Tag: Sparta

Zanders Sporting Goods to Continue Support for SCTP

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) would like to recognize long time and continued supporter, Zanders Sporting Goods! Zanders Sporting Goods, is a 100% wholesale shooting sports distributor, committed to retail dealer service. The Staff at Zanders' Sporting Goods takes great pride in providing complete retailer support. From same day shipping to the special order of a unique or hard to find item, their goal is to serve the shooting sports retailer. “The relationship Zanders has with the SCTP is awesome. We are part of organization that not only develops youth shooters, but also helps mold young athletes for greater things to come,” said Michael Sutton, Zanders Sporting Goods, Import Sales. “The coaches/parents over the years have been great and we always look forward to helping them.” Zanders is the importer of Nobel Sport Ammunition and has been supplying SCTP teams around the country for years. As such, Zanders Sporting Goods has also taken an active role in supporting the SCTP National Team with its International Ammunition as well! “SCTP is very fortunate to have relationships with companies like Zanders Sporting Goods,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Zanders has been a longtime supporter of SCTP, our families and our teams. From our new club packages to ammunition and now supporting the SCTP National Team, Zanders has been there with us every step of the way. We couldn’t be more thankful!” For more information on supporting or donating to the SCTP, download our SCTP media guide or contact Tom Wondrash at twondrash@sssfonline.com.
2015 Nationals

See, Download & Share Photos from 2015 Nationals

Nationals_cover Our collection of photos from the SCTP-SPP National Team Championships in Sparta and SCTP National Championships for International Disciplines in Colorado Springs have now been assembled on our Flickr page and are available for you to view, download, print, and share.

Click here to see our 2015 Nationals photos on Flickr



Even if you haven't used Flickr before, you'll probably find it pretty intuitive once you poke around a bit. However, here are a few notes to speed up the learning curve:
    The album will open to a collection of images on one page. If you want to look at an image in full-frame or to share or download it, just click on the image to open it. With any image opened, look for these icons in the lower right corner: Flickr icons If you wish to download the image, click on the icon on the right, the "down" arrow. What you're seeing on the page will usually be a much smaller version of the image, with several larger sizes available to be downloaded. You'll see some options: Flickr image sizes Just choose what you want. For a social media icon - or postage stamp - you might choose the 150x150 option. For a large print, go with the largest available size. To submit to your newspaper, download the largest available size to allow them to re-size it as needed. If you want to share the image in social media, click on the center icon, the "right" arrow, and again you'll have options and some choices to make: Flickr share For most purposes, such as sharing on Facebook or Twitter, you'll need to select "Link" as the Code option. If you want to embed the photo into your blog or website, you can choose "HTML." When that is the case, you will also have a choice of sizes.
If you choose to share images on social media (yes, do!), please continue to use the event hashtag, #SSSF2015.

Go to our Flickr page.



Vincent Hancock

Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock at the National Championships in Sparta

Vincent Hancock
U.S. Army photo
SSSF is pleased to announce that two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock will be attending the SCTP National Championships to meet YOU! Vincent won Gold Medals in Men's Skeet at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and is the first Olympic skeet shooter to win Gold Medals in the same event in consecutive Olympic games. He will be attending Nationals on Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 17 and will be available for autographs, photos, and some special events to be announced later. Watch our website and Range Time newsletter for announcements about when and where you can meet Vincent. Vincent is sponsored by Zanders Sporting Goods and NobelSport Italia.

SCTP Nationals Registration Opens with a Bang!

June 1 was much anticipated by Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) teams across the country, as it marked the opening of registration for the 2015 SCTP National Team Championships. Based on the first day’s registrations, staff are predicting another record-breaking event. In the first 24 hours of open registration for the July 13-18 tournament, the program saw 66 teams register 1036 athletes. Eighteen states were represented with 2,026 event registrations filed. “These numbers are incredible; they doubled last year’s first-day totals,” commented Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Coaches set their alarm clocks to wake up at 12:01 on June 1 to register their teams!” While the numbers are already up significantly from last year’s registrations, Wondrash points out that there will be enough shooting slots at the spacious World Shooting and Recreational Complex to fit in every team wanting to attend. The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) will also hold its National Junior/Senior Championships in conjunction with the SCTP tournament. In its third year, the SPP event has registered 259 athletes from 24 teams in 13 states to date. New SCTP side events include 16-yard Preliminary Singles Trap and a coach/athlete trap shoot. Team endowment funding, games, and many industry representatives will also be on hand all week. With appearances by people like MidwayUSA’s own Larry and Brenda Potterfield on Tuesday, July 14, Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock on Wednesday through Friday, shooting exhibitions and clinics by professional shooters, and more exciting events still to be announced, SCTP and SPP are looking at a very busy and exciting week in Sparta, Illinois!

Registration Now Open for SPP Junior/Senior Nationals

Ready, set -- GO!  You've been making plans all year to compete in the SPP Junior/Senior National Championships at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, and it's time for you to take the all-important step of registering for the event. Registration is now open. For this year, registration will again be manual rather than through the SHOT system. You can download the form and submit it to Tammy Mowry, tmowry@sssfonline.com. Pre-registration is required. Squadding will be offered on Monday, July 13 through Saturday, July 18. All competitors will receive a National Championship t-shirt, but they must be pre-ordered. Deadline for orders is June 10.

Download the SPP National Championship Registration Form


SCTP National Championship Registration Is Now Open

It's time to register for the 2015 SCTP National Championships at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. Registration opened on June 1 at sssfonline.org for the July 13-18 event. To ensure your registration goes smoothly, please follow these policies and tips:
  • Do NOT hold time slots until you are sure of the number of athletes you will be bringing. Squads must pay within 10 days, or your time slots may be released to other teams. We anticipate another record year and want to ensure that everyone has an equal and fair opportunity to squad their athletes. There are plenty of squad times, and we also added another flight to ensure enough room for all.

  • When squadding your athletes, consider squadding them in consecutive time slots rather than at the same time. This will keep your group of athletes and parents together instead of spread out across 6-10 fields at the same time. For example, placing one squad on field 11A at 8 a.m. and your next squad on 11A at 8:45 will keep everyone from your team together, as well as simplifying the job of coaches.

  • ALL head coaches must sign in at the registration counter in the Main Events Center. At that time, you will go through your teams’ line-up and sign off on them, stating that each athlete is properly squadded and in the appropriate division. Once you do that, they are set, and no changes can be made. Please take the time to ensure that everything is correct.

  • At the time of registration, you will receive a goodie bag for the head coach and each athlete. If you do not want one of these bags, please tell the registration personnel at that time. Each athlete and coach participating will also receive an event t-shirt. Coaches: Please make sure the shirt size is filled in on your athletes' and coaches' profiles.

  • Please make sure your athletes are in the correct division on the athletes' profile page for the High School Division, as well as for the SCTP American Division. Having them categorized differently in the two areas may prevent you from squadding them properly.

Skeet Referees Needed for National Championships

In an effort to keep the costs down at our National Championships in Sparta, Illinois this year, we are looking for help with our skeet refereeing. Coaches: If you have any athletes who have graduated from your programs, assistant coaches with some extra time, or parents with skeet experience, they may be just who we are looking for. While we would like to have certified referees, we are also looking for 20 to 30 people with skeet shooting or scoring experience. We will pay $45 for a half day or $100 for a full day. Schedules will be set for Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16. Half days would be either 7:30 a.m. to – 12:00 noon OR 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. We are also looking for a handful of interested people for Friday’s Skeet Doubles. If you know qualified persons who can help, please email SCTP National Director Tom Wondrash, twondrash@sssfonline.com.

Plan Your Lodging for Nationals in Sparta

If the SCTP-SPP National Championships in Sparta, Illinois are a part of your team's plans for this year -- and why wouldn't they be? -- it's a good idea to start considering accommodations for the week of July 13-18. To make it easier for you to know your options, especially if this will be your first trip to the Sparta area, we have some resources for you. We've accessed a Google map that shows lodging in the vicinity of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex, so you can not only see your lodging options, but also where they are relative to the complex.

See local lodging near the WSRC




In addition, the World Shooting & Recreational Complex offers 1001 camping sites for those of you who want to stay right on the premises in an RV or tent. Click the link below to learn about the WSRC campground options and to access online reservations. You can also make campground reservations by calling Sherry Flowers at the WSRC, 618-295-2700, ext. 486.

See WSRC campground options




Don't know when you need to be there? Below is the schedule for each discipline:
    Sunday, July 12 - Registration Monday, July 13 - Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol Tuesday, July 14 - Skeet, sporting clays, pistol Wednesday, July 15 - Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol Thursday, July 16 - Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol Friday, July 17 - Trap, skeet doubles, pistol Saturday, July 18 - Trap, skeet doubles, pistol

Registration Open for SCTP College Regional “Spooktacular” Tournament, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2

Online registration is now open for the SCTP College Regional "Spooktacular" Tournament planned for Halloween weekend at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. The 400-target tournament is open to any college team registered with the Scholastic Clay Target Program. The shoot will open on Friday, October 31 with sporting clays and 5-stand competition, as well as a Last Competitor Standing event and Halloween costume contest. Saturday will feature skeet, wobble trap, and 5-stand events. Trap and an awards ceremony will fill Sunday morning, November 2, before teams' departure in early afternoon. More than $80,000 in endowment funding will be available for contribution to participating and winning teams' MidwayUSA Foundation endowment accounts.

Click here for costs and complete event details



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