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Does your club offer discounts to youth shooters?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Mar 5, 2010.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Some clubs I visit have reduced practice rates for youngsters. A great idea!

    Does your club offer discounts to youth shooters or must they pay what adult shooters pay?
     
  2. millwright101

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    yep about half price to attract new shooters and it stays the same year after year
     
  3. jdsfarms

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    Youth shooters at our club shoot for $1.50 less per round and get a free box of shells for their first round,if they join our club dues are 1/2 price.Jerry
     
  4. 320090T

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    Yep, half price but no trophy's
     
  5. OGC Director

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    During our Pen-Mar League Juniors shoot for free with trophies (50 bird event). If they want to play the options they have to pay full price.

    Rich in Indiana
     
  6. missemucho

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    We (Twin Lakes Gun Club, Mt. Home AR) charge juniors $2.00 a round. Our normal price is $2.50 (and yes, we make money). We have junior memberships available for $10.00 and have kids coming from 50-100 miles around to practice for the Arkansas Game and Fish Trap program.
    John Segress
     
  7. flybyknight

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    The Yreka Clay Bird Club lets Juniors (under 18), and active duty service men shoot for $1.50 per round.
     
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    Yes, Fennville Rod & Gun Club, Fennville MI, charges $2/round for youths 17 and under(no membership required), and $3.50 for adults. Youth membership in the club is only $1.00/year but parent/guardian must be a member.

    We're going to have our first Youth ATA shooting teams this year - exciting!
     
  9. dverna

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    $2 per round.

    2 free boxes of shells per day.

    Maximum of 10 boxes per year.

    Don Verna

    PS The free shell offer applies to ladies too. Part of our NRA Grant
     
  10. tcr1146

    tcr1146 Well-Known Member

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    Can someone explain to me how the youth shooters are going to save this sport for me one more time?! The vast majority, 95-98 % will quit shooting as soon as they have to pay their own way! I agree, 30 years from now, hopefully some anyway, will come back if guns are even legal!? I am just trying to understand how they are going to save us 60 + boys!? Tom Rhoads
     
  11. spitter

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    Our range, run by our parks department, does not offer a separate rate structure to youth. Now for golf and a couple of other activities, yes... but not shooting.

    regards,

    Jay
     
  12. Big Jack

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    On practice targets, 16 and under with a parent shoot the first 50 on us.
    Program targets their entries are cut some.

    Big Jack
     
  13. Joe Potosky

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    RE: how the youth shooters are going to save this sport

    Sure helps the parent when he or she has enough problems coming up with the money to support there shooting let alone a youth shooter or two.

    Also, Even if they don't come back, those young shooters may be the people who will be judges, congress people, and those who sit on town boards in 15 - 20 years.

    By the way, until SCTP came along and some what 4H, bringing kids into the clay target sports was sort of hit an miss, with most brought down to the club by dad or granddad. Nothing really organized.

    Many young men and LADIES are now shooting clay targets. Who would have ever thought that could be possible.

    The numbers we are seeing in youth shooting, including AIM, was not even thought oddinlr ten years ago.

    The future looks bright...
     
  14. mixer

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    Like Spitter our club shoots at a county run facility. No discounts for anyone. Standard $7.50 a round but they do open the trap range on Monday nights when it's normally closed for the 10-18 yo shooters.

    Eric
     
  15. phirel

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    Joe Potosky made one very accurate comment when he stated "Sure helps the parent when he or she has enough problems coming up with the money....". But Joe, and I mean no disrespect, what exactly are my obligations to help you raise your family? Youth discounts could be beneficial to our sport in 30 years but long term investments can actually hurt the short term growth of a club. I would support a program for youth discounts for each youth who helps load traps, scores or mows the club grass.

    Pat Ireland
     
  16. Joe Potosky

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    RE: obligations to help you raise your family

    Like I see local clubs overrun with kids on practice days.

    How much is it costing a club to offer targets at a discount to youth shooters?

    Two or three kids at the club on Sunday is not killing the clubs bottom line.

    If the number of kids gets to large (would not that be a nice problem to have), limit the discount to the first two rounds or what have you if cost to the club is a factor. If you want to make them work for a discount, no problem here.

    As for the comment on a county run facility and what it charges. Like the county has any reason to help the sport along. It's not usually the person running the county facility that sets the rate, it's the county board and they want all the dollars they can get.

    If it was not for AIM, SCTP and 4H and a small part the boys scouts in some areas, we really be hurting, as we would would have no expectations of future growth, let alone trying to keep the number of shooters at the level it is now.

    Those that hunt are really concerned about the future of there sport as numbers are declining in many parts of the nation. Hunters for the most part in the past was those who we brought into the clay target sports. Now a declining pool of future clay target shooters to draw from.

    The clay targets sports is expensive. Kids are not the market, but they are the future of the shooting sports. If a club can help out with exposing them to clay target shooting by helping to keep cost down, why not?
     
  17. mixer

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    Slightly off topic:

    Here's an example of Government thinking. The county that runs the range where we shoot would love it if we stopped shooting registered. Their position is, throwing a lot of targets during an ATA shoot wears out the trap machines faster.

    When we held our part of the Florida chain shoot at the end of January we threw over 51,000 targets in five days and paid the county $13,500 in target fees. They said we were wearing out the machines too fast and are rethinking letting us hold the chain shoot next year.

    Eric
     
  18. Hoosier Daddy

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    We offer no discounts for anybody. Everyone has to pay the full price for practice rounds. The cost is $2.00 for 25 birds on Wednesday evenings and $2.50 for 25 birds on Saturday.
     
  19. BDodd

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    Yes, we do and it's quite effective. We see the kids bringing mom, dad, and sis to watch and eventually give it a try.....Bob Dodd, only a member.
     
  20. halfmile

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    tcr, you have to understand the big picture. Yes, the youth for the most part quit when they have to pay their own way.

    Cars with big tires, girls with big hooters, education, marriage, kids, family, all get in the way after the youth shooting.

    But a VERY large percentage of those people come back to shooting at a later point in life.

    Sometimes not till the late 30's when disposable income increases and soccer mom duties decrease. But they do come back.

    Some seeds take a longer time to germinate.

    HM
     
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