The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is proud to announce it has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to promote youth shooting sports with the First Shots® program and +ONE Movement initiatives. With a year-round season, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) look forward to promoting awareness throughout the year, with focused attention to National Shooting Sports Month in August. Using additional resources from the NSSF, the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program will focus on introducing new athletes and families to shooting sports who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. This exciting partnership will be implemented with the help of passionate volunteers currently involved in the SCTP and SASP.
“With thousands of skilled and caring adult volunteers involved in our programs across the country, our community can make a big difference, said Ben Berka, SSSF President and Executive Director. The SCTP was started by NSSF, and its goal of growing the shooting sports continues to align perfectly with our program mission statements. We look forward to working with our member teams to help grow the shooting sports even further with the help of NSSF’s+ONE and First Shots resources”
One SASP team in particular has seen great success being involved with NSSF's First Shots Program. The WildGats at the University of Arizona got their start in 2015 thanks to an NSSF grant and have been an enthusiastic partner for NSSF initiatives ever since.
"It has been a great partnership," said Head Coach Bill Perkins. "It is a no brainer for the host range since we provide the coaches and some equipment. Some ranges do not have the people power to run an event like this with the high staff to participant ratio."
"It is also great for our team because of the publicity and recruiting opportunities. We have recruited athletes from our university, the general public, scout councils, ROTC units and have a direct line to conduct outreach to our community. The SASP focuses on youth development through shooting sports and the community service aspect of hosting a First Shots is unique. The event allows us to use our skills and equipment to teach gun safety and the fundamentals of marksmanship to many new gun owners in our community and it gives our athlete coaches a great experience mentoring others." The WildGats have their next First Shots event scheduled for Aug 22nd to coincide with National Shooting Sports Month.
We encourage all SASP and SCTP teams to use NSSF's First Shots and +ONE initiatives to engage with their local communities! Share your sport, youth shooting sports program, and passion with others! Consider doing a +ONE Challenge event type where your existing team members introduce a friend or family member to the shooting sports. Better yet, host a First Shots event and receive all the support materials for your First Shots participants. As a First Shots host, NSSF provides the course materials and digital resources, eye/ear protection, rimfire ammunition for handgun and rifle intro events and monetary support for First Shots Clay Targets events to help offset target and ammunition expenses.
For more information, checklists, tips, and resources please see the following NSSF links:
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is happy to announce your All-State Team members for 2020!
The 2020 All-State Team standings were compiled from the 2020 National Championship scores shot in OH at the Cardinal Center, with All-State Team members receiving designating jerseys. The top 3 teams in each of the main event disciplines receive custom belt buckles for their performances at Nationals!
If your athlete did not receive their jersey or buckle in person, they will be mailed in the coming weeks.
The Scholastic Action Shooting Program is happy to announce your All-State Team members for 2020! Athletes who participated in their SASP State Championship were considered for the 2020 All-State Teams in the following disciplines:
Rimfire Pistol Iron
Rimfire Rifle Iron or Optic
All-State Team members will receive a designating jersey, sponsored by GLOCK, CZ-USA, and Ruger. Athletes on the respective All-State Teams who shoot in the 2020 SASP Virtual National Championship will have their scores compared to other All-State Teams to determine the top Pistol and Rifle teams in the nation. The winning Pistol and Rifle team athletes will receive medals for their achievement of best in the nation.
*Please note – all teams must have 3 or more athletes in a division for all Skeet disciplines to form a competitive team score and must have 5 or more in all Trap disciplines to form a competitive team score in those events. As per the SCTP Handbook, squads with less than the required number of athletes are not officially a “competitive squad”!
Congratulations to all winning teams and athletes!
The All-Scholastic Team recognizes the top student-athletes in the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program for their achievements in the classroom, on the range and in their communities. Through an application process, 2020 All-Scholastic Team Members have proven academic excellence by posting 3.0 or better grade point averages, shooting excellent scores in recent competition (95% in trap or skeet, 85% in sporting clays, 80% in international trap/skeet or 65 seconds or less for SASP) and by demonstrating outstanding community involvement.
Winchester Ammunition and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) are once again teaming up — this time with new co-branded ammunition packaging.
“This is an opportunity to keep the SCTP organization in front of millions of our customers across the United States and build interest for their mission in support of the youth shooting sports,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition.
Winchester is the official ammunition of the SCTP and displays the organization’s logo on its widely popular Winchester Super-Target shotshell packages (symbols: TRGT128 and TRGTL128), which are now shipping to retailers and dealers nationwide.
“We want more people to learn what SCTP has to offer, and this is one way to get our brand exposed to more people,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national executive director. “We’re really proud of what the SCTP and SSSF organizations have been able to accomplish, and every year we see exponential growth in the number of teams and participants. We really couldn’t do it without the support of brands like Winchester.”
To ensure that this incredible trend of success continues, Winchester Ammunition has made substantial investments in the SCTP organization, including presence at the national competition in Marengo, Ohio, and a special ammunition purchase program for its teams.
View and download the 2020 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Team Championships event information book today! Check out all this culminating event has to offer including:
With the SCTP In-Person and Virtual National Championships fast approaching, registration deadlines are coming up quick (Virtual Registration Deadline of July 5 and In-Person Registration of July 7)!
The In-Person event currently has over 5,200 registrations from 28 states but don’t worry, there is still plenty of room for all!
While we have been working tirelessly to give you all the best possible experience we can give you, we will still be following Ohio state guidelines, Morrow County Health Department recommendations and the Cardinal Centers Safety Plan. While some after-hours events like the Banquet and other large gatherings may be pre-empted, we will do everything in our power not to diminish the quality of the National In-Person event! Keeping our teams, families, coaches and staff safe is our #1 priority!!
Whether you are participating in the In-Person National Championships or the National Virtuals, we wish you all the best of luck and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Here are some commonly asked questions and information:
1.) ATHLETES – All athletes registered by the deadlines posted for each event, will be entered into a drawing for prize packages donated by our program sponsors and supporters! These 50-60 packages will include firearms, Ammunition, Shooting accessories, gift certificates and other items ranging in value from $100 - $1,500! Every registered/paid athlete will be assigned a number and we will do a random drawing on or before July 13th. The packages and winners will be posted on the doors of the CEB as well as sent out in text message update to all!
2.) VENDORS – We have been informed that almost every vendor will be present at the In-Person National Championships! Actually, we will see several new vendors and sponsors this year as well! PLEASE stop by and say Thank you as well as patronize these fine folks when/if possible. They are a very significant part of what we do and without their support, the SCTP would not be the program it is today. Remember, SCTP is the only Industry started/sponsored program in the country!
3.) DEMO GUNS – Industry firearm dealers and reps love to have you try their guns. With precautions taken this year of special cleaning and wiping down, they will be offering the same opportunity. Please understand that it may take a few extra minutes to sanitize these firearms but you will be able to maintain that experience! Only firearm sponsors and supporters of the SCTP will be allowed to have their guns tried on banks 5 and practice fields in front of the grandstands. You will be required to present a coupon (supplied by the sponsors) to a person at the demo fields. Nonparticipating firearm dealers will not be allowed to have their firearms tried out on these fields. You will be required to purchase a practice round from the Cardinal Center for those trials.
4.) COLLEGE DAY – While social distancing are the words of the day, the College day participants will be located between Vendor buildings 2 – 3. Please stop by and visit College coaches and athletes on Friday, July 17th from 9am – 5pm! If you are a college and want to be part of the College day experience, please contact SCTP National Director Tom Wondrash.
5.) “ALL STATE TEAMS” – Due to the lockdown and restrictions imposed by most states, and only 7-8 states actually hosting a state championship before nationals, we were forced to change the policy for All State Team members this year. All State members will be chosen from their scores shot at the National In-Person Championships in Marengo, Ohio. Each states top 5 scores in Singles Trap, American Skeet and Sporting Clays will make up that states “All State Team” members! Every member will receive an “All State Team” shirt and states placing in the top 3 spots will win custom belt buckles provided by Tilden Trophies!
6.) GAMES – There will be several games available for athletes, parents and coaches to participate in. The Flurry shoot is a great way to blow off some steam and make ink clouds out of those mean clay targets!! Cost is only $5 per person and this is located by the Central Events Building. Make a Break will be available as well and is located next to the Sporting Clays building. This event will see prizes of free ammo to the top male and top female shooters each day as well as a shoot off of those top finishers to be held on Saturday, July 18. Special prizes and a gun will be awarded to the top shooter of that event!
7.) PHOTOGRAPHY – Once again, there will be a professional photographer on site at this years In-Person National Championships. Please contact Hayley Wilson Photography at 262-939-6414. Appointment info, look at pictures and more information is available here: sctp.pixieset.com
8.) INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION – International Ammunition will be available from Sportsmans Den as well as through the SCTP in the Central Events Building. Winchester AA’s and some limited amounts of Nobel Sport International ammo will be on hand.
9.) FOOD VENDORS – Food vendors will once again be available at the food court located next to the CEB. Seating / picnic tables will be provided adjacent to the food court.
10.) SCTP SCHOLARSHIPS – SCTP Scholarship winners will be determined and announced sometime between August 15th and September 15th. We are still collecting funds for this and will have a better idea on the amount available by then. We want to consider and award as many of these as possible! We thank you for your patience.
11.) KIDS AND CLAYS CHARITY SHOOT– The 100-target registered event will be held Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 The event is open to parents and coaches of athletes attending the SCTP, the athletes themselves, as well as the general public. All registrants for the event will be entered in a drawing for a large prize package of firearms, outdoor and shooting gear worth more than $10,000! Registration can be found at: http://kidsandclays.com/product/SCTP/
13.) MISC INFO – Coaches will receive a coupon for each paid and registered athlete attending the in-person nationals that can be redeemed for an SCTP pin. Please stop by the following vendors; Lakewood Gun Cases (Vendor site #15), Hutch Leatherworks (Vendor site #14), Hunters Blend Coffee (Vendor site #16), and Welch Outdoors (Vendor site #18)
Please remember, only 1 coach or representative from each team allowed in the registration building. All team shirt pickups will be at the CEB and should be done by the head coach. Coaches will receive a flyer outlining information normally covered at the coach meetings, due to the large group gathering ban, there will be no coach meetings held this year. All Coaches MUST register at the CEB PRIOR to competing in any event!!!
The SCTP National folks have been working very hard and have had a minimal amount of time this year to prepare for the In-person event, please respect and appreciate everything that went into this along with the opportunity to participate. We are very happy to present to you, an In-person event and look forward to seeing you all in Ohio!
If you have any other questions, please reach out to anyone of us!
SCHEELS, Red Diamond Sponsor of the SCTP has continued their support for the 2020 season.
"SCHEELS is proud to partner with SCTP as we both share a strong commitment to grow the interest in shooting sports among student-athletes in a positive and safe environment," said Marcus Thornton, Chief Marketing Officer.
"We are thrilled and fortunate to have renewed support from SCHEELS this season," exclaimed SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. It is fantastic to see a household name such as SCHEELS enthusiastically support our youth shooting sports program year after year. Many of our families shop at SCHEELS and express their gratitude for the unwavering support."
About SCHEELS Today, SCHEELS is one of the largest sporting goods stores in America with over 115 years of retail experience to discover your passion with a superior quality of customer service and philanthropic support. Currently, SCHEELS has 28 locations in 13 states, including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois, Utah, Kansas, Texas, and Colorado.
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.