Professional Coaching for the Competitive and Defensive Shooter
Welcome the the Class Organizers page!
Lets face it - organizing a class is a bit of a pain in the behind, and it requires a lot of organization, coordination, and checking-in to make sure everything is going smoothly. We've put together a list of the basics. Many of these things I'm sure you'll have already thought of, but it's always nice to have a handy reference, right?
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How does this all work?
Basically, you'll need to pull together a group of people. For a 2-Day Practical Performance class, I like to keep classes at 10-12, so that things run smoothly and everybody gets the individual attention they need. For clinics, and 1-Day Practical Performance Classes, the classes are smaller - this is so that we can cover the same amount of material in a shorter amount of time. A regular 2-day class needs a minimum of 8 students to run, and is capped at 12.
Class organizers (here's the perks!): If you rustle up 10 paying students, you will take the class for free. You are NOT included in the 12-student cap (So really, 12+you).
Basically, if people don't know about it, they probably wont show up, so your job is to get the word out there. The best audience for a class you're hosting is your local group of shooters and competitors. Social media is a great way to spread the word, as well as networking at your local matches. I'll put your class on my website calendar, and I can throw a few shout outs in your area if necessary, but the best person to push for a full class really is the guy who personally knows the area and the shooters in it (you).
A Practical Performance class works best on an outdoor range with two large (25 yd deep), 180 degree bays available for use. One bay should be wide enough for a firing line that can comfortably accommodate 18 side-by-side silhouette targets, about a foot apart. The other should be able to hold a standard 32-round Practical Shooting Stage.
If that's a tall order, don't worry. Tell me what you've got available to you, and we'll figure it out.
Some ranges have sheds full of gear and some crazy mad-max type, eunuch-driven hoopdies to drag it all around... some ranges don't. That's ok.
Below you will see two lists: a list of preferred range equipment, and a list of minimum range equipment. If you look at the "preferred equipment list" and give birth to a litter of kittens, because it looks like I'm asking you to outfit a 16-stage regional match, dont panic. We can do this class with a whole lot less, if necessary, it just requires a bit of shuffling. So take a deep breath, and read on:
Preferred Range Equipment:
34 target stands and sticks
10-12 walls (window/port option if possible)
5 steel poppers/reactive targets, one must be capable of activating a target (cable, rope, etc)
Activated target (swinger, drop turner, max trap, etc)
50 USPSA targets
3 rolls pasters or target repair tape
Minimum Range Equipment:
20 target stands and sticks
1 steel popper with means of activating a target (cable, rope, etc)
Activated target recommended (swinger, drop turner, max trap, etc)
50 USPSA targets
3 rolls pasters or target repair tape
Fees listed on this website are per student. If necessary, organizers can add range fees and material costs at their own discretion. If additional fees must be passed on to the student, please communicate this to them clearly, and as early as possible. Nobody likes to be surprised at 8am on Saturday when they're 12 miles from the nearest ATM.
Taking deposits is entirely your decision, although I highly recommend it. After establishing enough interest, you should take deposits from students 2-3 months prior to the class (to hold their place), then collect the balance 2-3 weeks before. In addition to diffusing the sticker shock a bit, this encourages students to check and double-check their schedule for conflicts before committing. It also helps prevent last minute cancellations. Life happens, though, and I get that. Many class organizers will set a deadline for withdrawals. After that date, students can still get their deposit back IF the organizer is able to fill their position with another student.
Deposits and payments will be tracked and retained by the class organizer, until the day of class - when the full balance is due for each student. I'm working on making this process simpler for you guys (cuz... responsibility... bleh... amiright?!) - please be patient with me!
Schedule, Lunch, and Logistics
We'll be shooting for full days, from approximately 9am to 5pm. Please have students bring their lunch, and any water/gatorade/survival gear they'll need for long days on the range. We will take periodic water, reloading, and discussion breaks. There will always be students who forget things like water and sunscreen, planning for that in advance can save a lot of heartache on range day, and will probably score you major cool points. Wrangling up some shade also may not be a bad idea, for sunny days.
Seriously, have students bring their lunch. If students do not, and have to leave to eat, one of two things will happen: Either class will go on without them - which is a shame, because they will miss material, OR... class will wait... until they get back... which will earn them lots of (not so) silent judgement from 11 other students who would prefer to be learning.
Checking in with your students (important)
I recommend checking in with participants frequently, for any sort of schedule conflicts or questions about the class, and to remind them that class dates are inching closer. Send reminders about equipment lists and provide any additional information (directions to the range, weather updates, reminders to bring your lunch, etc) in writing. The sooner you find out about issues, the sooner we can get them worked out.
Who can come to class?
All classes and levels of shooters are welcome. At a minimum, shooters must be competent at gun handling and manipulation, able to clear their own malfunctions, and able to follow range safety rules. These are fast paced, intensive classes – students are expected to be able to participate safely. Organizers can accept students at their own discretion - if you have concerns about a particular student, please don't hesitate to contact me.
For students who may be right on the line, I also offer a “Boost” Clinic – this is a 4-hour clinic that occurs the evening before class begins. This clinic specifically caters to lower level shooters who might feel that they aren’t quite ready for a class, or aren’t confident about their own skills. This clinic is limited to 4 people, and offered at a deeply discounted price to students who are already signed up for, and participating in class.
The spirit of this clinic is to give less advanced students a boost beforehand, to help them reap the maximum possible benefit from class. I’m relying heavily on the organizers to know which of their students might be good candidates for this additional training block. Please respect that this is NOT an opportunity for higher level shooters to get in a few extra hours of training… this is to help lower-tier shooters get up to speed, which will benefit everybody during class.
**If only one or two class participants are deemed good candidates, you may fill the extra spots with non-participants, who are on a similar shooting level as the "Boost" class participants.
Required equipment for students
For a competition oriented class, students should arrive with the gear they intend to use in a match. Students must bring a firearm, and enough magazines and pouches to complete a standard 32-round long course. A backup is not required, but isn't a bad idea, either. Students must bring eye protection, ear protection, ammunition, a notebook, and a writing utensil for note taking. Non-competition holsters are allowed, as long as they are determined to be of good quality, safe to use, and fitted properly to the students firearm. If you have questions about a holster a student plans to bring, please don't hesitate to contact me.