Coach Leadership and Safety Support (CLASS) Certification Program

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The CLASS Certification program has been designed specifically for coaches participating in the state-affiliated leagues of the USA High School Clay Target League. The League’s CLASS Certification provides a comprehensive and interactive online education and training program designed specifically for League coaches. The CLASS Certification is available to all coaches and takes 5-6 hours of online training to complete.

  • Each head coach may complete the CLASS Certification for free. A single-use promotion code will be sent to head coaches in January or when a new team is added to the League.
  • Assistant coaches or volunteers may complete the CLASS Certification for $50 each.
  • Only CLASS-Certified coaches may conduct the SAFE Range Certification program for student athletes to complete the SAFE Certification.
  • All coaches registered with the League receive General Liability Insurance.
  • All coaches that complete the CLASS Certification receive an official iron-on certificate patch from the USA High School Clay Target League.


Benefits of the CLASS Certification

Many benefits include:

  • Free – for Head Coaches
  • Affordable – other coaches can take the course for less than most shotgun coach training programs
  • Accessible – available online to everyone with tablet, smartphone or computer
  • Comprehensive – the online course takes 5-6 hours to complete and no travel required
  • Fun – animated graphics, sound, and interactive learning make it entertaining
  • Convenient – progress can be saved at anytime to work around busy schedules
  • Relevant – it’s all about clay target shooting sports, youth, and firearm safety
  • Consistent – CLASS-Certified coaches and SAFE-Certified student athletes learn the same content
  • Support – dedicated Coach Education and Support Manager available to assist with all questions


CLASS Content

The CLASS Program provides three critical areas of coach training: Leadership, Range Safety Officer, and Student Athlete Firearm Education.

Coach Leadership And Safety Support (CLASS) Certification Introduction

Duties of a Coach


Lesson 1: Acquire Coaches and Volunteers

Goal-Oriented Coaching Staff


Lesson 2: Team Technology

Lesson 2: Team Technology

Sports Engine

Athlete Registration

Team Management

Sitebuilder Team Website

Athlete Profile

Secure Online Payments

Submitting Scores

Team Scoring Report

Tournament Registration

Lesson 3: Recruit Student Athletes


Recruiting Tools

Managing Deadlines

Lesson 4: Partnering with a Shooting Range

Shooting Ranges

Partnering Process

Lesson 5: Resources for Ammunition

Type and Amount Needed


Partnering Process

Lesson 6: Implement a Safety Plan

Developing the Plan

Communicating the Plan

Following the Plan

Lesson 7: Develop Team Communications

Media Options

Content Considerations

Implementing the Plan

Lesson 8: Teaching the Skills of the Sport

Gun Fit

Dominant Eye

Stance and Balance

Hard and Soft Focus

Skill Levels

Lesson 9: Recognize Achievements

Types of Awards

Weekly vs. Season Long

School Letter Program


Range Safety Officer (RSO) Introduction

Duties of an RSO?

Responsibilities of an RSO

RSO Lesson 1: General Range Safety

League and Range Rules

Basic Inspection Procedures

RSO Lesson 2: Education and Communication

Continuing Education

Safety Meeting

Key Commands

RSO Lesson 3: Safety behind the Firing Line


Walking with Firearms

Standing with Firearms

Barrel plugs

RSO Lesson 4: Safety on the Firing Line

Before, after, and during the Shoot

Firearm Stoppages

Ammunition Failures/Misfires

Uncontrolled Firearm Discharge

Positioning RSO’s

RSO Lesson 5: In Case of an Emergency

Safety First

Basic Emergency Action Plan



Student Athlete Firearm Education (SAFE) Certification Introduction

Beliefs and Priorities





Equal Opportunities

Role Models

Team Success



Team Size


Lesson 1: League Overview

The League




Chemical-Free Policy

Lesson 2: Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

League Seasons

League Handbook

Lesson 3: Schools and Shooting Sports

Gun-Free Zone

Zero-Tolerance Policy

Penalties for Violating School Policy

Lesson 4: Know Your Firearms

Know Your Firearms

Types of Shotguns

Parts of a Shotgun

Patterning a Shotgun



Operation of a Shotgun

Lesson 5: Know Your Ammunition

Ammunition Basics

Gauges of Ammunition

How a Shot Shell Works

Lesson 6: Know your Gear and Accessories

Prohibited Clothing

Gear and Accessories

Prohibited Items

Lesson 7: Firearm Safety Procedures


Firearm Safety Fundamentals

Safety Violations

Handling Misfires and Hang Fires

Barrel Obstructions

Altering Firearms

Lesson 8: Firearm Cleaning

Gun Oil

Dry Rag for Moisture

Dry Rag for Oil Application

Barrel Cleaning Device

Chamber Brush

Bore Brush

Basic Cleaning Tips

Lesson 9: Transporting and Storage of Firearms and Ammunition

Understanding State Laws and School Policies

Safe Transport

Safe Storage

Proper Storages

Lesson 10: Know Your Shooting Range



Sporting Clays





Black Powder


Safety Courses


Gunsmith Education

Shooting Skill Education

Lesson 11: Team Personnel

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches and Volunteers

Team Captains

Range Safety Officers

Lesson 12: Shooting Fundamentals


Gun Fit and Gun Mount

Eye Coordination and Moving to Obtain the Current Lead

Follow Through, Dismount, and Unload

Lesson 13: Trap Shooting Fundamentals

Trap Overview

Preparing to Shoot

Shooting and Moving

Issues while Shooting

Exiting the Field

Lesson 14: Skeet Shooting Fundamentals

Skeet Overview

Preparing to Shoot

Shooting and Moving

Issues while Shooting

Exiting the Field

Lesson 15: League Scoring

True Team Scoring

Earning True Team ATHLETE Points

Earning True Team Points

Shooter Performance Tracker

Lesson 16: Conferences

Submitting Scores

Team Management System

Lesson 17: Respect and Responsibility




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