Ten Years – Gone In a Flash

Instead of the beautiful scene depicted above in this aerial photograph of the West Point Cemetery at the United States Military Academy, imagine the sky dark and heavy with low solid clouds. Imagine a bitterly cold wind and biting rain stinging our faces and eyes.

Ten years ago today, we stood in this place, felt the cold storm of the weather and our emotions, and laid to rest a great American and a wonderful human being, 1LT Neale Moran Shank. He was gone in a flash a couple of weeks earlier and we gathered for his final rest.

Now, ten years later – which have themselves gone in a flash – the memories are just as vivid of those cold dark days and of his warm bright spirit.

How appropriate that the tenth anniversary of Neale’s burial is Easter Sunday.

Read more about this remarkable young man: Memorial Day – Neale M. Shank

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2017 – Results – Georgia – State Junior Olympics – Rifle & Pistol

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Corrected results have now (Tue 14 Feb 2017) been posted.

Georgia statewide results are now (Mon 13 Feb 2017) available for download.

2017 USA Shooting Junior Olympics Georgia State Championship Final Results

Congratulations to all the participants. It looks like there will be a large group of Georgia athletes invited to the national Junior Olympics! Individual award medals provided by USA Shooting will be distributed soon.

State Champion, Automatic, and First Round At Large national invitations will be emailed and posted on Tue 21 Feb 2017 by USA Shooting. Be sure to RSVP right away to reserve your place. Second Round At Large invitations usually follow a week or two later.

 

Thank You!

Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents, and match staff for participating in the state Junior Olympics program this year.  Have a great year!

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2017 – Georgia – State Junior Olympics – CMP Three Position Air Rifle JO State Championship

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The sites and dates for the 2017 CMP Three Position Air Rifle Junior Olympics Georgia State Championship have been announced.

Once again, we will have three sites for the state qualifiers.

South – Sat 15 Apr 2017 – Waycross, GA
Match Director: Maurice England
Match Program: Download TBD

Central – Fri-Sat 07-08 Apr 2017 – Griffin, GA
Match Director: Lisa Kelley
Match Program: Download TBD

North – Sun 26 Mar 2017 – Dahlonega, GA
Match Director: JP O’Connor
Match Program: Download from here

The Central location will use paper targets scored with Orion, while the South and North locations will use electronic targets.

Host sites, match director names and contact information may be found in the CMP competition search web page or directly at this link. Note there is one match entry for all three locations and dates. See the contact information for each location at the top of the match listing.

Contact the appropriate Match Director to obtain a match program and other information for the South & Central locations, and at the download link above for the North location. Registration is via mail to each location.

Send in your entry early. Prime relays fill up early, especially at the North location.

These events are qualifiers for the national events and are EIC points eligible. Hosted and run by the CMP, the National Junior Olympic 3P Air Rifle Championship is a very popular program involving thousands of three position air rifle athletes (sporter and precision) from all over the country. (CMP broke the link – awaiting repair.)

Qualifying for either of the CMP national events allows the team or individual to compete in BOTH CMP championships: the JO event mentioned above and the CMP National  3P Air Rifle Championship. Both events usually include generous cash prizes.

Because many athletes are only involved in 3P air rifle, they are unaware of the Olympic events and the very important USA Shooting Junior Olympics discussed here. They should participate in both programs if shooting precision air rifle.

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2017 Georgia – State Junior Olympics – Rifle & Pistol

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The sites and dates for the 2016-2017 USA Shooting Georgia State Rifle & Pistol Junior Olympics Championship have been announced.

For the fourth year in a row, we will have three sites for the state qualifier competitions. I will again serve as the state coordinator, collecting state-wide results and sending out the award medals provided by USA Shooting.

South – Sat 28 Jan 2017 – Waycross, GA
Air Rifle, Air Pistol

Central – Fri-Sun 13-15 Jan 2017 – Griffin, GA
Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Smallbore Rifle (3×20)

North – Sat-Sun 14-15 Jan 2017 – Dahlonega, GA
Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Smallbore Rifle (3×20), Sport Pistol

The Central location will use paper targets scored with Orion, while the South and North locations will use electronic targets.

You may download the North location Match Program & Entry Form for information and entry instructions. This program also has a complete explanation of all THREE ways to earn an invitation to the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in the spring along with updated at-large selection scores from last year.

Contact the appropriate Match Director for the South and Central locations to obtain a match program and other information. Host sites, match director names and contact information may be found in the “2016-2017 Rifle/Pistol State Junior Olympic Host Sites” spreadsheet link on the USA Shooting National Junior Olympic Program page, along with additional general information. (The list will be posted on that page some time on Fri 14 Oct 2016.)

Send in your entry early. Prime relays fill up early, especially at the North location.

Currently planned for 07-25 April 2017, the national dates and schedules for the three phases have not been published at this time. Dates and schedules will be published on the same USA Shooting page linked just above. It has been confirmed the phases will follow the 2016 sequence: Men’s Rifle, Women’s Rifle, Pistol.

Be sure to enter, even if you think that you are not “ready” for this competition. Many people were surprised the past two years when they earned an invitation! Others who were good enough missed out because they did not enter.

Renew your USA Shooting membership online, or join online right away so you have your membership number, as required on the JO entry forms.

If you cannot compete in one of the events in Georgia, you may compete as a non-resident in any other state’s event to potentially earn an automatic or at-large invitation. Find a host site that is convenient for you and make contact.

For additional information on the USA Shooting Junior Olympics, including national qualification procedures and scores, check the following blog post:
Earning Junior Olympics Invitations Note that the posting is from 2014; scores are now out of date and other information is subject to change. Download the North location program at the link near the top of this article for the most recently available selection scores.

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An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting

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Many high school athletes aspire to earn a spot on the roster of a college team. Often, the athlete, or their parents, make significant mistakes in this process. Often, the athlete doesn’t understand the right – and wrong – priorities.

Becky Carlson is the Head Coach of the NCAA D-I Rugby team at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Earlier this week, she posted an excellent article about recruiting prospective student athletes for college athletics. It exactly matches comments and stories I hear from a wide variety of other college coaches and that I have observed firsthand. Linked here is her article; read it very carefully! Then come back to this post.

An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting

Shocked? Good! She speaks the truth! Get busy!

Or as you read did you think that all these things should be obvious? You just became a top prospect! Call us! Right now! 😉

Below are some additional thoughts and opinions from someone who coaches middle school, high school, college, and adult athletes and teams.

High School Athletes

We want to know about your character. We want to know how you handle adversity. We want to know how you relate with and to others. We want to know how you interact with your teammates and coaches. We want to know what you value and your priorities. We want to know what kind of effort you put forth of your own volition – in sports and in the classroom. We want to know how much or how little you take responsibility for your failures and how you handle your successes.

We want to know about your grades. We want to know about your academic goals. We want to know about your post-college goals and plans.

We want to know what sports means to you. We want to now your goals and dreams and aspirations. We want to know what you are passionate about, in sports and in life. We want to know about your other sports and activities, past and present.

Finally, we want to know about your capabilities in the sport. Yes, that is last. Oh, and if you can’t or won’t tell us your grades or scores early in the recruiting process, we know you don’t own them and that is a red flag. Tell us your grades and scores, how you feel about your them, and what you are doing to improve. Be specific so we know exactly what the grade or GPA score is for, and don’t give us your best practice score – competition is what counts.

Contact the coach during the summer before your junior year of high school. We even get emails from freshmen and sophomores, and email our replies once the NCAA contact-permitted date arrives. Be sure to give your first and last name, year in school and when you expect to graduate, where you live and the name of your school, your club if any, your GPA and any other academic information, and tell about yourself. If you don’t hear back right away, follow up. Be polite yet persistent! (Remember, if they don’t know your year in school, you will get NO response.)

Recruiting rules and dates vary for NCAA Division I, II, and III, so if you don’t hear back right away, keep sending periodic updates with grades, scores, and major competitions where you will be participating. Also, the college coach can email or talk with your coach at any time if you provide their name and contact information.

If you initiate contact, and if you respond to emails and phone calls on a timely basis, that sets you apart. Athletes who can’t be bothered to respond certainly are not showing good character or initiative.

High School Parents

If you make the first contact and/or make most or all of the contacts, you do your child a severe disservice. If you have to make contact on behalf of your child, there is a good chance you are wasting your time. We already know what we need to know. I’m not being harsh. Just stating reality.

Of course, once your child has established contact and we have a dialog underway, we would love to hear from you as well. This is a big decision and you should be informed about the school, coach, and team that will become a huge part of your child’s life. Just don’t dominate the conversation, especially on a visit.

When your child can’t get a word in edgewise, we can’t get to know them. Then we might pass on your child when they otherwise would have been great for us, and us for them, but we could not tell and wouldn’t take the chance.

Also, model appropriate character, especially at games. Be a good fan. Be a good sport parent. Don’t know what that means? Google is your friend! And read this posting:

The Only Six Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids About Sports — Or Any Performance

If you are not a good sport parent, your child doesn’t want you at the game. Neither do their coaches and neither do your child’s teammates. Please don’t be that parent!

High School & Junior Coaches

College coaches really don’t care about our recommendations unless they have gotten to know us well and trust our opinion. It’s nothing personal, it’s just how things work. Too many coaches give glowing recommendations for average athletes. Let your athletes shine for themselves.

This past year, I suggested to the head coach of one of the top NCAA rifle teams that she might want to take a look at a certain athlete that I have the pleasure of working with. I didn’t give her a glowing recommendation of the athlete, I just stated that she might want to take a close look. The coach understood me and appreciated that I didn’t do a sell job. Later, I facilitated a meeting at their mutual request to take place after a major competition ended and they took it from there. A year later, the young lady joined that coach’s team… she didn’t need my recommendation, had shined on her own, and earned a spot on the roster!

Encourage your athletes to get their grades, work on their sport, focus on themselves, and on the things they need in life to succeed. Grades, scores, and recruiting will turn out just fine.

College Athletes

Think you’ve got it made? Nope!

Maybe you got lucky in regard to some of the things she wrote about. Don’t take the chance that your time will run out. Your spot is not assured for all 4 years. Did you spot anything in the article that you can improve upon? Yes? Good, get busy! No? OK, hopefully that means you are not delusional and instead are one of those “perfect” athletes. If so, help your teammates become better teammates. Lead by example.

College Parents

This is college. Your child is an adult. (I know that is a shock, and sometimes they still seem to act like a child.) We deal with athletes as young adults. It is part of their development in the college years. Get out of your child’s way and let them be a college athlete. Luckily, most parents understand this.

Sadly, a few don’t. The worst examples: One couple lied to their child about which colleges accepted the student in order to force their child to go to a certain school. The student found out. That didn’t turn out well.

Another athlete was told that if they didn’t make the starting roster they would not be allowed to return to school the next semester. Yup!

You can’t make this stuff up!

Again, luckily, most parents let their child fly from the nest. You know who you are. Your child and the coaches thank you!

We love having you at the games. Remember this is college. Let your child be a young adult. Be a good fan. Be a good sport parent. Don’t know what that means? Google is your friend! And read this posting:

The Only Six Words Parents Need to Say to Their Kids About Sports — Or Any Performance

If you are not a good sport parent, your child doesn’t want you at the game. Neither do we and neither do your child’s teammates.

These parents are the very reason their child’s scores – and grades – are dropping. Sadly, we have seen it happen, far too many times. Please don’t be that parent!

I hope this has been an eye-opening and helpful post. Please share your thoughts, comments, and suggestions for improvement, either below or privately, as you prefer.

College sports can be a wonderfully life-changing experience. Enjoy!

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2016 – Results – Georgia – State Junior Olympics – Rifle & Pistol

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Georgia statewide results are now (Fri 05 Feb 2016) available for download.

UPDATE Fri 05 Feb 2016 10:30 PM EST – Results have been corrected and reposted.

2016 USA Shooting Junior Olympics Georgia State Championship Final Results

Congratulations to all the participants. It looks like there will be a large group of Georgia athletes invited to the national Junior Olympics! Individual award medals provided by USA Shooting will be distributed soon.

State Champion, Automatic, and First Round national invitations will be emailed and posted on Mon 08 Feb 2016. Be sure to RSVP right away to reserve your place. Second Round invitations usually follow a week or two later.

 

Thank You!

Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents, and match staff for participating in the state Junior Olympics program this year.  Have a great year!

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2016 – Georgia – State Junior Olympics – CMP Three Position Air Rifle JO State Championship

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The sites and dates for the 2016 CMP Three Position Air Rifle Junior Olympics Georgia State Championship have been announced.

Once again, we will have three sites for the state qualifiers.

South – Sat 23 Apr 2016 – Waycross, GA
Match Director: Maurice England
Match Program: Download TBD

Central – Fri-Sun 01-03 Apr 2016 – Griffin, GA
Match Director: Lisa Kelley
Match Program: Download TBD

North – Sat 02 Apr 2016 – Dahlonega, GA
Match Director: JP O’Connor
Match Program: Download from here

The Central location will use paper targets scored with Orion, while the South and North locations will use electronic targets.

Host sites, match director names and contact information may be found in the CMP competition search web page or directly at this link. Note this one link is for all locations. See the contact information for each location at the top of the listing. (Central location information not available yet on that site.)

Contact the appropriate Match Director to obtain a match program and other information for the South location, and at the download links above for the Central and North locations. Registration is via mail to each location.

Send in your entry early. Prime relays fill up early, especially at the North location.

These events are qualifiers for the national events and are EIC points eligible. Hosted and run by the CMP, the National Junior Olympic 3P Air Rifle Championship is a very popular program involving thousands of three position air rifle athletes (sporter and precision) from all over the country.

Qualifying for either of the CMP national events allows the team or individual to compete in BOTH CMP championships: the JO event mentioned above and the CMP National  3P Air Rifle Championship. Both events usually include generous cash prizes.

Because many athletes are only involved in 3P air rifle, they are unaware of the Olympic events and the USA Shooting Junior Olympics discussed here. They should participate in both programs if shooting precision air rifle.

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