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Author: Tom Davis

SCTP Expands National Championship Events With Incredible Success

Over the course of 10 days, SCTP athletes converged on the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio for the much anticipated 2020 National Championship. This year’s event was different for many reasons but was resoundingly welcomed by athletes, coaches, families, and sponsors in the midst of an unusual season. After careful consideration and advisement from the Ohio Department of Health, Cardinal Shooting Center, and medical professionals, the SCTP went forward putting on the National Championship on July 9th through the 18th.

Kicking off the event at the Cardinal Center were the SCTP International Championships, which historically had been held in Colorado later in the year.

Encouraging growth and awareness for the International disciplines of International Skeet and Bunker Trap, the SCTP held the International events on the front end of the National Championship in 2020. “This gave the opportunity for more athletes to participate in the International disciplines while relieving families from the burden of additional travel costs from a separate event,” said SCTP National Director, Tom Wondrash. “By having our International events as part of the National Championship, awareness and participation for these disciplines have increased considerably. This year our Bunker Trap entries doubled and we had many athletes who were competing in events later in the week come by to watch the International competitions. Many of those athletes will be coming back to compete in the International disciplines next year! Our International Championship was a wonderful success thanks to Promatic, The Potterfield family, and the Cardinal Center staff. Everyone worked incredibly hard on a very tight deadline to construct the new bunker fields for this event.

Following the International competitions were the familiar 8 days of the SCTP National Championship, where thousands of athletes, coaches, families, and sponsors participated in and supported the disciplines of Skeet (Singles/Doubles), Trap (Singles/Doubles/Handicap), and Sporting Clays.

To accommodate teams unable to travel due to unusual restrictions in the 2020 season, the SCTP held a Virtual National Championship, which was open to all registered teams across the country. Held in conjunction with the in-person National Championships schedule at the Cardinal Center, athletes participated at their home ranges, accounting for over 1,000 event entries. “Many of our teams were very excited and thankful for the opportunity to compete for the National Championship virtually from their home range this year,” said Chet Tuinstra, SCTP Eastern Director of Development. “There are many aspects of the 2020 National Championship that had never been done before. We are incredibly proud of how this all came together and are very thankful for the volunteers, sponsors, and Cardinal Center staff who helped make this such a success.”

Over 2,000 athletes from nearly 300 teams participated in the 2020 SCTP National Championships, representing 37 states. Youth athletes participating in many other sports throughout the country were faced with disappointment this spring from altered and even canceled seasons. “Our team put in many, many hours considering how to handle an event as large as Nationals in the midst of an unusual season,” said Jeff Morrison, SCTP Western Director of Development. “By June, we moved forward with hosting Regional events and the National Championship. As soon we put the word out, we got many excited messages from the teams and even encouragement from our sponsors.”

By the close of Nationals, over one-million clays were thrown at the Cardinal Center and all over the nation from team home ranges,” beamed Amanda Wondrash, SCTP Administrative Coordinator.

“The SCTP National Championship is an incredibly large and prestigious event, regarded highly by so many teams, families, and supporters who believe in the future of shooting sports.We are so thankful to have received an overwhelming amount of praise and appreciation for not just going forward with Nationals, but for also having the determination to adapt and even expand the event this year.”

Media from member-submitted photo and video can be viewed on Facebook or Instagram by exploring #sctpnationals2020

For scores and leaderboard information from the 2020 SCTP National Championship, please see the following link: https://app.sssfonline.com/nationals/2551

SSSF to partner with NSSF on First Shots, +ONE Efforts

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is proud to announce it has partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to promote youth shooting sports with the First Shots® program and +ONE Movement initiatives. With a year-round season, the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) look forward to promoting awareness throughout the year, with focused attention to National Shooting Sports Month in August. Using additional resources from the NSSF, the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program will focus on introducing new athletes and families to shooting sports who may not have otherwise had the opportunity. This exciting partnership will be implemented with the help of passionate volunteers currently involved in the SCTP and SASP.

“With thousands of skilled and caring adult volunteers involved in our programs across the country, our community can make a big difference, said Ben Berka, SSSF President and Executive Director. The SCTP was started by NSSF, and its goal of growing the shooting sports continues to align perfectly with our program mission statements. We look forward to working with our member teams to help grow the shooting sports even further with the help of NSSF’s+ONE and First Shots resources”

One SASP team in particular has seen great success being involved with NSSF’s First Shots Program. The WildGats at the University of Arizona got their start in 2015 thanks to an NSSF grant and have been an enthusiastic partner for NSSF initiatives ever since.

“It has been a great partnership,” said Head Coach Bill Perkins. “It is a no brainer for the host range since we provide the coaches and some equipment. Some ranges do not have the people power to run an event like this with the high staff to participant ratio.”

“It is also great for our team because of the publicity and recruiting opportunities. We have recruited athletes from our university, the general public, scout councils, ROTC units and have a direct line to conduct outreach to our community. The SASP focuses on youth development through shooting sports and the community service aspect of hosting a First Shots is unique. The event allows us to use our skills and equipment to teach gun safety and the fundamentals of marksmanship to many new gun owners in our community and it gives our athlete coaches a great experience mentoring others.” The WildGats have their next First Shots event scheduled for Aug 22nd to coincide with National Shooting Sports Month.

We encourage all SASP and SCTP teams to use NSSF’s First Shots and +ONE initiatives to engage with their local communities! Share your sport, youth shooting sports program, and passion with others! Consider doing a +ONE Challenge event type where your existing team members introduce a friend or family member to the shooting sports. Better yet, host a First Shots event and receive all the support materials for your First Shots participants. As a First Shots host, NSSF provides the course materials and digital resources, eye/ear protection, rimfire ammunition for handgun and rifle intro events and monetary support for First Shots Clay Targets events to help offset target and ammunition expenses.      

For more information, checklists, tips, and resources please see the following NSSF links:

First Shots Clay Targets

First Shots Home

If you have any questions about getting signed on, contact Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development at zsnow@nssf.org or call 203-426-1320 ext. 224.

2020 SCTP All-State Team Members

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is happy to announce your All-State Team members for 2020!

The 2020 All-State Team standings were compiled from the 2020 National Championship scores shot in OH at the Cardinal Center, with All-State Team members receiving designating jerseys. The top 3 teams in each of the main event disciplines receive custom belt buckles for their performances at Nationals!

If your athlete did not receive their jersey or buckle in person, they will be mailed in the coming weeks. 


Congratulations to all athletes!

Skeet All-State Teams

Sporting Clays All-State Teams

Trap All-State Teams

2020 SCTP National Virtual Championship Results!

*Please note – all teams must have 3 or more athletes in a division for all Skeet disciplines to form a competitive team score and must have 5 or more in all Trap disciplines to form a competitive team score in those events. As per the SCTP Handbook, squads with less than the required number of athletes are not officially a “competitive squad”!

Congratulations to all winning teams and athletes!

https://sssfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-National-Virtual-Scores.pdf

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2020 SASP All-State Team Members

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program is happy to announce your All-State Team members for 2020! Athletes who participated in their SASP State Championship were considered for the 2020 All-State Teams in the following disciplines:

  • Rimfire Pistol Iron
  • Rimfire Rifle Iron or Optic
  • Centerfire Iron
  • PCC

All-State Team members will receive a designating jersey, sponsored by GLOCK, CZ-USA, and Ruger. Athletes on the respective All-State Teams who shoot in the 2020 SASP Virtual National Championship will have their scores compared to other All-State Teams to determine the top Pistol and Rifle teams in the nation. The winning Pistol and Rifle team athletes will receive medals for their achievement of best in the nation.

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Announcing the Make A Break competition winners from the 2020 SCTP National Championship

Winchester and the Scholastic Clay Target Program are proud to announce the winners of the Make A Break competition from the 2020 SCTP National Championship!

Congratulations to Melissa Grobleski of Forsyth Phoenix & Nathan Harris of Warriors. Each of them won 5 cases of Winchester Ammunition and a $150 gift card for the Winchester Store!

Nathan won the Saturday shootout between him and Melissa and also won a Winchester SX3 Compact 12ga. compliments of the SCTP!

SSSF All Scholastic Team Members Announced

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is proud to announce members of the 2020 All-Scholastic Team! Nearly 300 student athletes from 27 states have been named to the team this year!

The All-Scholastic Team recognizes the top student-athletes in the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program for their achievements in the classroom, on the range and in their communities. Through an application process, 2020 All-Scholastic Team Members have proven academic excellence by posting 3.0 or better grade point averages, shooting excellent scores in recent competition (95% in trap or skeet, 85% in sporting clays, 80% in international trap/skeet or 65 seconds or less for SASP) and by demonstrating outstanding community involvement.

Congratulations to all qualifying team members!

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Winchester Introduces New SCTP Packaging on Super-Target Shotshells

Winchester Ammunition and the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) are once again teaming up — this time with new co-branded ammunition packaging.

“This is an opportunity to keep the SCTP organization in front of millions of our customers across the United States and build interest for their mission in support of the youth shooting sports,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition.

Winchester is the official ammunition of the SCTP and displays the organization’s logo on its widely popular Winchester Super-Target shotshell packages (symbols: TRGT128 and TRGTL128), which are now shipping to retailers and dealers nationwide.

“We want more people to learn what SCTP has to offer, and this is one way to get our brand exposed to more people,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national executive director. “We’re really proud of what the SCTP and SSSF organizations have been able to accomplish, and every year we see exponential growth in the number of teams and participants. We really couldn’t do it without the support of brands like Winchester.”

To ensure that this incredible trend of success continues, Winchester Ammunition has made substantial investments in the SCTP organization, including presence at the national competition in Marengo, Ohio, and a special ammunition purchase program for its teams.

2020 SCTP & SASP National Championships Program Now Available Online

View and download the 2020 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Team Championships event information book today! Check out all this culminating event has to offer including:
  • Schedule of events
  • Event and program sponsors
  • Camping and golf cart rentals
  • Awards and recognition
  • Sign up for event text alerts
  • And much, much more!
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