Scholastic Clay Target Nationals

Shooting USA - The Scholastic Clay Target Nationals

28-06-1This time on Shooting USA, we’re covering the National Championships in the most successful youth shooting program ever created. We’re at the Scholastic Clay Target Nationals in Sparta, Illinois.

Sparta, Illinois is now the home of some of the most prominent national shotgun championships. But none may be more important to our country and the future of the shooting sports than the Scholastic Clay Target Nationals, the annual gathering of the top teams of young shotgunners. Because the SCTP program is not only the most successful youth shooting sport, it’s also become the training program for our Olympic Shooting Team. Olympic Bronze Medalist, Corey Cogdell, shot clays in this match. So did Gold Medalist, Vincent Hancock, the World Record Holder in Olympic Skeet. The SCTP Nationals is the World Series of the Little League version of the Shooting Sports. It’s the competition where future shotgun champions become champions for the first time. 

28-06-2The SCTP Program teaches safe gun handling and safe shooting, but also what lessons on character and integrity. And the shooters also learn about camaraderie and supporting each other as a team. The Scholastic Clay Target Program is strictly a team sport. No individual honors. The five squad members each shoot 200 targets for a team score of up to 1,000. The top teams will then move to the final.

About SCTP

The Scholastic Clay Target Program provides school-age participants in grades 12 and under with the opportunity to showcase their competitive shooting skills and earn state and national recognition. The program is designed to instill in participants safe firearms handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership and teamwork.

28-06-3Originally founded to establish school and club trap teams, SCTP now includes all forms of clay shooting competition, including International Skeet and Trap, the competition shot for Olympic medals.

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a cooperative effort between the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry's largest and most diverse trade association with over 3,600 members, and the governing bodies for trapshooting, skeetshooting, sporting clays shooting and the Olympic versions of Trap (Bunker) and Skeet (International Skeet) - the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), the National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and USA Shooting (USAS), respectively.

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