So...am a new SASS member with a 16 year old that also just got started, take my quick thoughts considering lack of experience.
Talking to my son's friends parents here in Scottsdale, AZ, concern for letting their teenagers start/try the sport seems based on two elements; shooting "big", dangerous cartridges, and the cost if they really want to get involved. His pals and the parents love the leather and western (again we are in AZ) look yet the current social media stigma of their teen shooting these "large calibers so fast" is something many have spoken about. I think cost is there as well but it is somewhat offset but the attractiveness of a family and generational activity sport vs. the pressures of high school basketball or cheerleading. My daughter is 11 and has been to Winter Range multiple years, talking with fellow soccer parents, my wife mentioned she might try SASS. When asked for an explanation of it, other ladies were negative until they saw videos ladies dressed in beautiful attire and shooting...then the interest questions started, "Can you shoot any cowboy gun, is there dances after the girls would enjoy, what other events can teen girls participate in with their moms", etc.
Back on page two think it was Mister Badly that mentioned a Greenhorn category that any age can participate in and get the bug....22s and shotguns with easy cost and a safer parental perception for those not wise to the firearm world. Wonderful idea. Am sure this thoughts are nothing new, but happy to see such a thread discussing.
Shawn, aka Buford Tannen