In 2016 the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation launched a campaign entitled, “VISION 20/20” with the goal to grow national youth participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program to over 20,000 student-athletes annually by the year 2020.
WITH THAT GOAL EASILY BEING MET AND SURPASSED, WE ARE RELAUNCHING THIS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY AS RELOAD FOR 2021!
GETTING YOUR TEAM INVOLVED IS SIMPLE AND INVOLVES THE FOLLOWING STEPS:
Raise funds however your team deems most effective. This could include sending in funds from current or previous local fundraising efforts, soliciting donations with an email invitation via your team network of coaches and parents, asking local donors and/or advertising on social media.
Submit donations to SSSF either securely online or via the print-and-mail form prior to January 1, 2021. Be sure to include your SSSF team ID on ALL donations so the donations can be allocated correctly. SSSF will provide you with periodic updates about donations received for your team.
Bonus Funding Opportunity All teams participating in the Reload For 2021 campaign will have the opportunity to win BONUS team endowment funds! There are two competitions taking place:
The National office in conjunction with Florida Indian River Groves have put together the ultimate fundraising opportunity for you and your teams! Who doesn’t want fresh fruit especially when they can help your team raise much needed funds for this upcoming season?!
This opportunity is a no contact, no face to face, no door knocking way to help and support your team by just emailing friends, family and neighbors! 10% of all sales will come back directly to your team in the form of a check after the December 1st deadline for Christmas delivery.
The SCTP and SASP will furnish a list of prizes and places very shortly, so take the time now to register your team at the link below and we will handle the rest! Once your team is registered, it will take approximately 48-72 hours and you will be on your way to forwarding the link and website for supporters to place orders and help your team with funding!
Coaches, once you have registered your team, you will be able to set up your athletes and track their progress and total sales volume related to each athlete (salesperson)…..you can put up individual prizes and contests for your athletes as well!
We would like to thank Florida Indian River Groves for their support and help in providing this awesome
Opportunity to our teams, athletes and families!
Best of luck,
Your SCTP and SASP National Directors
To reserve a spot in our fundraising program, teams will register at this link:
Turn entry fees into fundraising dollars with the MidwayUSA Foundation’s Hometown Challenge! This nation-wide virtual competition is open to SCTP or SASP disciplines of trap, skeet, rimfire pistol, and rimfire rifle. Teams will be able to compete at their home range and even win sweepstakes prizes such as ammo, firearms, equipment, apparel, coolers, and more!
Hometown Challenge Sweepstakes Prizes
The best part of the Hometown Challenge is that teams are encouraged to engage with and bring out members of their community to compete! All ages are eligible to compete, and each competitor’s $20 entry fee DOUBLES as a donation to your team’s endowment account! Each event entry receives 1 ticket sweepstakes and you do not have to enter the virtual competition to enter the sweepstakes.
Bring out the hometown and let’s grow those accounts!
Bettinsoli USA is proud to announce their Gold-Level Sponsorship for the Scholastic Clay Target Program for the 2020-2021 Season. “The SCTP is helping young athletes reach their potential of becoming the best athletes and young adults they can be,” said Bettinsoli USA Operating Partner, Nick Stratman. “We truly believe in their mission to provide, promote, and perpetuate opportunities for young athletes to safely and enjoyably participate in high quality, team-based sports. We believe Bettinsoli can provide a high-quality shotgun that will fit the needs of youth shooters. Bettinsoli USA looks forward to working with the SCTP to help continue to grow youth shooting sports.”
Bettinsoli shotguns are forged, rather than milled, providing durable shotguns that can take the abuse of competition, such as the Grand Prix, Omega Sport, and Overland models. Bettinsoli shotguns are available in a variety of gauges and lengths to suit the shooter. Bettinsoli provides Italian craftsmanship for the avid American shotgunner.
“We are extremely proud to have Bettinsoli’s support of the SCTP, its families and athletes!” Said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Bettinsoli makes high-quality shotguns at an affordable price for our athletes. Its companies like these that understand the importance of getting involved with youth organizations like the SCTP who really make a difference! We look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Nick and his crew.”
About the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills.
This has indeed been a very strange and challenging year for all, the SCTP included! With the cancelation of many events, sports, and travel we have all had to work very hard to make things happen in a safe and healthy manner.
In spite of all the setbacks, your SCTP National Staff has worked diligently to make the most of the 2020 shooting year and are fortunate to be able to fund 100 graduating seniors at $500 each for this year’s scholarships! While we wish we could have supported each and every graduating senior, we just didn’t have the necessary funds to do this.
It is our pleasure to name these graduating seniors as recipients of a 2019/2020 SCTP Scholarship. Thank you for being a part of the SCTP and we all wish you the best in your future!
Northern Lights SCTP
Ben Avery Clay Crushers
Prescott Bird Busters
Saint Mary’s Competitive Shotgun Team
High Plains Drifters
Young Guns at Quail Creek
Marian “Emmy” Zerby
Young Guns at Quail Creek
Young Guns at Quail Creek
Jonathon Mitchell Kent
Forest City Juniors
Steven Marshall Johnston
Lake Oconee Shotgun Team
Loess Hills Youth Shooting Sports
North Scott Trap Team
Lyon County Straight Shooters
Echo Valley Trap Team
Danville Trap Club
Mount Pleasant Panther Trap Team
Ankeny Hawks Shooting Team
Oskaloosa Shooting Team
Ankeny Hawks Shooting Team
Bettendorf Trap Team
Caymen De Jong
Montezuma Shooting Sports
Albia High School Clay Target Team
North Scott Trap Team
Hunter Ryan Block
Ankeny Centennial Trap Club
Lakes Area Youth Trap Club
Alton Wood River Sportmans Club Youth Shooting Club
As a reminder, September 1st marks the beginning of a new season with the Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Programs. Membership renewals for coaches and athletes are required to retain member benefits including liability insurance, use of the SSSF SHOT system and eligibility to participate in all of the great SCTP and SASP events at the local, virtual, state, regional, and national levels. In addition, membership is required to take full advantage of all of the SCTP/SASP deals and promotions and fundraisers as well as camp opportunities, scholarships and the All Scholastic Team.
NOTE: If starting a new team, the head coach and/or team administrator should initiate these steps. In most cases the head coach/team administrator will also coordinate registration for all members of their local team. New teams are encouraged to watch our video tutorial on how to register.
Requirements for team and volunteer registration are as follows:
Pay your $35 registration fee for each volunteer. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
Ensure your background check is current (a new check is required every two years) by logging into the SHOT system to verify the last date approved.
Take the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coaches Course if you have not done so previously. There is no cost for the course when using the SSSF-provided voucher code. Volunteers must take this course only one time.
The requirement for registration of all athletes are as follows:
Complete and return a 2020/2021 athlete consent/waiver form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete. Head coaches must keep a copy of the signed form and return the original to the program office listed on the form.
Complete and retain the 2020/2021 Sportsmanship Contract form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
Complete and retain the 2020/2021 Medical Consent form for SCTP and/or SASP for each athlete.
Update the athlete information pages in the SHOT system. Ensure all contact information is correct and update the School Class and Classification information for each athlete.
Pay the $25 athlete registration fee for each athlete. Fees can be paid online through the SHOT system individually or in bulk.
Join and/or renew memberships with the National Governing Bodies (NGB) for skeet (NSSA), sporting clays (NSCA) and / or trap (ATA). NGB membership is a requirement to participate in SCTP state, regional and national championship events.
For the last 4 years, Titanium-Level Sponsor, Browning has provided SCTP National Championship athletes with the opportunity to earn the “Browning Scholarship”. This scholarship is awarded to the high school-aged top athlete in Trap Singles (male or female) shooting a Browning Shotgun.
“The biggest supporters of our program consistently go above and beyond to give back to these young athletes, said SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “Since its inception, the Browning Scholarship has been a popular competition within the National Championship events. Every year we have athletes who shoot Browning shotguns sign up to see who comes out on top, receiving honors from one of our biggest program sponsors. This year was no different and we are very thankful to have Browning’s support, creating another exciting aspect of competition for many athletes at Nationals.”
Congratulations to Joey Donato of the Warren County Claybusters, shooting a 199/200 in Trap Singles! For his performance, Browning provided Joey with a Cynergy Gran Lightning!
A team of target throwing specialists, electricians, heavy equipment operators, and project managers had their work cut out for them. Thousands of pounds of concrete to be poured, hundreds of tons of dirt to be moved, and over 60 traps with supporting equipment to be installed. They have less than a month to get it done, and the success of a National Championship hangs in the balance.
On June 1st, the green light is given to proceed. It is a decision carefully considered over dozens of hours of board meetings, tense phone calls, email chains to infinity, and many restless nights. By this time last year, logistics of the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (SCTP) National Championship had in large part already been buttoned up and were in motion. 2020 was different for many reasons. The SCTP International Championship had historically been held each fall in Colorado as a separate event, whereas the National Championship is locked in for the second week of July in a 10-year contract for the Cardinal Center.
In January, the SCTP announced the International disciplines of Bunker Trap and International Skeet would be joining the National Championship events at the Cardinal Center in July. With the support of Larry and Brenda Potterfield, SSSF, Promatic, and the Cardinal Shooting Center, a project was drafted to accommodate the International events by constructing four, state of the art International Skeet and Bunker field overlays, complete with Promatic target throwing systems. Placing the International events on the front end of Nationals would give athletes more exposure to the Olympic sports as well as cutting the costs and logistics of another trip for teams and families. But as April came and went, the pandemic in America continued to send ripples through society, putting the project managers for the International Championship in a holding pattern.
Over 16,000 SCTP athletes and coaches were eagerly waiting to hear news about Nationals. The SCTP provided resources for teams to stay sharp during the downtime but nervously watched as other sports organizations throughout the country postponed or canceled seasons. High school senior athletes were dreading that there would be no National title pursuits to close out their final seasons.
In May, the SCTP continued to hold on an official Nationals announcement, continually monitoring information from the state of Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morrow County (OH) Department of Health, and representatives from the Cardinal Center in their consideration. Additional input came in throughout the month from health professionals and feedback from SCTP coaches, helping shape the decision to go forward with the National Championship event as planned on June 1st.
This set the stage for an incredibly fast-paced timeline to execute the traditional National Championship preparations, much less integrating an entire International Style Championship into the schedule.
“Clear, consistent communication was key on this project,” said SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “With the time ticking and athletes, coaches, families, sponsors, looking to see if Nationals was a go, the weight of moving the International events to the front end of Nationals grew heavier as time went on. Throughout all of this, those involved in the project remained optimistic and eager to get to work. On June 1st, everyone hit the ground running, ready to execute their piece of the project.”
The Promatic team took point early on in the year, getting plans set with the Cardinal Center staff and contractors. Promatic representatives said, “Every event is important but the SCTP project at the Cardinal Center was special, knowing that all the American and International disciplines were under one roof for the first time ever in SCTP history. As soon as the Cardinal Center got enough earth moved to get the initial structure built, we were on our way with a trailer full of throwers and equipment.”
With the plans dialed in, the Promatic team got to work installing Promatic Olympic Trap units into the bunkers, with the SCTP National Championship fast approaching.
Another Promatic technician reflected on the project saying, “Once we were on the ground we were all just plugging away, working with and around each other to get all of our parts of the bunkers done. With a project as important as this, you expect for Murphy’s law to come into play. We were all thinking the weather would come in to wreak havoc, but not so much as a drop of water hit the ground. With so many aspects of the project happening at one time, rain would have been disastrous. We were on the ground on the 25th of June and wrapped things up by July 3rd. It could not have gone any smoother!”
Much like the installation project, the 2020 SCTP National Championship went off without a hitch, with athlete entries in Bunker Trap doubling from the previous year. The International Skeet and Bunker Trap finals closed out each event, with the top 3 male and female athletes in each discipline determining slots for the SCTP International Team, coached by former Olympian, Terri DeWitt. Familiar faces returned, along with some new athletes earning their slot on the prestigious youth shooting team. The group will be attending training camps in the fall in order to prepare for 2021’s Olympic Trials. As the official youth feeder program of USA Shooting, participating in SCTP’s International Disciplines is the path for kids to reach their Olympic dreams.
The 2021 National Championships are slated for July 8-19th, with the International events taking place on the 8th-11th. An additional Bunker Trap field, complete with Promatic equipment will be completed next spring, bringing the total number at the Cardinal Shooting Center to five. This greatly expands the capabilities of hosting International Style Competitions, a rarity in the United States.
The honor of being the “Top Gun Champion” of the SCTP and SASP National Championships is claimed for the second year in a row by Jack Krasulak from the Young Guns of Quail Creek team in Okeechobee, Florida.
Since its inception in 2018, the CZ-USA Top Gun Challenge has recognized the commitment, stamina, and multi-discipline mastery of athletes who compete in both the SCTP and SASP National Championship events. These athletes challenge themselves by preparing for two vastly different shooting sports and must perform at the National Championship level over multiple days and events.
In the 2020 CZ-USA Top Gun Challenge, competitors were scored in trap, skeet, a rifle discipline of choice, and a centerfire pistol (iron, optic, or 1911), with their scores from each event being compiled to calculate the winners. Due to the unusual season, all 2020 SASP Nationals were held virtually from home ranges across the country. While SCTP National Championship events were held in-person at the Cardinal Shooting Center, the Virtual National events were scheduled in conjunction with the events in Ohio to provide flexibility for teams unable to travel.
Of the 15 athletes vying for the title of Top Gun, Jack Krasulak once again came out on top.
In the SASP events, Jack went back and forth for the fastest overall scores in the Centerfire and Rifle disciplines with 2nd place Bailey Lueders of the Arnold Junior Shooters/Brass Bandits. Tied with Bailey in the SCTP Trap events with 189’s, it was Jack’s strong score of 190 in Skeet that allowed him to pull away from the competition and secure the title of Top Gun for the 2nd year in a row.
Graduating in 2021, Jack will be defending his title of Top Gun one more time at the 2021 SCTP and SASP National Championships next July.
Thank you to CZ USA and our other generous SCTP/SASP program sponsors for their support of our Top Gun competitors!
1st Place Jack Krasulak shooting for the Young Guns of Quail Creek of Florida repeats as CZ USA Top Gun Challenge Champion. Jack wins a CZ USA Drake shotgun, a RUGER 10-22 Rifle, and a Browning Buckmark Camper pistol.
2nd Place Bailey Lueders of Arnold Junior Shooters SCTP /Brass Bandits SASP in MO finished just 12 points behind to be the highest finishing female ever in the CZ USA Top Gun Challenge. For her efforts she wins a CZ Drake shotgun.
3rd Place Wyatt Young of the Muskego Warriors of WI wins a certificate for a GLOCK of his choice for SASP Founding Partner Sponsor GLOCK
4th Place Jordan Zeircher of the Arnold Junior Shooters SCTP/Brass Bandits SASP in MO. Jordan wins a Mossberg Blaze rifle.
5th Place Ethan Michek of S.E.a.L from WI. Ethan wins a case of Winchester Shotgun shells and 1000 rounds of .22LR CCI Mini Mags.
6th Place Alex Parker of Dewey, Hittem and Howe SCTP/ Holyoke SASP in MA. Alex wins a RE Ranger shooting glasses and Walker’s Hearing protection.
During this year’s SASP National Virtual Championships, athletes from 17 states competed from home ranges to help their state become the top state in pistol or rifle and have bragging rights for the next year.
Athletes of their respective SASP State Championships were considered in the following disciplines:
Rimfire Pistol Iron
Rimfire Rifle Iron or Optic
At the National Virtual Championship, the 2020 All-State Athletes not only competed for the National title with their team, but also represented their state in Rifle and Pistol teams to crown the top states in the nation.
The Missouri All-State Pistol Team, edged out Tennessee by just over one second to become the top state in the nation for SASP pistol disciplines.
Ohio All-State Rifle Team members claimed their title by over four seconds, becoming the top state in the nation for SASP rifle disciplines.