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ALL current New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructors are REQUIRED to update their Instructor Training to the NEW National 4-H Shooting Sports and New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Guidelines.

Instructors Have Two (2) Options

  1. Attend one (1) of the 14-hour programs to be offered this year in person (you may participate in a new discipline at that time); or
  2. Participate in a shorter in-person or web based online retraining that is currently offered as needed (expected to be about 2-3 hours of online training). New manuals for the first two programs you primarily teach in will be provided at either the in-person training or mailed to your county office.

All Instructors who have NOT taught in the last two (2) years OR who are NOT currently an approved member of their County 4-H Program have been REMOVED from the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor list and their information has been placed in the inactive file.

Inactive Instructors seeking to regain active status MUST re-establish themselves as an enrolled qualified 4-H Program Volunteer and complete the full New York State Training in order to become an active New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: Your County Cooperative Extension 4-H Educator MUST sign off on your Instructor Applicant Registration Form in order for you to qualify for admission into the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training program. Your County 4-H Educator’s signature verifies that you, as an applicant, have undergone: 1) a criminal background check; 2) a reference check; 3) an interview; and 4) a County orientation. A County's failure to comply with any part of the Volunteer Involvement Policy and Procedure (VIPP) practices of Cornell Cooperative Extension will result in the automatic disqualification and rejection of an applicant from the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Registration Forms without the appropriate County 4-H Educator’s verifying signature will not be accepted by New York State 4-H Shooting Sports.

Experience the Shooting Sports

See the NYS4-HSS Upcoming Events Page for Dates of Future Instructor Trainings!


New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Program Guidelines & Materials

The following materials are now available for download:

I.  NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Plan & Best Management Practices in Power Point

II. NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Form Code (Abridged Version)

III. NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Firearms Safety Program Guidelines

IV. NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Annual County Report Summary Form

V. National 4-H Shooting Sports Code of Ethics

VI. National 4-H Shooting Sports Education Program Priority Pyramid

VII. National 4-H Shooting Sports Experimental Learning Model

VIII. Certified Instructor Training - Frequently Asked Questions


NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Program Guidelines and Materials continue to be updated and will be available on this page for viewing and download. Our goal is have as many necessary resources available to our Instructors, as possible, in one easily accessible on-line location. We appreciate your patience as we complete the necessary updates and upgrades to make this transition.





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