Youth Target Foundation holds shotgun tournament in Tyler Saturday

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 10:54pm

In their biggest event to date, Rose City Flying Clays in Tyler hosted a shotgun tournament for more than 200 young shooters Saturday. It was one of four major regional shoots that the Youth Target Foundation holds every year. Kids from across Texas came together Saturday to not only compete for top prizes, but to also get specialized training in trap, skeet and sporting clay.

"The real goal for today is to begin to learn the games so that when we go to other shooting facilities, when anyone looks at our young people they know that they're well trained, they know exactly what they're doing, they can be safe and eventually beat the old guys," said President of YTF, Jeanie Almond.

The only thing better than their shooting, was their respect for the sport, their peers and their elders.

"The parents are extremely positive about it," said Curtis Green, parent of one of the youth shooters. "We've had such positive results from these kids maturing and being very respectful."

Despite the notion of shooting being a dangerous sport, YTF says it is one of the safest sports in the country and unlike other sports, there are no benchwarmers on this field.

"It's not like there's second string or third string and only the first string gets to play," said one of the high school coaches, Lee Roper. "Every kid gets to play so every kid is really part of the team."

Saturday's competition consisted of 17 different teams from all over Texas and over 50,000 dollars was given out in award money.

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