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3 Position Council National Three-Position Air Rifle Council

Orion's National Air Pistol League

Orion's National Air Pistol League

Orion's National Air Pistol League (The League) is intended to create a bold new competition format, allowing teams from throughout the country to compete virtually in an exciting, spectator-friendly league. The League seeks to simultaneously create a low-cost, yet meaningful national competition for both elite and developing teams. Teams will compete against teams near their relative skill level in a 8 game 10 week season. All athletes will receive participation pins, and medals will be awarded to approximately 40% of the participating teams and athletes.

League participants will enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Lots of awards: All athletes get participation pins and stickers. Medals, banners, and more goes to the top teams in each division.
  • National competition without travel: Compete virtually, from your home range, against teams from across the country.
  • Timely results: Teams compete weekly, with results updated live on Orion's Result Center.

For more information download the complete National Air Pistol League Program

View Currently Registered Teams



  • Registration Deadline: 19 January 2018
  • Pre-Season: 1 through 28 January 2018
  • Coaches Meeting Webinar: The week of 22 through 26 January, exact date and time not yet set.
  • Regular Season: 29 January to 25 March 2018.
    • 8 Games in 10 weeks

Air Pistol League Description

Each team competes in an eight game, ten week, season. Each game is between two teams in the league of relatively equal skill level. The winner of each game is the team with the highest score. All eligible school or club members may participate in each game. A team score is the sum of the top four athlete scores from each game. Each team will shoot a 40 shot course of fire in each game.

Teams are ranked according to their win-loss record. Team with equal win-loss record are ranked by their seasonal avearge.

The league schedule is built dynamically, each week. Teams will be scheduled to compete against other teams of equal, or near equal, win-loss record. In this way the top performing teams will compete against each other while the lower performing teams compete against each other.

Teams compete each week from their home range. Scores from each team will be merged on the Internet using Orion's Virtual Match technology. Results will be listed live online on Orion's Result Center.

The National Air Pistol League differs from the National Air Rifle League in a few key areas.

  • The National Air Pistol League is open to all age groups.
  • Teams are not split into conferences or skill based divisions. Instead, all teams compete in the same (single division) league. With the exception of the first two weeks where games are scheduled randomly, competition parity is achieved by scheduling games between teams of equal or near equal number of wins.
  • The New Shooter league just has a regular season, there is not a post-season tournament.

For more information on the "New Shooter" league download the complete National Air Rifle "New Shooter" League Program.

League Schedule

Games will be scheduled dynamically, one week in advance. Each Monday by noon, the schedule for the following week will be released.

The first two weeks of the league (the first two games) games will be scheduled randomly, prior to the start of the league.

After the first week (the first game is completed), the League Administrator will schedule games for the third week. Games will be scheduled such that teams who won their first week's games will compete against each other, and teams that did not win their first week's game will compete against each other.

After the second week (the first two games are completed), the League Administrator will schedule games for the fourth week. Games will be scheduled such that teams with two wins will compete against each other, teams with one win will compete against each other, and teams with no wins will compete against each other in the fourth week.

This pattern of scheduling games with teams of equal number of wins will continue throughout the league. The League Administrator will attempt to schedule games between teams of equal number of wins throughout the league.

The season is 10 weeks long with each team shooting in 8 games. Each team will have two bye weeks during the season.


All athletes must be eligible to compete under the USA Shooting rules. Both junior age and open age athletes are eligible.

Team members must be active, participating members of the same local club; all star teams are not allowed.

Teams must be composed of at least four eligible athletes.

Athletes competing in PPP's Standing Supported or Basic Supported may compete for score only, but not count towards the team total.


To help encourage the development of young athletes and recognize top performers, The League seeks to provide as many awards as possible to deserving teams and their team members.

The participation and award schedule for 2018 is as follows:

  • Each athlete from each team will receive a participation pin.
  • Each athlete will receive a specially designed league sticker that may be placed on his or her pistol or gear box.
  • A league poster for each participating team.
  • Engraved medals for each athlete from each team with 4 or more wins. The top three teams will receive specially designed medals.
  • A banner for each team with 5 or more wins.
  • 2000 Orion Air Pistol targets for the league champion.

2018 Registered Air Pistol Teams




Orion Scoring System

Orion Scoring System (1)

Bristow, VA

Additional Information

Download the complete National Air Pistol League Program or contact the League Administrator at or +1 703.596.0099.