Coaching Young Shooters
Coaching young shooters is fulfilling by itself, but then you see these kids put it all together and start winning in registered events. When this happens we, the coaches and their parents, are all proud of them.
Recently the three primary coaches for our team shot a 5 X 50 event with two of our kids.
The coaches didn’t do well, but we were more than satisfied that the two kids did shoot well. Both of them shot scores that got them in shoot-offs.
One of them was the B class HOA champ after a shoot-off with several experienced shooters.
The other one was in a shoot-off for 20-gauge gun champ, and he outlasted his much higher-class competition to take the title. He also won HOA third during another shoot-off.
Working with the youth we’ve had in our group for the last 14 or 15 years has always been fulfilling, and some of these young shooters have shown that they have the skill and desire to compete and win in our shotgun sports.
If you want to coach young shooters, take either of the NSSA or NSCA Level 1 classes and learn how to properly coach and troubleshoot new shooters. It’s a great feeling to watch the youth learn and apply what you’re teaching them.