FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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How much time should I expect to have to practice each week?
How good do you want to be? Practice can vary from team to team, but it typically takes a group of athletes 1 hour to shoot 100 targets, which constitutes a standard practice.
Do I have to own a shotgun? What kind should I have?
Each athlete should own their own shotgun, but some teams have team guns. Consult your head coach before purchasing a new shotgun.
When can I start participating with the team?
The first requirement to join a team is completing a TWRA Hunter Education classroom course. Once you have done that and joined a team, you are ready to go.
Why doesn’t my school have a team?
Not all schools have teams. In many cases, it’s just a matter of finding a volunteer to take over coaching and enough interested athletes. If your school is interested in starting a team, please contact your Regional Director.
How do I sign up for the Federation’s Hunting & Fishing Academy events?
Join a team! It’s that simple. Tennessee Wildlife Federation contacts head coaches when Hunting & Fishing Academy events are scheduled and the coaches provide us with athletes who are interested in participating. We take it from there!
Are there colleges and universities that offer shooting scholarships? What’s the deal?
TNSCTP athletes interested in competing at the collegiate level should check out these schools that offer scholarships for athletes in the shotgun sports. All athletes interested in being considered for a scholarship for shotgun sports are urged to keep a shooting journal/diary to present to coaches when applying.
Martin Methodist College – Pulaski, TN
Bethel University – McKenzie, TN
Lindenwood University – St Charles, MO
Hillsdale College – Hillsdale, MI
Midland University – Fremont, NE
Isn’t this just a boy’s sport?
Not at all! Tennessee SCTP has a very large and successful contingent of female athletes.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
Read Coach Chad Whittenburg’s Top Four Tips for pursuing a collegiate shooting career HERE!
Safety is always the most important.
This is critical! How you insert your earplugs can be the difference between damaged eardrums and healthy ones. Watch this video.
Check out this quick technique tutorial with Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell.