Youth Shooting Program Update

If you’ve been following the “phases” of reopening in New York state you have probably heard that “youth sports” are falling into phase four. As our program runs from September through May we have a bit of time to determine how we can hopefully start back up in the fall. With guidance from both the government and health officials and with the approval of the Board of Directors, we will make a determination as to how the program could restart. We are also awaiting information as to how the public schools will be operating in September and we’ll consider their plans for operation in our own plans for the program. Obviously, the health and safety of our participants, their families and our instructors is first and foremost in importance. The instructors have all missed working with the kids and are certainly hopeful that we can start again in September. Please continue to check the website for updates.

Youth Shooting Update – May 2020

As has become obvious, our indoor shooting will not resume for the 2019/2020 season. Hard to believe that our last session would have been this coming Friday the 8th. So much of our current situation is obviously tragic, and missing out on youth shooting, while not nearly as serious as other aspects of the current crisis, still is incredibly disappointing. All of the kids continued to make fantastic progress, especially with our recently acquired CZ Avanti air rifles.

At this time we can’t really rule in or rule out whether we would be able to shoot outdoors as had been discussed. For now, we have to rule it out. But, should the guidance from the state and feds change, we’ll reassess if we might be able to do any outdoor shooting for the summer, subject of course to the direction of our Board of Directors.

We sincerely hope all of you and your families are well, and all our instructors look forward to seeing you hopefully in the […]

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Youth Shooting Program Update – January 19th

Our next session is this coming Friday the 24th @ 6:30pm. As always, new shooters please arrive @ 6pm for safety and firearms orientation.

With the lousy weather hitting us this weekend it’s a good time to remind everyone that we follow the Lancaster Central School District closing policy. If LCSD schools are closed for the day (or after school activities are cancelled) on a shooting day, then shooting is also cancelled.

MANY THANKS to member Bill Siska for filling our tank for the air rifles. Not only did Bill set up our tank system when we first started the program but he’s been great about keeping us “topped off” so that we always have the rifles fully charged with air!

Our downstairs program had a great turnout last week. Kids were shooting self-supported from the bench, as well as standing and prone. The kids upstairs did a nice job last week with the BB guns. They are, admittedly, not the most accurate or well-sighted guns, but for the […]

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Youth Shooting Update – December

Our final shooting session for 2019 is this coming Friday @ 6:30pm. New shooters, as always, please arrive @ 6pm. We will not be shooting on December 27th due to the holidays.

Looking ahead to 2020, here are the remaining dates we’ll be shooting:

January 10th & 24th (note that January is another five-Friday month so it will actually be a three week gap between our second shooting day in January and our first shooting day in February February 14th & 28th March 13th & 27th April 24th (no shooting on April 10th due to Good Friday) May 8th – final shooting day of the shooting season

A reminder that in the case of inclement weather we follow the Lancaster Central School District closing policy. If the district closes school on a shooting day, our shooting is cancelled. If the distract cancels after school activities, again our shooting is cancelled.

We are off to a great start this year. We’ve had almost a dozen brand new shooters, in addition […]

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Youth Shooting Update – November 3rd

Our youth shooting program is off to a great start this year. In our first three sessions we’ve had eight brand new shooters, along with many returning shooters. Thanks to the efforts of Mark Martzoff (who promoted our program with some of our other members @ the Elma Conservation Club) and to great publicity by Bill Hilts, Jr. in The Buffalo News (both print and online) we are seeing many new faces. As well, an aggressive outreach to local clubs that we undertook this summer is also resulting in new interest.

Our sessions for the balance of 2019 are Friday November 8th, Friday November 22nd and Friday December 13th (no shooting on Friday December 27th.) As always first round downrange is @ 6:30pm but new shooters should arrive @ 6pm for safety and orientation training.

Youth Shooting Update: 10/8/19

Our first session of the new season was on September 27th and attendance was very good. We had three new shooters plus several of our past shooters attend. As the summer turns to fall (and turns to winter) we know that attendance will continue to increase as it always does, so we’re optimistic for another very successful season.

We have submitted a grant request again this year to the NRA Foundation. The Foundation has been extremely generous to us for two years in a row and we’re optimistic that the continued success of the program, combined with the great support from our Board and members, will help us to receive another grant in 2020.

Thanks to Mark Martzolf for organizing our group to be at the Elma Conservation Club on September 28th to promote our youth shooting program. Mark, along with Tim Colf, Jim Weiberg and Mark’s son, all were on hand to let youngsters take a few shots down range with our air rifles. We’ve already received inquiries […]

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Volunteers Needed – September 28th

On Saturday September 28th our club has the opportunity to be a part of the Elma Conservation Club’s annual National Hunting & Fishing Day event. We have the opportunity to man their 50 foot outdoor rifle shooting range and give kids who are attending the chance to take a few shots at a target. The hope is that this will generate some interest in our program and help to grow our attendance. It will also be a good opportunity for us to promote the club as a whole.

Mark Martzolf, who is also a member @ Elma, is coordinating this. He is in need of some additional volunteers to help out that day. It runs from 9am to 4pm. If we could get people to take two hour shifts, it would be a huge help. If you can help please reach out to him. His e-mail is mtmartzolf@hotmail.com

Youth Shooting 2019 / 2020 Season

As the calendar turns from August to September our youth shooting program will be getting under way. Our instructors met twice over the summer, discussing ideas on how to fine-tune our program and making sure all our equipment is ready for the new season.

Our first indoor session will be Friday, September 27th (all sessions are on the website calendar.) While we have a great group of instructors we do need additional help. If you can commit to be a part of the team on a regular basis, great. If you can come a few times, that would be helpful too. It’s a great way to get in your required work hours, but even more it’s truly a rewarding experience, seeing kids learn to shoot safely and accurately while coming to appreciate the sport as much as we all do.

This year we’ll be adding some “reaction” targets where the kids can shoot at targets other than paper. We also plan to increase use of the BB guns, […]

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Good News for Youth Shooting in New York State

Some good news came out of Albany recently regarding youth shooting programs in the state. A bill up for consideration in the state Assembly and Senate would have effectively ended youth shooting programs for those under age 16. Thankfully the final bill provided an exemption that will allow youth shooting (including programs like ours at Ten X) to continue in the state. Here is an article about the issue: https://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/supervised-youth-access-to-firearms-safe-under-amended-state-law-20190622

Final Youth Shooting Session of the Season this Friday May 10th!

We’ll be wrapping up another successful season of our Youth Shooting program this Friday, May 10th @ 6:30pm. As always, new shooters please arrive @ 6pm for safety training and orientation. We’ll be having a pizza party following our shooting and Dan DeKruger will be awarding more of the youth shooting achievement awards.

It truly has been a good season. We really feel like we’ve got things set up and running smoothly as we complete our second full year. We’ve also had special sessions for Boy Scout groups, individual sessions for a group from Rochester, and now we’re learning that the Girl Scouts are ready to start to allow their girls to participate in the shooting sports as individual troops. We’re optimistic that starting in the fall we’ll be able to get the Girls Scouts active in our program.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our instructors, other members who have helped us out, and the Board of Directors for their continued support of the […]

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