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Author: Tom Davis

RE Ranger Continues As SCTP Sponsor

RE Ranger, manufacturer of performance eyewear, has renewed its sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program for 2021.

 “RE Ranger understands the importance of supporting the youth shooting sports and national organizations like the SCTP” Said Sarah Dacko, General Manager of RE Ranger. “It’s organizations like the SCTP that allow companies like ours to showcase our innovative and affordably priced shooting eyewear. We couldn’t be happier to be involved and supporting a first-class program like SCTP!”

 “As a youth development program that focuses on youth shooting sports, safety is always our number one concern,” stated SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “We are very happy to have the support of many different manufacturers of shooting safety products. RE Ranger is one of the most commonly used brand of shooting glasses by athletes in our program and we are very thankful to have them as a sponsor for nine years now. Our long-standing partnership is a constant reminder of the industry-wide support for the SCTP and youth shooting sports currently and for many years to come!”

SCTP International Team Competes at Junior World Championship Selection

Four members of the SCTP 2020 International Team persuasively made the transition to the USA Shooting (USAS) National Junior and Junior Development Team as a result of their performance at the USAS Junior World Championship Selection in Kerrville, TX last week.

Tristan Schroder (MI) and Sydney Krieger (AZ) earned positions on the National Junior Trap Team and will have the opportunity to compete at both the Kazakhstan World Cup and the Junior World Championships in Peru this fall. Joining their trap teammates are skeet athletes Jordan Sapp (AZ) and Madeline Corbin (WI). Sapp claimed a spot on the Men’s National Junior Skeet Team and will travel to both Kazakhstan and Peru; Corbin will have the chance to compete at the Junior World Championships in Peru as a member of the Women’s National Development Skeet Team.

Perhaps Jordan Sapp sums it up best, “It’s a dream come true. Five years ago, this was only a dream and now it’s a reality. It’s exhilarating.”

“I could not be prouder of the performances these athletes gave this past week. They came with a game plan and they stuck to their plan. All the hard work they did in the off season really showed in their performance,” said SCTP International Team Head Coach Terri Dewitt.

As the official youth feeder program for USA Shooting, the SCTP selects its International Team members off of performances in Bunker Trap and International Skeet at the National Championships each July. International Team Members have the opportunity to attend several camps and competitions lead by Coach Dewitt. Make sure you and your team are registered with the SCTP to take advantage of this incredible opportunity!

Congratulations to the newest USA Shooting National Junior Team members!

Junior Men’s medalists, left to right: Jack Nelson (silver), Grayson Davey (gold), Tristan Schroder (bronze)

2020 SCTP trap athletes Logan Samson, Aiko Coloso, Taylor Dale, and Tristan Schroder

Junior Women’s trap finalists, left to right: Bethany High, Faith Pendergrass, Sydney Krieger, Ryann Phillips, Carey Garrison, Tylar Gantt

Women’s Skeet National Development Team, left to right: Alishia Fayth Lane, Madeline Corbin
2020 SCTP skeet athletes left to right: Jordan Sapp, Preston Bailey, Joshua Corbin

2021 Pre-Registration for Nationals begins May 7th, 2021

Like last year, due to the extremely large volume of teams and coaches trying to squad for the National Championships, we will again be allowing teams to “pre-squad” for the 2021 SCTP National Championships.

Here’s how it will work:

1. Send a check for the proper amount of all squads and athletes to the Burlington WI address post marked no earlier than 12:01am on May 7th and no later than midnight on May 17th.

2. Money received is “Non-Refundable”. Pre-registration fees will not be returned for any athletes that do not attend the SCTP National Championships.

3. All squads must be “pre-built” on your team’s home page for the National Championships. Teams will be allowed to change athletes as they see fit later but all squads must be ready to populate the shooting schedule.

4. SCTP will populate the squad assignments based on the time and date received (time stamp) on the envelope containing your paperwork and check. PLEASE send by regular mail with NO signature required. Sending paperwork requiring a signature may delay your paperwork!

5. A form will be available on the SSSF website that will require your information along with dates and times you would like your squads assigned. Please give us 3 options for times and days preferably different days for at least one of your options.

6. Teams will be notified of their pre-registration by May 29th and before normal registration which opens on June 1st.

Note:

Completed form(s) must be sent in with payment either by credit card or by check, no payment sent in with forms will result in no squads entered for that team. These payments are “nonrefundable”!! If you pay for 15 athletes and only 12 show up, the other 3 athlete’s fees are not returned.

Completed forms and payments must be mailed to us no sooner than May 7th, 2021 and sent to:

SCTP Nationals Pre-Registration
C/0 Amanda Wondrash
165 Bay Ridge Lane
Burlington, WI 53105

We look forward to seeing you all in Marengo, Ohio the week of July 10th – 17th, 2021.


2021 SCTP Nationals Information

Hello everyone!

We welcome all of you back for another great season of outside activities in the clay target shooting world! This past year has been one for the books but it has also given us time to think and regroup, allowing some changes that we feel will be best for everybody especially considering the growth we are seeing and involvement at the National Championships!

Please read through all of the information below. Due to certain possible restrictions and gathering of large crowds and anything else that may be in place, we feel that many of these items will be for the best. We ask that you all bear with us while we work to put on the best possible National Championship that we can for you!

1.) “Pre-Registration” for Nationals – National Championship pre-registration will open on May 7th and all information must be postmarked no later than May 17th. Pre-Registration is available for Trap Singles, Sporting Clays and Skeet ONLY! Please do not send information to us for any other disciplines. All other disciplines will be open for squading on June 1st. Pre Registration materials are available on our website at www.mysctp.com

2.) There will be no coach / state advisor meetings at Nationals. The rules and information to be shared will be available at check in where the acting head coach will sign off on receiving a copy of the shared information.

3.) SCTP International Championships – The International National Championships will be conducted July 8-11. I-Skeet will be shot July 8/9 and Bunker Trap will be shot July 10/11. These will be held again at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. Coaches, when registering your athletes for the International Disciplines, please do NOT squad them for any other shooting activities those days. True to the International disciplines, squads are chosen at random and squad times and flights will vary depending on total number of participants! This is an actual International event in all aspects, not a practice or try it type event. The SCTP International Team will be chosen from the finalists of this event!! Trophies and medals will be awarded! 4.) Golf Carts – Golf carts will be available through Eagle Golf Cars 888-432-3059 www.eaglegolfcars.net

5.) COACHES! It is your responsibility to make sure you have read and shared all information with your parents and athletes. Please make sure your athletes are properly squaded and in the correct division!! *Section 3B in the SCTP Handbook SSSF – Official SCTP Handbook (mysctp.com)

6.) Awards Ceremonies – Awards ceremonies for Skeet, Sporting Clays, Double Trap, Handicap Trap will take place on Friday evening, July 16 at about 5:30pm or right after the last squads are complete on the Trap Fields. All Team Shoot offs and 200 straight ties for Skeet and Sporting Clays will be shot off Thursday evening, July 15th after last squads are complete. For safety and those not wanting to be part of a large crowd, your teams may pick up your awards at the Trophy room between 9am and 12:00 noon on Friday, July 16. Award ceremonies for Skeet Doubles, Trap Singles and HOA awards will all take place after shooting is complete and all scores are entered on Saturday, July 17 in the grandstand area as in the past. If any team cannot attend the awards ceremonies, please stop in and see us. If possible, we will try and get you your awards before you leave the property!

7.) Last Competitor Standing competition will take place on Wednesday, July 14th at about 7:00pm. Wristbands must be purchased for $5 and worn at the competition. Lots of great prizes!

8.) College Day – Meet College coaches and some of their teammates on College day Friday, July 16th from 9am – 4pm. At the tents between vendor buildings 2-3. Colleges who attended the SCTP College Championships in March will have first choice table placement, other non-attending colleges will be filled in after that.

9.) Events like the “SCTP Pizza Party” and the “Ice Cream Social” will be a TBD based on any restrictions set forth by the state of Ohio. If everything is business as usual, Pizza night will be Thursday, July 15th and the Ice Cream Social will be Friday, July 16th. As allowed, we hope to hold the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, July 14th at approximately 5:30pm at the Grandstands!

10.) PLEASE stop by and see our many sponsors! We should be at full speed with all sponsors present again this year. They support our program our athletes and the shooting sports in general, please patronize them when and where possible….and thank them!

11.) New College Nationals Dates for the 2021/2022 season – Dates for the College Nationals will be October 7-10, 2021. After discussing with many of the attending college coaches this past March, we have decided to get the College Nationals back in sync with when we used to hold them. Per many of your requests, the International Disciplines will both be offered in a larger format. Based on the interest, the International Disciplines may start a day or 2 earlier than the posted date.

12.) Help us help you! If you see anything inappropriate and have any problems, please let us know asap! We want to make your National Championship experience the best it can be!

We will do a follow up email to all attending teams about the 3rd week of June, please watch for that.

Many of our teams have taken advantage of the Federal Ammunition deal and the Winchester Ammunition offer. Most if not all these orders have been processed and most/all are set for delivery to the teams. Please be on the watch for them and again, please reach out and thank these companies for their support of our teams!

Thank you!

The SCTP National Team

Kolar Arms Returns As Gold Sponsor Of SCTP

Kolar Arms, USA firearms manufacturer specializing in competition shotguns has renewed its sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). In addition to continuing its Gold Sponsorship of the youth development shooting sports program, Kolar Arms, along with Elite Shotguns has donated a Kolar Max O/U (valued at $12,000) to the SCTP for team fundraising. This program-wide raffle is an incredible fundraising opportunity for teams leading up to SCTP Nationals as well as a source of funding for the SCTP Scholarship program for 2021 graduating seniors.

“On behalf of Kolar Arms and Elite Shotguns, we are more than happy to support the SCTP in its mission of youth development through the shotgun sports” said Sean Mainland, Kolar Arms. “The SCTP understands the importance of getting the youth involved and preserving the future of our sport, Kolar Arms and Elite Shotguns are proud to be a big part of that!”

“Kolar has been an incredible partner for the SCTP since 2015,” exclaimed SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “It is incredibly humbling to not only have a steadfast supporter of our program, but also to have a sponsor that graciously steps up to help our teams in other ways. The Kolar shotgun raffle is sure to create significant funding for our teams and scholarship program. We encourage all of those at the SCTP National Championship in July to stop by the Kolar and Elite Shotgun stores to thank them for their very generous donation on behalf of the SCTP!”

SCTP College Nationals Returns To Ohio

Taking place at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo Ohio, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) conducted its College National Championship with resounding success. Home to the SCTP National events through the year 2029, the Cardinal Shooting Center facilitated the SCTP Collegiate events of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Bunker Trap, International Skeet, and 5 Stand. Historically held in October, the event was moved to March to accommodate fall travel restrictions.

New for the event, high school athletes were invited to join, allowing them to compete in a separate high school competition. Intended as a useful opportunity for coaches interested in meeting the next class of shooters, the integration of networking was a welcomed expansion of College Nationals. Additionally, this gave rising athletes an opportunity to learn from college-level athletes and become familiar with college shooting programs throughout the nation.

-In Trap Singles, Division II Fort Hays State University took the title, while Lindenwood University did the same in Division I.

-Using the newly constructed international venue at the Cardinal Center, the Bunker Trap event saw Division III Hillsdale College take gold and Hawkeye Community College take 1st place Division IV in the International Skeet events.

-Division I Bethel University took the overall gold in the Skeet event by one target, narrowly beating out Lindenwood University.

-Another close win in the Sporting Clays event was clenched by Division II Emmanuel College, with a one-target lead ahead of Division II foe, Fort Hays State University.

-Division I Martin Methodist enjoyed a large lead in the 5 Stand event, taking home gold.

The High Overall team awards were determined by 200 target Trap, 200 target Skeet and 200 target Sporting Clays:

Fort Hays State University came home with the HOA title in Division II, shooting a 2,860, followed by a Gold for Division I Lindenwood University with a 2,846, closely followed by Martin Methodist College shooting a team total of 2,843 for Runner-Up in Division I.

High Overall Lady belonged to Christina Byrd (Lindenwood University), shooting a 548 to win the title, followed by Katie Peterson’s 544 (Fort Hays State University), and Ida Brown (Hillsdale College) taking 3rd with a 535.

The High Overall Men’s title was a very close race between three teammates of Fort Hays State University. Cordell Waggoner shot a 573 to win the title, followed by Riley Ross with a 572, and Henry McVeigh’s 571 taking 3rd.
SCTP-College-Nationals-Team-Results_March2021

In Her Element

When clay target coaches begin with a new athlete, they often begin with fundamentals of eye dominance. During the first day of St. Mary’s Trap Team practice for Emily Ferguson, she promptly told her coach she was left-eye dominant. When questioned her confidence in that answer before the drill had even begun, she playfully replied, “I only have one eye, trust me on this one.”

Fast forward to present day, Emily Ferguson’s many accomplishments include High Overall Grand Champion of the SCTP Tennessee Trap State Championship, shooting a 199/200 at Nationals 2019, and winning the Rudy Cup, an award only given to the top shooter from Tennessee at Nationals, becoming the first female in history to claim the title. These incredible accomplishments demonstrate the truly level playing field that shooting sports offers young athletes.

As a young adult trying to make sense of her interests and future career choices, she is turning to her own incredibly difficult, yet inspiring experiences. Emily has triumphantly beat cancer three times. Retinoblastoma at just eighteen-months old required removing the right eye to help prevent chance of metastasis. Later at the age of eleven, Ewing sarcoma occurred in Emily’s ribs and part of her lung, with a recurrence requiring treatment five years later. Emily is thankfully in remission and after spending an immeasurable amount of time at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, she has found inspiration in prosthetic design. “Traditional prosthetic limbs are not typically aesthetically pleasing. I found resources online that inspired me to look into unique prosthetic design. I think what I want to do is create unique designs where people want to show them off rather than wearing long sleeves and pants year-round.”

Known on the St. Mary’s Trap Team as “Ace” and team captain, Emily Ferguson embraces her role as a leader for the sport and the SCTP. “I am an introvert by nature, but with my team out on the field, I’m in my element. This is definitely what I love to do and I’m even a certified coach now. It doesn’t feel like work to me and coaching is really something I hope I can continue to do in the future.”

A younger Emily Ferguson couldn’t have known that stumbling upon shooting sports would be changing the trajectory of her life in such a meaningful way.

Derby Day, as it’s called at St. Mary’s in Memphis, Tennessee, is typical of activity fairs seen throughout the country. At a booth promoting clay target sports is where this soon-to-be champion began her path to development as an athlete and young adult.

“I came out of an all-girls middle school, as a shy, awkward thing. I couldn’t hold a conversation to save my life and wouldn’t look people in the eye. My dad hunts a lot and I saw shooting sports as something to do with dad. My dad has been my one and only financial sponsor in this game since day one. I joined the trap team and in my first year after the SCTP Tennessee State Championship, the team promoted me to varsity. Now I am the Team Captain. I feel a lot more confident in myself. Getting involved in shooting sports and the SCTP, more specifically, has definitely changed my life for the better.”

Away from the line, Emily can be seen laughing and having a good time with the St, Mary’s Trap Team, but in the moments before a shoot, she peels away to compose her mental focus. Those who observe the all-ladies trap team in a competition notice Emily’s leadership and the young athletes shooting together like a well-oiled machine. Quiet fist bumps are exchanged between each station and it’s back to laser-focused performance. Now having graduated from high school, Emily’s time on the St. Mary’s Trap Team has come to an end but she will always be known as “Ace”.

When asked what is next for the champion from Tennessee, she laughed and replied, “I’ll be taking a gap year, but when I go to college something that’s non-negotiable for me is finding college with a shooting team. I want to switch gears to bunker trap. It’s really exciting that bunker is getting more popular. The rest of the world shoots bunker, but no one else in the world shoots American trap!”

For those interested in trying out shooting sports, Emily has very simple advice. “Just try it out. Most people at gun clubs are so helpful and encouraging. You may not even have to buy a gun on the spot. Everyone I’ve met in this sport is so incredibly supportive. Although you do compete against each other, we want each other to be the best out there. I never thought that this would turn into such a big thing for me and here I am doing an interview at the National Championship with the SCTP.”

CZ-USA Surges Its Support Of Youth Shooting Sports

CZ-USA has renewed its sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and bolstered its support to the Titanium Sponsor level!

Manufacturer of premium shotguns popular with SCTP athletes such as the All American, Redhead Target, and SCTP Sterling, CZ-USA is committed to advancing participation in youth shooting sports now and for years to come.

The initiative to support youth shooting sports is seen company-wide. CZ-USA Field Sports members, Dave Miller and Michelle Cerino lent their time as subject matter experts for the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) Coach Training curriculum that was released last spring. Dave and Michelle can also be seen alongside other CZ-USA staff at the SCTP and SASP National Championships, encouraging and helping young athletes throughout the multi-day competition.

“We couldn’t be happier to support the SCTP and its many teams and athletes,” exclaimed Dave Miller, CZ USA. “The SCTP has a proven track record of developing youth and providing a safe and sound platform of not only competing but to grow as individuals. This is something that CZ USA can get behind and I recommend that other companies do the same!”

Currently, the SCTP has about 22,000 athletes and coaches nationwide, that are part of over 900 teams in 47 states. While hosting many other regional and state events, the granddaddy of all national youth shooting events is the SCTP National Championships where over 2 million clay targets are estimated to be thrown this year alone between July 10-17 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo Ohio. CZ USA will be there as well, stop on by and take a look at all they have to offer!

“CZ-USA’s renewed and expanded sponsorship of the SCTP is very encouraging to our mission of facilitating youth development through sports,” said SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “Having such widespread industry support each season validates our efforts and assures us the future for the next generation of shooting sports athletes remains bright! CZ-USA has been a key partner through the entirety of each season and we are humbled to have their increased support in 2021.”

SCTP 2021 Olympic & Sporting Clays Development Camp

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

What: The SCTP 2021 Olympic Disciplines & Sporting Clays Development Camp (OSCD)

· This camp will be conducted by the National SCTP Coaching Staff and National coaches designed to introduce SCTP Athletes to Olympic Skeet and Bunker Trap.

Where: The Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio

When: May 27-31 (athletes) / May 26-31 (for coaches)

· Coaches Report on Wednesday, May 26 and leave on Monday, May 31 Coaches will need to report in by 9AM on the 26th for range training.

· Athletes need to be in for a mandatory meeting at 5PM, May 27th and depart the 31st. For athletes, the 27th and 31st are travel days. Please plan accordingly

Who: Registered SCTP Athletes, SCTP Coaches and State Advisors

Cost: Athletes – $800

· Fees include classroom materials, meals, SCTP hat, Camp shirt, targets, ammo, certified coaches and a sponsor supplied goody bag!

Coaches/Advisors – $900

· Fees include all coach materials & books, meals, SCTP Hat, camp shirt, targets, ammo, coach training by certified coaches and a sponsor goody bag!

How: Download and complete the appropriate application form. Be sure to read carefully “The Details” (below) for specifics.

The Details

Eligibility:

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) will host the camp, which is specifically for Registered SCTP Athletes, Head and Assistant Coaches, and State Advisors. Coaches, State Advisors, and all registered, active SCTP Athletes who are 14 years of age or older in the Intermediate Advanced through Varsity Division, are eligible to apply.

Program:

The National Coach Training Staff will conduct introductory training for SCTP Athletes in the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, International Skeet and Sporting Clays. Lead Instructor for the International Disciplines will be former Olympian, Terri DeWitt. Lead Instructor for the Sporting Clays portion will be 2-time Guinness World Record Holder, Dave Miller! Dave also holds the titles of, NSCA Level 3 Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, NRA Basic Shotgun, Multi State Sporting / FITASC Champion and Master Class shooter!

Athletes will train in one discipline, bunker trap, skeet or Sporting Clays. They will be introduced to the physical training and mental conditioning processes of world class athletes in the shotgun target sports. This training will take place at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

SCTP Coaches/State Advisors will be immersed in a coach-training program that begins in the classroom and moves to the range for hands- on experience in how to be a more effective coach. There they will apprentice under a National Training Coach and begin to put into practice what they have learned by coaching the SCTP Athletes.

Purpose:

The purpose of the camp is twofold:

1. To assist U.S.A. Shooting in its pursuit of identifying SCTP Athletes who have the potential to become U.S.A. Shooting Team members and, ultimately, Olympic champions; and

2. To provide SCTP Coaches and State Advisors with increased knowledge and skills in order to become more effective in working with SCTP Athletes.

Quota Slots:

The 2021 Camp has room for up to forty (40) qualified SCTP Athletes. 18 Bunker Trap, 12 I-Skeet and 10 Sporting Clays (That doesn’t mean all slots must be filled). For active registered Coaches and State Advisors, there are up to ten (10) slots for coach training.

Selection Criteria:

1. SCTP Athletes: Criteria for selecting successful athlete applicants include, but are not limited to:

a. School Grades & Time with SCTP

b. Character c. Maturity d. Interest

e. Questionnaire Answers f. Documented Scores

2. SCTP Coaches and State Advisors – Criteria for selecting successful coach/State Advisors applicants include but not limited to:

a. Length of Service

b. Demonstrated Commitment to SCTP

c. Embodiment of “Double Goal Coach” Principles

d. Questionnaire Answers e. Character

Accommodations:

All participants, athletes and adults, will take their meals at “The Brook”, property adjacent to the shooting fields on the west end of the Cardinal Center property. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging. We have secured rates and cabins at the Cardinal Center but these reservations must be handled by the participants after acceptance!

Travel:

Athletes and Coaches/State Advisors must travel to the Cardinal Center at their own expense and athletes should be chaperoned by a parent or guardian for the duration of the camp.

Report Dates:

Attendees must report in by 5PM on the first day or “arrival” day; and attend the introductory meeting that evening. For Coaches that is Wednesday, May 26th at 9AM and for athletes that is Thursday, May 27th at 5PM.

Application Package Process:

1. Download and complete the Application / Questionnaire Forms.

2. Submit all documents in your Application Package together at the same time, no bits and pieces will be accepted for consideration. You may e-mail, fax or mail the completed Application Package. See below…

E-mail to:

twondrash@sssfonline.com

Subject: “SCTP 2021 CAMP APPLICATION”

-or-

Mail to:

Tom Wondrash

“CAMP Application”

925 Milwaukee Ave STE #B1

Burlington, WI 53105

Deadline:

The deadline for receiving all completed application papers is Midnight, Saturday, April 10th, 2021 ……NO EXCEPTIONS!

Selection Process:

Applications will be routed to the CAMP 2021 Selection Committee. All completed applications will be screened, and successful applicants will be notified by email within 10 days after deadline.

It is vitally important that you provide a current and LEGIBLE e-mail address. Please PRINT the e-mail address where you wish to be contacted.

Successful Applicant Process:

Accepted applicants for the camp will receive a Camp Travel Form that must be completed and returned by April 30th. There are NO refunds for cancelations after May 8th, 2021. These camp spots must be paid prior to April 30th, 2021.

Forms

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