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Author: Tom Davis

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), offers a scholarship program to reward deserving, graduating seniors in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) with needed college assistance. The main objective is to award as many scholarships as possible to qualifying SCTP / SASP graduating seniors.
Key points to consider before submitting
-The application deadline is firm with no extensions.
-All materials must be submitted as ONE pdf file.
-PLEASE read ALL of the application, incomplete applications will not be considered. No blank spaces!
-Applicants must be a registered and paid athlete in our program. Scholarships are open to SCTP and SASP athletes only.
For full procedure details and application document, please visit 
https://sssfonline.org/scholarships/

White Flyer Supports Youth Shooting Sports As Offical Target Of The SCTP

White Flyer is announcing the continued support and partnership at the Silver Level in promoting the youth clay target shooting sports of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The youth shooting sports program is thankful to White Flyer for the amazingly consistent clay targets that are thrown at SCTP Nationals year after year. Over 6 million White Flyer targets have been thrown during SCTP National Championship events since 2016. 

White flyer, manufacturer of clay targets for all shotgun disciplines in the US, recently announced that they are the Official Target of the ATA, World Skeet Championship, the National Sporting Clays Championships. In addition to increased program support to the Silver Sponsor level, White Flyer is now the Official Clay Target of the SCTP!

“Over the past 20 years, the SCTP program has opened up many opportunities for student-athletes, including those that had never participated in team sports,” stated Robert Crow, White Flyer National Sales Manager. “SCTP provides a supportive environment where shooting sports serve as catalysts for teaching life lessons and skills that emphasize positive character traits and citizenship values. White Flyer is proud to support this mission and we sincerely appreciate the countless hours that coaches and parents put into this successful program,”

“We are very excited to have White Flyer as the official clay target of the SCTP,” stated Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “White Flyer has been a sponsor and supporter from day 1, when the NSSF introduced the first youth shooting program sponsored and supported by Industry! To this day, almost all of the shooting industry remains in support of the program they helped start back in 2001 and we couldn’t be more grateful!”

About White Flyer

White Flyer has been committed to quality since its first day of business in 1892. This dedication continues with every target and every shipment that leave our five state of the art U.S. manufacturing plants.

Our philosophy is simple: “Always produce the best clay target possible and deliver a consistent quality product that meets or exceeds our customer and gun club needs. We will continually strive to improve the quality of our targets and service through our Quality Assurance Program.”

Whether it is Trap, Skeet, Sporting or International targets, White Flyer insures that each and every target manufactured meets standards and weight specifications required by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), National Skeet Shooting Association (NSSA), National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).

2021 SCTP College Nationals Announcement

We are pleased to announce the SCTP is running the National College Championships on March 18-21 at the Cardinal Center, Marengo Ohio. Our original plan was to host this last fall, as we normally do, but with consideration of participation, this very important event got pushed back to the spring. We appreciate your patience and feedback. We wanted to make sure our college teams got the Nationals they deserve and we believe we can accomplish that in March.

New for this year, we will be inviting high school athletes to join, allowing them to compete in a separate high school competition. We believe this will be a useful opportunity for coaches who are interested in meeting the next class of shooters pursuing their sport in college. Additionally, this will give those rising athletes an opportunity to learn from college-level athletes and become familiar with college shooting programs throughout the nation.

Registration will open in the SHOT system Monday, February 15th for all events. *High School athletes/teams will have a separate tournament registration portal named 2021 High School Tournament @ College Nationals


Just a few house cleaning items and general information to help you get registered and set for the tournament being held March 18-21 at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio.

Please remember, social distancing and hand washing is highly recommended while attending this event. In areas where there might be a little more congestion, please be thoughtful and wear a mask. Your safety is our number one concern as we hope you have a great time competing this year.

Shoot offs only for perfect scores and we will try and have them shoot an extra few boxes immediately after they complete that event. Reverse long run will determine individual ties, shoot offs for team ties will be conducted at the grandstands.

Cost of events are as follows:
Trap/Skeet = $90 per person for the 200 target events.
Sporting Clays = $115 per person for 200 target event.
Bunker Trap = $50 per person for 100 target event.                                                                                                      
5 Stand = $40 per person for 100 target event.
HOA will include 200 target Trap, 200 target Skeet and 200 target Sporting Clays.
As always, team scoring will be used for HOA and Team awards in these disciplines!
We cannot allow 200 targets to be shot in the same day, all 200 target events are shot over 2 days!
We are expecting the events to be shot in consecutive days, like a Thursday/Friday…..Friday/Saturday……Saturday/Sunday.

When teams register to shoot on Thursday or Friday for their first 100, they will shoot their 2nd 100 that next day at the same time and same location. Please only register your athletes 1 time for each event.
If they register for Trap or Skeet on Saturday, they will shoot that 2nd 100 the next morning as we want to be done with most shooting by noon/1pm on Sunday. Please see attendant when checking in your team for the Sunday morning time and location.
 
Thursday/Friday – Options available include Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays
Friday/Saturday – Options available include Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays
Saturday/Sunday – Options available include EITHER Trap or Skeet
 
Optional side events available Thursday, Friday or Saturday include: Bunker Trap (100 targets), 5-stand (50 targets).
 
What an almost perfect schedule might look like is this:
Team comes in on Thursday,
They shoot 1st 100 of Skeet on Thursday (and maybe a side event of 5-stand or bunker)
   Friday, they shoot their 2nd 100 of Skeet and maybe their first 100 of Sporting Clays
   Saturday, they shoot their 2nd 100 of Sporting Clays and their 1st 100 of Trap
   Sunday morning, they shoot their 2nd 100 of Trap and all done!
 
Teams can add the side events of Bunker or 5 stand any day (except Sunday) but need to allow time to do that……

Due to current mandates in the state of Ohio, we will be unable to have an awards ceremony. All awards may be picked up at the registration building approximately 2 hours after that discipline has been completed. Please only allow for a coach and maybe one other person to pick these awards up to keep congestion to a minimum in that building!

Newly Minted Texas SCTP Field Day Trainers

Congratulations to these enthusiastic SCTP members for completing a three-day training session, becoming our newest Texas SCTP Field Day trainers!

  • Jason Anderson – SCTP Lower Midwest Regional Advisor
  • Johnny Martinez – Assistant Coach, Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team
  • Mark Ansley – Head Coach, Legacy Christian Academy
  • Dave Lyons – Assistant Coach, Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team
  • Jonathan Shirley – Assistant Coach, Katy Dusters
  • Shyuemin Pang – SCTP TX State Advisor, Assistant Coach-Katy Dusters

Guest blog written by Shyuemin Pang

The new SSSF Basic Shotgun Coach Training Program consists of a well-designed online training module that is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to be a youth shotgun coach. Depending on the individual, the online module can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours to complete and is available 24/7/365 on all of your favorite devices.

Upon completing the online training module, a half-day “field day” training must be completed in order to complete the certification process. Field days are administered by SSSF certified Field Day trainers, who then prepare students through a comprehensive curriculum, instructing and certifying new youth shooting sports coaches throughout the nation.

The Texas Field Day trainer’s training session was conducted by SCTP Director Of Development and certified trainer, Jeff Morrison. This three-day session took place at the Ellis County Sportsman Club in Waxahachie from January 8th through the 10th. During the first two days, the weather couldn’t better! The Field Day trainer candidates learned several important lessons including how to actually break some clay targets! On the 3rd day, however, when these new trainers were scheduled to actually run a field day to certify 6 new SCTP coaches, the weather took a turn for the worst, the temperature dropped to low the 30s, snow started to fall at around 9am, and didn’t stop even when the training session was concluded at around 1pm!

The good news is, despite all the challenges laid upon these new trainers they managed to complete the very first Texas SCTP Field Day training in history, and delivered top-quality coaching techniques to the SCTP coaches who were certified that day!

For more information about the SCTP field day training, see https://www.shootingsports-ed.com/coachtraining/

SCHEELS Signs Multi-year Sponsorship of SCTP

Outdoor retailer SCHEELS has agreed to another 3-year sponsorship at the “Red Diamond” level in support of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), a youth development program of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF).

“SCHEELS is honored to be a proud supporter of the SCTP as they continue to grow and develop the sport of competitive shooting at the scholastic level,” said Marcus Thornton, VP of Marketing. “We are excited to help play a role in the mission of the SCTP and to aid in the further development of our youth through the excitement around shooting sports.”

“This consecutive 3-year commitment will mark the first-ever continued sponsorship at this level from a large sporting goods retailer for the SCTP and we are most grateful to them,” commented Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “The SCHEELS team understands how important our youth are to the shooting sports and has reset the bar in support of the youth shooting sports and youth development! We look forward to working with them for years to come!”

The SCTP is excited to be working with SCHEELS, with a focused partnership between SCTP teams and their respective community’s SCHEELS retail locations. The opportunity to start new teams in areas as well as grow in communities with current team/store overlap will prove to be a win-win scenario for some time!

About Scheels
SCHEELS is an employee-owned, privately held business that owes its consistent success to its empowered associates, leaders and partners who think and make decisions for their individual stores and the entire company. Today, SCHEELS is a 28-store operation with stores in 13 states including Colorado, North Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Texas, Nevada, Utah, and Kansas. Providing SCHEELS’ customers with first-class customer service and the world’s largest selection of sports, sportswear and footwear are the priorities throughout the organization.

How To Introduce Someone To Shotgun Sports In A Positive Way

More often than not, young athletes take a sense of responsibility to enthusiastically introduce their peers to their favorite shooting sport. By sharing the skills, values, and passion instilled by their own coaches, mentors, and teammates, the next generation of shooting ambassadors begin to make their mark on the shooting sports community as a whole.

Guest blog written by SCTP athlete, Amy Cawley. Amy can be found on Her Shooting Journey Youtube channel, Instagram, and Facebook


As ambassadors for our sport, I believe it’s our job to continue to introduce others into the game as much as we can. Many of us remember when we were the ones being taken out for the first time and if that experience was a positive or negative one. My first experience was not the most positive which unfortunately led me away from the game for a few years.

Thankfully, a few years later I decided to try it again, I absolutely fell in love and want to help others bring people into the game the right way. Here are some ways we can make sure that we facilitate a positive first experience:

Shotgun instruction
  1. TALK THEM THROUGH SAFETY. Explain the top 3 rules to firearms safety: ALWAYS keep your gun pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. This is also the time you should explain how the gun works to them. The more they understand and feel comfortable with the gun and safety, the more comfortable they will be out on the line
  2. FIND A GUN THAT FITS THEM. There are a lot of well-meaning individuals who want to take people out for the first time and automatically put a really light gun in their hands with the thought being that they will be able to handle it better. Anyone who has shot one of those guns knows that they will more often than not kick the snot out of you. I was definitely a “victim” of this when I first started shooting and we want to avoid that. Do some research, bring a variety of guns to the range, check how each of the different guns fits the person and talk them through the experience explaining how things should feel.
  3. SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. No one wants to shoot if they keep missing targets. Take the individual over to a target like low 7 on the skeet field for their first few shots. There is not a lot of gun movement, they don’t have to worry about lead and you can get them to break that target relatively easily and quickly. This will build up their confidence and start off their experience on a really positive note. Another option is to take them halfway to the trap house, lock the machine down to throw straight out and get them breaking targets there. Once they feel confident breaking targets there, you can ask if they want to try something more difficult.
  4. INCORPORATE BREAKS. Understand that if this person hasn’t shot before, their body is not used to using the muscles we use, and they feel recoil much more than you or I might. Encourage them to take breaks and ask questions so that they don’t hurt themselves and decide they don’t want to shoot again. Something we did while I was getting certified as an NRA Level 1 Shotgun Coach was shoot a round on our non dominant side. This allowed us all to understand again just how awkward things feel when you have never shot before. I highly recommend doing this or something similar before you take someone new out so that you have a better understanding of what they might be feeling.
  5. COMMUNICATE OPENLY. Understand how they are feeling before they start shooting, while they are shooting and after they finish. Offer constant encouragement and remind them of how awesome they are throughout the entire day.
Shotgun instruction

This is a fantastic sport and we want to make sure every time we take someone new out that it’s a positive experience! For more tips check out my Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts by searching “Her Shooting Journey”.

SCTP and SKB Shotguns Announce Continued Partnership

The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is thrilled to announce its continued support from SKB Shotguns out of Omaha, Nebraska. SKB, known for its side by side, over/under, and single barrel competitive shotguns, will continue its support of the SCTP as a Gold level Sponsor in 2021. 

SKB realizes the importance of supporting youth programs like the SCTP,” said Rob Johansen, Owner and CEO of SKB Shotguns. “Attracting and retaining youth athletes is crucial to the future of this sport. We are very happy to support a program that understands this and works hard every day to ensure tomorrow’s shooting athletes have an opportunity to participate in this great sport!”

“Rob Johansen, along with the entire SKB team has been a strong supporter of the SCTP, our coaches, and athlete families for years,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “They offer quality competition shotguns at a great price for our youth shooters. Their historic support of our program has grown beyond a sponsor. In fact, we are honored to consider them a valuable partner in our mission of youth development through shooting sports! We appreciate their support throughout the years and trust in making the SCTP the number one youth shooting organization in the world!”

Rob and the SKB team will be at SCTP Regional, State, and National Championship events during the 2021 shooting year. Athletes at the SCTP National Championships will be able to try a suite of SKB offerings in the grandstands area for no charge. 
 

Bob Allen Company Renews Sponsorship Of SCTP

Continuing their support to youth clay target sports, the Bob Allen Company has renewed their Brass-level Sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).

“Bob Allen recognizes the important role that SCTP plays in the support, development and stewardship of our youth in scholastic shooting sports,” said Director of Brand Development, Jeff Johnson. “We are proud to sponsor SCTP  in their efforts to promote growth and education to young athletes who will become future ambassadors of the shooting sports.”

Known for its shooting gloves, vests, shooting shirts, and more, the Bob Allen Company offers deals and promotions to our SCTP registered teams and families. As part of the Boyt Harness Company, Bob Allen brand products can be found on their website, as well as part of sponsored gear carried in the SCTP/SASP online store. Bob Allen items and other program sponsor products are stocked by the SCTP to provide athletes trusted equipment and apparel from sponsors enthusiastic to support youth shooting sports.

“Sponsors renewing their commitment to supporting and growing youth shooting sports really energizes us as a program,” exclaimed SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “Bob Allen is well known in the industry and has deep roots in the US clay target community, dating back before World War II. Their excellent products are priced at a point that allows affordability to a wider array of young athletes and their families. We are humbled by their renewed support of the youth shooting sports!”

SCTP Team Volunteers, Helps Raise Over $84K For Ronald McDonald House Charities

Our community is capable of incredible things. 453 volunteer hours were donated to the Kids & Clays Charity event in Brainard, NE on October 16-18. There to selflessly support the sporting clays charity event was the Concordia University Nebraska (CUNE) Trap & Skeet Team. With their help, the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha raised $84,600 for the families staying at the House! $11,000 was raised in side games alone, more than any year previously!

Guest blog by Coach Moniot, Concordia Bulldog Shooting Sports:

“As a team, we look forward to volunteering our time to help with the RMHC Kids & Clays each year at Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard, NE.  This event always takes place in the midst of our fall season…and we could make the choice to attend a collegiate event…but we don’t.  The reason is that our Shooting Sports program is not just about shooting, but about character development and learning to serve others in tangible ways.  The Kids & Clays event is the main fundraising opportunity for the Omaha/Lincoln RMHC, and to know we get to have a hand in helping fund the NE Ronald McDonald Houses is pretty special.  Is it hard work and a couple of long days…absolutely…but knowing that the funds we help raise will go to help families who are facing a huge life crises helps to put some perspective on life, and the daily choices that can be made if we are willing to think of others and the circumstances they face. Our athletes served as the S/C referees as well as the side game and Concordia University challenge staff.  Our athletes also cleaned up the 15 station course at the end of each day, that is always a big task.

Last year our team had 482 volunteer hours in helping RMHC Kids & Clays raise more than $87,000.00 during their Kids & Clays event at Oak Creek.  This year with all the Covid-19 fear and caution the number of teams that attended were down considerably, but a truly inspiring thing happened! The teams that were able to participate dug deep and gave more of their financial resources to make it a big success.  When the dust settled from all the side games and broken clays the CUNE Shooting Sports team recorded 453 volunteer hours and the RMHC raised over $84,000.00 to help hurting families….truly a win-win in my book.”

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