The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) announces its continued support from SKB Shotguns out of Omaha Nebraska. SKB known for its fine side by side, over/under and single barrel competitive shotguns will support the SCTP as a Platinum level Sponsor for 2020. SKB offers a wide variety of quality firearms that fit the competitive shooter and hunter alike!
“We are pleased to support the SCTP and its national youth program!” remarked Rob Johansen, owner and CEO of SKB Shotguns. “The SCTP gives back to its teams and coaches in many ways, we are extremely happy to be part of this quality program and its teams, athletes and coaches.”
“Rob Johansen and SKB have been a strong supporter of SCTP, our coaches and families for years” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “They offer quality firearms at a good price for our youth shooters and are not only sponsors of our program, they are partners with us! We appreciate all of their continued support and trust in making the SCTP the number one youth shooting organization in the world!”
Look for Rob and the SKB team at the SCTP Regional, state and National Championship events during the 2020 shooting year. SKB shotguns can be tried out at the SCTP National Championships in the grandstands area for no charge! They have a gun for almost every budget and dealers across the country that would love to work with you. Coaches, SKB also has a wonderful team raffle program available to all SCTP Teams!
Burlington, Wisconsin: The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) would
like to acknowledge the support from a local firearm manufacturer, Kolar Arms!
Kolar, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of high-quality shotguns continues
to support the SCTP with a donation of one of their finest shotguns, The Kolar “Low Max” over/under. This
shotgun will be available in either a sporting/skeet model or a trap model. The
donation is estimated at roughly $12,000.
The Kolar shotgun will be used as part of the 2020 SCTP National Raffle and the
winner will be drawn at the SCTP National Championships in July.
“Kolar is absolutely delighted to sponsor the SCTP again in 2020 with
a fully American-made shotgun”, stated Sean Mainland, of Kolar Arms. “SCTP has
demonstrated its ability to use a donation to support not only the source, but
support its teams, families and athletes across the country. That win-win
attitude is exactly what companies like Kolar are looking for!”
“We appreciate the continued support and confidence that Kolar has
placed in the SCTP”, said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “We are very grateful
for the donation and look forward to a long-lasting relationship. Helping make
Kolar a household name with our youth shooting teams across the country is what
we are going for! The Kolar Shotgun has been a staple on our National
Fundraiser raffle for several years now, and this donation has helped many of
our teams raise much needed funds!”
If you are interested in supporting youth shooting programs with a
donation or sponsorship, please contact the SCTP or Tom Wondrash at firstname.lastname@example.org
competition shotguns have made their mark, winning numerous World Skeet, ATA
Grand American, and National, World, and FITASC Sporting Clay titles. Kolar
continually improves its guns to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of
competitive and recreational shooters. For more information, visit www.kolararms.com
As 2019 drew to a close, the SCTP International Team gathered in Tucson, AZ for the year’s last training camp, December 28-30. Since most of the team members will be participating in USA Shooting’s Olympic Trials Part 2 being held at Tucson Trap and Skeet next month, it made sense to get some training on this range. “Honestly, the weather was really awful this week,” remarked Coach Terri DeWitt. “But it was an excellent opportunity for the athletes to get a game plan for sustained winds and cold temperatures in case we have the same thing next month.”
Lending their expertise to the training camp were two subject matter experts; two-time Olympian Connie Smotek, who coached Skeet and Physical Therapist Dr. Cathy Arnot who assessed the strength, flexibility, and balance of each athlete as well as led group exercises. Each athlete left the camp with Dr. Arnot’s individual recommendations for home programs intended to address any impairment and to maximize performance. “It was a pleasure to meet and work with such a talented group of young shooting athletes,” she said.
On the benefit of having an individual exercise protocol, skeet athlete Jordan Sapp commented, “With this I can properly stretch to feel more comfortable on the first round of the day.” Skeet athlete Preston Bailey also enjoyed the camp, remarking, “ I loved the coaching and definitely picked up some hot tips that are going to serve me well! I loved being able to work with Dr. Cathy and learn how to properly prepare myself.”
International Team would like to thank the staff at Tucson Trap and Skeet for
their generous hospitality in hosting the camp.
for 2020 are still in the planning stages.
“We have some
fantastic opportunities for SCTP International Team athletes coming up this
year that may include some overseas travel!” Added Tom Wondrash, SCTP National
Director. “We are working hard making sure these athletes have every opportunity
to succeed and have as many tools as we can muster up for them! We can’t thank
Coach DeWitt enough for her passion and the diligence she has shown ensuring
the best possible outcome for these athletes, this team is going places!”
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation will again join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Occurring this year on December 3rd, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
#GivingTuesday is also a great opportunity to drive donations for your SCTP or SASP team through our Vision 2020 campaign! Simple posts to your social media sites and/or e-mails to team members, parents, friends and business associates can make a difference! All you have to do is share your team ID and the link to donate!
This year we are offering a special incentive for teams on #GivingTuesday! We will be awarding this Henry Big Boy Rifle and Ruger Black Hawk revolver to the team with the most unique donors making online donations on December 3rd.
Teams must raise a minimum of $500 through online donations on December 3rd to be eligible for the Henry / Ruger combo.
Winning team will be the team with the highest count of individual donors making a donation of $10 or more on December 3, 2019. In case of a tie, the team with the largest individual donation amount will win.
Donors must use your SSSF team id at the time of the donation. Contact us if you don't know your SSSF team ID
Online donations must be made on December 3rd, 2019 in order to count towards this Combo Gun competition.
Total campaign donations, including all participating teams, must exceed $10,000 on December 3rd for the Henry / Ruger combo to be awarded. Note, donations on #GivingTuesday in 2018 exceeded $10,000.
The SCTP would like to announce the addition of some of its
newest State Advisors for the 2019/2020 competition season.
Angie Everson of
Midland, Sylvia McCart from
Nicholson and Steve Lane of Madison
have all agreed to help in assisting teams, athletes and coaches in the state
of Georgia. Angie brings several
years of experience and dedication to the SCTP and currently coaches the Harris
County Shotgun Team. Sylvia is currently an assistant coach with the Georgia
Claybusters and Steve has been the Head Coach of the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team
for some time! The growing number of teams and athletes in Georgia sure welcome
their guidance and help with state and local events and for being the boots on
the ground. We appreciate them stepping up and thank them for their dedication
to the SCTP!
Michael Jacks of
Grenada will be assisting new teams, athletes and coaches in the state of Mississippi! Mississippi, one of the
newest states to get involved with the SCTP, is seeing some significant
interest and growth in the youth shooting sports. Home to the Winchester
supported shooting facility, The McIvor Shooting Center, SCTP is working on a
plan for a spring 2020 Regional shoot to be held there. Michael is involved
with the Cypress Creek Shotgun Sports Team and looks forward to working with
new teams and coaches joining the SCTP!
Andy Croley of
Williamsburg has agreed to assist teams, athletes and coaches in the state of Kentucky. We have started to see more
interest and excitement in Kentucky and look forward to the help there! Andy
heads up the Whitley County Clay Crushers and is excited to work with more
teams and coaches in an effort to grow youth shooting in the state of Kentucky!
Kevin Kozel of
Carmichaels Pennsylvania, will be
assisting fellow State Advisors in PA in helping build new teams, adding
athletes and overall growing of the SCTP! PA has seen regular steady growth
over the last few years and continues to garner more teams and athletes. Kevin
is involved with his local team, The Hunting Hills Hawkeyes where he has been
an assistant coach there for the last few years.
Dale Cason of
Yukon will be heading up efforts in the state of Oklahoma. Dale enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children
and is an outdoor enthusiast. He spends time out hunting and shooting as well
as coaching his team the F5 Clay Crushers. We look forward to Dale’s help in
Oklahoma and growing the SCTP program there!
State Advisors are appointed positions by the SCTP National
Organization and renewed yearly. If you are interested in assisting the SCTP
with growing youth clay target shooting in your state, please reach out to your
Director of Development (western US) Jeff Morrison email@example.com or (Eastern
US) Chet Tuinstra firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would be happy to have you!
Hillsdale, MI - Members of the 2019 SCTP National Team (NT) met in Hillsdale, Michigan over the Columbus Day weekend for their first training camp together. The camp was a short two days but that may have been a blessing as weekend temperatures failed to reach 50 degrees in the face of steady 10-15 mph winds. The 2019 NT athletes attending this camp were: Preston Bailey, Josh Corbin, Madeline Corbin, Kyle Fleck, Ella McLerran, Alexa Paxson, and Jordan Sapp. Also attending were Quinn Schuppner, Hamilton Spieth, and 2018 NT alumni Matthew Wells.
Utilizing some indoor time, Coach Terri DeWitt introduced
the athletes to stretching and circuit training exercises designed to
strengthen core muscles and improve stability and SSG Dustan Taylor, member of
the US Army Marksmanship Unit Skeet Team, introduced the skeet athletes to new
drills and training techniques. Coach Taylor noted that while the high winds
made training difficult, it helped build confidence in the end. “I believe the
camp was a complete success,” he stated. Skeet athlete Preston Bailey agreed.
“I liked working with Coach Dustan and being able to train with the other team
members. Most of the time I train by myself, so this was a productive weekend
for me,” Bailey said.
“I’d like to thank the staff at the John Halter Shooting Sports Education Center here at Hillsdale College for their generous hospitality in hosting our training camp. Bart, Jim, and Judy made sure we had everything we needed. This is a first-class facility that has some exciting things in store for it,” stated Coach DeWitt.
The SCTP NT will get together again December 28-30 in
Tucson, AZ. They will have an opportunity to train on the same fields that will
be used to select the 2020 US Olympic Shooting Team at Olympic Trials Part 2
which starts February 25, 2020.
The SCTP National Team is selected from and based on the top
3 finishes for male and female athletes at the SCTP International National
Championships (in International Skeet and Bunker Trap) held each year at the
end of July. The national team seats from Sept. 1st through August
31st each year and athletes are invited to attend various camps and
competitions throughout the year. These athletes receive Winchester ammunition,
a Castellani national team vest sponsored by Ultimate Shooting accessories ,
entry fees and many other support materials entitled to membership on the team!
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic action Shooting Program (SASP) are ready and welcoming youth shooting sports teams from around the country for yet another successful shooting competition season!
As the leader in youth shooting sports, these programs go above and beyond in providing safe and fun competitive programs. Programs that instill confidence and respect while getting youth “off the couches” and participating in these highly energetic activities! Youth from grades 5 through College are welcome as well as any other organized youth programs like Boy/Girl Scouts, 4H, AIM, FFA, US Naval Sea Cadets, USAYESS and more. The SCTP and SASP do not discriminate and welcome everyone!
These programs were started by Industry and ran under the auspice of the NSSF back in 2001. As true today, Industry stands behind them 100% with both financial and product support making them the most supported youth shooting organization in the world!
Keeping in line with our standard of being #1, the SSSF liability insurance policy now provides a general aggregate limit of $10 million. The SSSF Commercial General Liability Insurance policy is the most comprehensive coverage available in the industry for youth shooting sports athletes, volunteer coaches, advisors, and other volunteers who have joined the SCTP and SASP. The new aggregate limit is twice that of previous policies.
“While the SCTP boasts an impeccable safety record, we feel it is in our best interest to make sure all of our athletes and coaches are properly insured” stated Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “We take protecting our members very seriously and have shown it by increasing the limits of the SSSF policy to a new level of protection! Industry and teams alike can rest assured we are taking every step to keep our members safe and covered!”
The SCTP is involved with all the clay target sports including Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Double Trap, Handicap Trap, Skeet Doubles, International Skeet and Bunker Trap and is the official youth program to USA Shooting!
Being a member of the SCTP or SASP is only $25 for athletes and $35 for coaches and volunteers. Sportsman’s Insurance Agency (SIAI) provides the unprecedented commercial general liability coverage for SSSF, which is underwritten by T.H.E. Insurance Company, an AM Best A- rated company. Sportsman’s also provides endorsed insurance programs for organizations such as the NSSA-NSCA, ATA, SCI and more.
SSSF is also pleased to offer the nation’s finest gun insurance to members of SCTP/SASP through Sportsman’s Insurance Agency Inc.
“We are excited to provide the best insurance found in youth programs.” Stated Rick Leach SASP National Director. We continue to look for ways give our coaches and athletes great value with their membership.
SASP is involved with all aspects of Pistol and Rifle competition for youth around the country. Action shooting sports continue to grow in the country. Which became even more evident this year when the SASP National Championships became the world’s largest action shooting match held in history.
The youth shooting sports program season started September 1st and the season runs through August 31st.
If you are looking to get your son/daughter involved or are looking to start a new team at your gun club, please visit our SCTP or SASP program pages.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is seeking a highly motivated individual to assume the role of Information Technology Project Manager. The successful candidate will have a background in product management and be responsible all aspects of customer facing software application development, testing, training, implementation and support for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation.
The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of customer facing information technology (IT) project management for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program. Successful candidate will play a key role in the organizations ability to recruit and retain members and supporters.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Managing all aspects of customer facing applications and software life cycle for the SSSF and its programs including development, implementation, support and retirement
Working with diverse groups including SSSF/SCTP/SASP management, customers, partners, contractors and other stakeholders to accurately assess current and future information technology needs required to increase membership, event participation and overall support of the SSSF and its programs
Prioritizing information technology needs and developing detailed IT project proposals and product road maps for program and foundation management
Creating timelines, developing budgets and identifying resources required for successful project completion of both short and long-term IT projects
Providing point solutions and integrations as needed to satisfy business needs
Documenting projects and communicating regular progress with all stakeholders
Creating comprehensive testing and implementation plans
Working with IT support staff to develop both internal and customer training materials
Planning and executing both internal and end-user training
Interacting with management, staff, membership, contractors and others to execute job duties
Constantly monitoring and evaluating technology trends and developments
After fifteen hot, dusty days in Kerrville, TX, USA Shooting has
completed the first half of its process to select the 2020 Olympic Shooting
Team. For most of the SCTP National Team (NT) trap and skeet athletes who took part
in the competition at the Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, this was their
first experience with an Olympic team selection.
“It’s really hard to recreate the kind of pressure an athlete
will feel in a match like this,” explained Head Coach Terri Dewitt. “It just
feels different. More intense. Which makes the experience of competing here
invaluable. I’m incredibly proud of these athletes and their performances.”
Participating in the U.S. Olympic Shooting Trials Part 1 were
current SCTP NT athletes Preston Bailey, Camron Burks, Sydney Krieger, Erin
Lokke, Ella McLerran, Peter Meola, Jordan Sapp, and Kevin Whitehead. SCTP NT
“alumni” were here as well: Heather Argue, Maddy Bernau, Meredith Bernau, Jay
Bible, Heather Broski, Jack Brosseau, Emilio Carvalho, Monica Dale, Chris
Freeman, AJ Nomina, Mark Shields, Madeline Taylor, and Matthew Wells.
Significant results by SCTP NT athletes:
Trap Heather Broski (2017 NT) – Junior Women, Gold Meredith Bernau (2018 NT) – Junior Women, 6th Emilio Carvalho (2018 NT) – Junior Men, 6th; High J2 Maddy Bernau (2017 NT) – Open Women, 5th; High Collegiate
Skeet AJ Nomina (2017 NT) – Junior Men, Bronze Gracin Anderson (2018 NT) – High Collegiate
USA Shooting will complete its Olympic Team selection with Olympic Trials Part 2 beginning at the end of February
2020 in Tucson, AZ.
About the SCTP NATIONAL TEAM The SCTP National Team is made up of 15 athletes chosen annually from the SCTP International Championships. Twelve athletes, 3 girls and 3 boys from Bunker Trap and 3 girls and 3 boys from International Skeet plus 3 additional athletes chosen by the Head Coach and National Director make up the 15 SCTP National Team members.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to providing shooting-sports education and opportunities to school-age youths around the United States to encourage young athlete personal growth and development. Tax-ID number 20-8484121.