Dec 14

New ISSF Rules

ISSF published via ISSF website, preliminary new rules on 12 Dec 2016 .There are some changes from the draft. Due to international backlash, the air rifle rules are still unofficial. Yet another meeting will take place: the rule re 140 mm butt stock depth may well be dropped entirely. Date TBA.  At present, all wooden stock rifles have been exempted and excluded. The rule in question as been temporarily numbered ISSF RULE

If a metal stocked rifle can not be altered or modified the above rule will be ignored and the rifle accepted as is until further notice.

All the other new rifle rules and the 24 shot Final will be in use at the Air Prov.:

Fore end depth now 120mm

No longer a butt plate lower extension limit.

Lateral butt plate displacement now 30m.

Weights location limited.

Optic lenses in rear sight.

Two 5 shot series at beginning of Final , 250 second time for each.

It is the responsibility of the athletes and coaches to know the rules beforehand

Here is the link to the ISSF website


Aug 29

NCCP Instructor-Beginner Course (rifle, pistol, shotgun)

WHAT: NCCP Instructor-Beginner Shooting Course (rifle, pistol, shotgun)

WHO: Parent coaches, club coaches, cadet coaches, athletes over 16 years of age

HOST: Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports

WHERE: Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club/Port O’Call Best Western

WHEN: October 22-23, 2016


Registration Form: 2016InstrBegRegistrationForm (includes information regarding the Pathway for Instructor-Beginner Coach Development)

Poster: Poster NCCP InstrBeg 2016

Contact Susan Eymann if you require further information at 403-315-1585

Oct 07

2017 AFSS Scholarship

Congratulations to 2016 scholarship recipients Sebastian Robinson, air rifle competitor and Ashley Pikkert, air pistol official (past Canada Games medalist).

The Alberta Federation of Shooting Sports (AFSS) scholarships are for candidates who have demonstrated strong academic performance and a commitment to the sport of shooting through active participation and involvement.

These scholarships are designed to encourage athletes (up to age 25) to maintain their involvement in shooting sports while pursuing post-secondary studies. Two (2) scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded each year. Preference will be given to longtime residents of Alberta.

Application Deadline: December 1 annually

AFSS Scholarship Application


Oct 07

Criteria to Qualify for 2017 ASRA Athlete Grants

2017 ASRA Athlete Grant Information  outlines the process to be followed to qualify for 2017 athlete grants. Please feel free to email Susan with questions if this process is new to you.

Below you will find two Annual Training Plan templates to use as is or customize as desired.

        – Annual Training Plan Template Simple Annual Training Plan template simple

        – Annual Training Plan Template Advanced ( the volume and intensity section is formatted to create a graphic visual)  Annual Training Plan template advanced

Deadline to Submit Annual Training Plans:  December 31, 2016

Disbursement of Grant: January 2018

Oct 07

SFC National Rifle Coach Announcement

The Shooting Federation of Canada is pleased to announce that the role of National Rifle Coach has been awarded to Ramandeep Brar, of Caledon, ON. Ramandeep is originally from India, where she obtained her ISSF B license, both for Coaching Rifle and for Officiating (Rifle and Pistol). Prior to coming to Canada, she held the position of National Rifle Coach for Sri Lanka.

On behalf of the entire Federation, welcome aboard, Ramandeep. We look forward to working with you and learning from your expertise.

Patrick Haynes
VP-High Performance
Shooting Federation of Canada


La Fédération de tir du Canada a le plaisir d’annoncer la nomination de Ramandeep Brar, de Caledon, en Ontario, au poste d’entraîneure nationale en carabine. Ramandeep est originaire de l’Inde, où elle a obtenu son permis B de l’ISSF, comme entraîneure de carabine et officielle (carabine et pistolet). Elle a occupé le poste d’entraîneure nationale en carabine au Sri Lanka avant son arrivée au Canada.

Au nom de toute la Fédération, nous vous souhaitons bienvenue à bord, Ramandeep. Il nous fera plaisir de travailler avec vous et de profiter de votre expertise.

Patrick Haynes
Vice-président de la haute performance
Fédération de tir du Canada

Jul 04

New ISSF rules effective immediately posted 02 Jun 16

To all shooting coaches…

For your information, please see the attached or go to the following link for ISSF Rule updates as of June 2, 2016


2016 ISSF Rule Interpretations and Guidelines as of 02 Jun 16

Feb 15

Announcing the SFC’s New HPP Junior Assistant Coaches

Please welcome Dave, Lisa and Florin!

As you may have heard, the Shooting Federation of Canada Executive Committee has committed to fund its High Performance Junior Program. Members of the Junior Program represent some of the best Under-21 shooting talent that Canada has identified in the Olympic rifle, pistol and Shotgun events. The SFC’s commitment to our Junior athletes extends beyond facilitating access to international ISSF events. We will be funding training camps. Additionally, we  will ensure that qualified coaches support our junior athletes at significant targeted events. To bring this program to light, we have expanded the number of staff working within the Junior High Performance Program. Patrick Haynes, VP of High Performance, plus Richard Lanning, National Junior Development Coach, will be setting the direction for the program. The following additional people will be taking on direct coaching roles:

  • Lisa Borgerson, National Junior Development Assistant Coach (Pistol)
  • Dave Woolridge, National Junior Development Assistant Coach (Rifle)
  • Florin Marinache, National Junior Development Assistant Coach (Shotgun)

Lisa and Dave have been working with the Junior HPP for a few years, most notably in Suhl, Germany, last year. Florin has taken on the challenge of working with the Senior Trap athletes, helping them prepare for the upcoming 2015 Pan American Games. He’ll be transitioning to his new role as we move through and past the Games.

Please congratulate our Junior Development Coaches: Richard, Dave, Lisa and Florin. Better yet: offer your support!

Also, feel free to share this email. If you receive this forwarded email and wish to sign up for the SFC’s Junior Program, please do so at:

Regards, Patrick Haynes VP, High Performance Shooting Federation of Canada

Sep 07

IOC moves shooting from group D up to group C

Shooting moved from Group D to Group C.

The International Olympic Committee announced a new grouping of Olympic sports for the purposes of the distribution of Olympic revenues to international federations, at a joint meeting of its Executive Board and that of the Association of Olympic International Federations at the SportAccord convention in St Petersburg, on the 29th of May.
Being group A the federation with the largest revenues share, and group E the group with the smaller revenues share, Shooting was elevated from group D up to group C.

The new ranking of existing Olympic sports for revenues share is as follows:
Group A
aquatics; athletics; gymnastics
Group B
basketball; cycling; football (soccer); tennis; volleyball
Group C
Shooting; archery; badminton; boxing; judo; rowing; table tennis; weightlifting
Group D
canoe/kayak; equestrian; fencing; handball; (field) hockey; sailing; taekwondo; triathlon, wrestling
Group E
modern pentathlon; golf; rugby sevens.

IOC proposed to ASOIF this new groups after evaluating sports according to six criteria. Each criteria was assigned a different weight:

• TV (the television audiences that each sport attracted during the games): 40
• Internet (the number of internet page views and social media mentions): 20
• General public (favourite sports, according to a survey): 15
• Spectators (ticket requests in the host territory): 10
• Press (number of favourable press articles): 10
• Universality (number of national federations): 5

The validity of this methodology was guaranteed by CIES, the International Centre for Sports Studies in Lausanne, as IOC authorities explained.
“Shooting was previously ranked in Group D. After the last evaluation our sport has been moved up into Group C. This means that the efforts of the ISSF to improve its visibility on TV and Internet were successful, and that Shooting is becoming more and more popular among sport fans.” ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Rana said.
“We welcome this positive news with great pleasure. Our aim is to keep on improving the status of Shooting on the international panorama.” Secretary General Franz Schreiber said. “The ISSF is doing things right in the fields of management, media and promotion, and this positive news proves it.”


Article also available here on line: IOC Group change


Oct 30

Latest CS4L Summary

Hey shooters:

The latest summary regarding Canadian Sport For Life and Long Term Athlete Development can be found on our downloads website page and also here: CS4L summary

Be sure to visit the CS4L website for much more information: CS4L

Canada Sport for Life is an initiative, started at the national level that is directed towards improving Canadians physical and mental health through life long sport involvement.

What better a life long sport than target shooting!

The structure of the CS4L program is based upon well developed sport opportunities and well laid out sport theory from youth to senior levels. The program DOES NOT FOCUS ON AGE so much as opportunity and maturity. This is most important since physical and mental maturation vary from person to person. The goal is to produce a
physically literate individual well based in sport theory.

The sport structure philosophy identified to carry out the CS4L program is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). The LTAD structure identifies a series of sport benchmarks around which a sport can start to focus and develop sport participation from youth to adulthood. One of the ultimate goals is podium performance.


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