I WILL TURN 80 THIS SUMMER. I STILL LIKE TO SHOOT AND COMPETE. HOWEVER, I CAN'T COMPETE AGAINST 70 YEAR OLD SHOOTERS. MY RESPONSE TIME IS SLOWER. HOW DO THE REST OF YOU OLDER SHOOTERS FEEL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Don't have a dog in this fight (yet!) but as an example, the Senior Pro Rodeo Association separates its competitors into 10-yr age groups, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
Granted, trapshooting isn't quite like rodeo, but they seem to feel it's fair.
A new class for 80+ shooters has been proposed in the past to the B of D. There was little documentation supporting the change. We did not know the number of shooters that would be in the new class and the total number of targets these shooters shot.
Based on the number of individuals, it would appear that if a new class were added, the current classes B and C should be divided into three classes.
Take those that were All Americans prior out of the senior classes and you might have a chance. Instead of shootoffs now Kaye just takes the Vet. class. Look at other shooting sports and they take better care of their senior shooters.
Once upon a time, I was in charge of Grand American Shoot off. Senior Vet. Don Mackerman and Mr. Smith(ATA Secretary)I had no interest in shooting off against these two gentleman. I have shot in Arizona with Don in the past. I was impressed with there ability.I think that a Vet. class to facilitate these shooters would be apropriate.Why don't you express your views to the president and the committee.
I have always thought the categories were more prestigious and meaningful than the current class system, and have advocated that "REAL" divisions (classes / categories / whatever you want to call them) would have more/some meaning. You can't sandbag your way into the 70-79 year age group or the 5th year shooter group ........... I can get into any class I desire (except maybe AAA)!
The idea has both some merit and support. Anyone interested in pursuing the matter needs to develop a cost analysis of the change and the number of shooters that would benefit from the change. I have never seen these data, but any member of the ATA could do the work required to get the information.
sir to answer the question.........when phil wright was pres. ......the board voted on and passed that there be a super sr class .just as a sr class. is now.if they could find a sponser to buy the trophies....ok so far?......
i informed the fl delegate that ihad one..the largest auto dealer in the country....he would give the ata 25k per year to buy trophies for the super sr.at the larger shoots plus the grand AND more if needed......now.,.....my answer well there is not that many that shoot and we will look into it at the next meeting......so i informed the company ........they said ok maybe we just withdraw if there not that much intrest and put our sponser money some place else ....there are lots of takers when you offer money ........so what is your thinking on that?
nspktr1- It would be no more, nor no less, work for a member of the B of D or any ATA member to collect the data. Your comment about the inabilities of 80 year old shooters strikes me of age discrimination.
If the individual wanting these data is not able to collect it for some reason, he surely has a friend or his delegate he could convince that the work should be done.
Texshooter, You have it all wrong, shooters that can make a living from trapshooting such as (IEkay)should be in another class altogether. It seems to me that no one on the BOD wants to hear about another catagory becuse of the added moneys, and trophy costs. That is a quote from my delegate. Harry
What's wrong with keeping out (if you were a All Amrican before) from the 75 or 80 group. It's just a trophy, do they have to have it all? It is just a nice way of saying thank you to those who supported the ATA for many years. Please spare the moaning about additional cost, it is a pittance. I would vote for calling it "Silver Vet".