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To: Jim Thompson
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SCTP and The GRAND


Dear Mr. Thompson,

As a SCTP Head Coach , USA Level II shooting coach, ATA Coach I am concerned
about the recent move of the SCTP away from Grand week at Sparta. Since nobody
is really talking about why this happened, would you be willing to answer
several questions for me ?

Why do we need two programs competing for the kids , why not combine efforts to
make sure that we reach as many kids as possible ?

Why are we making the vendors life harder by splitting the weeks at Sparta when
we need to help them as much as possible ? They are making half of their sales
at the Grand and the other half during SCTP , during these challenging economic
times you are making them waste money needlessly.


Sincerely

John




Hi John, and thanks for the question. Here's the short answer as to why we
have two programs. Mr. Christy would not commit to registering targets or
requiring ATA memberships for his organization beyond 2009 and we sensed he
might be taking his new organization in a different direction away from the
relationship we enjoyed with the NSSF. We've been silent about our
discussions with Mr. Christy as I thought we were still in the planning and
scheduling phase for 2009.

Since the date change was made by Mr. Christy and his SSSF association I
suggest he is the only one who can answer that question. Mr. Christy and the
SSSF have not
given us any insight as to their plans in fact we invited them to
continue the SCTP program at the Grand American as last year with a willingness
for some flexibility if they wanted to make modifications. I only learned of
SSSF moving their shoot away from the Grand period after seeing the dates on a
camping form from the IDNR! We have not been notified of this change or given
any reason for it by Mr. Christy on the SSSF. I too am frustrated and somewhat
disappointed with this change as well as the lack of communication from the SSSF
organization. However, it's their program and it was their choice.

Best regards,

Jim



Jim Thompson
Executive Director
Amateur Trapshooting Association
601 West National Road
Vandalia, OH 45377

mailto:[email protected]

Phone: (937) 898-4638 Ext.523
Fax: (937) 898-5472
 

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Well I am definitely not happy about hearing this...I am an SCTP shooter and I had plans of shooting at Nationals again this year and to stay a couple days after and shoot some registered targets in the actual Grand...But it's looking like that's not going to happen as I am not making 2 trips there and back...I'll have to voice my concern to the SSSF it sounds like. Josh
 

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hey josh- tell me what appeals to you about sctp? it is team only driven- you have to have 5 youth shooters and THEIR parents committed long in advance and if one individual has a bad day-then you get NO individual recognition?!from your perspective as apperantly a youth- what does registered rocks do for you and again, what is so great about sctp? by the way- i have personnaly spoken to mr christy( last year) and i think he has more insight then we've creditted him!
 

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What about SCTP appeals to me? Well, the fact that my school allows me to letter in it. It's a "sport" I actually have interest in competing in, as I lost interest in football when it became way more competitive than I wanted anything to do with in 10th grade. It is a sport where I excel. Plus it's free targets, which it can't get any better than that. Oh, AND it gives me a chance to shoot with my friends from school rather than the older crowd I shoot with at my Izaak Walton League. Any other questions? Thanks, Josh.
 

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as a seasoned sctp participant- what does shooting "registered" rocks mean to you as a youth shooter?
 

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Shooting registered as in ATA? Well, I enjoy the fact that I can excel in it. You can shoot as much practice as you want, but you aren't recognized for it, you can't win anything, you can't gain yardage and you're just shooting with no real goals. If there is something to shoot for, I am willing to pay a couple of bucks to compete in it. Thanks, Josh.
 
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