By Jenn Jacques
What do youth shooting sports do for teenagers? Do they instill confidence? Boost self-esteem? Foster friendships?
Yes, yes, and yes!
A prime example of how shooting competitions put the ‘fun’ in the ‘fundamentals’ was on display last week in the desert during the sixth annual U.S. Open Youth Clay Shooting Championship. Held at the Clark County Shooting Complex just outside Las Vegas, NV., the event drew an impressive 600 youth shooters ranging from 3rd – 12th grade competing in trap, skeet, and sporting clay events.
Participants from every skill level and every corner of the country were having fun in the sun – putting safety first and supporting fellow shooters who quickly became great friends!
“I’ve made a ton of new friends,” said 15-year-old Emily Inserra, of the Twin Falls (Idaho) Hot Shots. “I practically know all the teams here.”
Safety is emphasized from the beginning, said Dave Tanner, president of the Youth Shooting Sports Federation, which runs the competition.
“We start them off the very first thing is they take a safety training program. Each team is responsible for that. It’s something they go through diligently to make sure the kids are safe,” he said. “…We make sure that …Read the Rest
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