The Alberta Handgun Association was incorporated in 1977, and is dedicated to promoting the ISSF, Olympic and NRA target shooting disciplines of handgun competition. The AHA has a large volunteer base who are actively involved in organizing and supporting local, provincial, and national competitions.
Our organization provides a number of services to our members and member clubs. These services include:
- Range Officer certification courses
- Nationally accredited coaching certification courses
- Insurance for our members and member clubs
- Help in starting and developing junior programs in outlying areas
- High performance training camps for competitive shooters
- Help in organizing and running learn-to-shoot programs
- Assistance in running local and high level matches
- Athlete assistance for high-level athletes
- Scholarships for members attending post secondary education
The Alberta Handgun Association provides support for both individual members and clubs. Listed below are a few of the areas where support is provided.
- Range Officer's Courses. The AHA has a Nationally certified conductor, who will upon request, conduct a range officer's course at your club. As this is a requirement under our insurance coverage, the AHA requires all member clubs to maintain certified range officers. The major expenses of putting on these courses is covered by the AHA.
- Coaching Certification Courses. The AHA conducts Level I and II coaching clinics yearly. The dates and locations are announced in our newsletters and posted on this website in the programs area. The major costs of putting on these clinics is covered by the AHA. Members requesting to take Level III or higher are asked to make written application to the AHA for funding.
- Youth Shooting Program Incentives. The AHA provides funding for all our member club youth shooting programs to attend AHA sanctioned matches within the province. This funding is available to help defray the travel and hotel costs for our junior shooters, and encourage them to attend matches in outlying areas.
- Learn-to-Shoot Programs. The AHA provides funding and volunteer support to host learn-to-shoot programs in all areas of the province. In particular, we emphasize juniors, ladies and disabled athletes at these events.
- Training Camps. The AHA hosts at least one high-level training camp each year. This camp is meant for our serious athletes. We also will put on training camps for beginner shooters, or for athletes who wish to improve within the sport. The AHA has certified coaches who can provide most training camp needs. In some cases the AHA brings in National Coaches for its elite athlete camps.
For further information or requests you can contact us at the address listed below. Also check out the AHA executive list in our newsletter. There may be an executive member in your area that can answer your questions. If you wish to e-mail us, click on the contact us image located on the main page and your query will be answered promptly.