DALMATIA In less than 13 months, Keystone Shooting Park has earned the reputation as one of the finest Olympic Trap training facilities in the world.
Located on the grounds of Martz's Game Farm in Dalmatia, KSP and its founder Allen Chubb, president of Chubb International Shooting Sports in Elizabethville, held an open house earlier this month for members of the outdoors media attending the annual Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association Spring Conference based in Pottsville.
While being humbled attempting to break clay birds during a round of Olympic trap, those attending quickly grasped why earlier this year KSP was awarded Certified Training Center status by USA Shooting during the Coaches College Conference in Colorado Springs.
"We're greatly honored to have been granted this highest of designations in less than seven months of operation and is affirmation of the quality of the venue at KSP and the philosophy of excellence collectively held by the CISS board of directors," Chubb said.
"I can assure you that we will do everything within our power to build upon this designation and continue to strive for unmatched levels of excellence in our competition promotions.
"Likewise, we will have already engaged in enhancing our coaching expertise, techniques and credentials in order to train the champions of tomorrow for both World and Olympic Teams. Even with our range only opening its doors May 1, 2011, our schedule of events and range activity established Keystone Shooting Park the most active Olympic Shotgun Sports range in North America.
"Our schedule of events planned for the year greatly surpasses that hallmark of achievement. For example, we will be hosting the first ever "High Performance Olympic Trap Camp" in which we will bring a high-profile Olympic-class athlete and coach over from Europe to impart his decades of knowledge and expertise to the camp attendees with a high level of insight and nuances that few coaches understand and can relay to their pupils.
"It is our further goal to also incorporate a sports psychologist to the mix to broaden the athletes understanding and importance of this much overlooked and important success tool. The goals and plans of this "High Performance Camp" concept are routed in changing the status quo and establishing a culture shift to accept proven training methodology that some fail to fully recognize and understand."
Already this year, KSP has been the site of a Junior Olympic Camp to help further develop the champions of tomorrow. Also an agreement has been reached with the Scholastic Clay Target Program to hold several major events.
In addition, SCTP has named Chubb as Pennsylvania State Advisor for Olympic Trap, calling KSP the cornerstone in their newly crafted Olympic Shotgun Sports promotion initiative. This ties in with Phase II of the facility's expansion program, which includes the addition of field lights for evening training for high school and collegiate teams.
Having lights permits these teams to train and compete during the weekdays after school, which in turn would substantially bolster the Pennsylvania SCTP program in particular and the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. Such an opportunity should provide a quicker turn-around in order to develop elite athletes for USA Shooting.
"National coach Bret Erickson has affirmed his commitment and endorsed for our efforts to feed his athlete pool on both the National and developmental teams," Chubb said. "Pennsylvania is a huge hot bed of clay target shooting and has more hunters and clay target competitors than any other state in the union.
"With our central location in the state, which is only a 30 minute drive from the Pennsylvania State Shoot Association home grounds in Elysburg, you couldn't ask for a better place in which to place your faith in to carry the torch for both the SCTP and USA Shooting Olympic Shotgun Sports programs.
"By adding the Olympic Skeet the final dimension will complete our facilities to meet the challenges of all three Olympic Shotgun Sports trap, double trap and skeet. Given our fore mentioned level of activity, this field would even enhance our training and competition schedule to rival those found at some of the best ranges in Europe."
For a complete schedule of events, including shoots open to the public, visit Keystone Shooting Park website at www.keystoneshootingpark.com, or call Allen Chubb at 717-903-9009.