I think maybe the first criteria for attaining the coveted Most Improved Shooter award is to start out with a score in the basement like mine was.
The next step is to care about improving that low score.
Of course, I neglected this second step and apathetically made my way through match after match, not really noticing how much my scores were improving. So, needless to say, I was shocked to receive the MIS award in the .22 league. I tend to be one of the casual shooters who joined the league to have fun and let the scores take a back seat to being involved with a really great group of people. I always get a lot of encouragement from other shooters, both from ones who have scores like mine and those who always see their names at the top, approaching ever closer to the elusive 900.
Most league shooters are more intent on their scores than I am. Then again, some shooters are really relaxed about scores, like me. The great thing about these leagues is that there are shooters of both types. No matter the skill level or intensity of the shooters, one thing is a constant--everyone encourages each other. In the end, that’s the most important aspect of this game called bull’s eye pistol shooting. So, come on, join a league! You’ll be glad you did.
Joyce Bateman was a regular shooter at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Hunter Education Indoor Shooting Range in Fairbanks, Alaska, for many years until she moved to Montana in 2011. Bateman's enthusiam and great attitude were always noticeable and her shooting improved tremendously since she began shooting. Bateman volunteered as the recording secretary for the AIM-COMM board of directors and also as the league council secretary and was always offering to help with other events and programs at the range. Bateman was nominated for range volunteer of the year (VOTY) for 2011. Thank you, Joyce, for all your contributions!