Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP)

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is the national governing body for youth speed shooting on steel targets, offering kids from 14 years old through college the opportunity to safely participate in our exciting team-based Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) — a sport that can truly be enjoyed for lifetime. Like all the sports SSSF offers, SPP is designed to instill in young people a set of personal values or character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and personal commitment. As the sport itself, these qualities will stay with them throughout their lifetimes, helping each young athlete reach his or her full potential.

         The team consists of coaches and individual student pistol shooters from the age of 14 – 20, (no age limit for full time college athletes) that are organized into 4 person squads that make up a competitive unit.  Squads are organized by 4 different divisions at the middle school, high school & collegiate level which are differentiated by age and rimfire vs centerfire pistols.  This sport provides a level playing field for all genders; there is no limit to the number of athletes on a team.

      Practice is typically once a week at the Dubuque Izaak Walton located in Peosta, IA; athletes are responsible for their own rimfire or centerfire pistol and ammunition. If you do not have access to a semi auto pistol the team has a pistol to use till athlete has access to their own. Sponsorship, club fundraisers and endowment funds will help defer ammunition costs when available. Athletes younger than 18 will require parent’s permission and signature to compete. There is a $25 membership fee per athlete.

       Rimfire and Centerfire pistols used must be stock with iron sights.  Rimfire shooters have two years of eligibility in the rim fire division before they must move into a center fire division. Athletes compete in either centerfire or rimfire divisions; targets are circular and rectangular steel plates which are either 10in or 12in round plates or 18x24 rectangular plates.  Each stage consists of 5 strings or 5 targets in a timed event.  The combined scores of the squad make up the team score.  All stages start from the low ready for rimfire and centerfire.  Pistols come to the line in there case, after cleared pistols leave the line with stowed in pistol case.

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) is an easy sport to learn and the material list is fairly simple. The following are the basic needs.


      Centerfire: All SPP matches will be shot with any “stock” handgun

      Rimfire: ALL SPP rimfire matches will be shot with handguns with iron sights only


      Centerfire: While 9mm Luger (9x19) is the recommended caliber for SPP, .40 S&W,

      45ACP or .38 Special may be used

      Rimfire: .22 Long Rifle ammunition

      Extra Magazines (5 magazine recommend but not mandatory)

      Ear & Eye Protection

      Pistol case

      If you need any assistance with any of these items please ask.

Jeremy Duvel


Dubuque IWLA Chapter,
Jun 30, 2015, 8:36 AM