2018 Iowa SCTP Regional Championships

Register now for the 2018 Iowa regional trap championships May 12-13, 2018 at the Iowa State Trapshooting Association (ISTA) home-grounds near Cedar Falls, IA. The program will feature 100 16 yard singles, 100 doubles and 100 handicap targets with all events available to teams either day of the competition. Team scoring will be used for this event with trophies and medals awarded to teams and individuals in rookie, intermediate, junior varsity and varsity divisions. College athletes scores will not be used for HOA. Singles and doubles targets will be registered with the Amateur Trapshooting association and SCTP/ATA rules will apply. All athletes must be fully registered with the Scholastic Clay Target Program prior to the event. Registration will be available through the SHOT system starting April 2nd. Event fees will be $43 for the singles and doubles events and $39 for the handicap event (ATA/ISTA fees included). All participating athletes will be entered for a random drawing for over $3,000 worth of  prizes! Also, be sure to check out our flurry shoot featuring the Promatic Huntsman for even more shotgun fun! Download general information on camping, parking and practice schedule. Download camping reservation form. Download trailer parking reservation form Download vendor registration form. If you have any questions please contact Tom Wondrash, Scholastic Clay Target Program national director.      

2018 Wisconsin SASP Banquet

Please join us on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for the Wisconsin spring Scholastic Action Shooting Program banquet hosted by Concordia University Wisconsin shooting team and sponsored by Newman Chevrolet. The banquet will be held at the Ozaukee Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fair Grounds in Cedarburg, WI. Doors open at 5 p.m. We’ll have raffles, silent auction, and a live auction with prizes including guns, trips and much more! Come out and support the Concordia University Wisconsin shooting team and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program! Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.org or 262-894-4284.

Register Now For 2018 SASP College Nationals

Registration for the 2018 Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) College National Championships is now open! Join us in Talladega, Alabama March 10 & 11 for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, and competition. Check out the Shooting USA feature on the 2017 College Nationals to see the event in action! Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2018 (rain or shine) Match Time: 9:00 AM Location:  CMP Marksmanship Park 4387 Turner Mill Rd, Talladega, AL 35160 (256) 474-4408 General Information Match Fee: $50 per entry Athletes may shoot centerfire or rimfire pistol and both rifle divisions if they wish. They may also compete in 1911 discipline as an additional gun, but must also compete in SASP centerfire or rimfire discipline. Times:  7:30 am check in begins 8:45 am shooters meeting, safety briefing 9:00 am match begins Shooting slots available for 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM flights Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday Friday practice bays open from Noon to 4 PM REGISTRATION:  Log into your team in SHOT system, select Competitions, bottom left.  Click on the “Click to View Shoots” tab.  Then click on National Shoots tab.  Then select the shoot you want to participate to the right.  Then from there click on an open slot name your squad and enter the athletes. (If athletes do not appear in the drop down menu, check to be sure you have their SASP Classification entered in the team SHOT registration. Please register by Noon CST, Monday February 19 to guarantee an event t-shirt. Please be sure to review the 2018 handbook for current rules. One or both of the new stages of fire may be used at the event. For additional information contact Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com

SCTP 2018 Virtual League Series

Registration for the Scholastic Clay Target Program 2018 Virtual League Series is now open. The virtual league series is a fun, easy and FREE way to compete with other teams across the nation without leaving your home range! Competition opportunities are available in trap and skeet for youth of all ages! Who can participate? Any fully registered SCTP athlete in good standing may participate in the virtual league series. There will be two sets of leagues in 2018 based on age:
  1. Grades 12 and under
  2. Collegiate
When and where are the competitions? Each virtual series is a 150 target league that will run for 6 weeks (25 targets / week). Targets are shot at your home range or wherever it is most convenient for your team on a given week. Targets may be shot on any day of the week and scores must be recorded in the SHOT system that same week. Dates for the series are as follows:
  • Trap and skeet grades 12 and under Winter Virtual Series: February 19 to April 1
    • Registration deadline is February 18
  • Trap and skeet collegiate Spring Virtual Series: April 2 to May 13
    • Registration deadline is April 1
  • Trap and skeet grades 12 and under Spring Virtual Series: April 16 to May 27
    • Registration deadline is April 15
How can my team participate? Teams and athletes must be fully registered with the Scholastic Clay Target Program and have their team setup in the SHOT system. After initial team registration, a coach must sign up their athletes for the Virtual League Series prior to the virtual league series registration deadlines noted above. To complete the series, athletes must shoot 25 targets each week and coaches must record those scores to the SHOT System that same week prior to midnight each Sunday in order to successfully complete the league. Athletes may shoot their virtual scores anytime during the week including regular practices but must declare the round to count towards the virtual series prior to shooting. Coaches must collect and retain the score sheets used for virtual league series scores. Late scores cannot be accepted and athletes missing a week or coaches not turning in a score on time will result in a score of zero for the week. Are there any prizes? Priorities for the virtual league series include having fun, encouraging camaraderie among teammates and providing exposure to a competition atmosphere. All SCTP teams with athletes who participate and have scores entered into SHOT for all six weeks will be entered into a random drawing for a Tristar setter over/under shotgun! This gun may be used as a team firearm or for team fundraising purposes. How do I register and enter scores for the virtual league? Once your team is fully registered with the SCTP, follow the directions in our download to see how to register athletes and enter scores each week. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact anyone of us at the SCTP!

SCTP and USA Shooting Announce 2018 International National Championship Dates

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) has received official notice of dates for its 2018 International National Championships from USA Shooting. This event will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the International Shooting Park, Ft. Carson. The dates and course of fire are as follows: July 22-23: Open Training both days, 9am – 4pm July 24-25: Skeet Championships 125 targets July 26-27: Bunker Trap Championships 125 targets All teams must register via the SHOT system which will open on or around June 1st. Individual medals and team trophies will be awarded to the top three in each category. The 2019 SCTP National Team will be decided by this tournament with the top three women and top three men in both categories of International Skeet and Bunker Trap forming the new team for next year. SCTP would like to thank USA Shooting for its continued support and dedication as their official youth feeder program to the US National team and Olympic dream! Dates for the SCTP’s 2018 Junior Olympic Development Camp and availability will be published shortly. Teams and coaches with any questions may contact SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash at twondrash@sssfonline.com We look forward to seeing everyone in Colorado Springs this summer!

2018 SCTP/NSSA/NSCA Tour Dates Announced

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and National Skeet Shooting Association / National Sporting Clays Association (NSSA-NSCA) are pleased to announce the 2018 dates for the SCTP/NSSA/NSCA tour events. The tour is designed so SCTP youth will be able to participate in premier skeet and sporting clays events, perhaps outside of their regular SCTP season. The tour provides opportunity for SCTP youth to compete for special awards while also experiencing the environment and excitement of the top skeet and sporting clays tournaments across the country! SCTP athletes participating in NSSA and/or NSCA registered events, (including tour events) will also be eligible for NSSA-SCTP and/or NSCA-SCTP All American Teams! NSCA-SCTP All-American Team The NSCA-SCTP All-American Team recognizes SCTP athletes that compete in NSCA registered sporting clays events. To be eligible for the SCTP All-American Team a shooter must be a member in good standing with NSSA/NSCA and SCTP, must shoot a minimum of 500 NSCA registered targets, and must shoot their respective SCTP state or regional shoot or the SCTP National Championships. The NSCA-SCTP All-American Team will be determined via a points system which are earned by competing and placing against other SCTP athletes. The NSCA-SCTP All-American selection will be divided into four teams which include Open Sub-Junior, Lady Sub-Junior, Open Junior, Lady Junior. Eight members will be selected to each team. Points can be earned from January 1 to December 31 with the team being selected in the Spring of the following shooting year. Please direct questions on the team to Nathan Boyd at nboyd@nssa-nsca.com. NSSA-SCTP All-American Team The NSSA-SCTP All American Team Recognizes SCTP athletes that compete in NSSA registered skeet events. To be eligible for the SCTP All-American Team a shooter must be a member in good standing with NSSA/NSCA and SCTP, must shoot a minimum of 500 12-gauge NSSA registered targets, and must shoot their respective SCTP state or regional shoot or the SCTP National Championships. The NSSA-SCTP All-American Team will be determined via 12-gauge average. All an athlete’s 12-gauge targets shot in the shooting year (January 1 to December 31) will be used to determine the team. The NSSA-SCTP All-American selection will be divided into six teams which include Open Sub-Junior, Lady Sub-Junior, Open Junior, Lady Junior, Open Collegiate, and Lady Collegiate. Eight shooters will be selected to each of the sub-junior and junior teams. Athletes that are selected to an NSSA Sub-junior, Junior, or Collegiate Concurrent All-American Team will not be eligible to make the NSSA-SCTP All-American Team. Please direct questions on the team to Nathan Boyd at nboyd@nssa-nsca.com.
Also remember that all SCTP athletes (and coaches) can purchase their NSSA and NSCA membership through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation's SHOT team registration and management system. All membership purchases through the SHOT System directly support the SCTP scholarship fund!

See Us At SHOT Show 2018

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) will be joining the list of more than 1,600 exhibitors at the 2018 SHOT Show, January 23–26, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Representatives from the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) will be on hand to meet with attendees and industry professionals during the show. SSSF will be exhibiting in BOOTH #2521. To schedule a meeting with Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director, during the show, e-mail TWondrash@sssfonline.com. To schedule a meeting with Rick Leach, SASP National Director, during the show, e-mail RLeach@sssfonline.com. The SHOT Show is the world’s most comprehensive tradeshow for professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It attracts an impressive 64,000 industry professionals from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries. The SHOT Show is owned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and is restricted to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade professionals and commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services ONLY. The SHOT Show is not open to the general consuming public (e.g., private visitors, hunters, sports shooters, members of hunting and sports shooting clubs, etc.). Proof of professional affiliation is required.

2018 SCTP Regional Championship Dates and Locations

Save the date for the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program Regional Championships! Regional events are a great way for SCTP teams to participate and compete with teams from all across the country. Make plans now to participate in one or more events for fun, camaraderie and some great prizes! Pre-registration for each event will be available through the SSSF SHOT system as the event dates draw closer.

Pheasants Forever’s 2018 Shooting Sports Invitational

Inviting all coaches & shooting sports athletes! Join Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever for a training day at the range...

Shooting Sports Invitational

February 17, 2018 • 11:30am - 5pm

Are you tough enough to brave the cold? If you are, join us at Hunters Pointe near Humboldt, SD during Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic for the 2018 Shooting Sports Invitational. We hope to provide you with hands on training and resources to help improve you and your team. We will be hosting “on range” training sessions to help with your mental game, pre-season preparation, funding, and coaching. New this year, we will be on the range live firing guns under the instruction of experts. Dave Miller of CZUSA will be teaching on the Sporting Clays Range. Mark and Sally Stevens of the Minnesota Youth Shotgun Association will be teaching on the Trap Range, and Rick Leach of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation will be leading those interested on the Pistol and Rifle Range showcasing the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. Conservation and its relationship with shooting sports will also be a discussed on each range. Your team will also earn an extra $1,500 for your MidwayUSA Endowment account by attending the training and signing up for a Special PF/QF MidwayUSA Foundation fundraising package. Register today as spaces are very limited and make plans to learn from industry professionals! Download complete details and pre-registration information here...

Beyond the Clays – The 2017 SSSF Championships

Article Courtesy Michael Sabbeth and Fiocchi USA. Photo credit to Carla Jennings Photography. “We are looking at the future,” Chris Hodgdon said as his hand swept like a conductor’s baton in an arc toward the line of trap fields. Hundreds of young shooters were pulverizing clay targets, laughing and speaking words of support to their teammates. We were at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The Cardinal Trap Shooting Facility in Marengo, Ohio, developed through the magnanimity of the Fishburn family, hosted the event. Competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23 from 32 states, competed for national titles in the shotgun disciplines of American Trap, Handicap Trap, Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles and Sporting Clays. Pistol and rifle competitors competed for steel shooting titles in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sight Rifle and Optics Rifle divisions. About 2,700 athletes on 255 teams boasted 6,400 event entries. Thirty-three states were represented and an estimated 1.26 million shots were fired in the competition events! One hundred and five SCTP student athletes will receive scholarships totaling $83,000. Prior to SSSF, many students never or had only rarely shot a gun. Feeder organizations such as 4H and the Boy Scouts gave them opportunities to try. Many parents asked SSSF to help their children get involved in shooting. The children loved the sports, become members and gained deeper knowledge about shooting. I learned many teams were created by the desire of a parent to enable their child to shoot responsibly and routinely. Young shooters told me the attractions of these sports: they love to shoot, they value opportunities to improve, they welcome challenges, they can be competitive or just have fun, and, unlike most sports, they can participate throughout their lives. The vast property was lush and green with stands of hardwoods and cornfields, the earth’s fragrance more alluring than the finest perfumes. The range was a beehive of activity. Electric carts darted about like bugs on a pond and hundreds of shooters carried shotguns as nonchalantly as if holding bags of popcorn. Anna Van Nostrand, instructor and CZ representative, crafted a beautiful insightful phrase: “This is an environment of positivity.” I arrived on Wednesday, the CZ-USA recognition day. Dave Miller, CZ’s shotgun manager and exhibition shooter, was my host. Dave shot his way into the Guinness Book of Records by breaking 3,653 clays in 60 minutes! CZ has been a Platinum sponsor of this event for five years. Dave tutored me on the sporting clays, make-or-break and crazy-quail disciplines. He even taught me to break targets shooting from my hip! These programs require great effort. Ben Berka, President/Executive Director of SSSF, and Louise Terry, Chairman of the SSSF Board, told of the thousands of hours of organizing the event and the engagement of hundreds of volunteers. But it’s all worth it, they said. The youngsters are learning skills, get outside away from iPhones and, most significantly, develop a dedication to the American heritage and an appreciation for individual liberty. “The SSSF is about more than just breaking pieces of clay,” Louise told me. Support for SSSF signifies a commitment to shooting’s future. Companies such as CZ-USA, Hodgdon Powder and Fiocchi USA routinely make substantial financial commitments. Observing this championship, I am comforted that the future of shooting looks bright indeed. Michael Sabbeth is a lawyer and writer in Denver, Colorado. Please see his book The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values. Now in an eBook, available at Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/c5flmmu

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