The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is pleased to report on the success of the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships! The Nationals were hosted this year by the Cardinal Shooting Center near Marengo, Ohio, just north of Columbus.
The eight-day championship saw 2,369 unique athletes from 34 different states competing in trap, skeet and sporting clays, plus action rifle and action pistol events. The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) had total of 4,576 event entries (up 74 over 2015) and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) had a total of 530 entries (up 174 over 2015).
In total, SCTP athletes fired upon 876,000 clay targets in competition and another 85,000 in side events and evening competitions. Approximately 1,200 SCTP athletes competed in the Last Competitor Standing competition over two nights.
In addition to the competition, there was much for athletes and their families to do, including the All-Industry Opening Ceremonies, Pizza Party, Ice Cream Social and side games such as Crazy Quail, Make-a-Break and the Action Shooting side matches. The college recruiting day and Larry and Brenda Potterfield (of MidwayUSA) meet and greet were also very popular. With multiple vendors onsite and Columbus within 30 minutes, there were plenty for families to see and do during their downtime.
The SSSF would like to thank all of the coaches organizing SCTP and SASP teams and for making the trip to Ohio this year and also all of the parents supporting these young shooters. A big thanks also goes out to the Cardinal Center, its staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and investment in facilities to accommodate our event. Thanks also to the many sponsors and vendors who supported and/or attended the event!