NSSA’s Executive Committee has convened the three previous weeks via phone conference to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our association and, more importantly, our members, member clubs, and NSC employees.
As we watch the world respond to this unprecedented crisis, it is clear to us that we have one priority: the health and safety of our members and employees.
With you as our focus, we recommend our members and member clubs follow your national, provincial, state, and local government precautionary guidelines.
We recommend these guidelines be viewed as the parameters to govern your club’s decision process to host sporting clays and skeet events.
We encourage ALL to consult and adhere to these guidelines as this situation continues to evolve.
NSSA will adhere and comply with the recommendations of local government recommendations and mandates that affect our NSSA- and NSCA-sponsored competitions (e.g., Krieghoff Masters, Kolar U.S. Open, World FITASC, National Sporting Clays Championship, Junior World, and World Skeet Championships, etc.).
We will assess the viability of these premiere events through weekly conference calls and make decisions with your health and safety as our focus.
We fully expect that our decisions will not be universally appreciated, but our mission, as your volunteer leaders in collaboration with your NSC staff, is to serve you and lead our association of 48,000 members and 620 clubs in 31 nations.
We encourage member clubs to follow our lead and assess your activities through the lens of your local government guidelines.
1. Provide 100% refund of deposits for NSSA- and NSCA-sponsored shoots if cancellations occur -OR- if the shooter is not comfortable with traveling to an event due to their personal risk assessment.
2. Explore options for postponing versus canceling events to a later date in 2020, if feasible and practical.
3. Make timely decisions on NSSA- and NSCA-sponsored shoots.
4. Support our members and clubs through our Headquarters staff performing their continuity of operations, working in both remote and on-site capacities.
In closing, we will continue to monitor current conditions and make decisions with your health and safety as our primary focus. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Chairman, NSCA Executive Council
Michael Hampton, Jr.
NSSA-NSCA Executive Director
NSSA and NSCA have doubled their commitment to their scholarship programs and will each award four $5000 college scholarships this year to deserving members who will graduate from high school and start a four-year college program in 2020.
The scholarships will be awarded based on academics, citizenship, and participation in NSSA or NSCA. Applicants must submit an application, a short essay, a transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The scholarships are paid incrementally by semester, and students must maintain a B average.
The deadline to apply has been extended to March 15, 2020. Scholarship winners will be notified prior to the end of the school year and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Clay Target Nation.
See full requirements and application forms below.
The previous shoot year has been processed, and 2020 Classification Cards are ready for members.
New in 2020: Your Member ID and Classification Card will not be mailed to you via U.S. mail. Instead, you can access them immediately by logging in to MyNSSA.com or MyNSCA.com. Navigate to the Members menu and choose My Home Page.
You’ll see a page that looks like this:
Once you’re on the page, choose My Credentials to view and download your Member ID card and your 2020 Classification Card. Here’s a tip: To keep your member card handy, you can download and store it in your smartphone for quick and easy proof of current membership at your next registered event.
Choose My Benefits to explore your new 2020 benefits, like discounts from Federal Ammunition and, soon, a special program from Sportsman’s Insurance Agency, Inc. (for qualifying members).
Upload a photo. Explore the links. Read through the 2020 Member Benefits Guide. There’s a lot to do within My Home Page, with more great programs coming in 2020.
In the past, if you needed a replacement card, you had to contact headquarters and wait for the mail. Now, new credentials are just a click away, anytime you need them!
At the recent winter meeting of NSSA and NSCA governing bodies, a plan was made to explore a potential endowment program to benefit NSSA and NSCA. A workshop will be held to initiate the effort. President Don Kelly and Past President John Haugh prepared a statement on the plan, inviting interested members to participate:
Throughout the history of our association, our members, members’ families, and friends within the shooting community have donated both real property (e.g., guns) and financial contributions.
Currently, we have ad hoc resources and personnel to properly and legally receive and process these donations.
As a result of 3-5 years of observing NSC staff handle this process, coupled with research from professional fundraising and marketing firms, the NSSA has formed an “Exploration Team” to evaluate the necessity to formalize the infrastructure, personnel, and governance and refine the addressable donor population.
- As of January 16, 2020, the NSSA has received private donations or pledges of $75,000 to fund the exploratory effort.
- The Exploration team is a volunteer, vetted team nominated and selected across both of our disciplines (sporting and skeet).
- A workshop will be held in March-April 2020 at a location to be determined. We will invite subject matter experts from professional fundraising firms, marketing firms, and our selected NSSA-NSCA volunteers.
- The workshop will provide the NSSA Executive Committee and NSCA Executive Council a report with recommendations for action to develop an endowment program or refrain from this pursuit.
- Inherent to the report, if determined we proceeed with an endowment program, the exploration team will define a design, implementation and execution phase, narrowly focused on 18-36 months of the program.
Interested Volunteers and Donors:
If you are interested in participating in the workshop or have a recommendation for consideration, please contact John Haugh at 216-533-4203 or Don Kelly at 920-619-3504 no later than February 15, 2020.
Donald J. Kelly, NSSA President
John C. Haugh, NSSA Past President