2020 SCTP National Championships

SCTP members,

We are happy to officially announce that the National Championships will take place as scheduled on July 11-18th at the Cardinal Center in Ohio. The National Championships are a tradition for many families not only to compete against the best in the nation, but also to share the sport and spend time together as a summer trip. Though this year will certainly be different, we hope that having our annual event in-person will be welcomed by the majority of our members.

This decision took careful consideration to a number of factors. This spring we kept a very close eye on how COVID-19 affected our communities and youth sports as a whole. It took time to get our bearings on the situation in a way we could confidently evaluate the logistics and safety of holding a large sporting event.

The safety of our members, staff, volunteers, partners, and spectators is our first priority. Our national staff has been carefully utilizing information from the state of Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morrow County (OH) Department of Health, and representatives from the Cardinal Center. We were also lucky to have advisement from some of our members that are medical professionals who deal directly with COVID-19 in their communities. Additionally, we surveyed our coaches across both programs to get their feedback. With over 400 responses, this survey helped give us important member-driven data that helped shape our decision to host a physical National Championship event.

We as a community are fortunate to participate in non-contact sports, which makes operating this event much easier than others during this time. Although the spirit of the SCTP National Championships will still be alive, some aspects of the event may be modified to act in accordance with all safety standards put in place by the Ohio Department of Health, as well as Federal and state guidelines at the time of the event. We understand that side events and experiences are part of what makes nationals so special. Some of these traditions are scheduled to continue as planned, such as the Make A Break and Flurry Fun shoots. We have also received feedback from many of the organizations that make up vendor row. They are eager to be part of the Nationals experience and plan to be there.

Cardinal Center staff are enthusiastic to help run SCTP events and are going above and beyond to make that happen in a safe and responsible manner. While the spring of 2020 saw postponements and cancellations, the SCTP Ohio Regional will take place as planned at the Cardinal Center June 19-21. During the same weekend, the Upper Midwest Regional will kick off in Iowa.

Preparations are currently underway at the Cardinal Center on four, state of the art International Skeet and Bunker field overlays. These new additions to their grounds will allow us to host all of our SCTP Nationals under one roof in July. On or about the 22nd of June, our project partners, Promatic will be installing their advanced target throwing equipment to make these fields ready for the SCTP “International Style” National Championships, running from July 9-12. Registration for the International Style National Championships is currently open and closes July 6th.

The SCTP will also be adding a Virtual National Championship event which gives those who cannot yet travel due to local mandates or those who are uncomfortable with the thought of doing so the opportunity to compete at the national level. If the logistics of your team traveling to Ohio was previously a barrier to compete, you now have the opportunity to participate in a national championship this year. This virtual component of the SCTP Nationals consists of five events of trap and skeet and will be run in conjunction with in-person national events to give the closest representation of the Nationals experience. Registration for the Virtual National Championship begins June 3rd and closes July 6th. This virtual tournament is a separate event from the in-person nationals and will have separate prizes and awards.

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) will be holding their National Championships in a virtual format over a three-week window, July 5th-July 26th. This three-week window also allows for teams who participate in both the SASP and SCTP, the ability to participate in both National Championship events and the opportunity to compete in the CZ-USA Top Gun Challenge. Athletes competing in the CZ-USA Top Gun Challenge will shoot trap, skeet, a rifle discipline of choice, and a centerfire pistol (iron, optic, or 1911), with their scores from each event being compiled to calculate the winners.

Registration for the 2020 SCTP National Championships in Ohio is currently open and available to team coaches in the SSSF’s SHOT system. Teams registering for the event will receive additional health and logistical information regarding event requirements, procedures and best practices based on the most current information available from the Ohio Department of Health and local authorities. Teams and athletes (parents) will be required to sign a waiver to compete.

Schedule of Events

July 7-8 – Open Training for International Events / Squads posted for International Skeet

July 9-10 – International Skeet

July 11-12 – International Trap (Bunker Trap)

July 11-12 – American Skeet / Trap Doubles / Trap Handicap

July 13-14 – American Skeet / Sporting Clays / Trap Doubles / Trap Handicap

July 15-16 – American Skeet / Sporting Clays / Trap Doubles / Trap Handicap / Trap Singles

July 17 – Skeet Doubles

July 17-18 – Trap Singles

Make A Break and Flurry side games will be available throughout the week starting at 11 am each day.

More detailed information about the 2020 SCTP National Championship to follow.

Save Up With Member Matching From The SSSF

Grow your team endowment account at the MidwayUSA Foundation via our Member Matching Program and realize 5:1 and 7:1 matching! Open to all members, this matching opportunity takes a $5 deposit into your MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment account and matches back $25/athlete or $35/coach or volunteer!

Some Details

  • Teams, (or team supporters) may donate up to $5 for every current member on the team roster. Donations are limited to one, $5 donation per registered team member. Donations should be submitted together as one submission using the forms below. Donations for athletes will be matched 5:1 and donations for volunteers will be matched 7:1. For example, a team with 5 volunteer coaches and 15 athletes makes a $100, tax-deductible donation to the SSSF as part of the member matching program:
    • $25 receives $175 in matching funds from SSSF (5:1 matching)
    • $75 receives $375 in matching funds from SSSF (7:1 matching)
    • Over $650 is deposited to your team’s endowment account for your $100 donation!
  • Teams must be in good standing for the 2019 – 2020 season to participate
  • Teams must have a team endowment account at the MidwayUSA Foundation to participate
  • Donations must be made directly to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation in order to be part of this program.
  • Donations made to the SSSF are tax-deductible
  • Member Matching Program runs through August 31, 2020

Federal Ammunition Steps up in Support of SCTP!

Federal Ammunition has agreed to support the SCTP as a Silver Level Sponsor in 2020, according to the Federal Staff and the SCTP! Federal, makers of Top Gun ammunition, Federal Gold Medal plastic and the coveted Federal Gold Medal Grand paper shotshells realizes the importance of supporting our youth!

“Federal is happy to continue building relationships that support the next generation of (clay target) shooters engrained in our company history, mission and core values,” said Dan Compton, Shotshell Product manager for Federal Ammunition “Youth play a vital role in our future and Federal Ammunition is excited to be on the front line of support for groups like the SCTP.”

“We are extremely happy to have Federal involved in the support of our program and youth shooting!” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Now more than ever, we lean on the support of industry and sponsors like Federal to help us stay the course in youth development and the clay target sports. We appreciate Federal’s commitment and support of youth shooting now and for years to come!”

The SCTP/SSSF strongly recommends whenever possible that you look at supporting and buying products from companies like Federal that support the future of the shooting sports through our youth shooting programs! Check out Federal’s new offerings like the 1-ounce, 12 gauge, high-velocity loads added to the Top Gun Sporting lineup. They are specifically designed to shorten leads, yet reduce felt recoil to allow for quicker follow-up shots.

Apply Now For 2020 SSSF All Scholastic Team

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is proud to invite all qualified 2020 SCTP and SASP athletes to apply for the SSSF All Scholastic Team! The All Scholastic Team recognizes achievements of student athletes in the shooting sports for their accomplishments in the classroom, in their communities, and on the range. Eligible athletes of all ages are invited to apply.

View the 2019 All Scholastic Team Profiles:

Requirements for application are as follows:

·Must be a 2020 registered athlete in good standing with the SCTP or SASP national office. This requires athlete payment and consent/waiver form is on file with the national program administrative office.  See complete information on how to register with the SCTP and SASP.

·Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Applications must include transcript or most recent grade reporting information available due to COVID-19 situation. Transcript for 9th grade and above must include cumulative GPA for academic career.  

·Must meet one of the following shooting qualifications and supply proof of official match record. Match record must be from official shoot bulletin, SCTP/SASP leaderboard, ATA, NSSA/NSCA athlete history or equivalent. Copies of scoresheets or statements of scores from coaches will not be accepted. Clay target scores must be from a whole event, for example one 200 target event, two 100 target events or four 50 target events. Picking and choosing individual rounds from different events is not acceptable. Applicants must submit 200 targets for American disciplines.

1. SCTP (skeet or trap) – achieved 190/200 targets (or equivalent in lesser target format) in a competition between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020

OR

2. SCTP (sporting clays) – achieved 170/200 targets (or equivalent in lesser target format) in a competition between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020

OR

3. SCTP (bunker trap, international skeet, or international doubles trap) – achieved 100/125 targets in a competition between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020

OR

4. SASP – achieved a total match score of 65 seconds or less in an SASP match between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020

· Must supply two letters of recommendation from a coach, teacher, or adult third party

· Must supply a photograph suitable for publication

Deadline for application is May 22, 2020, 5:00PM central time, no exceptions.

Complete the 2020 SSSF All Scholastic Team Form Here

SCTP International Skeet Athletes Best Performances at Olympic Trials Part 2

As the USA Shooting Olympic Trials Part 2 drew to a close with the conclusion of the Skeet event on March 8th, SCTP International Skeet athletes earned two podium finishes and posted several personal best scores.

Kyle Fleck; photo courtesy of US Army Marksmanship Unit
Erin Lokke

Preston Bailey, Jordan Sapp, Kyle Fleck, and Erin Lokke produced solid performances in spite of daily Tucson winds that, at times, reached a sustained 20 mph. Bailey’s 227 x 250, a personal best, won him the bronze medal in the J2 junior men’s category; Lokke’s 224 x 250 would give her the Collegiate Women’s silver medal. Both Sapp and Fleck put up personal best performances with 216 x 250.

Preston Bailey and Jordan Sapp

Members of the 2019 SCTP International Team will be preparing for their next major competition (USA Shooting Junior Olympic Championships) with a training camp in Kerrville, TX next month.

Congratulations to the USA Shooting 2020 Olympic Skeet Team members Vincent Hancock, Phillip Jungman, Amber English, and Austen Smith!

SCTP International Team Athletes Compete in U.S. Olympic Trials Part 2

Read our previous story of how the SCTP International Team prepared for the U.S. Olympic Trials

SCTP International Athletes Peter Meola, Alexa Paxson, Ella McLerran, Sydney Krieger, Camron Burks
Left to right: Peter Meola, Alexa Paxson, Ella McLerran, Sydney Krieger, Camron Burks

As the trap competition drew to a close in Tucson on March 2nd, SCTP International Team trap athletes, past and present, made quite a splash. 2019 Team athletes Sydney Krieger and Alexa Paxson took home medals in their respective categories; Krieger earned J2 Gold and Paxson earned Collegiate Bronze with their performances.

Left to right: Emilio Carvalho, Joey Richards, Stephen Brown

Emilio Carvalho, 2018 SCTP International Team alumni athlete, finished second in the Junior Men’s category and his silver medal earned him a slot on this year’s Junior World Championship Team. Emilio will travel to Suhl, Germany in July to compete against juniors from around the world.

SCTP Alumni athlete, Madelynn Bernau makes the 2020 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team
Left to right: 2020 US Olympic Trap Team athletes Brian Burrows, Derrick Mein, Kayle Browning, and Madelynn Bernau

2017 SCTP International Team alumni athlete, Madelynn Bernau, has made perhaps the biggest splash yet for the SCTP International Team program; Maddy’s exceptional performance throughout the Olympic Trials process has earned her a berth on the 2020 U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. Maddy will compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

Congratulations to all the SCTP International athletes on their performances in Tucson! Next up – USA Shooting Junior Olympic Championships in June.

Now Accepting Applications For 2020 Scholarships


The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), is once again offering our scholarship program to reward deserving, graduating seniors in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) with needed college assistance. The main objective is to award as many scholarships as possible to qualifying SCTP / SASP graduating seniors.

Since 2013, the SSSF has awarded over $450,000 in scholarship funds benefiting over 450 student athletes, from nearly all 50 states in the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting programs. We are pleased to announce that last year's Scholarship Program awarded over $100,000 to qualifying applicants.

The SSSF is establishing minimal guidelines for the selection procedure, thus allowing the final selection to be as simple as possible.

*NOTE – You must be a current and paid member of the SCTP or SASP national organization at the time of application submission! See details on how to complete your team registration here.

General Procedures: Each applicant must be a graduating senior within the year of the awarded scholarship and must be registered for college before the scholarship is awarded in that same year.• Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average through the most recent grading period ending on or before April 1, 2020.

• Each prospective recipient must be registered as a full-time college student before the scholarship is awarded and must provide the name of the post-secondary college or community/ junior college to receive the scholarship proceeds. Each scholarship check will be mailed to the appropriate college in the student's name by October 1, 2020. The scholarship funds are to be used for tuition.  This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

• Applicants may not be in receipt of any "full" scholarship funds in order to qualify (i.e., athletics, military academy, academic, etc.).

• Applicants must have participated during 2019-2020 in one of their SCTP / SASP State Championships, National Championships, or regional events in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic Bunker, Olympic Skeet Championships; Pistol or Rifle.

• Applicants must be able to complete all parts of the application packet:

Application / Personal Information Page:
•One Page Student Resume or School and Non-School Activities and Honors
•One Page Essay (see Essay Guidelines)
•Must attach current high school transcript or home school transcript!
Application Deadline (for the entire application packet): Midnight, April 19th, 2020
All Materials Must Be Received together as one packet by Deadline.  No exceptions!

Announcing 2020 SCTP Banquets, Regional, and National Shoots Save The Dates!

Banquets

March 13 – SCTP Banquet (Waterford, WI)

March 21 – SCTP Banquet (Brooklyn, Iowa)

Regionals

March 7 – SCTP Shoot (GA/SC Border Skirmish, Edgefield SC)

March 28/29 – SCTP Regional Shoot (Whittington Center, Raton New Mexico)

April 17/19 – SCTP SE Regional Shoot (Savanah Gun Club, Savanah Georgia)

April 25/26 – SCTP North Woods Shoot Out and Fundraiser (Padus Gun Club, Wabeno WI)

May 1/3 - SCTP Regional Shoot (Brown County Sportsmans Club, Green Bay Wisconsin)

May 1/3 – SCTP Regional Shoot (Stockdale Gun Club, Ackley Iowa)

May 9/10 – SCTP Regional Shoot (Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio)

May 9/10 – SCTP Regional Shoot (Westshore Sportsmans Club, Two Rivers Wisconsin)

May 16/17 – SCTP Regional Shoot (WSRC, Sparta IL)


Camps

May 20/25 – SCTP Junior Olympic Development Camp (Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio)

Nationals

July 9/12 – SCTP International Style National Championships (Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio)

July 11/18 – SCTP American Style National Championships (Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio)

The SCTP would like to announce new State Advisors in Texas!

We are excited to introduce these individuals who have been selected as additional State Advisors for the SCTP in Texas. Each of them has considerable experience as coaches of SCTP teams and is passionate about giving back to the program as State Advisors!

Mario Gonzalez, Austin/San Antonio Region

In the spring of 2019, Mario organized a team for his daughter's high school, St. John Paul II Catholic High School. He serves as the head coach and is pleased to have an amazing amount of support from the school's leadership, students, and parents. In just its second season, approximately 15% of the school's student body were a member of the clay team and also members of SCTP.  Since then, Mario has been active in helping to establish the Austin/San Antonio Region for SCTP.  When he's not coaching, Mario enjoys all types of hunting, fly fishing, and traveling with his family. 
Madeline Maggard, Northeast Region

Madeline coaches for Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas which is in its third year. She has seven years of shooting experience, most of which is actually with action shooting sports. Jesuit has both a shotgun and pistol team, with forty-seven young SCTP and SASP athletes. In her free time, she shoots in steel challenge and GSSF matches, does a little hunting, and enjoys sharing her love of the shooting sports with others!
Don Williams, Northeast Region

I've been coaching youth shotgun for about 10 years. I started coaching 4-H in 2009 for Ellis county 4-H shooting sports. In 2015, I started the Red Oak High School shotgun team and served as Head Coach for about three years, as well as coaching 4-H. I got out of coaching for a couple of years and realized how much I missed it. I'm back in it now as head coach for the Waxahachie High School shotgun team.
Kris Keith, Northwest Region

My name is Kris Keith I have been coaching at SCTP for last five years. Currently, I am the head coach for the Fossil Pointe Legends in the Texas Northwest Division. I am currently an NRA certified Shotgun Instructor and NRA Level 1 Coach. I am married with two daughters, one college grad and the other a former SCTP competitor and college student. I enjoy outdoors hunting and fishing and I also shoot NSCA events as much as possible. I want to help grow young shooters in the sport so that it will be around for our future.

SCTP Announces International Style National Championships Venue

For Immediate Release

01/20/2020

Burlington, WI

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) announces some changes in venue and format for its International Style National Championships 2020 and well beyond!

The SCTP International-Style National Championships, formerly held in Colorado Springs, CO will now be held at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. In conjunction with the SCTP’s American Style National Championships being held July 11-18, the “International Style” National Championships will be held on the front end, running from July 9-12. Open training will take place July 7-8 with International Skeet Championships taking place July 9-10 and Bunker Trap Championships taking place July 11-12. An awards ceremony will follow International Style competition on Sunday, July 12.

“We couldn’t be happier to have the SCTP’s International Style National Championships come to the Cardinal Center here in Marengo Ohio, we welcome them with open arms!” stated Jack Fishburn, owner of the Cardinal Center.

“The SCTP has demonstrated its commitment to growth in the youth shooting sports, establishing itself as a great asset to the Cardinal Center’s plans to provide and build the best shooting and camping facility in the world!” added Luke Spengler, Cardinal Center Trap Manager.

The Cardinal Center has committed to build four state of the art International Skeet and Bunker field overlays on their massive property west of the current sporting clays ranges. Supplying the fields with equipment will be up to the SCTP and its sponsors. To date, the SCTP will be providing one set of Bunker machines and Promatic has agreed to supply one set as well.  The remaining two fields will be constructed by the Cardinal Center, but will remain non-operational until funds can be raised to supply trap machines and related equipment. “Promatic is very excited to see the SCTP support International shooting and its athletes in this manner! They are definitely making a difference and filling a pipeline of athletes for tomorrow’s Olympians.” commented Jim Moses, CEO for Promatic. “The SCTP is proof that through hard work and dedication to youth shooting, they can make a difference and offer real opportunities for our young athletes. We couldn’t be prouder to be involved!”

Not only will the International Style Championships be held in Marengo for the foreseeable future, the Cardinal Center will be dubbed “Home of the SCTP International Team”, lead by coach Terri DeWitt!

“This is a real game changer for SCTP athletes, teams and families across the country!” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “To bring both of our National Championships together under one roof is absolutely a dream come true! Parents and families will not have to choose which tournament they want to attend, as they can attend both now! This single venue schedule costs them less money and less time off of work, with less travel. We can’t thank the Cardinal Center and Promatic enough for their commitment to youth shooting and the SCTP!”

The SCTP’s International Team will begin training this spring/summer in Marengo and has its sights set on attending a Junior Cup International competition later this summer in Finland. Lead by coach DeWitt, these athletes are getting some of the best training available, along with help and support from the likes of Dr. Jason Selk, Dr. Cathy Arnot, 2-time Olympian Connie Smotek and SSG Dustan Taylor of the US Army Marksmanship Unit’s Skeet Team!

If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring the SCTP and/or the SCTP’s International Team, please contact SCTP National Director Tom Wondrash at twondrash@sssfonline.com

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