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First, a bit of background in the hopes that maybe someone who has been in a similar situation may have some advice:

I gave up my first major hobby of drag racing and began competitive shooting in USPSA, IDPA and 3G since 2009. Since that time, I've achieved 3 gun master classes in both USPSA and IDPA (had to give up 3 gun due to the expense), but gave up the IDPA as well way back when it was decided to completely change up the rule book. So here's the dilemma. I'm at the point where my performance on the range is not what it use to be. I'm now chasing my GM cards in USPSA and I guess it could be called a rut. Age and aging eyesight are playing a part in this for starters, but this has be corrected and I'm still hitting the pistol drills, gym and cardio pretty hard 4 to 5 days a week. I'm still very fit at 46 years and the performances in practice are without question on point with the M/GM class. I have family, work and many other responsibilities like most everyone else; but lately, it's becoming harder and harder to prioritize the hobby/sport that I love and balance it with everything else. I can attribute being an RO for 12 years and being on the timer or score pad most of the match lately is playing a huge part in my performance declining a lot! Seems hardly anyone else wants to take part and help in RO'ing or scoring. Most claim they don't know how or they aren't an RO. It's a piss poor excuse if you ask me because no one is willing to try and learn. It was so bad at one of our local matches a couple weeks ago during 100 degree weather. No one was willing to help and hardly anyone was pasting. I gave a warning after 3 stages and when it happened again, I just put the timer down during the 4th stage and said.."I'm done", and I left. It left me exhausted and demoralized to the point I almost didn't want to go back. It deeply concerns me that other shooters aren't willing to step up and help because it NEVER use to be this way at our local clubs. It's almost to the point where I want to give up the RO certification, but if I do, I become part of the problem. Me transferring my training to the match is almost impossible and is only displaying every once and awhile instead of constantly now during my runs. My motivation is in the toilet because of this too. I've spoken with the MD's about folks helping us out. It's been addressed, but still falls on deaf ears when brought to other competitors attention. These local matches are very important to me because they in themselves are training tools for me as for the major matches I attend, so it irks me when this happens, which has been a regular occurrence recently. It's easy to just say "hand the stuff off", but sometimes it's not as simple as that. Different things come into play like get squaded with new or rookie shooters, shooting order, older folks who can't run nearly as fast as the competitor and being able to keep their eyes on the gun. Even having junior shooters on the squad plays in as a big factor for me, because I surely will not allow someone who isn't a certified RO to run our kids through a stage. This is coming from me as a parent and a RO. 

I have had to step away from the range for injuries and family issues for months at a time (a year was the longest, I think), but I was always hungry to get back out there on the trigger every single time. I'm worried that if I take a break from it this time, the hunger for shooting sports won't be there anymore. Any input would be appreciated....

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I'm worried that if I take a break from it this time, the hunger for shooting sports won't be there anymore. Any input would be appreciated....

 

Sounds like you are competitive at heart and when you say "shooting sports" do you mean USPSA only?

 

At 74 I'm going through the similar process that you explain though for different reasons and situations. I got into the game later in life (older than you are now) and still fairly fit but nothing like I was at 50. For me those triathlon days are long past. As an RO at this age it's tough keeping up with those PCC shooters that are half my age plus the nuances of the rules and match volunteering...it just got to be over the top for me. One day I just decided to pull the plug and haven't looked back because I've picked up another shooting sport at my local range.

 

Enough of my story, get out there and think beyond USPSA, IDPA, and 3-gun. There are plenty of of other sports out there that have a trigger and go BANG plus a bunch that don't but are super competitive. Let your competitive spirit take over, not your need for TRIGGER,BANG,RUN. You made a major direction change to your competitive spirit from car racing so recall what made those past transitions work for you.

 

In short, what's more important to you, something with a trigger or something that's competitive?

 

As the saying goes: YMMV.

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I guess I'm specifically saying that my passion is USPSA, I am just tired of the bs that it has turned into because of the things I mentioned. I hadn't thought of it from your perspective though. It is really helpful and much appreciated....thanks! 

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Make sure you are squaded with some guys that can ro. Put the timer down for a few matches and just paste and set steel. 

 

Basically you are trying to do too much and burning out.  Work so you are not part of the problem, but do the work that doesn't take much brain power. After a few matches of that run the timer some if you feel like it.

 

Good luck 

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I feel your pain, what I could do at 45 when I started USPSA is a lot harder at 68.  Yes, too many won't run a timer, paste (or walk with one paster to go to a target closest that has already been pasted) or even run the scorepad.  They just want to shoot, improve their performance, watch themselves on video after shooting a COF, and shooting the breeze.  It's all about them.

 

It does get demoralizing when you have so many newer shooters that don't read rulebooks or help out.  They forget who will be running matches whenever we are gone.  So I bitch at them, make a nuisance of myself, and hope they inflict themselves on someone else next time.

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On 6/21/2022 at 8:19 AM, RJH said:

Make sure you are squaded with some guys that can ro. Put the timer down for a few matches and just paste and set steel. 

 

Basically you are trying to do too much and burning out.  Work so you are not part of the problem, but do the work that doesn't take much brain power. After a few matches of that run the timer some if you feel like it.

 

Good luck 

I have been the burnt out md/ro. When I stopped the trick was to find a good group to shoot with.  It’s one thing to share timer duties with three others. It’s another to do it for yourself.  I’ve been where I thought I was going to have to run the timer for myself at one point. I made sure to never squad with them again. 

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On 6/20/2022 at 9:31 AM, xd1977 said:

First, a bit of background in the hopes that maybe someone who has been in a similar situation may have some advice:

I gave up my first major hobby of drag racing and began competitive shooting in USPSA, IDPA and 3G since 2009. Since that time, I've achieved 3 gun master classes in both USPSA and IDPA (had to give up 3 gun due to the expense), but gave up the IDPA as well way back when it was decided to completely change up the rule book. So here's the dilemma. I'm at the point where my performance on the range is not what it use to be. I'm now chasing my GM cards in USPSA and I guess it could be called a rut. Age and aging eyesight are playing a part in this for starters, but this has be corrected and I'm still hitting the pistol drills, gym and cardio pretty hard 4 to 5 days a week. I'm still very fit at 46 years and the performances in practice are without question on point with the M/GM class. I have family, work and many other responsibilities like most everyone else; but lately, it's becoming harder and harder to prioritize the hobby/sport that I love and balance it with everything else. I can attribute being an RO for 12 years and being on the timer or score pad most of the match lately is playing a huge part in my performance declining a lot! Seems hardly anyone else wants to take part and help in RO'ing or scoring. Most claim they don't know how or they aren't an RO. It's a piss poor excuse if you ask me because no one is willing to try and learn. It was so bad at one of our local matches a couple weeks ago during 100 degree weather. No one was willing to help and hardly anyone was pasting. I gave a warning after 3 stages and when it happened again, I just put the timer down during the 4th stage and said.."I'm done", and I left. It left me exhausted and demoralized to the point I almost didn't want to go back. It deeply concerns me that other shooters aren't willing to step up and help because it NEVER use to be this way at our local clubs. It's almost to the point where I want to give up the RO certification, but if I do, I become part of the problem. Me transferring my training to the match is almost impossible and is only displaying every once and awhile instead of constantly now during my runs. My motivation is in the toilet because of this too. I've spoken with the MD's about folks helping us out. It's been addressed, but still falls on deaf ears when brought to other competitors attention. These local matches are very important to me because they in themselves are training tools for me as for the major matches I attend, so it irks me when this happens, which has been a regular occurrence recently. It's easy to just say "hand the stuff off", but sometimes it's not as simple as that. Different things come into play like get squaded with new or rookie shooters, shooting order, older folks who can't run nearly as fast as the competitor and being able to keep their eyes on the gun. Even having junior shooters on the squad plays in as a big factor for me, because I surely will not allow someone who isn't a certified RO to run our kids through a stage. This is coming from me as a parent and a RO. 

I have had to step away from the range for injuries and family issues for months at a time (a year was the longest, I think), but I was always hungry to get back out there on the trigger every single time. I'm worried that if I take a break from it this time, the hunger for shooting sports won't be there anymore. Any input would be appreciated....

 

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