603) 357-6047
The JUNIOR RIFLE TEAM would again like to thank the generous donations by all of our sponsors for the 2015-2016 season: The NRA Foundation, Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA), Federal/CCI Cartridge, The MIDWAY FOUNDATION, Mike Korpi & Keene Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Jay & Allison Davidson, Bob Felock, Dave Swenson, Victor Lawrence, The Pfizer Corp, Andrew Solomonides, Charley Troccia, Pinney Plumbing, Mia Capelli Hair Salon, Emerson’s Towing, Keene Transmission, JDJ Builders and Jim Devine.
THANK YOU to our 2016-107 season sponsors so far; Pinney Plumbing & Heating, Mia Capelli Hair Salon, Emerson’s Towing & Repair, Keene Transmission, Symond’s Landscaping, Coll’s Cleaning, Full Throttle Powersports, Victor Lawrence, The Car Family, The Piazza Family, Scott McFarland and Dave Swenson. Their donations of ammunition, equipment and funds help make our Junior Rifle Program a success. Consider being a sponsor of this worthy activity for our youth