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The Board of Directors of Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc. & Keystone Shooting Park are proud to announce the creation of the United States Junior Grand Prix in Olympic shotgun sports. In conjunction with support from a major donor, Keystone Shooting Park will offer an annual event focused on the development of Junior Olympic shotgun sports athletes by establishing a perpetual trophy and by offering a total of $30,000 in added prize money to be shared by the medalists in all (5) Olympic shotgun sports disciplines:


Men’s Skeet = $6,000


Women’s Skeet = $6,000


Men’s Double Trap = $6,000


Women’s Trap = $6,000


Men’s Trap = $6,000


The Gold medalists will receive $3,000, the Silver medalists will garner $2,000 and the Bronze medalists will take home $1,000 to support their training needs for advancement in their respective disciplines. Both Keystone Shooting Park and our sponsor are proud to offer such a valued added competition to our event schedule, which makes these competitions the most lucrative Olympic shotgun sports events in U.S. history. Additional prizes will be awarded in J1, J2 & J3 categories as well as two man teams for each discipline/event. These events are sanctioned and registered events with USA Shooting.


The events are restricted to United States Junior citizens and will be hosted at Keystone Shooting Park from June 21 - 29, 2014 and will follow the Olympic course of fire:


75 Target + Final = Women's Trap & Skeet


125 Targets + Final = Men's Trap & Skeet


150 Targets + Final = Men's Double Trap


Our website is updated and ready to accept entries. Pre-Registration and payment are required to guarantee competition spots. We will only accept (42) athletes in both the Trap & Skeet events and (30) in the Double Trap event. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Premium 24 gram ammunition will be available for purchase at fair market price. We encourage early registration as we expect these events to fill quickly.


Merry Christmas,


Allen Chubb - President - Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc.
 

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Scott,


Thanks! I'll pass along your comments of appreciation.


Merry Christmas,


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Sportshot,


Thanks for your compliments, but we're simply doing what's needed to give the U.S. athletes a fighting chance against the gigantic machines of some other highly competitive nations. We're following a plan and doctrine that will establish a training and competitive regiment which will elevate both the understanding and attitudes of our athletes to a point where steps on the ladder are minor periods of progression and not major leaps. These leaps seem very daunting at times and can easy stifle the natural progerssion of some athletes, which would be a waste of previously afforded resources. It's our further goal to broaden the bench and help to constantly funnel numbers of athletes into the system to fill the voids of exiting athletes and afford the U.S. a seamless transition from one set of elite athletes to the next group.


The excelerated seasoning of the young athletes is exactly what this event plans to accomplish. Coupling this with our number of enhanced competitive events as well as our European Grand Prix training circuit program trips, will allow them to more readily function and perform at a more heightened and potentially successful level then simply casting them to the wolves at World Cups and World Championships without any REAL experience. The ISSF world level environment can be fairly intimidating to inexperienced young athletes and some are never able to reach their full potential due to adverse initial experiences.


These adverse experiences also lead to bleeding out athletes when they age out of the Junior category. The Junior category is competitive enough, before you start even considering playing with the big boys and girls that will crush you in a heart beat like a grape. That transition needs to be seamless as it's extremely important in the normal cycle of a world class athlete. Given the normal training duration of your typical World/Olympic class athlete of a minimum of 6 to 8 years, means that today's teen athletes won't be ready to be a serious threat on the world stage until their mid to late 20's. Yes, there are exceptions to these rules (Kim Rhode & Vincent Hancock), but the numbers favor the normal development cycle. Another point that can not be overlooked as to why Kim and Vincent generated such great success at younger ages, is their respective drive and herculean work ethic. If you couple those traits with a normally talented person, they will become a powerful force to be reckoned with no matter the circumstances.


Thanks again and Merry Christmas,


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BIGDON,


The added prize money at these events has no affect on Olympic or NCAA eligibility. There's an event scheduled in Qatar next month that will award $100,000 as the grand prize for each Olympic shotgun sports events. The old lines of amateur and professional status are extremely blurred and no longer recognized by the USOC and the IOC. Just look at Michael Phelps and Lindsay Vonn as examples. The NHL players that will be skating in Sochi in two weeks are another fine example.


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I would strongly urge any collegiate shooter to check with their coach or school before shooting. Because I think it does affect NCAA. You don't want some student losing his scholarship.

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Stonewallracing,


Thank you for bringing home in a more assertive and clear way the real facts of this matter.


BIGDON,


Collegiate shotgun shooting is governed by the ACUI, not the NCAA. As a point to all.....we would not be offering, nor would our sponsors donate $90,000 over the next three years if there was even a chance that it would jeopardize any scholarships, eligibility, etc. We already have collegiate athletes signed up for the event that have full approval of their respective coaches. If you have any other questions, than please drop me a PM. If not.....I'd welcome the registration of any Junior athletes that are under your charge as participants in this lucrative event.


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My son's collegiate coach is actually the one pushing him to attend!

I have to work out the logistics and finances to see if we can build it into the summer schedule.

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SWR,


Thanks!!! We would love to have him attend.


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It is good to see this kind of effort on behalf of juniors. It is too bad though, that there is not an effort on behalf of shooters who have aged out.
We have a number of shooters who have shown great promise but cannot continue for various reasons but primarily support. How this would be done ( who gets chosen, funding source and many other hurdles )is difficult but in equal or greater need of attention than the junior program.

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Chuck,


I agree, but the bleeding out of aged out athletes is not a new phenomenon. At the present time aged out athletes have three options:


1. U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit – This is fraught with numerous drawbacks especially for female athletes. The recent firing of Department of Defense coaches, the military budget cuts and deployments have played a negative and/or less attractive roll in athlete retention then they previously enjoyed in years past.


2. U.S. Olympic Training Center – Over the last decade, this has also become an unattractive option for many athletes for reasons that we’ll leave unmentioned.


3. Wealthy Family Member or Benefactors – This is like playing the gene pool lottery. It’s been successfully done in the past, but it’s hardly a recipe for sustainable success in the numbers that are necessary to develop a “Real Team” and legacy.


We have a vision for a 4th option at KSP. The Keystone International Shooting Academy (KISA) has a plan to create a resident athlete program free of politics and favoritism. The plan is bold and it essentially calls for a mini OTC lay out at KSP with on-site lodging, an athletic center and all within 200 feet of the ranges. The boldest portion of the plan even calls for an indoor shotgun range for the inclement periods of the year. This type of complex will offer the athletes a cultural emersion experience in Olympic shotgun sports the likes of which are not enjoyed anywhere else. Some can complain that the Juniors are receiving too much benefit and attention by our Junior Grand Prix, but what we’re doing is seeding the clouds for the future. Those 14–16 year olds that will be participating in this Junior Grand Prix will benefit directly from the KSP/KISA plan as it will most likely take around 5 years for our plan to become fully operational and offer them a more practical 4th option, which will pay dividends for the U.S. program in decades to come. These athletes will be able to seamlessly glide into a KSP/KISA resident athlete position at a point and time of their choosing.


Those doubting Thomas’s can go ahead and roll their eyes about this plan as they were doing the same thing when KSP was being proposed in 2008. Their eyes have stopped rolling and replaced by jaw dropping as KSP has come on-line and become the most active Olympic shotgun sports range in North America and possesses a line of permanent corporate sponsors that are the envy of every range in this nation. Rome wasn’t built in a day and like all good things it will take some time, but we are confident that it will in fact happen. Everybody has a choice to either sit back and be jealous and envious of our success and goals, or they can choose to put aside their personal agendas and support our efforts, because if we succeed, so does the United States Olympic shotgun sports program.


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Allen,

I applaud you in your efforts and hope to see your facility firsthand in the near future.

Have you ever been to the range in Dorset, GBR? We shot a World Cup there in 2010 and on all but the finals field the shooting stations were covered on three sides. We were protected from MOST of the elements, it was like shooting from an open garage. I'm sure you can find photos on the web and/or ISSF.

I thought something like that might come in handy at your range the next time global warming delays your thaw....

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Jeff,


Thanks for the kind words and we certainly enjoy the Army Marksmanship Unit coming up to KSP to train and compete. I'd really enjoy having you, Glenn, Josh and Derek up to train at KSP. Ryan and the Trap guys are flying up today for the Beretta Cup in Trap and Mark and the Skeet guys are coming up next week for the skeet portion of the event. Vinny is also flying in next week for the clinic that he's conducting and he's staying on to compete as well before leaving for the World Cup in sunny down town Kazakhstan. LOL!!! I'd sooner shoot a World Cup in a place like Monte Carlo or San Remo like we used to shoot pigeons at in the old days. Those places had CLASS!!!!


Yes, I was at Dorset for the 2010 British Grand Prix, which was the weekend after the World Cup. Attached are a couple of photos. Derek Burnett won the Silver, John MacDonald won the Gold and Carl Poston won the Bronze. Yes, those are nice roof structures, but take a look below at the range in Berne, Switzerland. This is where the 1975 World Championships were held. NOW THAT'S A ROOF!!!!! The interior of the structure is sound proofed and the doors in the back slide open like barn doors so air can flow through during the summer months. They can also hang heaters from the gable members in the winter. This is sweet to say the least.


If you want to see a breath taking background, take a look at the Olympic trap range in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It's over laid on the outrun of the Olympic Ski Jump arena where the 1928 & 1948 Olympics were hosted. How would you like train on and compete on that range on a regular basis?


Hey, congratulations on your World Cup Gold medal in Tucson. OUTSTANDING!!! Thanks again and give me a call and we can set up a road trip to KSP for some training.


Best Regards,


Allen Chubb - President - Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc.


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