Identification and Support of Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs

Youth and social organizations have exposed millions of kids to the shooting sports. The shooting sports industry is literally besieged by this myriad of organizations requesting financial and/or product support. Although these requests for assistance are well intended, the collective scope of needs is well beyond the industry's ability to support all of them. As a service to the shooting sports industry, the YSSA provides guidance as to which of these programs should be considered as priority in having the greatest return on investment measured by projected program growth and participation. Each year, the YSSA conducts a National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment to aid in identifying limitations to program growth attributed to the need for shooting sports equipment and supplies. A panel of select members of the industry review proposals submitted in response to the assessments and identify the priority programs that best contribute to the future market goals of the industry. Invitations to participate in the National Assessments are sent to Boy Scout Councils, JROTC brigade, district and area managers, National 4-H Shooting Sports State contacts, Royal Rangers Region and District leaders and State Association leaders.