The National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association
We're excited to announce the 2023 NCSSAA National Championships will take place March 13-19, 2023 at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas! We're finalizing details for our program and will be adding additional information as available. Please contact us with any questions.
Registration for Nationals will be completed in two parts. The first part of the registration will require teams to register the number of athletes they plan to bring with Nationals and what discipline(s) those athletes will be shooting. Additionally, teams will be able to indicate if they will be using ammunition provided by NCSSAA in part one. The second part of the registration will require teams to provide their roster and name their five auto-qualifiers.
Registration for Nationals is available for NCSSAA members and non-members. To join NCSSAA as a member, please visit our website here. The registration fees are as follows (listed per discipline, per person):
- American Trap, American Trap Doubles, American Skeet, American Skeet Doubles - $50
- Sporting Clays and Super Sporting - $100
If shooting the core three, registration fees per individual totals $200. For all six, the total cost is $400.
- American Trap, American Trap Doubles, American Skeet, American Skeet Doubles - $67
- Sporting Clays and Super Sporting - $117
If shooting the core three, registration fees per individual totals $251. For all six, the total cost is $502.
Registration will close on Monday, February 20, 2023. This deadline applies to both parts of the registration and includes submitting team rosters and naming auto-qualifiers. Any changes or substitutions to a team roster must be made by Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Changes or substitutions will not be accepted after Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Teams are welcome to make changes to their roster before February 28, 2023 as noted above. Cancellations can be requested at any time; however, cancellations requested between February 20 through February 28 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Substitutions are welcome during this time frame, but we ask that teams have their team count finalized before February 20, 2023. Cancellations requested after February 28, 2023 will incur a $100 cancellation fee.
Cancellations requested after February 20 for registrations that include ammunition will receive a refund less the $50 cancellation fee in addition to the cost of the ammunition. If cancelled prior to the February 20 deadline, ammunition fees will be refunded.
Ammunition is not automatically included in the registration fee at the cost listed above; however, teams will have the option to add ammunition during the first part of registration. Five boxes (or a half case) of ammo will be provided for each discipline registered and will automatically incur an additional cost of $40 per discipline that the competitor is registered for. If shooting all three, total ammo costs will be $120 per competitor; if shooting all six, total ammo costs will be $240. Additional ammo can be purchased to have available for warm-up and shoot-offs, if needed. Note that ammo will only be able to be purchased in increments of five boxes (or a half case).
NCSSAA has partnered with Federal and Remington to make ammunition available for this event. While ammunition is available to purchase with registration, competitors are not required to use the ammunition made available by NCSSAA and Federal/Remington. Those that wish to use their own are welcome to do so, as long as the ammunition follows NGB ammunition regulations. Please reference page 11 of the NCSSAA Rule Book to find more information about ammunition.
Each team is permitted auto-qualification for five athletes. These athletes are able to compete at Nationals without meeting a qualifying score. The auto-qualification spots apply to all six disciplines offered at Nationals and can be used on any five athletes as long as the athletes all meet the general eligibility requirements.
Outside of those athletes, teams are permitted to bring as many qualified (and academically eligible) athletes to Nationals as they would like. Qualification for Nationals is based on criteria outlined under the Qualification tab on this page.
Below is the tentative schedule for the competition. Additional details will be added in the coming months.
Monday, March 13
Tuesday, March 14
American Skeet Doubles - 100 targets
Super Sporing - 50 targets
American Skeet Doubles Shoot-offs
Wednesday, March 15
American Trap Doubles - 100 targets
Super Sporting - 50 targets
American Trap Doubles and Super Sporting Shoot-offs
Thursday, March 16
Friday, March 17
American Skeet - 100 targets
Sporting Clays - 50 targets
American Skeet Shoot-offs
Saturday, March 18
American Trap - 100 targets
Sporting Clays - 50 targets
American Trap and Sporting Clays Shoot-offs
Sunday, March 19
Competitors will have the option to warm-up on Monday, March 13 and Thursday, March 16. Outside of these dates, practice will not be available.
Sporting Clays and Super Sporting warm-up will not be available; however, competitors are welcome to warm-up using the range's five-stand field.
We ask that teams are considerate of others and do not monopolize the field they are on. If there are other teams waiting in line and you've already shot multiple rounds, please be considerate and allow others to use the field.
All practice rounds can be purchased directly from the Clark County Shooting Complex. Extra ammunition is available to purchase with your registration if you'd like to use the competition ammo for warm-up rounds.
The following events (100 targets each) will be offered at the 2023 NCSSAA National Championships:
The title of Divisional National Champion will be based upon the scores from American Trap, American Skeet, and Sporting Clays. The Doubles events and Super Sporting will be considered side events for the competition, however awards will still be distributed in these events.
All teams are allowed auto-qualification for five athletes. These athletes are able to compete at Nationals without meeting a qualifying score. Auto-qualification applies to all events offered at Nationals. Outside of those athletes, teams are permitted to bring as many qualified athletes to Nationals as they would like. Qualification for Nationals is based on the following criteria:
Please note that military branch institutions are exempt from qualification requirements.
The 2022-23 All-Americans will be recognized during the awards ceremony at Nationals. The top five athletes in each division will be recognized in American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, and HOA. Additionally, honorable mention will be given to sixth through 10th places. Placement will be determined based on the athlete's qualification score averaged with the score shot at Nationals.
The 2023 Academic All-Americans will be identified at the end of the school year so that Spring 2023 semester grades are included in the cumulative GPA. The following requirements are needed to be named an Academic All-American:
Coaches or team leaders will be required to submit the Academic All-American nomination form by Friday, May 26, 2023 for their students to be awarded. The Academic All-American list will be published on June 1, 2023.
**NCSSAA will follow each institution's athletic governing body's rules for determining GPA. For NCAA and NAIA institutions, the 3.25 GPA will be cumulative over the course of the student's academic career. For NJCAA institutions, the 3.25 GPA requirement will be cumulative over the academic year (2022-23).
Looking to nationally recognized organizations, NCSSAA will follow NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA divisions for team and individual ranking. The breakdown is as follows:
Division I - Institution with NCAA Division I athletics
Division II - Institution with NCAA Division II athletics
Division III - Institution with NCAA Division III athletics
Division IV - Institution with NAIA athletics or private institution with no athletic designation
Division V - Institution with NJCAA athletics and all two-year institutions: junior college, community college, technical or trade school
Individual awards will be given to the first through third place winners in the men's and women's categories in each division, in all six disciplines. Additionally, HOA National Champions (scores from American Trap, American Skeet, and Sporting Clays) will be given to the first through third place winners in the men's and women's categories in each division.
First through third place teams in each divisions will be recognized and awarded in American Trap, American Skeet, and Sporting Clays. Additionally, the High Overall Divisional National Champion awards will be given to the first through third place team in each division, across the three core disciplines. The outline for the HOA award can be found below.
Divisional National Champion HOA Award
The Divisional National Champion awards at Nationals will be based on the following core events: American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays. Each event will consist of 100 targets for a total of 300 targets. In addition to the Divisional National Champion awards, individuals and teams will be able to register to compete in Doubles Trap, Doubles Skeet, and Super Sporting. Trophies will be awarded for those that shoot all six events, but the official Divisional National Champions will be based on the core three events.
Divisional National Champion HOA Determination
The Divisional National Champion team awards at Nationals will be based on the highest target count of the cumulative scores of the top five individual competitors on a team. This means that a total of five team members’ scores will contribute to the team score. The example below outlines the calculation:
Competitor A: 99 (trap) + 89 (skeet) + 82 (sporting) = 270 (cumulative)
Competitor B: 98 + 95 + 93 = 286
Competitor C: 96 + 96 + 96 = 288
Competitor D: 75 + 80 + 77 = 232
Competitor E: 88 + 86 + 87 = 261
Competitor F: 90 + 92 + 89 = 271
The team score in this scenario would be calculated as follows: 288 (C) + 286 (B) + 271 (F) + 270 (A) + 261 (E) = 1,106.
An additional award category will be available for a high overall for the six events. More information about this award will be shared soon.
This competition will follow the NCSSAA Rule Book, which can be found here. It is the responsibility of coaches and competitors to be familiar with and adhere to the rules and regulations.
Please be sure to double check your scores before leaving the field or station. It is the responsibility of each individual to check and confirm their scores are accurate; once the competitor has left the field, the score will remain as is. If you are having any scoring issues with a referee or line boss, please request an NCSSAA staff member.
Scheduling of squads will be done by NCSSAA at random. Teams will be able to request the time of day in which they shoot each discipline; however, those requests will be honored as space and times are available. Preferences can be emailed to Alyssa Drew at email@example.com any time after registration has been submitted.
Coaches are responsible for sending their squads to NCSSAA before the deadline of February 28, 2023. These can be emailed in any format (body of the email, word document, excel spreadsheet, etc.) to Alyssa Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any teams that do not send their squads on or before this deadline will have their squads organized by NCSSAA.
It is the responsibility of everyone at a competition to conduct themselves in a responsible and safe manner. In addition, it is the responsibility of everyone to identify and address any unsafe behavior. Please review the full safety guidelines, starting on page 6 of the NCSSAA Rule Book, here.
Each team will be assigned a time to attend a safety meeting prior to competing. These times will be assigned by NCSSAA and all competitors are required to attend the safety meeting.
Gun storage will be available onsite at Clark County Shooting Complex. Teams will have the option to indicate their need for gun storage during the registration. Please note, most hotels in Las Vegas do not allow guns on the premises. If you plan to stay in a hotel for Nationals, please indicate that your team will require gun storage.
NCSSAA will be managing golf cart rentals for the competition. More information will be coming soon; in the meantime, feel free to fill out this form to indicate your interest and we'll follow-up with information about the carts as soon as it's available.
Shoot-offs will be conducted for ties in the individual events for placement of first through third in both men's and women's categories. Each event will follow miss-and-out format:
American Trap/Doubles Trap - Competitors will randomly draw a shooting position. Each person will shoot two targets per station, miss-and-out by target. If there happens to be multiple competitors that miss and are tied for a placement of third, the tied competitors will leave the line so that the first and second places can be determined. Once first and second places are determined, the third-place shoot-off will start over redrawing positions and shooting two targets per station, miss-and-out by target.
American Skeet/Doubles Skeet - Competitors will shoot doubles from stations 3, 4, and 5. They will shoot miss-and-out by target until places have been determined.
Sporting Clays/Super Sporting - Competitors will shoot 5 pairs for a total of 10 targets. In the event that competitors are still tied after shooting these targets, they will begin a sudden death, miss-and-out by pairs until places have been determined.
Individual HOA - Shoot-offs to break a tie for Individual HOA will be conducted with one field and a total of 30 targets. The shoot-off will proceed as follows:
Team HOA - The format above will be used with each competitor (of the five that contributed to the team HOA) shooting one pair of targets from each discipline.
Shoot management reserves the right to make adjustments to shoot-off procedures at any time during the competition, as long as all parties involved are in the shoot-off are in agreement.
NCSSAA has secured room blocks at two hotels in Las Vegas. Coaches have been emailed the links to book through the room block and as we get closer we will publish the links to the room blocks online. However, we want to ensure that student athletes take priority for the room blocks before opening to spectators. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions or are a coach and did not receive the links to the room blocks.
Clark County Shooting Complex allows on-site RV camping and has set aside a block of sites for NCSSAA Nationals attendees. You can get more information or reserve your space by emailing Betty-Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cut-off date for reservations is February 10; any unpaid reservations will be released to the public after February 10.
NCSSAA is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines® to provide discounted fares on tickets booked to Las Vegas! More information about this partnership will be available and published soon.
NCSSAA is proud to partner with Enterprise to provide larger passenger vans at a discounted rate! Reservations have been made under NCSSAA and are available to transfer to teams in need of passenger vans. To request a reservation to be transferred to your team, please fill out and submit this form.