What began as a shooting education program started by the Joplin Jaycees in late 1965 bloomed into a successful youth championship program.
Started by Floyd Smith, Joplin youth teams began a successful stretch of championships starting with the inaugural 1966 season.
After winning the first International BB Gun Championship Match in 1966, Joplin youth teams represented Missouri in the world competition eight consecutive years through the 1978 match and competed 10 times in the first 13 International matches.
Joplin teams won the world championship 4 times (1966, 1973, 1975, 1976) and finished second in 1974 and 1977. The Joplin Jaycees hosted the 1979 International BB Gun Championship Match on the campus of Missouri Southern State College inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
The 1966 Joplin International BB Gun Championship team included Joe Brewer, Kate Browne, Louie Ochsenbein, Thomas Creed Hutchinson, Ronald Zwisler, coached by Floyd Smith. The team earned its championship at Vandalia, Ohio.
The 1973 Joplin International BB Gun Championship team consisted of Mark Brown, Daniel English, Robin (Ridings) Hardin, Brian Walker, Jimmy Wills, Mark Smith, and Christina (Brown) Smith, coached by Burt Stockton and Jim Austin. The team earned its championship in Tempe, Arizona.
The 1975 Joplin International BB Gun Championship team consisted of Daniel English, Steve Julian, Mark Smith, Marci (Mueller) Everson, Kelly Russell, and Randy Ridings, coached by Bob English and Jim Ridings. The team earned its championship in Clarksville, Tennessee. Daniel English added an individual World Championship and Steve Julian was the runner-up for the 1975 squad.
The 1976 Joplin International BB Gun Championship team consisted of Michael English, Corinna Houpt, Chuck Mueller, Ryan Ridings, Greg Smith, Kathy Mayfield, and Johnna (Larimore) Tupper, coached by Bob English and Jim Austin. The team earned its championship in Shreveport, Louisiana. Michael English captured the individual World Championship in 1976.