Are You Doing This for Yourself?
Some people think shooting is about breaking targets. But in our experience, it should be about so much more, especially when it comes to learning to perform.
We have the privilege of shooting with young shooters as they enter college and go through it. In talking to their volunteer coaches, we see many of them place the emphasis on breaking targets. The problem we see with youth shooting programs is the lack of emphasis placed on practice on and off the range, and the lack of discipline to help the athletes create goals and work toward them on a daily basis.
You get out of this game what you put into it, and that is where the discussion should begin.
Exactly what do you want to get out of this game that costs a lot of money and takes up a lot of time? Before even thinking about answering that question, you need to understand that if you are not doing this for yourself, then you are doing it for the wrong reason. If you have not decided for yourself what you want out of it then you will never achieve much from shooting.
If your young athlete could learn from youth shooting sports how to be honest with themselves, how to learn from failure, how to be more disciplined with their time, would the time and money spent be worth it? Well, it all starts with explaining the concept mentioned above: you get out of it what you put into it.