Starting Wednesday, June 7, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) state trapshooting championships at the Iowa State Trapshooting Association home grounds just north of Cedar Falls.
Youth teams started the competition on Wednesday with high school competitors participating Thursday through Sunday. Over 2,400 youth from over 100 Iowa teams are scheduled to participate.
This week’s trap championship event is the first of three culminating events to a season of shooting sports. Sporting clays and skeet state events will be conducted the next two weekends in Oskaloosa and Waukee.
Why So Popular?
The Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program has grown from nearly 400 athletes in 2007 to about 3,700 today. Iowa has been the largest state across the nation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program for the past several years. There is no “bench” in the shooting sports so everyone gets to play regardless of athletic ability. The sport is also co-gender and accommodating to those with disabilities. Many Iowa schools offer varsity letters for trapshooting athletes requiring shooters to follow the same academic standards and good conduct policies as other student-athletes.
Most teams in Iowa begin practices in March and compete in dual, triangular and invitational meets throughout the spring. Teams are coached by adult volunteers who are certified through the Iowa DNR Basic Shotgun Coach certification program. Firearms safety is always emphasized and the sport is safer than other popular sports offered in schools today. Iowa teams logged almost 600 competition events between September and June and have fired at over 1.6 million clay targets in these local competitions alone. An additional 500,000+ clay targets will be thrown during the 5 day trap championship event
- Wednesday, June 7 – Rookie and Intermediate Divisions (Grades 8 and under)
- Thursday, June 8 – Doubles and Handicap (i.e. added distance) Events, All Ages
- Friday, June 9 through Sunday June 11 – High School Divisions
Iowa State Trapshooting Association Home Grounds
6138 W Cedar Wapsi Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Event Program and Competitor Details
Squad schedules and leaderboards may be viewed by going to www.sssfonline.org then navigating to Shoots, SCTP Scheduled Shoots, Selecting Iowa SCTP then either Squad Schedule or Leaderboard.