The NRA Coach Education Program is administered by the NRA Education & Training Division and offers multi-level training for coaches of the competitive shooting sports in partnership with USA Shooting, the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the Amateur Trapshooting Association, the National Skeet Shooting Association, and the National Sporting Clays Association.
Separate coach training courses are available for rifle, shotgun, pistol, and high power rifle coaches. The Level 1 Coach is trained to coach beginning and intermediate shooting athletes in a two-day school consisting of both classroom instruction and on-the-range practical coaching exercises. Those desiring to attain a Level 2 or Level 3 Coach credential must become a Level 1 Coach and complete specific additional training.
The Rifle Coach Course addresses coaching position smallbore and air rifle competitive shooting. The Shotgun Coach Course addresses five clay target sports (American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, International Trap, and International Skeet). The Pistol Coach Course addresses coaching competitive Bullseye Pistol, Air Pistol and International Pistol Shooting. The High Power Rifle Coach Course addresses coaching competitive High Power Rifle (centerfire) shooting.
All courses include instruction on safety, equipment, shooting fundamentals, coaching methodology, mental training, rulebook use, coaching ethics, training plans, team building, risk management, and history. There are now more than 5,200 credentialed NRA Coaches.
Coach schools are held throughout the Untied States where they are sponsored by gun clubs, shooting organizations, or individuals. NRA provides the school instructor and printed course materials. Scheduled coach schools are usually posted on the NRA website. The fee for a coach school is established and collected by the school sponsor and includes the printed materials, instruction and the fee for the initial three-year Level 1 Coach credential. Click here to learn more about sponsoring a coach school.
Those attending a coach school are expected to have at least a basic understanding of and experience in the chosen shooting discipline.
The Coach Education Program continuously strives to provide outstanding coach education and athlete training that provides a high-quality experience to every shooting athlete. A high-quality experience is one in which every athlete:
- Is coached using up-to-date training principles
- Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the sport and improves as a shooter
- Has fun shooting
- Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance
- Learns "life lessons" that have value beyond the range
We recognize that the coach is the one who most directly makes this all possible. It is our goal to provide every coach with the tools to be successful. We are committed to creating a positive environment in which coaches, athletes, parents, officials, and fans work together to achieve our mission in the shooting community.