The 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) national championships kicked off last Saturday, July 14 and concludes on Saturday, July 21. The event is being hosted by the Cardinal Shooting Center
located near Marengo, OH. A total of 275 teams from 26 states are participating - some as close as Ohio and as far as Washington. Over 2,700 athletes are scheduled to participate with over 1.25 million competition shots expected to be fired over 8 days. Athletes from around the country are participating in trap, doubles trap, handicap trap, skeet, doubles skeet, sporting clays, bunker trap, action pistol and action rifle events. Many athletes shoot multiple events translating to almost 7,000 total event entries for the eight day competition. In addition to the main competition events there are many popular side events including the "Last Competitor Standing"
shotgun competition and the "Beat the Pro" pistol side match
. When not shooting, athletes and their families have been spending time with the dozens of vendors on the Cardinal Center grounds and
visiting special guests such as Larry and Brenda Potterfield, owners of MidwayUSA and founders of the MidwayUSA Foundation. The Potterfield's have donated over $100 million to youth shooting sports organizations and teams across the country! Because of generous grants made possible by the Potterfield's, the SSSF has been able to contribute nearly $8 million to SCTP and SASP Team Endowment accounts held at the MidwayUSA Foundation
. Larry and Brenda enjoyed a day on the grounds featuring a team meet and greet, rifle shooting and trapshooting with youth athletes. Additionally, pro shooter clinics have been conducted for all coaches and athletes to learn. Clinics have featured Dave Miller
, Matt Hopkins
, Max Michel
, Lena Miculek
and Ashley Rheuark
. Competition results can be found by following these links:
Stay tuned to our blog and social media for complete coverage of events from the rest of the week! Also, be sure to search on our official event hashtags #SCTPNationals2018 and #SASPNationals2018 for additional news and photos!