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3 Position Council National Three-Position Air Rifle Council

Orion's National BB Gun League

Orion's National BB Gun League

Orion's National BB Gun 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 of their own relative skill level in a round-robin style format during the multi-week regular season, with the league culminating in a single-elimination tournament at the end of the season.

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.
  • Prove you're the best: The top four teams compete for the league championship in an exciting single-elimination tournament.
  • 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 BB Gun League Program


2017 Champions Division



Avg. Score



Pierre Junior Shooters

7 - 0


Pierre Jr Shooters (8005)

Pierre, SD

Walton County 4-H

6 - 1


Walton County 4-H (2422)

Monroe, GA

Forsyth County 4-H

5 - 2


Forsyth County 4-H (2455)

Cumming, GA

Carroll County 4-H

4 - 3


Carroll County 4-H (2316)

Bowden, GA

Humboldt Sharpshooters

3 - 4


Humboldt Sharpshooters (2448)

Hartford, SD

Appling Bulldogs

1 - 6


Appling County Extension Office (2985)

Baxley, GA

Johnson County 4-H

1 - 6


Johnson County KS 4-H Rifle Club (2904)

Shawnee, KS

Wayne County 4-H

0 - 7


Wayne County 4-H (8009)

Jesup, GA

2017 Distinguished Division



Avg. Score



Middletown Marksmen

6 - 1


Middletown Marksmen Youth BB Gun Team (3148)

Middletown, PA

Lake Houston 4-H

6 - 1


Lake Houston 4-H (8019)

Kingwood, TX

Jackson County 4-H

4 - 3


Jackson County 4-H (3050)

Jefferson, GA

Montgomery County 4-H

4 - 3


Montgomery County 4-H Shooting Sports (2709)

Conroe, TX

Lyon County 4-H

3 - 4


Lyon County 4-H Shooting Sports (8016)

Emporia, KS

Gwinnett County 4-H

3 - 4


Gwinnett Shooting Sports (3064)

Sugar Hill, GA

Bend of the River

2 - 5


Bend of the River (2279)

Cookeville, TN

Hall County 4-H

0 - 7


Hall County 4-H (2443)

Gainsville, GA

2017 Elite Division



Avg. Score



Western Nebraska Shooting Sports

7 - 0


Western Nebraska Shooting Sports (2458)

Mitchell, NE

Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers

5 - 2


Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers (8024)

Harrisburg, PA

Washington County 4-H

5 - 2


Dueling Tree Range (2188)

Lincoln, AR

Buffalo County 4-H

3 - 4


Buffalo County 4H Shooting Sports Club (2982)

Kearney, NE

Midland Young Guns

1 - 6


Midland Young Guns (3044)

Midland, TX

Marengo County 4-H

0 - 7


Marengo County 4-H (3045)

Lynden, AL


The League is structured into divisions, teams, seasons, and games. A division is ideally a group of 8 teams of relatively equal skill level that compete against each other in games. A team consists of five or more BB Gun athletes with a coach from a single club. A game is one competition between two teams. A complete season has two parts, a two month regular season followed by a two week single-elimination tournament for the top four teams. During the regular season, teams compete only against the other teams from within their division.

Teams are organized into one of two types of divisions. In "Skill-Level" divisions, teams are squadded according to their relative and historic skill levels. The skill-level division names (from highest to lowest), are Champions, Distinguished, Elite, Governor, Leaders, Master, Premier, Sharpshooter, Tops, and Wizards. In "Geographical" divisions, teams that specifically want to compete against each other, regardless of skill level, are squadded into the same division. Its expected, but not necessary, that these teams will all be from the same geographical area (e.g. state of Georgia). The total number of divisions will depend on the number of competing teams.

During the regular season, teams compete against other teams in their division in a series of win-loss games. The winner of the division is the team with the best win-loss record.

The top two teams from the Champions division are invited to the single-elimination tournament, plus the next two teams with the highest seasonal average, from any division. The winner of The League is the winner of the single-elimination tournament.

Teams will compete each week from their home range unless specifically requested otherwise. 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.

To create year to year parity within Divisions, teams are squadded into Divisions based on their performance from last year. The Champions Division, in all conferences, is made up of the top performing teams from last year's league. It consists of the top four teams from the previous season's Champions Division, and the top two teams from the Distinguished Division. Teams entering the league for the first time, who have exceptional historic scores may be placed in the Champions Division as well. All other Divisions are squadded based on their previous year's seasonal average. New teams will be squadded based on results from well known competitions.


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.

Orion Scoring System will provide participation- and achievement-based awards to athletes participating in The League. Awards may be changed from year-to-year. The following participation and achievement-based awards will be provided to athletes in the 2017 season:

  • 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 rifle.
  • Engraved medals for up to eight athletes for the top three teams in each division.
  • An Orion Scoring System hat for the coach for the top three teams in each division.
  • A banner for each of the top three teams within each division.
  • A trophy for each team that makes the single­elimination tournament.
  • Each athlete who participates in the single-elimination tournament will receive a participation medal unique for the tournament.
  • A plaque for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in each single-elimination tournament; the MVP is defined as the athlete from the team that wins the tournament who has the highest average score throughout the tournament, and who participated in both tournament games.
  • 1500 Orion BB Gun Competition targets for the league champion team.


All athletes and teams eligible under the National Rifle Association BB Gun Rules may compete in Orion's National Air Rifle League. This includes age requirment rule 2.3, more specifically, an athlete may compete in the league provided he or she turns 16 after the first day of the Regular Season (30 January 2017). No all star teams may compete. Each athlete may only compete for one team.

Each club may register only one team. All athletes on your team may compete. In each game, the top five scores will count towards the team total.

Additional Information

Download the complete National BB Gun League Program or contact the League Administrator at or +1 703.596.0099.