Youth Shooting Update – finishing up 2018 and looking forward to 2019

Our youth program started up again the first Friday in September. This year we are shooting all Fridays, with the first and third Fridays being our Instructional Program and the second and fourth Fridays being our Recreational Program (no shooting on the “fifth” Fridays). Both programs are off to a solid start. Fall activities and sports may have kept attendance down a bit more than we had expected and for next year we’re considering delaying the start of the program to October (still to be determined).

For November and December our schedule will vary slightly. In November, the Recreational Program will not shoot on the fourth Friday (due to the Thanksgiving holiday) and in December the Instructional Program will not shoot on Friday December 21st and the Recreational Program will not shoot on Friday December 28th. Starting in January we’ll be back on our regular schedule. Our upcoming shooting days are as follows:

Instructional Program:

November 2nd and 16th December 7th

Recreational Program

November 9th December 14th

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Youth Shooting Starts September 7th

I’ll skip the stuff about Summer soon ending and Fall being right around the corner. That said, September is just a week away and we’ll be resuming our youth shooting program on Friday, September 7th. Here are the updates and improvements we’re making/adding for this season:

We will shoot every Friday from September through mid-May (with a few Friday’s off for holidays and “fifth” Fridays) Start time is 6:30pm (for new shooters in our Open/Recreational shooting, please arrive @ 6pm for a safety orientation)

 

The second and fourth Fridays (when we shot last year) will be for ALL shooters ages eight and up, and will be our “Open/Recreational” shooting days. This year we’ll be adding in BB guns, along with Pellet Guns. This is for our youngest shooters AND those who are not looking for more detailed instruction. Ten X member Dan DeKruger will be coordinating our Open/Recreational Program this year.

 

This year we’re adding what we’re calling “Instructional” shooting on the first and third Fridays. This will […]

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Youth Shooting Update – June 23, 2018

Unfortunately, we did not have any youth shooters attend our first outdoor shooting date on June 11th. We realize that school exams were happening at this time, along with concerts, recitals, etc. Our next session is on July 9th, with a rain date of July 11th. If attendance is sparse or none, then we’ll cancel the session for August and resume with our indoor sessions starting in September.

Speaking of our indoor season, starting this coming September, we will be shooting EVERY Friday, with a few nights off during the holiday season, and when there is a “fifth” Friday in a month. The program is evolving and the changes will allow for our youngest shooters (ages nine through eleven and older) to fire both BB and pellet guns, with a program in place that will have the shooters work to achieve certain scores. They will receive certificates and badges for each level they achieve. Thanks to Ten X member Dan DeKruger for taking on this program. Our shooters 12 and older will be able […]

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Youth Shooting Update: 5/18/18

Our indoor Youth Shooting season is complete. We will be shooting at the outdoor range on the following dates:

June 11th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 6/13) July 9th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 7/11) August 13th @ 6:30pm (Rain Date: 8/15)

This shooting will be smallbore (.22lr) so it will be limited to our shooters ages 12 and up.

Our indoor shooting for all shooters will resume on September 7th. We have plans to expand to shoot every Friday starting in the fall and we’ll be offering both “recreational” and “instructional” programs, alternating weeks. More details to come as the weeks progress.

Scout Troops To Be Hosted in April and May

On April 19, 2018, and May 15, 2018, we will be hosting a special youth shooting night for a pair of local Scout Troops.  On the 19th, the UPSTAIRS indoor range will be restricted to the youth shooting event and the Girl Scouts.  The downstairs range will be open for the regular Thursday evening open shooting.

On Tuesday, May 15th we will be hosting a special youth shooting night for a local Boy Scout Troop. Open shooting will be unavailable to the general membership that evening.

Our Youth Shooting program continues to grow and these special sessions are another way we are introducing the youth of our community to shooting in a safe and educated environment. Our goal is that shooters who attend these sessions will return to participate in both our open youth shooting program and even consider our newly established Competitive Team.

Ten X Youth Rifle Competitive Team Organizational Meeting to be held March 28th

There will be an informational meeting regarding the formation of a Smallbore (22lr) and Air Rifle competitive youth shooting team represented by Ten X on Wednesday, March 28th @ 6pm at the indoor range, which is located at 853 Ransom Road, between Walden & Broadway in Lancaster. Prospective shooters are asked to please bring at least one parent or guardian to the meeting.

We are happy to announce the Mr. Leif Johnson, the Rifle Team Coach at Lancaster High School has agreed to be the primary coach of the program. Other members of Ten X will assist, including several who have shot competitively for many years and/or are NRA certified instructors or coaches.

The purpose of this meeting will be to introduce shooters and their parents/guardians to the club and to Coach Johnson. While we have some ideas as to what the team can do, we want the input of those “founding team members” so that we offer the kind […]

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Youth Shooting Program Receives 2017 NRA Foundation Grant

We are happy to announce that the Ten X Youth Shooting Program has received an NRA Foundation grant for the second year in a row.  The NRA Foundation awarded our program with Five Ruger American .22LR rifles with magazines, five Champion’s Choice shooting mats and five offhand stands. The total value of the grant is over $2,600! Combined with our 2016 grant, we now have eight .22LR rifles for our program. This will allow us to grow the program beyond air rifle shooting. This is especially important now that the Section VI high school sports organization has decided to only offer air rifle shooting for those high schools with rifle teams. Ten X will be able to serve as one of the only places in the area where young shooters can continue to improve their shooting of rimfire rifles.

Youth Shooting Resumes Friday January 12th

With the holidays behind us we will resume our regular second and fourth Fridays of the month for the Youth Shooting Program. Shooting starts @ 6:30pm and runs just under two hours. Shooters age eight and above are welcome and training is provided for all new shooters. A $3.00 donation is requested to offset the cost of ammunition. Multiple instructors are available to work with the kids, all with decades of experience and/or NRA rifle coach certification. If you have questions please contact our Youth Shooting Program coordinator, Matt Giansante. His phone number is 716-622-0705 and his e-mail is matt@olm1.com.