ACUI Collegiate Shooting Partner Information

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) is proud to host the only collegiate shotgun event with six disciplines recognizing athletes in men's, women's, and team competitions and three divisions of High Overall School competition.

Any college or university that presents a program for the cultural, educational and recreational life of the student body as a preliminary activity is eligible to join the association and will receive a discount on registration. If the school that the student is attending is not an ACUI member they may still participate at a higher registration cost assuming they meet eligibility requirements.

The ACUI Student Programs Recreation and Leisure Activities committee annually sponsors the Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships. ACUI's program brings students, coaches, and families together with numerous firearm companies and shooting organizations who sponsor the ACUI shotgun event.

 

About MidwayUSA Foundation
MidwayUSA Foundation exists to raise funding and other resources for Youth Development Programs in the shooting sports industry. Benefactors are MidwayUSA owned by Larry and Brenda Potterfield who created the MidwayUSA Foundation that funds youth programs with millions of dollars in grants, promotes youth shooting throughout the county, and provides incentives for fundraising. 

Beginning in 2011, ACUI partnered with the foundation staff and the SCTP/SSSF regional directors to develop collegiate teams and assist them in getting to the ACUI Championships. The SSSF staff was an integral part of the ACUI event and regional directors of development served as officials on the field for the ACUI event. 

These valuable partnerships have helped the youth and collegiate teams as well as the ACUI program grow to record numbers in both the conference championships and the culminating national championship that it is today. 

About USAYESS
USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS) the nation's premier all inclusive and fastest growing youth clay target program, helps introduce youth to competitive shooting sports in fun filled events with hands-on activities. While the organization is one of the newer groups on the youth shooting scene, their staff and volunteers have deep roots in the sport.

ACUI is happy to have them as our official youth partner. Mike Borg, USAYESS President is a long time support of the ACUI program. Find a team in your area or find out more about the organization on their website.

About Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP)
SCTP is a youth development program where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and team work while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to SCTP athletes. SCTP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements – Fun and Safety. The safe handling of firearms is the primary focus of all SCTP clubs which is key to an event with over 400 students.

To learn more about SSSF/SCTP visit their website.

About NSSF 
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) introduced its Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative (CSSI) in 2010 with a goal of providing colleges and universities with the tools they need to take the initiative and help grow the shooting sports at the college level. They have been a sponsor of the ACUI championships for nearly ten years. 

The CSSI Grant Program makes funds available to qualified colleges and universities to implement or support their shooting clubs or teams. The amount of funding that selected applicants may be awarded shall be at the sole discretion of the NSSF. NSSF's award decisions are final and non-reviewable.

The program's focus is recruitment and retention. The grants are provided by National Shooting Sports Foundation and are meant to supplement the resources colleges and universities have to create or expand their shooting programs; introduce and educate students, coaches, faculty and other school officials about the shooting sports; and/or provide more opportunities for students to participate in the shooting sports at both the club and competitive levels. Many schools use these funds to attend the ACUI event for the first time.

For more information on NSSF and the CSSI, visit their website or contact Zach Snow at 203.426.1320.

About USA Shooting
USA Shooting (USAS) prepares American athletes to win Olympic and Paralympic medals, promote the shooting sports throughout the U.S., and govern the conduct of international shooting in the country.

USA Shooting, serves as the National Governing Body for International shooting sports. ACUI competition hosts both International Skeet and International Trap championships. The Youth Programs and Athlete Development Manager offers National Development Team slots for Skeet winners at ACUI (one male and one female), assuming the winners shoot a minimum qualifying score of 95. In order for this to happen USAS Skeet rules are applied to the event and Skeet machines are run off international requirements. Since the National Shooting Complex does not have international trap bunkers, no spot is awarded from the ACUI competition for trap. 

USAS also provides officials  for the ACUI event as it furthers their work with implementation and management development of programs and events at the local, state, regional, and national levels.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, USA Shooting has a full-time staff dedicated to furthering the sport and supporting athletes and members of the organization. The organization has a USA Shooting News magazine publication, as well as public and member specific websites.

For more information or to support the USAS efforts, visit their website
 
About NRA Collegiate programs
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has a special Collegiate and Schools Department responsible for all NRA programs and involvement with collegiate and school shooting programs. Those programs include; NRA Collegiate Rifle & Pistol Sectionals, NCAA Rifle Championships, NRA Collegiate Pistol Championships, NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships, ACUI Shotgun Championships, and Junior/Senior ROTC. The National Rifle Association's Intercollegiate Sectionals and Nationals provide the opportunity for individuals and teams to compete with hundreds of collegiate shooters across the nation and to compare their marksmanship performance by being nationally ranked.

The NRA provides the ACUI championships support in scholarships, awards for the international events, scoring volunteers, and media support via the NRA Blog and the Shooting Sports USA magazine. Most prestigious is the NRA All American Award. NRA All-American Shotgun honors will be awarded to the top ten High Overall National Champions at the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships. The All-American award, created by the NRA in 1936 to honor top collegiate rifle shooters, has become an attainable, although elusive, goal for all three disciplines of college shooting sports.

For more information on the NRA collegiate program visit their website or contact Tori Croft at 703.267.1473.

About the NGBs 
ACUI looks to the National Governing Bodies of the six disciplines that are a part of the collegiate shotgun compeition for current rules to govern its program. 

 

Updated Sept. 27, 2016