March 13th, 2012

CMP News — ‘On the Mark’ eZine and Summer Camp Sign-Ups

On the MarkThe Winter 2012 Issue of the CMP’s On The Mark eZine is now available for downloading as a PDF file. You can download this issue, and previous issues, by logging on to the CMP’s On the Mark webpage. The Winter 2012 Issue includes articles on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun, the 2012 Camp Perry Open, Learning to Compete Successfully, Mind Over Matter (Mental Training), and much more.

CMP Summer CampCMP 2012 Summer Air Rifle Training Camps and Clinics
Each summer the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) sponsors a popular series of Junior Air Rifle Camps and Clinics to teach intermediate and advanced rifle marksmanship skills to junior shooters and their adult leaders. There are seven camp sessions (plus two outreach clinics) scheduled for 2012. The first session starts June 11, and the last session begins July 30, 2012. Detailed information about the camps and how to apply to attend them are listed on the CMP website. All camp sessions are one-week-long, three-position air rifle camps, with the exception of the Outreach Clinics and the Advanced Standing Camp. These summer camps fill up quickly, so if you know a young shooter who wants to attend, be sure he or she submits an application soon. Most of the camps cost $230.00 for the week. For additional information, please contact Sommer Wood, CMP Junior Rifle Camp Director by emailing swood [at] odcmp.com.

Camp Location Camp Dates
1 Anniston, AL- CMP South 11-15 June
2 Camp Perry, OH- CMP North 18-22 June
3 Camp Perry, OH- CMP North (Advanced Standing Camp) 23-24 June
  Outreach Clinic- MO 25-27 June
4 Anniston, AL- CMP South (Advanced Standing Camp) 2-3 July
  Outreach Clinics- AZ, NM
(More clinic locations will be added soon!)
9-14 July
(Dates Vary)
5 Anniston, AL- CMP South 16-20 July
6 Anniston, AL- CMP South 23-27 July
7 Anniston, AL- CMP South 30 July-3 Aug
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February 27th, 2012

Four Air Rifle Shooters Nominated to 2012 U.S. Olympic Team

Based on their showings in 10m Air Rifle Olympic trials, four athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team. The Men’s 10m Air Rifle nominees are two-time Olympic medalist Matt Emmons and 2011 Pan American Games silver medalist Jonathan Hall. The two women nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team are Sarah Scherer and 2008 Olympian Jamie Gray. Olympic Team selection was based on the aggregate of four courses of fire and two best finals. All athletes nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team must now be approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

U.S. Olympic Airgun

Matt Emmons, already nominated for Men’s 50m Rifle Three Position, led the selection with a total of 2587.7 points. Matt note: “I’m happy to earn another nomination to the team and shoot another event at the Olympics. At the same time, I know the scores that I shot throughout Trials are not going to be competitive at the Games and I know what I need to do to get there.” Close behind Emmons, Jon Hall finished the 2012 Trials with 2586.7 total points. Hall, a senior at Columbus State University in Georgia, finished third in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Airgun Trials, barely missing the team in 2008. Hall said that making the 2012 Olympics team is “a relief and an exciting moment — I’ve been working towards this my whole life.”

In Women’s 10m Air Rifle, 21-year-old Sarah Scherer and 2008 Olympian Jamie Gray received nominations to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Scherer is now the second member of her family to earn an Olympic berth. Scherer’s brother, Stephen, was a member of the 2008 Team, and passed away in 2011. “Honestly, thank you Lord. Without him I could not have made it through this match,” said Scherer who battled a severe head cold throughout the weekend. “The only thing that I had left in my shooting that was still me was my focus and concentration. I couldn’t hear or see as well as normal and my heart rate was all over the place. I’m just so thankful that I made it through.”

Gray, already nominated to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s 50m 3P Rifle, is “looking forward to shooting two events [in London].” Jamie, the wife of USAMU SSG Hank Gray, will continue her training at the USAMU’s ranges in Fort Benning, GA, as well as the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Airgun Course of Fire Explained
In airgun competition, male and female competitors shoot 60 and 40 shots respectively during a single course of fire at electronic targets 10m (32.8 feet) down range. The maximum number of points available is 600 for men and 400 points for women with 10 being the highest score possible per shot. Athletes qualify for the finals by placing in the top eight after an aggregate match score. The final for both events consists of ten shots. The scoring in the finals is unique because decimals are counted, so the maximum number of points a competitor can earn is 109 points with 10.9 being the highest score possible per shot.

In related news, two 10m air pistol shooters secured Team nominations at the Olympic Trials held at Port Clinton, Ohio this past weekend. Now set to compete with Team USA are three-time Olympian SFC Daryl Szarenski, and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner. SFC Szarenski is the 2011 Pan-American Games Men’s 10m Air Pistol gold medalist. Daryl came into the weekend with an 18-point advantage over his nearest competitor and finished atop the standings with 2537.4 total points.

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