National Sporting Clays Association
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Shooting Instruction


NSCA's Certified Instructor program prepares instructors to train shooters at all levels for enjoyment and competition. For new shooters, a qualified instructor can help make that first experience an enjoyable one, chipping away at beginner's frustration and providing a good foundation for future shooting fun. At higher levels, NSCA instructors can shorten the journey toward any shooter's goals.

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  Sporting Clays Instruction Articles

Instructors, Beware of Scammers Instructors, Beware of Scammers

Once again we are reminding NSCA instructors to be wary of inquiries for instructional services that sound out of the norm. Scammers periodically target our instructors, usually starting with what sounds like a lucrative arrangement for a group of wealthy shooters and followed by a request for cash disbursements on their behalf. The scammer usually claims to be a third party making arrangements for others. While the apparent scammers originally contacted... [more...]


Instructors: Update to Scam Warning Instructors: Update to Scam Warning

We recently contacted NSCA Certified Instructors about an apparent scam that has been circulating yet again, one which resurfaces periodically and targets NSCA instructors and clubs. Following our warning, we heard from many of you who related your experiences. Our instructors receive emails and text messages purported to be from a woman named Diane Mancene. While the scam varies in some small details, generally, this has been the scenario: She asks... [more...]


Scholastic Instructor Certification Course Launched Scholastic Instructor Certification Course Launched

Contributed by Rick Smith, NSCA Level III Certified Instructor In the summer of 2014, plans were in the making for an additional NSCA Certified Instructor course. Due to the rapid growth of youth shooting and the lack of trained coaches, a new instructor certification was needed. By the fall of 2014, the Scholastic Instructor Certification course came to fruition. Don Currie, the NSCA Chief Instructor, was instrumental in developing this certification.... [more...]


Instructors Team with NSSF Program Instructors Team with NSSF Program

The NSCA and the NSSF have teamed up to offer NSCA Certified Instructors (Level I, II, and III) the opportunity to provide the NSSF’s First Shots program at your local gun club and get paid to do so. First Shots is a national program which has been in place since 2005. It is aimed at giving individuals an opportunity to try shooting for the first time without having to make a huge financial or time commitment. The premise is that after people... [more...]


Changes to Certified Instructor Program Changes to Certified Instructor Program

The NSCA Instructor Committee is working to create enhancements to the Certified Instructor Program, and new Chief Instructor Don Currie has prepared information for instructors on these upcoming changes to the program. After listening to input from current instructors, the committee clarified and revised some of the provisions it had previously announced. If you are currently an instructor or interested in becoming an NSCA Certified Instructor, you... [more...]


NSCA Selects Currie as Chief Instructor NSCA Selects Currie as Chief Instructor

NSCA Level III instructor Don Currie has been named Chief Instructor of the NSCA Instructor Certification Program. Currie replaces Gary Greenway who is retiring after serving 10 years as the Chief Instructor. Currie was selected by the NSCA Executive Committee following a nationwide search. In his new role, he will be responsible for administering the NSCA Instructor Certification Program, including developing curriculum and materials and marketing... [more...]


Level III Instructors Plan Vegas Clinic Level III Instructors Plan Vegas Clinic

Two NSCA Level III instructors, Mike McAlpine and Dan Whitehead, will offer a three-day clinic in April in Las Vegas, NV. The clinic is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, at the Clark County Shooting Complex. During the three days of instruction, McAlpine and Whitehead will teach shooters: how to read targets how target setters think various shooting techniques and why to use them the importance of sound fundamentals the importance... [more...]


Apply to Become Chief Instructor Apply to Become Chief Instructor

NSCA is seeking to fill the position of NSCA Chief Instructor of the Instructor Certification Program. The goals of the Instructor Certification Program are: to certify qualified instructors around the country to provide a minimum of one instructor per NSCA facility; to develop and consistently administer all of the program levels of instruction to include curriculum, manuals, lesson plans, continuing education, recertification and schedules throughout... [more...]


NSCA Team USA Shooting Schools NSCA Team USA Shooting Schools

Here’s your chance to learn sporting clays from some of the top shooters in the world – members of NSCA Team USA – at the 2014 NSCA Team USA Shooting Schools. Three schools are scheduled for January 27-28, March 10-11, and May 19-20 in Florida, Texas, and New Jersey, respectively.  Read More →


Instruction Email Scam Resurfaces Instruction Email Scam Resurfaces

In an apparent scam that recycles every several months, NSCA members and staff have again been receiving emails lately from an individual who claims he wants to book instruction for a group of shooters from foreign countries. When recipients respond, the person elaborates with details about the group’s plans, including the need for hotel accommodations. In the past, instructors who responded to these emails have been asked to pay for hotels,... [more...]