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Author: Tom Davis

2022 Coach Training Update

Coaches,

Since we have rolled out of our SSSF Shotgun Coach and Action Shooting Coach programs, SCTP and SASP will no longer be requiring coaches to take the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach®: Coaching for Winning & Life Lessons class online.  Removing reference to the class and the expired code from SHOT are being planned for a update this season.  We did not want to cause any confusion for our coaches with the code now having expired, so thought we would send you this message.  We look forward to seeing you at an SSSF coaching class in the future, and thank you for all you do for the athletes and our programs.  Any questions on this please feel free to reach out to the SCTP or SASP National Offices.

Thanks,

Tom Wondrash and Rick Leach

National Directors

Terri Dewitt Joins SCTP as Southeast Director of Development

Terri DeWitt, former Olympian and Head Coach of the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s International Team has joined the SCTP full-time as the Director of Development, Southeast Region.

As a DOD, DeWitt will bring her previous experience with the SCTP to help grow established programs and start new teams in her designated region, as well as assist with state, regional, and national SCTP competitions. This assigned southeast territory includes  KY, VA, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, and MS.

Terri DeWitt has an exceptional resume to further assist the growth of youth shooting sports through the SCTP. DeWitt won three silver medals and one bronze in team trap/ team trap doubles at the World Shooting Championships since 1994, some under her maiden name of Terry Wentzel. She was a six-time National Champion, and in all, won 16 medals at World Cup events. In 1996, she was a U.S. Olympic Team Member as part of the Women’s Double Trap Team.

As Head Coach of the SCTP’s International Team since 2017, DeWitt has helped cultivate and prepare the next generations of international competitors, including recent Olympians. With a Master of Sport Science, Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy, DeWitt offers enhanced knowledge for the  clay target competitor at the highest level. As the official youth feeder program for USA Shooting, the goal of the SCTP’s International Team is to provide additional opportunities for competitors with a path to the USA Shooting Team in mind.

SCTP International Team at 2022 Open Nationals

The SCTP International Team, fresh off of their highly-successful showing at USA Shooting’s Junior Olympic Nationals, high placings and podium finishes at the 2022 Open Nationals. Both current season members and alumnus of the team performed exceptionally at this very high level, utilizing the specialized training received as SCTP International Team members. The SCTP would like to thank Winchester Ammunition for their outstanding support of this team.

Trap Open Nationals:

Heidi Griner (Current Team Member): 4th place Junior Women; Gold medal, Under 18 Women

Caleb Cutler (Current Team Member): Bronze medal, Junior Men

Emanuel Butdorf (Current Team Member): 5th place Junior Men; Silver medal, Collegiate Men

Joshua Corbin (2021 Team Member): Bronze medal, Collegiate Men

A special acknowledgment to Joshua Corbin’s performance: Josh is on the SCTP International Skeet Team, but shot the trap match extremely well! He missed the Junior Men’s Trap Final by just one target.

Skeet Open Nationals:

Grace Fulton (2021 Team Member): Silver medal, Junior Women

Madeline Corbin (2021 Team Member): 4th place Junior Women; Gold medal, Under 18 Women

Joshua Corbin (2021 Team Member): 6th place, Open Men; Silver medal, Junior Men

Kyle Fleck (Current Team Member): Bronze medal, Junior Men

Johnathon Savage (2021 Team Member): 5th place, Junior Men

Zachary Hinze (Current Team Member): Gold medal, Under 18 Men

Westley Kiter (Current Team Member): Bronze medal, Under 18 Men

ACUI & SCTP International Championships Announced

ACUI and SCTP are proud to announce that the 2022 International National Championships and Upper Midwest Conference Championships will be October 5–9 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. This tournament will be the inaugural event held in partnership between the ACUI and SCTP and held in place of SCTP’s Collegiate National Championships.

Participating collegiate athletes will have 125 targets and the match finals to compete for the team and individual national championships; first place in the men’s and women’s categories for each discipline will earn a spot on the SCTP International Team!

The International Championships will be combined with the Upper Midwest Conference Championships, which offers American disciplines: American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, Doubles American Trap, Double American Skeet, and Super Sporting.

Registration will open September 10; the deadline is October 2 for all disciplines.

To recognize this inaugural event, additional awards given away including scholarships, ammunition, door prizes, and a firearm donated by the SCTP!

Teams and athletes should create an account in SCTP’s “SHOT” system prior to registration opening. · Go to mysctp.com.

· Select “coach login” at the top of the page.

· On the next screen, choose “Register Team” (orange box)

· Follow the remaining instructions

You will not be able to squad your athletes if this is not done. Please do not pay membership fees to SCTP for your athletes and coaches; this will be handled for you by ACUI.

2022 TOP GUN CHALLENGE RESULTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 TOP GUN CHALLENGE WINNERS

1st place Wyatt Young wins a CZ Drake Shotgun, Browning 1911-22 pistol and a Mossberg Blaze Rifle

2nd place Trace Scuderi wins a CZ 1012 Shotgun

3rd place Alex Parker wins a GLOCK G44 Pistol

4th place Ian Broadway wins a Rossi RS22 Rifle

5th place Jack Putchinski wins a $250 Hunter HD Gold Gift Cetificate

6th Place Ethan Lemanski wins a 2022 SCTP Belt Buckle and Walkers Hearing Protection

Learn more about the Top Gun Challenge:

Growth In Youth Shooting Sports Continues at SCTP National Championships

Another record-breaking season was set in July at the 2022 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships. Hosted at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, the annual youth shooting sports competition once again set the mark for the largest shoot in Cardinal Center history. Between the two youth programs, 39 states were represented at the National Championships.
SASP participation continues to grow throughout the nation and had a strong presence at the National Championship. Once again in 2022, the SASP broke the record for the largest action shooting event in the world. With over 2,200 entries, athletes safely fired over 500,000 rounds of ammunition without incident. SCTP participation surged as well with nearly 3,000 athletes and over 8,000 event entries during the twelve-day event schedule. This marks the largest national championship the SCTP has ever conducted, with over 1.5 million targets being thrown in competition and tens of thousands more being thrown in practice and side competitions.

A staple of additional activities at SCTP Nationals is the Last Competitor Standing or “Annie Oakley” event. This massive scale elimination event saw well over 700 clay target athletes lined up across the length of two-dozen trap fields to determine who would come home with bragging rights and impressive prizes from SCTP sponsors. 

SCTP and SASP members benefit from a year-long season, with local, state, and regional events, culminating in the National Championship each July. As the largest youth shooting sports event in the world, the youth development programs hold industry-wide support, with many sponsors present on site to support the event such as GLOCK, CZ-USA, Browning, Kolar, Beretta, Ruger, and more. Both programs serve as official youth feeders for the respective sports of USA Shooting. Athletes competing in the international disciplines of the SCTP and SASP often have Junior Olympic and Olympic goals in mind, with the youth feeding programs fostering those ambitions with additional opportunities.

Shooting sports continues to be a level-playing field where winning can be achieved without being the strongest or the fastest runner. Athletes come from a wide range of backgrounds and some that do not find their place in traditional ball sports often find success in shooting sports as well as socially. Athletes also find enormous success in youth shooting sports, regardless of gender. 1 out of every 3 of the programs’ action shooting, international skeet, and bunker trap athletes are female, with many out-shooting the males outright for high overall awards. The SASP and SCTP programs focus on team-based youth shooting sports as the catalyst for youth development into high-quality, responsible young adults.

I Skeet and Bunker Trap at 2022 SCTP Nationals

Join us for 125 targets of International Skeet and Trap, followed by a nail-biting finals at the 2022 SCTP National Championship! The SCTP International Team is determined by the top 3 at the end of the finals!

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