Lesson #10 – Distraction

Focus: Distraction

10 minutes – Discussion Points/Important Questions:

What is distracting in a race? Noise, other racers, heart rate, cheering, etc.

How do we work through our distractions? Find a way to focus on the process.

What are things to focus on? Something external, best are sight picture or trigger pull.

15 minutes – Head Out to Range, Zero, Confirm, and Start 10 Minute Warm-up

35 minutes – Combo Practice Working on Session Focus

What to look for: Athletes focused between shots. They are able to tell you what they are thinking about and what process they are focused on.

It’s handy to play music during this session as a distraction if possible.

25 minutes – 1 Skill/Drill Based on Focus: In a Row Elimination

Coach calls out when to take one shot at a time. Athletes take the shot. If they miss, they are eliminated, but they join the cheering squad behind the remaining athletes. Continue shot for shot until one athlete remains.  Remind them about focusing even under pressure. Ask them what they will focus on (sight picture or trigger pull are good). Then play again. One shot at a time, but they don’t have to get up after each shot. Trying to get as high up as they can.

1 Game: The Distraction Game – Targets on Manual

Athletes are in pairs or teams. Athletes take one shot at a time and then alternate. The partner or team not shooting, tries to distract the ones that are. They can make any noise, sing songs, say whatever they think will distract the other person. They CANNOT touch the person, their rifle, breathe into their face or move their mat. Alternate 1-shots until someone gets all 5 down.



Equipment Needed: Z/C paper, music and speaker (optional), can bring out loud speaker, air horn, or recruit parents to yell Oooos and Awwwws for every hit or miss.