4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification 


Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. Volunteers play a key role in developing these skills for all youth in 4-H. To ensure that all Kentucky 4-H members have a well-rounded educational experience in their chosen shooting sports discipline(s) volunteers wishing to coach a specific discipline must be certified. Every Kentucky county wishing to offer one of the six (6) shooting sports disciplines must have a minimum of one (1) adult certified coach in that discipline. A volunteer can obtain certification by attending one of the KY 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certifications offered throughout the year.

Coaches Certification is a 3 day, 2-night training course provided for both adults and teens. Successful certification requires a minimum of 12 hours of instruction and range work plus the completion and passing of a final exam. Only one discipline may be completed per workshop. This training is open to both adults (19 years of age or older, “aged out” by 4-H age policy) and teens (14 years of age or older per their 4-H age). Nationally certified Shooting Sports Instructors provide all materials and training. The objectives of this workshop are:

  • To provide 4-H volunteers with training, resources and curriculum, developed by the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee, necessary to conduct successful and safe activities for 4-H club meetings and practices.
  • To ensure a sound and well-rounded educational experience for youth enrolled in the shooting sports program.
  • To provide 4-H volunteers with a strong foundation in positive youth development.
  • To reduce the liability that volunteers may encounter when working within the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. This is accomplished by ensuring that all 4-H shooting sports coaches are following an approved curriculum and have been certified by the University of Kentucky to work with youth.

Contact your county extension office for more information (link)


Save The Date

**Please note, due to changing Covid-19 guidance these dates are subject to change

  • Date: March 11-13, 2022
  • Location: Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp, Jabez, KY
  • Cost: $200/participant

Contact your county extension office for information regarding deadlines and fees (link)


Additional Information



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State Contact:  Ashley Marcum | ashley.marcum@uky.edu | 859-218-0993