By Dan Murphy
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to become an All-American?
A: There are a number of things that one must do to become an All-American. The requirements for the All-American teams make it clear that you will have to sacrifice time and money, just to be considered for the team. But just sacrificing your time and your money alone will not get you on the All-American team.
The single most important thing you can do to help your case of becoming an All-American is to practice. Unless your name is Leo Harrison, Harlan Campbell, or Richard Marshall, you likely have a few weaknesses on the line. Maybe you have trouble with low targets, or maybe you struggle with hard-rights from the 27 yard line, or maybe you have lost a few shootoffs at the Grand under the lights because you aren’t used to shooting white targets. Whatever you are having issues with, it can fixed through proper practice.
Your local club is the best place to practice, so see what they can do to accommodate your practice needs. If you want to practice hard-rights, have them setup the trap to only throw hard-rights, and shoot them until you are comfortably breaking them. Then have them change the trap back to normal, and shoot a couple rounds to see if you are able to apply what you learned. Before you know it, you will have worked out your issue and you’ll be able to apply it to competition. This will give you the edge that you need to win those important trophies and accumulate the points that you need to become an All-American.
From 1996-2000, Dan earned a spot on five ATA All-American First Teams. Throughout his career, Dan also was named to seven Wisconsin All-State teams, including 4 times as Junior captain and once as Men’s Co-Captain.