2005 Recipient, Champions of Youth Marksmanship Award

Bob Soldivera, known as the instructor’s instructor and a fixture in the community of senior shooting professionals, responsible for introducing shooting to young people all over the country, won the first annual Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award, presented at the 2005 Shot Show in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 29th, 2005.

In presenting the Award, Crosman president and CEO, Ken D’Arcy said, “The key to growth in any sport is recruiting new blood. In Bob Soldiverashooting, young people represent the future. They must be a high priority for everyone involved in building both the industry and the sport.

“Bob Soldivera has been involved in preparing young people for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable shooting for more than four decades. He has written manuals, helped to author standards for teaching all aspects of shooting, taught and qualified countless instructors, been a prolific writer on a wide range of shooting and hunting subjects and has been a lifelong champion of getting young people involved in shooting. I can think of no other person involved in our sport who has made as significant or far reaching an impact on the future we all seek for shooting as a lifetime sport. He is a deserving recipient of the first Crosman Champions of Youth Marksmanship Shooting Award.”

Among his most important youth shooting credits, he has been the senior activity manager for shooting for the 1993, 1997 and 2001 National Scout Jamborees. At these national events, more than a quarter of a million young people were introduced to safe shooting under his watchful eye. Solidvera is also a well-known competitive shooting coach. Author of many manuals and shooting standards, including the preparatory check list for the competitive shooter, “Ready on The Firing Line, “ Solidvera’s tips on how to get and stay on-target are legendary.

In 1987, Soldivera joined Crosman as a shooting services consultant. Among the many innovations he has created during his tenure are the BSA Bikathon, a sport involving cycling and shooting, much like the Olympic biathlon, a staple of the BSA National Jamboree. He also designed a speed shooting target system, mentored countless young people in both competitive and recreational shooting and helped establish Crosman as the resource for young people’s shooter information.

The Crosman EASY program, partially architected by Soldivera, provides both information and equipment to youth groups across the country, making it less expensive and more efficient to set up shooting programs for young people.