Student Athlete Firearm Education (SAFE)

All student athletes are required to complete and submit certificates for either one of two League-approved firearm safety certification programs – a state-approved hunter education certificate or the League’s SAFE certificate. Teams should verify the firearm safety training certification requirements with the shooting range where they will be conducting League events.  


SAFE Certificate Benefits

  • Affordable – about the same as other hunter education classes
  • Accessible – available online with tablet, smartphone or computer
  • Comprehensive – the online course takes 3-4 hours to complete
  • 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 and firearm safety
  • Consistent – everyone will learn the same content from a single source
  • Verified – clay target team coaches help complete the SAFE Range Certification



SAFE Certificate Completion Requirements

The SAFE Certification requires the completion of the online AND shooting range certification programs to earn the SAFE Certificate.

Step 1: Complete the SAFE Online Certification program before the athlete registration deadline. To receive access to the SAFE Online Certification, a website link and password is sent when the coach emails the athlete registration invitation to athletes/parents. Upon completion of the online course, the student athlete will receive a confirmation email and PDF certificate.

Step 2: Complete the SAFE Range Certification before the Reserve Week begins. The SAFE Range Certification is conducted at the shooting range and coordinated by the team. Students will participate in a training session conducted by a qualified coach on the team. The 1-2 hour shooting range training will include firearm safety, shooting sport procedures, shooting at clay targets, and range safety requirements. The Instructors must have completed the League’s Coach Leadership And Safety Support (CLASS) Certification program. Instructors will be provided a SAFE Range Certification guide from the League to assist with certification.

SAFE Range Certification completion date is required to be entered into the athlete’s profile by the athlete/parent before the Reserve Week begins. A student athlete that is missing a valid League-approved firearm safety certificate will be removed from the team’s roster when the Reserve Week begins. Coaches can review the athlete’s League-approved firearm safety certificate information and status in their Team Management program.

All student athletes that complete the SAFE Certification receive an official iron-on certificate patch from the USA High School Clay Target League. Patches are mailed to the team after the Reserve Week begins.


Content outline:

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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