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Urgent Call for Referees

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Greetings everyone. As you may have read in Becky’s President’s Message, we have a serious need for new referees in our sport. Since I started shooting in Virginia in 1999, I’ve watched many junior, collegiate, and triple-sub shooters become active in skeet shooting. Unfortunately, very few have remained interested, and of those who are still shooting, even fewer have offered to assist with referee duties. Like Becky said, most of us older shooters got our start in skeet by refereeing, to help offset the cost of shooting. With the decline in the number of active shooters today, plus the number of aging referees who can no longer work the long hours they once did, we now need our younger shooters to step up and become referees. It’s time to start planning now, to replace those referees who have supported all of us for so many years.

I am currently working with Jeff Bond to hold a referee clinic at the Fairfax Gun Club. Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 4th, I invite all shooters, especially our younger shooters, to attend and learn what it takes to be a good skeet referee. Please consider bringing a friend, too.  We will start by going over the referee exam together, discussing each question as a group, and finally filling out the NSSA referee application. All Virginia shooters are counting on your support. Plus, I need new referees if I’m going to continue to help Becky and Judy run our state shoot each year. I hope as many of you as possible can attend this clinic. Stay tuned for updates as Jeff and I finalize our plans for this clinic.

I also plan to have a similar referee clinic at Conservation Park, at a date yet to be determined, before the nice weather gets here and we’re all busy attending shoots. I’ve already held very successful clinics at Middlesex and Shenandale, and certified over 30 new referees in the past two years. If any skeet directors or shoot managers at other Virginia clubs would like to host a clinic, please feel free to contact me so we can start making plans now.

For many years, NSSA has used the advertising slogan “youth is the future of our sport”, but that applies to all aspects of skeet, besides just shooting and competing. Please consider the contribution you can make to the future of skeet in Virginia by becoming a referee. All of us are counting on your support...

-Lane Hartle, Chief Referee

Red Nose Open and Valentine Open

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Happy New Year to everyone, and welcome to the 2018 skeet season! This coming weekend, the Fairfax Gun Club will kick off the new season with their annual Red Nose Open on Saturday, January 20th. And on Saturday, February 17th, Fairfax will host their annual Valentine Open.  Both shoots are 12 gauge only, 100 target events.

Click HERE to see the flyer for both shoots.

2018 President’s Message

Happy New Year to all Virginia shooters!

Although the weather isn't conducive to ANY outside shooting activity right now, that will soon change. I challenge all of you to enjoy shooting registered targets at as many of our 19 VSSA-affiliated host clubs as possible this year. Skeet shooters in Virginia are almost uniquely blessed, among NSSA states, in the number of hosting clubs and the number of registered shooting opportunities we have within a “reasonable” traveling distance.

Another challenge is, of course, the number of shooters we are losing each year to aging and/or economic issues. This sort of rise and fall occurs in cycles. I have heard that golf and tennis are also losing competitors - perhaps due to the waning of the “Boomer" generation. However, there is something those of us still pulling the trigger can do. Have you personally introduced anyone to skeet shooting recently? How about it? Do you remember how YOU learned about skeet shooting? How about going out and duplicating that introduction? I would like to challenge each and every one of you. Look around your family, extended family, neighbors and/or co-workers. Who might you be able to take out for an afternoon of shooting (once the weather is better)? I've never introduced anyone to the sport who hasn't had a great time at the introduction, but it takes many introductions before a new shooter becomes “hooked". The time and money needed to pursue the hobby is often an impediment. So get out there and introduce everyone you know!

Yet another challenge we’re facing: we need more, and younger, new referees. In addition to introducing acquaintances to shooting, how about introducing them and/or their teenagers to shooting and refereeing? At $30 a squad (or $7/shooter) that's a pay rate of $20 an hour. Not bad at all for a weekend's work. And if a referee also shoots, it's a way to help reduce the cost of shooting. Many of us got started that way. Our chief referee, Lane Hartle, would be happy to work with your club to put on a referee training session.

So enough preaching to the choir (for now). I hope you all stay warm and get your reloading done during this cold snap, so that you are ready to start shooting registered targets in Virginia (and other states) when the weather allows. The 2018 Virginia schedule is now posted on our website, along with Maryland’s schedule. Sit down NOW, call your shooting buddies, and make up your shooting schedule for this season! And don't forget to make time to introduce some new shooters to our game!

Good shooting to all of us!

Rebecca Myers, VSSA President

2018 Referee Exam and Application

NSSA LogoNSSA has just released the 2018 Referee Exam, Application and Handbook that covers
the basic rules. Click on the links below to download all three documents.

2018 Referee Exam     2018 Referee Application     2018 Referee Handbook

New for 2018: Referee credentials are now good for THREE years and only costs $10! So those of you who are interested in renewing or becoming a referee, now is your chance to do so and save a few dollars (used to be $5 annually).

After you print out the referee exam and application, complete both and mail them to me with your $10 application fee. If you’re paying by check, PLEASE make checks payable to NSSA. I will then forward your application and fee to NSSA. You should receive your referee package within about 2 weeks. My mailing address is:

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Lane Hartle
13720 Atlantis Street Apt 349
Herndon, VA  20171

My cell phone is (540) 419-9420 and my work phone is (703) 613-7377
if you have any questions.

-Lane Hartle, VA Chief Referee

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