Quote of the month-“I hung out with some great people who happened to also be great shooters. The rest was practice, practice, practice, which was fun, fun, fun”—Drew Baxter, member of the YSSA Orange Crushers Diamond team (AIM Grand sub-junior champions), on how the group became a winning team
Quote of the month-“Don’t let it get in your head, and reset after every shot.”—Parker Hinson, junior champion in Preliminary Thursday’s handicap, on advice to other shooters
Quote of the month-“My goals were to shoot my best, try very hard to stay focused, have a good attitude, and to not let any bad scores bring me down.”—Hannah Simpson, Krieghoff Handicap Lady I champion
Little things mean a lot -Bob Palmer suggests “sweating the small stuff.”
Quote of the month-“You get yourself into a clinic, and you’re going to hear something you already know, but you’re going to pick up a few tidbits that may get you another target or two.”—Timothy Hall Sr., Class A champion, Grand American Singles Class Championship
Quote of the month, part 2-“[Being nervous is] part of the game. Once you get into it and get your mental game, it can go well.”—Robert Randall Jr., Grand American Clever Ammunition Handicap champion
Quote of the month-““It doesn’t matter if you’ve been shooting for just a few years or 30, everyone can have a good day or a bad day, and you never know if you’re in it or out. So believe in yourself, and don’t give up!”—Bryan Romanow, Grand American Handicap champion
Quote of the month(2)-“I’ve learned in past shootoffs that you just have to ride out that adreanaline rush, or it will eat you up.”—Jack Criner, Grand American Doubles champion
Quote of the month(3)-“You’ve got to believe you’re going to break every target. You’ve got to think you’re the best out there. You’ve got to believe in your heart you’re going to win. So you go out there and do your job, and in the end what happens, happens.”—Travis Iksic, Grand American All-Around champion
New Trapshooting Hall of Fame building’s Grand Opening
Nature vs. nurture - How to improve your natural reaction to pressure.
Quote of the month-“You just have to work hard. I used to shoot really quick, and I mean really quick. Now I take a little longer to get there [to the target]—and I make sure I am there.”—David Riddle, on staying competitive while advancing in age
Short trips- Butch and Bev Dominacki visit Bi State in Illinois and Dubuque IWL in Iowa.
Harrison (OH) GC to host benefit shoot
Harness your adrenaline - Make it work for you on the trapline, says Bob Palmer
Quote of the month, No. 1- “I was going to focus on each target and make sure I got it.”—Charles Priddy, Great Lakes Grand singles champion
Quote of the month, No. 2 - “Be patient. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, or you’ll lose the fun aspect.”—Tom Neal, Great Lakes Grand handicap champion
Quote of the month, No. 3 - “It helps when I hear [my dad] tell me that no one cares about my score but me, and if I miss one, forget it and keep going.”—Chase Slaughter, Nevada Co. Sportsmen handicap leader April 23 with 99
Spotlight on AIM - "The best of" trapshooting, according to the Cedar Hill Smokin’ Guns group from Russellville, AL.
Bill Jacobsen Memorial- The club founder was honored and his legacy lives on at the Silver Dollar SC’s Jacobsen Memorial tournament.
Vendor profile - Dawson Enterprises’ wholesale and retail business thrives after nearly 40 years in operation.
Quotes of the month - "Ultimately, shooting clay targets allows young athletes to negotiate the ‘win-lose’ drama of life in a controlled and fun environment."—Bob Palmer
Failure to fire clarifications - "Hapless Harry," ATA Executive Committee weigh in.
Betty Wrestler, 2016 Hall of Fame inductee
Arkansas G&FF SSC - The two-year-old club, built for the growing shooter population in the Land of Opportunity, is hosting the state and ATA Southwestern Zone shoots as well as numerous AIM competitions.
Quotes of the month - "You only get so many opportunities, and you have to make each one of them count"—Kyler Berens
Have gun, will shoot - Ron Sutton advocates the one-gun-does-it-all approach.
Requirements for the 2017 All-American teams
Amerigo Pagliaroli, 2016 Hall of Fame inductee
Quotes of the month - "There is a reason for score in games. . . . It is an ego buster like no other. It is a kingmaker like no other. It is an absolutely essential tool to make your game better."—Bob Palmer, Own the Zone
Don't be a chicken-herder - Success is going from A to Z, with a few steps in between, says Bob Palmer.
ATA Grand Slam shooters
Quotes of the month - "The ATA has been very good to me. It’s helped me grow from both a competitive and personal standpoint. Being around the great people in the ATA . . . has absolutely shaped my life." - Corbin Grybowski, 2016 junior All-American captain
T&F Rookies chosen - Matt Byrns, Ginny Warren and Dayle Street were chosen TRAP & FIELD Rookies of the Year for 2015.
Grand Signature Sponsor - Bill and LeeAnn Martin show their support for the sport once again, becoming the Grand's first-ever Signature Sponsor.
Quotes of the month - "I don't mean to sound disrespectful of the skill involved in breaking a target, but this is a pretty simple game. The trick is to string that simplicity together many, many times without an error in between." - Pete Tsementzis
How dare they? - Consider the reasons for taking a clinic - or more than one.
The Trap Death-cathlon - Ten bad behaviors to avoid if you want to Own the Zone.
Quotes of the month - "Don't be too proud...or too set in your ways...Recognize when something needs to change." - Jake Levin, Autumn Grand handicap and all-around champion
New Automatic Email Renewals
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What's cooking? - Bob Palmer talks about his receipe for success in Own the Zone.
Quotes of the month - "We need to remember that we all started at our small local clubs. We need to greet new shooters with open arms and make them feel welcome." - Wayne Morris, 2016 ATA President
"I want anyone who walks through our door to feel comfortable. I want everybody to leave here as a friend." - Tom Steffensmeier, owner of Grandpa's GC in West Point, Iowa
The 2016 All-American Teams
"Living Legend" John Hall - Phil Kiner interviews this Trapshooting Hall of Famer and shows the many facets of the legend.
Quote of the month - "I like the friendships I have made with a wide variety of competitors. I enjoy traveling to the clubs I never would have known about if I were not a member of the ATA. And I love the competition!" - Colby Watkins, 14-year-old Grand American Caesar Guerinin Preliminary Handicap Champion
Hall of Fame inductees for 2016
Let's Review - The Grand gets an overview and "Mr. August" is named in the Grand that was: 2015.
Quote of the month - "Instead of being nervous, a calm came over me...I was intensely aware of only what was directly in front of me, and nother else mattered." - Bob Malmstedt, about finishing an 80-bird shootoff without a miss and capturing the Grand American All-Around title.
Hall of Fame inductees for 2016
Happy 50th, Winchester AA®! - Winchester's iconic shotshell made its debut in 1965.
Pop Quiz - Put your knowledge of the ATA Rulebook to the test.
How Sweet it is - Gary Brehm, who has battled lymphoma for more than a decade, smashed 200 in 200 in the program and 173x175 in the Kansas Singles Championship shootoff, ending with the veteran title.
Above and beyond the call of duty - Colorado trapshooter Pete Lemon is featured on a new U.S. Postal Service limited-edition issue, honoring Vietnam-era Medal of Honor recipients.
Quote of the month - "When my athletes first experience this joy of training, I see within them a powerful awakening of the potential for success in all that they do." - Bob Palmer
Fourth of July Bash - Phil Kiner and Will O. Tarmigan do the holiday proud with a feast fit for trapshooters.
In the accelerated class - Bob Palmer starts his countdown to excellence.
The Art of classification - Dave Kaiser and Hapless Harry discuss the rules - and the application of the rules - as they apply to singles and doubles classification.
Setting up the (mental) triggers - Out with the bad, in with the good.
Jim Bradford Jr., Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Quote of the month - "When you start up again after a long (more than a year) layoff, resist the urge to get frustrated. Just keep doing what worked in the past and what is working now, and at some point you will snap back into your old groove and the world will get a lot better again." -Phil Kiner
Right or wrong? - Ron Sutton applies this basic question to the trap game.
Jacque Snellenberger, Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Quote of the month - "I worked every pair and really concentrated. I knew that if I kept that up, and did everything I needed to do, something good would happen." -Chris Vendel, Southern Grand doubles champion with 100
May the Force be with you - Bob Palmer explores the dark side of the zone.
T&F Rookies of the Year - Mark Polojac and Brady Welsh claim the honors for 2014.
Quote of the month - "You need to shoot with people who are better than you are." -Pat Laib
The 2014 Average Book!
The 2014 Average Books have mailed as of March 9, 2015. Be looking for your copy in the next couple of days/weeks.
The bottom line - Ron Sutton discusses "How are you going to improve this year?"
Dinnertime! - The new Kiner's Diner is open for business, serving food for the body and the (trapshooter's) mind.
Green means 'go' - Find your signal into the zone
Trap & Field Rookies of the Year chosen!
Headed to Releaseville?
Quote of the month - "You're not going to know if you still like it or how you're going to do unless you get back on the line. Go for it!" - Tiffany Collinson
Lady takes the all-around - Janessa Beaman dons the crown at Tucson!
Gun Mount Rules - Ted Tightend wins one out of two.
New Years Resolution - Grow the sport! - Dean Spiridon
Starting From Scratch
The mental game
Quote of the month - "Hard work pays off, and if you keep going, you never know when your moment is going to be." - Preston Crandell, Krieghoff Handicap Champion
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