Award Ceremony Dress Code

2009 Camp Perry Smallbore Prone Awards Ceremony. Photo by NRA Media Relations

We at really have no interest in becoming the smallbore fashion police…really we don’t. But, we’ve been a little surprised at some of the clothing that has found its way on stage at the National Match awards ceremonies over the last few years.  Blue jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sneakers, and baseball caps are just a few of the articles of clothing that have graced the awards stage of Camp Perry past. All we can say is….seriously? The NRA  provides instruction to shooters on attire in the National Match Program if you need a little guidance for this coming summer:

In keeping with the tradition established by NRA in shooting events, and recognizing the publicity attracted by the National Championships, it is important to promote an acceptable image for competitive shooting. Attire worn during all phases of the Championships should be in good taste and appropriate to such a prestigious sporting event. Articles of clothing with controversial or offensive slogans or illustrations are prohibited. The Match Director is empowered to take whatever action is necessary to maintain acceptable clothing standards. IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO WEAR PROPER ATTIRE WHEN RECEIVING AWARDS ON STAGE AT THE AWARDS CEREMONIES. AWARD RECIPIENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR SLACKS AND A COAT FOR MEN, AND COMPARABLE APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR WOMEN.

We’ll end the rant here, but when you’re packing up your stuff for Camp Perry this summer (or any event with an awards ceremony) don’t forget to bring something nice to wear for when you go up on stage. If you’re not sure if you’ll be called up on stage, wear something nice anyways!

Oh and the ISSF had a detailed interpretation of their rule on shooter dress code posted on their website, if you’re interested.

About Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes started shooting competitive smallbore in 1986. During his Junior career, he earned two national junior team titles as well as local and regional wins. After a 10 year year hiatus to attend college and start a family, Dan returned to the sport and has added local, sectional and regional wins to his shooting resume. Dan is a Distinguished Rifleman, National Record Holder, U.S Dewar Team Member, Black Hawk Rifle Club Member, Digby Hand Schützenverein member, and is the founder of He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and 2 children.
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5 Responses to Award Ceremony Dress Code

  1. henry says:

    I to think like you in this area if going to a awards dinner look like the part and wear the right style of cloths ..

    For men suit and tie dress along with dress shoes ..not hikeing boots or cowboy boots look and dress the part of sporting gentlemen

    For women a dress with heels and make up and hair done ..not a pant suit ..look the part of a well heeled lady in front of the press

    Most of all talk and act like you got a brain in your head when talking to the media people and try not to sound like a stupid redneck with a gun ..

    Iam from south texas and i been to a few awards dinners in my time and it allways get me when you see the awards winners talking to the local tv media along with the newpaper reporters and the people on tv they sound like a bunch of backwoods rednecks who can not put two words togerther to form a sentence ..

    Try to give sport a little glitz and glamour to the sport and not look like a brunch of rednecks that the tv media image of us to the rest of the world they really do think that at times about american gun owners as it is try and look and at least at like a gentlemen and ladys for that night ..For most gunowners are look at in this day and age of the tv mdeia spotlight as a bunch of inbred rednecks with guns that like to kill things ..

    Sorry for comeing down so hard on post but we as gun owners here in America has to start to clean up our image to the rest of the world

  2. henry says:

    let me clear something up in that statement from above post ..

    I have been at a award dinner and just cringed at the words that where comeing out of one person mouth when ask about the sport and how does it effect gun control ..for the person said gun control is about hitting your target

  3. Marv says:

    I agree.. you need to dress for this occassion, however I recommend women receiving awards to not wear a dress or skirt to the Camp Perry Awards Ceremony as it is a tall stage and there are several people sitting on the first row. Women can also look lady like in a nice blouse, dress slacks, with heels or cute shoes. It should also be absolutely appropriate to represent your state or team with a dress shirt or blouse.

  4. Marv says:

    I looked at the picture you provided at the top again. I think you will catch my drift.

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