Because their Mommies and Daddies know what's really important for them...hauling them and their fat asses around with their $10,000 guns, paying their entry fees for them & teaching them "good sportsmanship" (cussing at pullers, shoot officials, etc.)
That is an unfair statement. Their not all fatasses. Just kidding...It is an unfair statement. Some of the families really struggle to keep their kid in shells and entry fees.
I think the "All American" thing is overrated. It is about money and how many targets you shoot, and travel to the important shoots, not what your real average is or could be. 3 regional shoots and your overall average should be the criteria, not multiple state shoots that require big dollars to attend. it limits the qualifiers.
Some of the kids that don't have rich parents might just kick the butt of an all american if they had the bucks to travel. Even the adult all american status is flawed by the criteria required to qualify.
but.... who knows, no other system has been recently tried.
Guess it depends on where you are, and the game you are talking about, but my All American skeet shooter son never leaves his home state and does most of his shooting in the summer. He does get, by state law, 18 days a year he can miss for extracirricular activities, like UIL literay meets, football games, basketball, skeet shoots, etc. He can use them as we see fit. He has to make up the class work just like any other excused absence.
BTW, he makes straight A's and is not fat. He shoots a used Krieghoff 32 and we drive a 7 year old Suburban. Best we can do and raise our other child who is about to enter TAMU.
Don't get your drawers in a wad about getting beat by a kid, it's going to happen. Anyone should be glad it continues to if they want the shooting sports to have a future.
When I was a kid, I used to skip out of school to go hunting and fishing. After I got "caught", my parents approved the absences. It did not hurt me, I have a graduate degree in engineering, I have a nice career, I have been able to participate in some very good projects that have actually helped our country. I will not trash someone for shooting trap on a Friday.
Kids who do things with their parents and who have a real interest in something seldom have behavior problems or difficulty with the law. As a school principal I encouraged students to find something that they enjoyed and then work at improving and enjoying that activity. This interest could be in the music area or athletics, hiking, or hunting fishing and even trapshooting. Anyone who is criticizing kids for being involved in healthy activities are sick people. Get a life Buzzgun! Now, no more trolling.
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What's the difference if they're in school or not...if they go to school, their friends will teach them most of that stuff anyway.
blooch, Im proud of you and your son. We have (in my opine) numerous young people and there parents that travel alot and they are a credit to this sport. In some cases these kids parents have made a huge personal finacial sacrifice. So if these kids were phenomes in football, baseball basketball or whatever, or not even good at any of these sports, they still get so many days off to travel with the team. The school pays for the most part. These parents pay for it all on there own. This is not a team sport, its all about there own ability, yet at the same time? they learn, how to deal with pressure,they learn how to loose, thereby they appreciate how to value the win. As an example, how many of you have shot yourself into a shootoff say at midyardage against a 27 yard shooter and won? the 27 yard shooter was a 20 year vet and your 16. That my friends is what its all about. My hats are off to the parents and these young people that make the grade. They are all AAA to me!
For the life of me I cannot understand how any person would make a post like this????????
I have shot with several sub-juniors and juniors over the past few years. And some have attained All American status. I have never seen a problem with these young gentlemen.
And one that I have shot with for years, not only attained All American status for the past 3 years, but has maintained a 4+ grade average, is currently the student body president of his school, and was just accepted to one of the finest univerities in this great country.
If you have a problem with a certain person than I believe you should direct your comments to that persons parents. To make generalized comments only shows the level of your intelligence. - Jim Elliott