Shooting teams for a teen

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Shooting teams for a teen

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Post by olafpfj » Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:34 pm

I am the Scoutmaster for an all girls troop in Grapevine and one of my Scouts has expressed an interest in joining a "shooting team" after having a great time at summer camp earning shotgun merit badge. Not sure what she wants to shoot specifically but her dad asked if I could reach out and see what her options might be. Her parents are very supportive but not really gun people themselves. They aren't anti either it's just not their thing. Her dad is quite comfortable setting her up with whatever she needs to get going be it hardware, memberships or whatever.

She is 14 and a freshman in HS. I don't believe her school has a rifle or shotgun team. She also has some shooting experience via friends of her dad but not a lot. Either way she is very interested and so is her dad and it would be criminal if I didn't follow up on it.
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Post by JustSomeOldGuy » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:02 pm

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation
sssfonline.org
The pin map near the bottom of the page shows a number of groups in your area.
If one of them is a Steel Challenge group, that would be my personal recommendation as a starter (can be shot with .22 rimfire in relatively inexpensive rifles or pistols), IF the young lady does not already have her mind set on one of the other options.
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Post by srothstein » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:36 pm

Check if her high school has a JROTC unit. They almost always have some type of shooting team, though I think it is pellet rifles in high school.
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Post by grim-bob » Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:19 am

There is a clay team (skeet, trap and sporting clays) not far. I think it is a Keller team tied to the school but also takes other area HS students from schools without a team IIRC. If not there are other clay teams somewhat nearby. SSSFonline as mentioned before has them listed as does TexasYES. SASP is pistol and rifle teams. There aren't as many of those teams around here but they are starting to grow more.

Outside of a team there is also the option of just going to local matches of which there are a ton of options. That's largely what my daughter does between TripleC and Dallas Pistol Club. You can shoot 22 pistol at both and rifle options at TripleC. I wish there were more Rimfire Challenge matches in the area but it just isn't that big around here. Best way to get an idea of local match options is to look at practiscore and see what is listed and then check out the details of each clubs website for more info. People at the matches will be very welcoming usually.
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Post by AF-Odin » Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:58 am

You can also check with TSRA: www.tsra.com The Junior Program Director is Charlie Wallace. His TSRA contact is juniorprograms@tsra.com
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Post by Deitz83 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:32 am

We have a high school that uses our club for trap, skeet and sporting clays. They are really good and win 95% of the matches that compete in. We also, have Straight Shooters which is a 4H club and I believe is another 4H group that shoots trap, and skeet. They are only 4H groups in Tarrant County and Johnson Co. One our our kids is now a local shooting instructor at a range in Grapevine and a NRA Ambassador.

As the 2020 president of our club I am not aware of any private shooting organizations for kids. However, I will ask this weekend when I make my rounds at the club.

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