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Periodically we offer Coach Training for any parent interested in coaching during the Club practice sessions. Mom’s are encouraged to be coaches. It’s not rocket science.


The training is free. Coaches get practice day preference for their students. Without coaches no pellets go down range. We need coaches to keep the Club going into the future.

Contact Mike Theimer as soon as possible to let him know if you can attend a Club Coach Training session.

We will consider other adults who may or may not have kids enrolled at Merit Academy. Feel free to pass this message on to other interested individuals.

Any new Gun/Range Safety Training will be conducted by Norman Mitchell and/or Joe Thomas on a as needed basis as we have openings on either Mondays or Saturdays. New students wanting to attend practice sessions must attend the Gun/Range Safety Training (approximately 2 hours) prior to attending practice sessions. No exceptions. Use this link to register your student.

Contact Norman Mitchell and/or Joe Thomas directly for information on the next Gun/Range Safety Training session.

We need help with fundraising. We need to acquire more Challenger air rifles ($650 ea.) and Hammerli AP20 air pistols ($680 ea.). If you know any family members, friends or professional contacts that would donate to the Club, please contact Michael Theimer with any questions.


Merit Academy's shooting sports club will provide the opportunity for student athletes to participate in a safe, fun shooting sports program that gives youth the opportunity to develop marksmanship skills but life skills necessary to become productive, responsible, and respected adults in the community.

Students will hone skills necessary to compete with other schools in air rifle and air pistol shooting sport, as Merit Academy's marksmanship team.

If your student is interested, please click on the link to the form below. If you have questions, please contact Coach Mike Theimer:

Shooting Sports Club Membership Policy

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Like with any youth team or club, success requires adult support.

Parent participation is needed to maintain continuity of the program. If you cannot volunteer your time, please consider donations to maintain the program above the cost of Club dues. You can donate to our Midway USA Foundation endowment account or donate cash directly for the Club’s immediate use.

If you are able to volunteer your time, volunteer opportunities include:

                     * Coaching (training provided)

                     * Fundraising/Public Relations

                     * Tech Support (electronic targets and web

                        pages, etc.)

                     * Club Board of Directors



* Merit Academy's club will provide air rifles, air pistols and pellets.

* We will be training on electronic target systems which speeds up learning and skill development. It will also increase spectator appeal with shot by shot real time video on large screen monitors.

Is your student interested in joining Merit Academy's shooting sports club? Please fill out this form:



Olympic Shooting Sports video

USA Shooting (national Olympic governing body)

Paralympic Shooting Sports

Civilian Marksmanship Program (national matches)

Target Talk (shooting sports forum/buy/sell/trade)

Student Air Rifle Program (formal in school program)

Orion/Athena Electronic Target System

Champions Choice (target shooting equipment)


Donations are gladly accepted!

Merit Academy is a 501c3, donations are tax deductible.

We are very grateful for any monetary donation. Simply click on the "donate" button below and include a note with your donation.

The American Legion Post 1980, voted to sponsor the Merit Academy Shooting Sports Club.

The Club will benefit from the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program which is a gun safety education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements of safety, education, enjoyment and competition.

The Club is also affiliated with the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills.

The Club is parent driven with help from Mike Theimer a 1976 Olympian, previously was the Youth Programs and Coach Academy Director for USA Shooting.

Merit Academy Shooting Sports Club has a Midway USA Foundation endowment account. Donations to the endowment account are matched 1:1.

Also here is the Club’s tax deductible direct online donation button: DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR BULLSEYE BEARS

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