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safety class annually — no exceptions. We also require parents new to our program to attend, followed by a new shooter orientation, another 30-45 minute class outlin- ing expectations, responsi- bilities, and the basics of our sport. During this time, I see the biggest change in parent attitude as, most often, fear is predicated by a lack of in- formation. We follow this with a


question and answer ses- sion, and end with a call for


About the Author Sally Stevens is working on her Masters in Sports Psych and is a mom/step-mom to eight kids and nine grandkids. She is a NRA


Shotgun Coach, Level II and a member of the NRA National Shotgun Coach Development Staff. She coaches both competitive and youth programs, mentors youth and women coaches. She is a Board Member of the Minnesota Trapshooting Association. She founded and runs a nonprofi t for youth competitive shooting in Minnesota. She has won the 2009 Minnesota State Ladies Handicap Champi- onship, 2011 Heartland Grand Lady Singles Championship, 2012 Ohio Lady Handicap Championship, Captain of the 2014 Minnesota Lady All-State Team (been on the team for six years straight, twice as captain) and co-head coach of the 2014 Minnesota State High School League Clay Target Champions.


adult volunteers! I am al- ways struck by the number of women who previously expressed concerns but af- ter attending the safety and procedure classes, they be- come our biggest support system. Many of our shoot- ers’ mothers have asked for instruction and some have even started their own league at our club! Education and participa-


tion through volunteering is key to helping cautious parents become comfort-


able with all disciplines of shooting sports. If a parent expresses concern, rather than being dismissive or fl ip- pant, invite them in to be a part of the program. You will be surprised how inclu- sion can improve and grow your program, change the dynamics of your club and, ultimately, solidify the future of shooting sports. My challenge to you is to encourage women to step forward, ask them to be- come coaches, and have


our coaching teams refl ect the same, changing demo- graphic of our shooters and everyday life.


*Photos provided by Sally Stevens


22 USA Shooting News | March 2015


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