Dripping Springs Shooting Team

About Us

Vision: Have the best shooting program in the country for kids.

Mission: Use shooting as a fun vehicle to teach as many kids as possible how to be great adults.

Motto: “We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle

Guiding Principles:

  • God first, others second, then self.
  • Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is looking.
  • Discipline is doing what needs to be done even if you don’t want to do it.
  • You can’t control what others do, just how you react to it.
  • Leave everything a little better than you found it.
  • Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.
  • The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.
  • Excellence is not a single act, it’s a habit.
  • Keep your nose down when you win and your head up when you lose.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

DS Shooting Team FAQ

Can homeschooled students participate?

Yes, as long as the student is in grades 7th-12th and there is room on the team.

Do I need to bring my own ammo for the pistol team?

Athletes will be required to bring their own ammo for practice and competitions. They should bring at least 250 to each practice and competition. On average a shooter will go through 200 rounds per practice and in a typical competition.

Do we have to attend every shooting competition?

We require Varsity shooters to attend 10 total competitions, JV shooters at least 8, and Novice shooters at least 7.

How can I support the Dripping Springs Shooting Team?

Collectively, it is the general public that provides the biggest level of financial support to the shooting team. Whether it is in the form of a small cash donation, an endowment, a fundraiser or a major gift.  Learn what you can personally do to further the development of your current and future DS Shooting Team.

How do I communicate and receive updates for the DS Shooting Team?
  1. Mark will be sending out emails on a frequent basis.  Most will come from the Team email account. Please make sure that is a contact so that these emails do not go to spam (dsffashootingteam@gmail.com). If you need to reply, please send your email to hheavendrip@gmail.com
  2. Check the website for the applicable Contact and reach out to them directly.
  3. Sign up for Remind 101 text notifications and updates.  Download the Remind 101 app.
    • Pistol:  Text @dspistol to 81010
    • Shotgun:  Text @dsshotgun to 81010
How many shotgun competitions are there?

There are 10 competitions that everyone is eligible for plus 3 others that are open only to FFA and/or 4-H members.

How much does it cost to shoot on the shotgun team?

DS Shooting Team – An itemized list can be found in the Mandatory Costs doc.

  • No target fee for practice
  • $.11/target for extracurricular shooting and lessons with GMA coaches
  • Approximate Costs to Practice: Ammo: 34 weeks x 125 rds./week = $1,000
  • Approximate Costs to Compete:
  • Registration: 10 events @ about $150 per = $1500
  • Ammo: 10 events @250 per = $600
  • Food: varies but assume 2-3 meals per competition
  • Lodging: varies. Most events can be driven to the day of. The State Championships are a 3 day event.
  • Fuel: approx $1,000
  • Total: Approx. $4,500-$6,500

Coaches – $.43/target

Gebben Miles Shooting Academy – $.43/target

Is there a membership?

No, but you can shoot at one of our charity events, become a trained coach or take a lesson from Gebben Miles Shooting Academy.

What do I do if I have a question or problem?
  1. Please check the website. Volunteers and staff invest a lot of time making sure the website is chock full of all current and relevant information.
  2. If you can’t find it on the website, please contact the person within whose area of responsibility the question or issue falls.
  3. If the issue cannot be resolved successfully by the person in charge of that area, then either contact a board member directly or ask that person to escalate the issue to the board. If a team member (kid) has an issue they need to discuss, it is our policy to have two adults present.
What gun should I buy?

See head coach for recommendations.

What is required to be a volunteer coach?

The most important thing to realize is that we all start off with little or no knowledge and/or skill in coaching clay target sports. The team and staff provide volunteers the training needed to get started through several “coach the coaches” sessions each semester.  What we need from you is a willingness to learn and some time.  We also require all coaches to take an NRA training course. This is a class that lasts about 12 hours (usually over 2 days).  SCTP – one of the organizations we shoot with – requires each coach to have a background check done as well.

When am I required to volunteer?

We have 2 mandatory events for 2018-2019 – all hosted here at Hog Heaven.  The first is Sept. 15th when we will host a team competition.  The second is March 30th, 2019.  On this date we will host our annual fundraiser.  At this event all team members and parents need to volunteer.

When can I shoot?
  1. Gebben Miles Shooting Academy – Schedule a lesson with a GMSA Coach (see the GMSA portion of this site.)
  2. Coaches – Anytime Rick is at the range and a GMSA coach has a lesson scheduled or on the Sunday of each 3rd weekend when Rick is at the range.
  3. DS Shooting Team – Practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45pm-6pm and when Rick is at the range (if with a coach) whenever a GMSA coach has a lesson scheduled. Also, on the Sunday of each 3rd weekend when Rick is at the range.

During DST –

  • 3:45-4:45 Early Practice
  • 4:45-5:10 Early Chores
  • 4:35-4:55 Late Chores
  • 5:00-6:00 Late Practice

During CST –

  • 3:30-4:30 Early Practice
  • 4:35-4:55 Early Chores
  • 4:40-5:40 Late Practice
  • 5:45-6:05 Late Chores

*Family Members of DS Shooting Team – Shooting not available unless fall into a category above.

When can we leave a competition?

We require our shooters to remain until after awards.  It is a good show of sportsmanship so please do not plan to leave early.

When is the range open?

We are open from 9am-7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and every 1st and 3rd  weekend of each month.  Closed on most holidays.  Please check calendar for availability.

When should we arrive at the competition?

This depends on the particular event and our squad times but in general, it is always best to arrive 1 hour prior to your squad time.  Some shoots will have mandatory safety briefings.  If there is one. you will be alerted to it.

Where are the competitions?

There is a list of competitions with dates and locations on the Hog Heaven Sporting Club calendar. We go to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area as well as South Texas and Houston.

Who are the DS Shooting Team Board of Directors?
  • Hank Seale, President
  • Dominic Shaw, Vice President
  • Jenna Zimpleman, Treasurer
  • Bryan Cook, Board Member
  • Nathaniel Gates, Board Member
  • Gebben Miles, Board Member
  • Dominique Peel, Board Member
  • Lyssa Seale, Board Member
  • Zanna Ward, Communications Volunteer

DS Shotgun Team FAQ

How can volunteers help?

At HH hosted team competitions (twice per year):

  • Awards (2)
  • Food (2)
  • Drinks (1)
  • Pullers & Scorers (8)
  • Machine Loaders (4)
  • Registration (6)
  • Set-up (3)
  • Clean-up (6)

At our Annual Fundraiser:

  • Auction Items (2)
  • Sponsors (2)
  • Awards (2)
  • Food (2)
  • Drinks (1)
  • Pullers & Scorers (32) (Note: we ask all team members and parents to volunteer at this shoot – not compete. If we are successful we can raise $30,000. Pulling and scoring is a great place for the team members to serve.)
  • Machine Loaders (4)
  • Registration (6)
  • Set-up (3)
  • Clean-up (6)

At Practice:

  • Coaching
  • Helping to manage chores detail
How do I learn how to pull and score?

We will hold two training sessions on pulling and scoring before the first competition on Sept. 15th. Additionally, while at practice there will be several times when we score the team member’s rounds. These are great opportunities to learn how to pull and score without any pressure.

How do I make sure my student is registered for a competition?

First, make sure to reply in a prompt manner to the emails sent out by the General Manager, Mark Burtch, at hheavendrip@gmail.com.  If at any point you are unsure about your status or your child’s status, please contact Mark.

How much ammo do I need for the shotgun team?

Each shoot will have slightly different requirements.  The minimum is 250 rounds but we always take extra for shoot-offs.  Some competitions will require 400 rounds.

Practice requirements are between 75-125 rounds. Plan on at least 100 and you should be fine.

Why do we have to confirm attendance for a competition so far in advance?

Many shoots are now requiring the team to pay with one check for all the team members.  This cuts down on the time required at pre-shoot check in.  As a team we have a policy that unless you have paid, you will not be able to register. So, when we get your payment, we can then register your student.  There will be deadlines for sending in these payments.  All these factors force us to commit early – both in a reply to Mark and with payment for registration.

DS Pistol Team FAQ

Can I shoot 9mm?

New shooters are expected to shoot in the .22 caliber division for 2 years. Students can optionally move up to 9mm.

Do I need to purchase my own gun?

Athletes will need to have their own gun before competition. Team pistols are available for use until one can be purchased.

How are matches organized?

Shooters are organized into squads of four at pistol matches. Varsity and Junior Varsity squads will be picked based on proficiency.

How frequent are pistol matches?

There are typically 5-6 pistol matches each year.

What equipment is required for practice and matches?

Every shooter should have a range bag, ear protection and eye protection.

What type of guns are used in competitions?

Competitions typically include divisions for 9mm centerfire and .22 rimfire pistols as well as .22 rimfire rifles.