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introductory juniors. Many of our precision juniors have come to us from local high school programs and already have a good grasp on the sport. We stress that their responsibilities on the fi ring line are to be safe, take good shots and follow through. There are a million and one things to think about while competing and at the level of many junior competi- tors this is too much information to try and recall while in com- petition. That is the job of the coaches of the club. We stand behind and evaluate whether or not they are executing what we have taught them in a man- ner that we have specifi ed. By doing this the junior will have a focused approach while on the fi ring line and leaving the diffi cult decisions to us. It then falls on the junior to have the discipline to come off the line and ask for help if they feel that things are not going like they should. The coach is now held responsible for having the knowledge for how to help them. It is a great idea for every junior to understand the how and why we make many of the adjustments at some point while developing as a competi- tive shooter. You will fi nd as time goes by many juniors will begin to learn different ways to handle each problem that may arise from the interactions that you the coach have with them along with other members of the team. I hope this simple approach

may help many of the coaches out there that may have some diffi culties with introducing new juniors to the sport and how to help them progress to being competitive shooters. We are proud of the talent that is able to leave from the Ft. Benning Ju- nior Rifl e Club and it is due to a simple and consistent training method that begins from the fi rst round down range to the podium.

ISSF Shotgun World Cup: UAE

Eller and Thompson Lead Strong Contingent At Al Ain World Cup

Eller fi nished fi fth in Men’s Double Trap in the World Cup Al Ain, United Arab Emirates The International Shooting

Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup series rolled into Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) featuring 344 shotgun athletes from 50 countries. Among them was a strong U.S. contingent that featured 2008 Olympic gold medalist Glenn Eller (US- AMU/Houston, Texas) and his London Olympic teammate Frank Thompson (Alliance, Neb.). Competition began April 17

at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shoot- ing & Golf Club. In all, 12 USA Shooting athletes competed, including a mix of Olympic and veteran talent along with junior athletes that stood out at the 2012 Fall Selection Match in Kerrville, Texas. Eller set a World Record of

146 in qualifying and fi nished 5th overall in Men’s Double Trap. Thompson fi nished 12th of 81 competitors in Men’s Skeet for the highest U.S. men’s fi nish of the match. On the women’s side, Junior competitor Brandy Drozd (Bryan, Texas) was the top U.S. fi nisher in Women’s Skeet fi nishing 11th of 48 competi- tors.


Shooting Team had started 2013 on a positive note having captured four World Cup medals including

Photo courtesy of ISSF July 2013 | USA Shooting News 19

gold, two silvers and a bronze. Three of the four medals were earned in the season’s opening Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, where Vincent Hancock (skeet/ Eatonton, Ga.), Brian Burrows (trap/Fallbrook, Calif.) and Ian Rupert (double trap/Muncy, Pa.) earned gold, silver and bronze respectively.

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