Our inaugural Ask the All-Americans column takes a look at what it means to be an Amateur Trapshooting Association All-American. Earning a position on the team means many different things to a lot of people – to both those who have made the team and those who strive to someday make it.
With that being said, our staff at Trapshooting Online decided to provide some insight on what it means to them. Take a look at what 5-Time All-American Joe Pascoe had to say about the topic:
Q: What does being an All-American mean to me?
A: Being an All-American undoubtedly means different things to everyone that is currently on the team and everyone that has formerly been on the team. I never woke up one morning and created a goal of being on the All-American team. I never stepped onto the trap line with the intentions of winning and earning All-American points. I simply had the desire to shoot and shoot as good as I possibly could. Once I was able to master that personally then the trophies started to stack up, the All-American points added up, and I found myself with a spot on the team.
I don’t feel that being on the All-American team means I reached the top of the sport because the top has yet to be defined. The top of the sport is as high as either myself or anyone else can push it. Although the All-American system of criteria gives a broad idea of who is currently the best in the sport, it still leaves out a lot of subjective criteria in determining the quality of a shooter. For example, it leaves out averages, sportsmanship, and overall character of an individual and leaves too much emphasis on winning.
Although I’m extremely proud to be an All-American I don’t feel that getting to that point of the sport has been my biggest accomplishment nor is it what defines my shooting career. I take being an All-American as recognition of my peers for the work I have done to perfect my shooting ability. Being an All-American just means to me that I have been able to maintain my consistency throughout the entire year at every event I attended. That is just a stepping stone for what I expect to accomplish in future years to come.
A 5-time Junior All-American (captain one time), Joe has also earned a spot on the Pennsylvania All-State Team 14 times and was the 2000 PSSA Trapshooter of the Year. Read more about Joe here: http://trapshootingonline.com/introducing-joe-pascoe-trapshooting-online-com-contributor/