The GCS Shooting Program provides a means to teach how a Christian should compete on the range as well as function in other aspects of life. GCS team members must participate in such a way that honors their team, our school and the Lord. GCS Shooting participants compete in shotgun, .22 rifle, archery and hunter safety skills.
Grace Christian is committed to developing a perspective on winning and losing that is consistent with the teachings of the scripture. We expect our athletes to dedicate themselves to this goal. Our challenge is to be in contrast to a sports world that emphasizes winning at any cost. Winning should be one of our goals, but we recognize that sports presents a beneficial learning experience, regardless of the outcome.
The mission of Grace Christian Athletics is to provide an excellent sports program that will help our students develop their God-given abilities. We want our student-athletes to honor and glorify God in all that they do (I Corinthians 10:31). Athletics is something that God allows us to do, not something that defines us. We need to make God first place in our lives (Matthew 6:33).
GCS Shooting team train and compete under the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Youth Hunter Education.
The Middle School Shooting team is available to students grades 6 through 8 and competes in the Junior division. This foundational stage of development is the most important level of learning for our Shooting program, and includes:
Middle School Shooting gives us an opportunity to introduce and teach the fundamental aspects of the sport including but not limited to: hunter safety, equipment care and marksmanship.
Middle School Shooting teams practice/or complete at least once a week, typically on Sunday afternoons.
The privilege to wear the GCS Varsity Shooting uniform is reserved for our top marksmen, grades 7 – 12, who have mastered shooting fundamentals, and demonstrate a consistent display of the core Christlike characters traits of our athletic program: Diligence, Endurance, Boldness, Obedience, Faith, Humility, and Dependability.
Varsity Shooting participants compete in the Senior division and must be prepared to compete for playing time and work to keep it. Seniority of a participant is not a factor. Our Varsity Shooting team members are judged on ability, work ethic, attitude, and knowledge of the coach’s strategies.
Competing to win is strongly emphasized, without sacrificing the display and the development of Christ-like character. GCS Varsity Shooting team members are expected to act accordingly to their roles on the team, and contribute unselfishly in accordance with their abilities. Competition time will be determined solely by the coach/coaches.
Varsity Shooting teams practice/or compete at least once a week, typically on Sunday afternoons.
The GCS Shooting Program runs primarily during our Winter Competition Season, with opportunities for additional competitions year round. Tryouts are held in September and practices start in November. If you’d like more information about the GCS Shooting Program, or to register for tryouts, please contact our Athletic Director.
Practices are primarily held at the Lee County Wildlife Club and Deep River Sporting Clays.
The Wildlife club offers a rifle range with covered shooting positions with a target berm at slightly less than 50 yards; an archery range with varying shooting positions; and a shotgun range with 3 clay throwers.
Deep River Sporting Clays offers a rifle range, trap field and full sporting clay course.
Players from each team are selected for the following annual awards: