CMP’s Junior Rifle Camps allow virtual practice for athletes, coaches

Jun 17, 2020 | Sports | 0 comments

The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 Junior Rifle Camps were cancelled due to the sudden outbreak of COVID-19. Because of the complexity of rescheduling across the country throughout several venues, as well as the uncertainty the virus still presents, the CMP has rescheduled the camps for another date within this year.

In an attempt to keep junior athletes sharp and continue their marksmanship growth, a curriculum to allow juniors to continue training during the summer months can be done from home.

The new Online Rifle Camp curriculum will go live June through August, serving as a temporary replacement for the camps (temporary, as we recognize there is no substitute for receiving hands-on coaching). At the CMP, it is our intention to always remain constructive by presenting alternative methods for athletes and coaches to stay actively engaged during times that we cannot offer traditional hands-on training.

Throughout the span of 10 weeks, the online camp will cover similar topics to what the CMP’s prestigious camps have offered in the past.

Through a focus on the entire process of taking a shot, students will learn: how to set-up and troubleshoot positions; how to abstract and fine-tune shot process; how to recognize emotions and build a toolset to help control them; and training and competition strategies.

Coaches and parents will have a full curriculum this summer through a coach’s course that mirrors the athlete educational topics. Coaches will learn how to set up athletes in position, how to recognize what is going on within positions or downrange and will even be educated on motivation and team building.

On top of the regular course, camp director Chance Cover will be hosting a weekly Zoom webinar, open to all participants in the athlete or coaching curriculums. The webinar will be used to address comments or questions that were presented in the given week’s lesson and will allow different perspectives to be shared.

Comments and questions can be submitted through email and may either be presented in the framework of the lesson or discussed during the Zoom meeting, depending on the number of inquiries and time allowance.

Guest coaches, educators and athletes may also make appearances in the weekly topics and Zoom webinars throughout the curriculum to provide other insights into topics and to add positive input into the curriculum itself.

A fee of $10 per participant is needed to attend the course. Registration will open on June 1, and topics will go live every Monday from June 8 through Aug. 11, with the weekly Zoom webinar every Friday from June 12 through Aug. 15.

If interested in the CMP’s online camps, go to to register. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Chance Cover at or (419) 635-2141, Ext. 603.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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