Lesson #21 – Tracking and Rifle Control

Focus: Tracking and Rifle Control

10 minutes- Discussion Points/Important Questions:

Where should your rifle line up with when you get into position? Echo for efficiency with set-up. 

How should the rifle move between targets? For breathing, it should move up and down over the target until the breath stops, shoot, then release the rest of the breath and move to the next target immediately before the next set of breaths.

What is the best way to move across the targets and why? Echo to Alpha, so that when you are on a sling, it becomes more stable as you move across.

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 aligning with Echo right off the bat, breathing pattern up and down over target, and then immediately to next target – once on target, not much left/right movement of rifle. Recoil straight up and down.

25 minutes – 1 Skill/Drill Based on Focus: Eyes Closed Set-up

Athletes get into position, clip in and set up, all with their eyes closed during set-up. Once they are in position, they can open their eyes, adjust their position to a natural alignment, and then take a shot. They should adjust from the hips. Then get up and repeat. They should look for tendencies, if they are aligning always on the right, try to set up a bit more to the left. If they always fumble with a clip too far back, then try to get it in smoothly in position. Ideally they should always be perfectly in line with Charlie. 15 shots working on getting into a good position with eyes closed.

1 Game: Relays with Relay Rounds Athletes in teams of 2. Partner one skis a lap, gets into position, and shoots their 5 shots. For each shooting round, if they miss, they can use up to 3 spare relay rounds per shooting bout, but must load each shot by hand. If they still have misses, 3 jumping jacks per miss. Then tag partner. Each partner shoots twice – with the opportunity to use up to 3 spare rounds for each bout.




Equipment Needed: Z/C paper