Friday, September 9, 2011

National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Results

I had the great privilege to escort the Florida 4-H Shooting Sports team to the National 4-H Invitational this year in San Antonio.  What a great event it was!  Florida had the best coaches and shooters we could ever hope for.  Below are the results, but I also wanted to include a few notes on "lessons learned".

Muzzle Loaders Joe and Jake Menendez
Lesson I learned:
  • Make sure the youth are prepared with their equipment, skills and mind for the rigors of long distance shooting, all day.  It can be a grueling process and many times the shooters don't have equipment that will hold up, or meet the requirements of the tournament.
  • Keep continuity of administrative staff and coaches.  Having new people attend this event every year can be disheartening.  Participants miss out on opportunities that new people are not aware of.  I propose having a head coach and an assistant.  The head coach will have attended Nationals at least one time before.
  • Make sure all the participants know how much this event costs.  It is very possible an individual will have to invest up to $1600 for this event.  Some of that is reimbursed, but done so after we all return home.
  • Continue to encourage the National Shooting Sports Committee to train the volunteers to run the match as written to the rules.  Many times the line officials did not run the match to the letter of the rules, and the shooters need to be held to a same consistent standard.
Again, I want to say what a great event this was!  It could have not been done without the tireless help of the parents, coaches, youth leaders, sponsors and the FL 4-H Shooting Sports Committee and the FL 4-H Foundation.


Day 1
Air Rifle – 2nd place, Alexandria Mohs; 7th place, Robin Dolliver
Archery, Compound – 5th place, Kevin Dukes
Archery, Recurve – 6th place, Stephen Gables; 5th place team, Stephen Gables, Cody Ptachik, Ryan Metcalf, Kristel Stiegler
Muzzle Loading – 10th place, Joe Menendez
Shotgun –
Small Bore –

Day 3
Air Rifle – 3rd place, Robin Dolliver; 10th place, Alexandria Mohs; 4th place team, Alexandria Mohs, Robin Dolliver, Wayne Friesul
Archery, Compound – 5th place, Kevin Dukes
Archery, Recurve –
Muzzle Loading –
Shotgun –
Small Bore –

Day 3
Air Rifle –
Archery, Compound – 4th place, Kevin Dukes
Archery, Recurve –
Muzzle Loading –
Shotgun –
Small Bore –

Overall
Air Rifle - 4th place, Kevin Dukes
Archery, Recurve – 5th place team, Stephen Gables, Cody Ptachik, Ryan Metcalf, Kristel Stiegler

1 comment:

Arlene Chauncey said...

Just a small correction in the overall standings. Kevin Dukes placed 4th in Compound Archery not Air Rifle.

The event is very tiring and grueling but it is also very exciting. It is an opportunity to meet members from all over the country, not just youth but adult volunteers also. The hard work that goes into an event this large was evident. Texas 4-H did a wonderful job, they even managed to get mother nature to keep the events rain free. The cost for attending can be substantial, after talking with some of the youth, the cost ranged from $700-$1500. So,If you earn the right to participate in the National Invitational I say "Hang on and enjoy the ride"

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