Nick Weidhaas Posted February 22, 2004 Share Posted February 22, 2004 I'm just getting back into USPSA and recently started shooting IDPA as well. S&W runs indoor IDPA and USPSA matches in the winter so I have been shooting there. My Son is 10 (11 in March) and he shot two local IDPA matches (his 1st) this past week with me. Our intention was for him to try a USPSA local match next month as well. He shoots a single stack 1911 (.38super.) He is very safe and mature for his age and gets good hits. He has been shooting rimfire rifle since age 7 and clays since age 9. He asked me if he could shoot a IDPA classifier match coming up. I called IDPA to get him sighed up and they told me he COULD NOT JOIN. I explained his shooting experience and was politely told sorry, no exceptions, write a letter to the BOD's if you want, but he can't join until he is 12. I asked where the age 12 minimum membership age came from or how it was established? They did not know. I then asked why he could not shoot? I was told for "liability reasons" he could not join IDPA until age 12. I then called USPSA and asked them if my son could join and shoot. They said of course, as long as he is safe and a parent will supervise him, no problem. I then proceeded to get my son a USPSA membership. Interesting how the two associations treat juniors differently. One welcomes them with open arms and the other slams the door in their face. I have to say that my local IDPA club was very supportive of my son shooting. It is IDPA HQ and this rule I take real issue with. Nick- Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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