LSA Youth Programs is committed to developing accomplished shooters, archers, and hunters/anglers from the school-age group through college levels.
Our goal is to create an exciting and safe environment that not only provides teaching, training, and motivation of youth athletes, but also cultivates a lifelong enjoyment of the shooting sports and the outdoors through a high quality, instructional, and competitive shooting sports experience to children and young adults in Berkshire County and the surrounding areas. Our coaches will endeavor to instill in every team member an exceptional work ethic, strong sense of self, the value of teamwork and sportsmanship, as well as personal achievement on and off the range.
LSA provides several opportunities for youth athletes to become involved in the shooting sports. These include Jr. teams for Shotgun, Bullseye Pistol, and Air Pistol, as well as Archery and Hunting programs. Fishing derbies are also held periodically on the LSA grounds for all youth under age 14. We have supportive, trained, and credentialed volunteer coaches who teach life-long skills, such as goal setting, leadership, teamwork, self confidence, and above all else: Safety! We encourage youth athletes to create their own goals; whether they just want to come and have fun, learn a new skill, or train for a spot on the US Olympic team – any goal is possible! Many State and National organizations along with Colleges and Universities offer shooting sports scholarships, and many that do not offer scholarships still host recreational shooting teams.
Protecting our youth athletes is ALL of our responsibility, as coaches, volunteers, and parents/guardians. CORI checks will only be conducted as authorized by the DCJIS and MGL c. 6, §.172, and only after a CORI Acknowledgement Form has been completed. Lee Sportsmen’s Association is committed to safeguarding all of its members with the welfare of its youth athlete members as top priority. USA Shooting follows Safe Sport, a comprehensive abuse program that provides tools for Clubs to educate their members and intervene in risky situations. We fully endorse and support USA Shooting’s Safe Sport and other Safety programs by providing these resources:
If you see any of our volunteers or coaches, please thank them for supporting our future! They spend countless hours supporting our programs and youth athletes, fostering a lifelong enjoyment and involvement in the shooting sports. You can help, too! We always need volunteers and LSA Youth Programs Committee members to help with practices, matches, fundraising, and other Club events (CORI checks will be done). The LSA Youth Programs Committee aids the Club by providing policy, procedures, training, coach credentialing information, accountability, and oversight, as well as supports fundraising and assists teams as needed. Contact LSA Youth Programs Co-Chairs Stephanie and Eric DuPont at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (215) 668-7808 if interested.
*Rain or Shine!* Join us on Sunday, May 21st, 2023, from 9am-11am for the Youth Spring Fishing Derby at the Fishing Quarry on the LSA grounds. 400 or so trout will be stocked and ready to be caught by children ages 14 and under, prizes will be awarded. Please contact Secretary John Polastri at (413) 822-8278 for questions or more information. Please note there is NO FISHING allowed Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, 2023, on the LSA Grounds.
LSA Youth Programs is proud to present the Higher Education Scholarship to graduating high school seniors! In years past, $300 was awarded for each approved applicant; however, beginning with the Class of 2019, LSA Youth Programs Committee increased this amount to $500 per recipient! This is a one-time award to youth who have been members of LSA for at least two years, and have participated in youth activities offered at LSA for at least one season, such as youth teams (LSA Buckshots, High Caliber, Air2Spare, or archery) or youth hunts. It is offered to students that are accepted into some type of higher education institution, such as 4 year college, 2 year college, trade school, technical school, or prep school. Good Luck to the Class of 2023! The available dollar amount and number of scholarships will be determined annually by the amount of funds available in the LSA Youth Programs account.
Please CLICK HERE for details on how to apply for 2023!