Q: What have you taken away from the sport of trapshooting?
A: Trapshooting has been such a huge part of my life that I couldn’t write down everything I have taken from the sport. Above all of the accomplishments I achieved, the trophies I have won, and the recognition of my peers it is the memories that I cherish most from my trapshooting experience.
Most of these memories take place with my family as we have always traveled and competed together. My dad has been on my squad when I have accomplished most of the best things I have ever done. In return, I have been on his squad as he has accomplished most of the things he has done. It is this closeness that has defined my relationship with my entire family, but mostly my parents. The culmination of this was last month as I was able to introduce my dad as he was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Trapshooting Hall of Fame. If I had to walk away from the sport tomorrow I would probably forget the trophies I have won and the score I have broke, but I will never forget the memories I have made with my family and friends. This is what I would emphasize to young shooters to appreciate the most about the sport as they start out.
Trapshooting is an individual sport so it offers a great chance for you to learn about yourself as you grow as a trapshooter. Since you don’t have a team behind you it is 100% up to you if you plan on improving and increasing your win percentage and averages. Trapshooting is also unique in the fact that it’s participants span several generations. This affords you the opportunity to meet and learn from a wide range of people.
I have been fortunate to learn a lot from several fellow trapshooters that I have been able to take with me through life. I remember one day at the Southwestern Grand in San Antonio, TX when I struggled my way through the last round of a handicap event. I was obviously upset with my performance when a squad mate and great friend, Blair Surber, came up to me and said “experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” That taught me that winning isn’t everything and that the lessons you learn from losing are often more valuable than the ones you learn from winning.
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/