By Ashley Dugan, CMP Staff Writer
The annual, national-level competition is designed for junior athletes involved in 4-H, Scouts, American Legion, club or JROTC sporter and precision air rifle programs. Firing in the CMP’s Postal Championships not only promotes growth and experience in competition at a national level but also allows the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals on the range.
During the CMP Three-Position Air Rifle (3PAR) Postal Championship, competitors fire record shots at their home ranges in each of the three positions: kneeling, prone and standing. Interested competitors may sign up on the CMP website and compete upon mailed paper targets or fire locally on electronic targets. Paper targets should be submitted back to CMP Headquarters for official scoring by staff members.
Participating athletes may also choose to compete in the CMP 3PAR Postal Championship and/or their local CMP State Championship. State Championships are conducted by CMP State Directors or specially appointed Match Directors.
This year’s Postal Competition will be open through Jan. 15, 2024. State CMP Championships are open Jan. 15 to April 1, 2024.
In past years, the CMP conducted the State 3PAR Junior Olympic and National 3PAR Junior Olympic Championships. This year, the CMP 3PAR State Championships will be held in place of the State 3PAR Junior Olympic Matches, with the National 3PAR Championship awards now based on two-day overall results.
Top scoring athletes of the CMP Postals will move on to the Regional Championships in Ohio, Alabama or Utah in April, with the culminating 2024 National Championships set to be held at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, Ohio, June 20-22 (sporter), and July 8-10 (precision).
For registration and more information on the CMP Postal Competition or the CMP State Championships, visit https://thecmp.org/youth/three-position-national-postal-competition/.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto www.TheCMP.org.