ELEY high school All-American (Updated 04/21/2022)
From its inception, the ELEY High School All American Program was designed to recognize the most outstanding scholastic rifle athletes in the United States. Since 2016 we have done just that; highlighting the academic and athletic accomplishments of 53 Smallbore and air rifle athletes. Many of these shooters have gone on to NCAA honours, championships and, in Tokyo, we had two former EHSAA’s, Mary Tucker (silver) and Will Shaner (gold) represent and medal!
There have been a few bumps along the way. Covid-19 threw us all a curveball and, with the cancellation of many matches, made it difficult to adhere to our original match requirements. We were able to adapt and continue to recognize our top athletes, but, the disparity of opportunities in air versus Smallbore become more and more apparent, and, we were deprived of the opportunity to present the EHSAA awards in a proper forum.
Just as ELEY has always striven to improve our products, we have, upon examination, come up with a slightly different structure going forward that we feel will create more opportunities to honour our top athletes as well as to recognize them in a fashion befitting their accomplishment.
Beginning the 2021-2022 school year, ELEY will accept nominations through August 15th in order to accommodate the summer National Championships. We will expand the list of approved matches to include any shoulder-to-shoulder competition of more than 40 athletes sponsored by any NCAA rifle program or USA Shooting recognized match scored electronically. This will give scholastic shooters an opportunity to include scores shot at Akron University’s Zippy Open, Texas Christian University’s Open Championships, West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Open, West Point’s Spring Junior Open, as well as Palmyra’s Invitational, among others. Announcements of the EHSAA teams will be made in the early fall and awards will be presented at the following National Junior Olympics to ensure peer recognition.
ELEY hs All-American basic criteria and selection
ELEY will be the sole sponsor for the USA high school (hs) All-American program. The top ten averages in Small-bore Rifle and the top ten averages in International Air Rifle will be recognized as a hs All-American. The qualifying scores will be compiled from certain USA Shooting sanctioned matches and some CMP sanctioned air rifle matches. This list of matches will be published each year as some matches will change. This list is also subject to change throughout the year if matches are added to the calendar. You will need to fire a minimum number of matches from the eligible match list to qualify for hs All-American. An average will be calculated from the scores you submit, this will be a per shot average. Each hs All-American will receive a challenge coin and certificate of achievement. The top individual average in the small-bore and air rifle event will receive an ELEY tenex test and 2500 rounds of selected tenex from the ELEY test facility in Winters, TX.
basic criteria to be eligible for hs All-American includes:
- The shooter must be an American Citizen.
- The shooter must be a full-time high school student in the grades 9-12.
- The student must hold a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, between grades 9-12.
- The student must be taking courses that would grant him/her NCAA eligibility through the NCAA Clearinghouse.
- The shooter must fire at least the minimum amount of national matches (3 scores in each event) published for the eligibility year (this number could vary depending on the number of USA Shooting and CMP matches available throughout the year) and 1 sanctioned USA Shooting 50 foot local matches, which must be shot on the USA/NRA 50 International Small-bore Rifle Target.
- The proper paperwork and signatures must be submitted by the submission date for the eligibility year.
- The hs shooter may only be an All-American in any given discipline for a maximum of four years.
2021-2022 eligible match list (will be updated as matches change or are added):
- Dixie Double Air (2 matches) STANDING AIR ONLY/NO 3P Air
- Winter Airgun,
- Junior Olympic State Qualifier, Air and SB (1 match each)
- Camp Perry Open, Air (2 matches) STANDING AIR ONLY/NO 3P Air, Smallbore (1 match)
- Palmyra Invitational
- Pardini Invitational
- Zippy Open
- TCU Open
- Mountaineer Open
- West Point Spring Junior Open
- USA Shooting Nationals, Air and SB (2 matches each)
- 2021 CMP Monthly Matches, Air Only (1 match each month)
All ISSF World Cup Competitions only that lie before August 1, 2022 (MQS and Elimination rounds will NOT count)
NOTE: matches not listed above that are recognized by USAS, fired on electronic targets and include 40 or more shoulder-to-shoulder competitors will also be considered.
Submission of forms
A parent, coach or teacher may nominate a high school shooter to the hs All-American. The shooters themselves cannot be the one to sign the forms, however they can help fill them out.
The ELEY hs All-American Score Reporting form is the only form that must be completed, signed and turned in to Michele Medige at MicheleM@eleyammunition.com. This form can be filled out online, printed and mailed, or printed and scanned. All mailed forms should be mailed to:
5997 US Hwy 83
Winters, TX 79567
The last match of each eligibility year will be fired prior to the August 15th submission deadline. The hs All-American awardees will be announced in the fall and presented their awards at the USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Rifle Championship match of the following spring in order to optimize peer recognition. All forms must be completed, signed and received by August 15, 2022. Please do not leave any fields blank. If additional space is needed, please use an additional form. All scores fired from the eligible matches MUST be recorded.
Committee and contact info
If there should be any discrepancies in this process, there is a committee comprised of ELEY and USA Shooting Employees that will make all final decisions. Your scores will be double checked through the final match results of all eligible matches fired.
This program has been approved by the NCAA for eligibility reasons under the Division 1 rule number 188.8.131.52. Division 2 has no rule for a program like this as long as a student-athlete does not have an agent or sign a professional contract they are eligible to compete at an NCAA level. You can find the NCAA Division 1 manual at ncaapublications.com. The customer service contact number for the NCAA in the case there are any eligibility questions is (317) 917-6008.