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Author: Tom Davis

SCTP International Team Training Camp Highlights

Pictured back to front, left to right:
Zach Hinze, Matthew Peterson, Cole Prince, Jerrod Croley, Westley Kiter
Lacy White, Emily Rasmussen, Gracie-Marie Hensley, Ramsey Bodeen, Caleb Cutlerex

With a year-long shooting season, the SCTP closed the calendar year with two training camps to hone skills and prepare for important events down the line. Sponsored by Winchester Ammunition, the SCTP International Team is made up of some of the best SCTP athletes in the country. These athletes showed they were ready to earn their spot when it came time to the finals shootoffs, held at SCTP Nationals each July.

As the official youth feeder program for USA Shooting, the SCTP International Team focuses on preparing for high-level events. The team’s Head Coach, Terri DeWitt, a former Olympian herself, sets the team up for success by providing a breadth of additional training that includes sports science topics and realistic conditioning.

In early November, the team traveled to Crossville Shooting Sports Park, in Crossville, TN for the first training camp of the season. Joining the coaching staff for the camp was SCTP alumna, Caitlin Connor-Royer, an 8X ISSF World Cup Silver Medalist, 2018 World Champion, 2022 World Cup Gold Medalist, and 2022 President’s Cup World Cup Final Gold medalist. Caitlin provided world-class instruction for the team’s International Skeet athletes.

Serving as an introduction to performance skillsets (technical, tactical, mental, physical), the camp incorporated range time with sport-specific stretching, core and balance exercises, vision training exercises, and discussions about the importance of self-talk and mental strategies. Always focused on realistic conditioning, or “practice like you play”, this training embraced cold and wet weather. “In spite of less than ideal conditions, I think we got some excellent training in the sense of accepting the things you can’t control, adapting to the situation and still getting the job done,” said DeWitt.

Pictured back to front left to right:
Caleb Cutler, Josh Corbin, Ramsey Bodeen, Kyle Fleck, Matthew Peterson, Zach Hinze, and alumni Jordan Sapp, Emersyn Berck, Ashlyn Berck (walk-on), alumna Loretta Christian

Closing out the calendar year was a trip to Tucson, Arizona for preparation of USA Shooting’s Selection Match in February, 2023. “We wanted to get some training time on the same ranges they’ll be competing on,” commented DeWitt. “In addition to setting look and hold points on each field, we emphasized pressure training in the form of finals practice. Athletes also started building their individual mental workouts, based off of Dr. Jason Selk’s book, 10-Minute Toughness, setting one or two outcome goals for next year with process goals in place for each.”

Returning again to instruct International Skeet athletes was former SCTP athlete, Caitlin Connor-Royer. “The 2022 SCTP camps were great, we have a lot of talented young athletes across both international disciplines of trap and skeet,” said Connor-Royer. “I am very excited to see each of them accomplish their goals in 2023 and beyond.”

Briley Continues Support as SCTP Bronze Sponsor

Briley, famous for chokes and tube sets is continuing its support of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the Bronze Level. Historically, Briley’s support of the SCTP surges ahead of the National Championships, with Briley’s expert team lending assistance to teams and athletes preparing for the biggest competition of the year. Now as a season-long sponsor, Briley is doubling-down on their support of youth clay target teams in the SCTP with their Bronze Level Sponsorship.

Founded by an avid skeet shooter and experienced machinist, Briley Manufacturing quickly set a standard in the industry with their screw in choke system and sub gauge tube sets. As their client base continued to grow, their expertise was sought out, going on to produce and supply key components and prototypes to such industry giants as Ruger, Remington, Krieghoff, Browning, Smith & Wesson, Colt, H & K, U.S. Repeating Arms. Now as a powerhouse in the industry, Briley has expanded to offer rifle and pistol gun services, accessories, and other products for original equipment manufacturers. 
“Myself and the entire Briley Mfg team are thrilled to continue our support of SCTP!” Said Hannah Price of Briley Mfg. “We truly believe these youth competitors and their families are the future of this incredible sport. It’s been a privilege to see the amazing work SCTP does along with watching these kids grow. We will continue to support, educate and help in any way we can with the best products!”

 “We’ve come to work closely with Briley each year, especially leading up to our National Championships in July,” commented SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “Their team works closely with our members and offer exclusive pricing for youth athletes as they prepare for the biggest competition of the season. We are very thankful to officially welcome aboard Briley as a Bronze Sponsor of the SCTP and are humbled to have their continued support of youth clay target sports.”

Dawson Enterprises Joins as SCTP Bronze Sponsor

Dawson Enterprises, clay target sports retailer and Cardinal Shooting Center vendor, has signed on to support youth shooting sports at the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s Bronze level. The retailer has proudly served clay target competitors for over 44 years and specializes in high-end competition shotguns and equipment. Dawson Enterprises was founded by avid trap shooters whose involvement in the Ohio trap shooting community continues to this day as a multi-generation family business. Present during the SCTP’s record-breaking 2022 National Championships at the Cardinal Shooting Center, Dawson Enterprises has doubled-down in support of SCTP athletes year-round.
“We are very excited to be a sponsor for the SCTP. It is imperative that we do all we can to educate and support today’s youth about the shooting sports.  We have enjoyed watching the growth of their National competition over the years and are glad we have had the opportunity to interact with the youth competitors, families, and coaches at Cardinal Center.” -Kim McCarthy, CEO
“We are always happy to see new and returning sponsors each season,” commented Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “When a venue vendor such as Dawson Enterprises reaches out to directly support our youth program, we are further energized in our mission of youth development through shooting sports. The SCTP is thrilled to have Dawson Enterprises on board as a new Bronze Sponsor!”

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:

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