The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) is a team-based, youth development program that uses the shotgun sport of Sporting Clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence, and other life values.  The program utilizes these disciplines to teach hunting skills through the safe use of hunting equipment, including firearms, and their relationship to hunting situations.  Team members can participate in team and individual events.

The MSSP is not designed to compete with 4-H or other youth-based organizations but to complement them in schools. The MSSP provides youth an opportunity to compete for their school in a scholastic shooting sports program.

Program History & Growth

The MSSP began in 2015 as a pilot program with four (4) participating schools with approximately 30 students, and the program has grown annually:

  • 2016 - 2017: seven (7) schools with 110 students.
  • 2017 - 2018: eight (8) schools with 157 students.
  • 2018 - 2019: sixteen (16) schools with 294 students.
  • 2019 - 2020: twenty-nine (29) schools with 498 students.
  • 2020 - 2021: fifty-four (54) schools with 898 students.
  • 2021-2022: sixty-four (64) schools with 1,074 students
  • 2022-2023: seventy-six (76) schools with 1,376 students
  • 2023-2024: ninety-six (96) schools with 934 students


Upcoming Tournaments

Qualifier Dates:

2024-2025 Tournament Dates are to be determined.

Past Tournament Results

2024 MSSP State Championship School: East Rankin Academy

MSSP participant lines up a shot on the range

Registration & Login

For Students/Participants

Student/Participant Registration & Login

For Head or Assistant Coaches/Volunteers

Head or Assistant Coach/Volunteer Registration & Login

  • Registration instructions for Head Coaches or Assistant Coaches who have an Hunter Education Instructor Number (have completed a MSSP Coach Class): PDF | Video
  • Registration instructions for Assistant Coaches or Volunteers who do not have a Hunter Education Instructor Number (have not completed a MSSP Coach Class): PDF | Video
MSSP participant reloads her gun

Coaching Training Classes

Registration is open for coaching training classes for the 2023-2024 season. To register for a class, email your request to and go to Hunter Education and Safety, click "Search All Courses" under "Find a Hunter Education Course", and click on "Enter Reserved Class Code". Codes are located below: 

Central Region - Turcotte Shooting Range
  • Assistant Coach - June 16: MSSPJUNE162023
  • Head Coach - June 17: MSSPJUNE172023
South Region - McHenry Shooting Facility
  • Assistant Coach - June 30: MSSPJUNE302023
  • Head Coach - July 1: MSSPJULY12023
North Region - McIvor Shooting Facility
  • Assistant Coach - July 21: MSSPJULY212023
  • Head Coach - July 22: MSSPJULY222023

Contact Information

For additional information on MSSP, contact:

Gary Holcomb at

Annette Whatley at