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Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock at the National Championships in Sparta

Vincent Hancock
U.S. Army photo
SSSF is pleased to announce that two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock will be attending the SCTP National Championships to meet YOU!

Vincent won Gold Medals in Men’s Skeet at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and is the first Olympic skeet shooter to win Gold Medals in the same event in consecutive Olympic games.

He will be attending Nationals on Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 17 and will be available for autographs, photos, and some special events to be announced later. Watch our website and Range Time newsletter for announcements about when and where you can meet Vincent.

Vincent is sponsored by Zanders Sporting Goods and NobelSport Italia.

SCTP National Championship Registration Is Now Open

It’s time to register for the 2015 SCTP National Championships at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. Registration opened on June 1 at sssfonline.org for the July 13-18 event.

To ensure your registration goes smoothly, please follow these policies and tips:

  • Do NOT hold time slots until you are sure of the number of athletes you will be bringing. Squads must pay within 10 days, or your time slots may be released to other teams. We anticipate another record year and want to ensure that everyone has an equal and fair opportunity to squad their athletes. There are plenty of squad times, and we also added another flight to ensure enough room for all.
  • When squadding your athletes, consider squadding them in consecutive time slots rather than at the same time. This will keep your group of athletes and parents together instead of spread out across 6-10 fields at the same time. For example, placing one squad on field 11A at 8 a.m. and your next squad on 11A at 8:45 will keep everyone from your team together, as well as simplifying the job of coaches.
  • ALL head coaches must sign in at the registration counter in the Main Events Center. At that time, you will go through your teams’ line-up and sign off on them, stating that each athlete is properly squadded and in the appropriate division. Once you do that, they are set, and no changes can be made. Please take the time to ensure that everything is correct.
  • At the time of registration, you will receive a goodie bag for the head coach and each athlete. If you do not want one of these bags, please tell the registration personnel at that time. Each athlete and coach participating will also receive an event t-shirt. Coaches: Please make sure the shirt size is filled in on your athletes’ and coaches’ profiles.
  • Please make sure your athletes are in the correct division on the athletes’ profile page for the High School Division, as well as for the SCTP American Division. Having them categorized differently in the two areas may prevent you from squadding them properly.

Skeet Referees Needed for National Championships

In an effort to keep the costs down at our National Championships in Sparta, Illinois this year, we are looking for help with our skeet refereeing.

Coaches: If you have any athletes who have graduated from your programs, assistant coaches with some extra time, or parents with skeet experience, they may be just who we are looking for.

While we would like to have certified referees, we are also looking for 20 to 30 people with skeet shooting or scoring experience.

We will pay $45 for a half day or $100 for a full day. Schedules will be set for Monday, July 13 through Thursday, July 16. Half days would be either 7:30 a.m. to – 12:00 noon OR 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. We are also looking for a handful of interested people for Friday’s Skeet Doubles.

If you know qualified persons who can help, please email SCTP National Director Tom Wondrash, twondrash@sssfonline.com.

Briley Offering Pre-ordering for SCTP Nationals Purchases

BrileyBriley Mfg. is making plans for the SCTP National Championships in Sparta, and to help the company be well prepared to serve the participating athletes, they are offering pre-ordering of chokes and selected accessories to be picked up at the event. The “Buy One Choke, Get One Free” is a popular Briley offer each year, and with limited inventory at the event, they want to make sure to have the products you need when you shop in their store.

“The ‘Buy One, Get One’ is a once-a-year sale we love to do for the kids,” commented Briley’s Hannah Price. “We feel very strongly that youth are the future of shooting sports and hunting, and we are committed to helping in any way we can.”

Please note that the offer is for SCTP members only.

All orders must be placed no later than Wednesday, July 8. To order chokes, wrenches, and accessories, you should send the following information by email, mail, fax, or phone:

    Name
    Address
    Phone number
    Make, model, and gauge of the gun(s)
    Products information

Please be specific regarding the style of chokes you want, i.e., silver extended, black extended, spectrum (color bands), ported, titanium, etc. Then list the constrictions (sizes) you want, i.e., SK, IC, LMOD, etc.

Helix chokes are $50 each and are not included in the Buy One, Get One offer.

If you need help selecting your chokes, contact Briley; any sales rep will be able to help you.

You should also include any wrenches, grease, choke cleaning brushes, snap caps, or other accessories you wish to purchase.

All orders must be paid for and picked up in Sparta. Shipping is not available for pre-orders.

“All the kids and their families have always been top notch, polite, grateful, and truly a pleasure to do business with,” said Price. “Briley would also like to thank all the parents, coaches, and chaperons for their hard work and commitment to the kids and this sport. Without you, this week of shooting would not happen.”

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Briley’s sales team in Houston at 713-932-6995 or smp@briley.com.

SCTP Holds First Texas Regional Championship

SCTP Texas Regional

The Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team and Fort Worth Claymores Shooting Team boosted their team endowment accounts last month with big winnings of $9500 at SCTP’s first Regional Championship in Texas, the Clay Bustin’ Bonanza. The athletes enjoyed two days of skeet, trap, and sporting clays at Ellis County Sportsmans Club.

The Allen Eagles won the tournament, earning a $4,000 first-place endowment. They won an additional $1,000 for the high overall individual score posted by Lake Bishop and $500 for Hunter Alford’s runner-up finish.

The Fort Worth Claymores also earned a $3,000 endowment as the second-place team, plus $1,000 for first place in the Flurry.

Congratulations to the winning teams and to our Texas athletes for their first Regional Championship!

Plan Your Lodging for Nationals in Sparta

If the SCTP-SPP National Championships in Sparta, Illinois are a part of your team’s plans for this year — and why wouldn’t they be? — it’s a good idea to start considering accommodations for the week of July 13-18. To make it easier for you to know your options, especially if this will be your first trip to the Sparta area, we have some resources for you.

We’ve accessed a Google map that shows lodging in the vicinity of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex, so you can not only see your lodging options, but also where they are relative to the complex.


See local lodging near the WSRC


In addition, the World Shooting & Recreational Complex offers 1001 camping sites for those of you who want to stay right on the premises in an RV or tent. Click the link below to learn about the WSRC campground options and to access online reservations. You can also make campground reservations by calling Sherry Flowers at the WSRC, 618-295-2700, ext. 486.


See WSRC campground options


Don’t know when you need to be there? Below is the schedule for each discipline:

    Sunday, July 12 – Registration
    Monday, July 13 – Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol
    Tuesday, July 14 – Skeet, sporting clays, pistol
    Wednesday, July 15 – Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol
    Thursday, July 16 – Skeet, skeet handicap/doubles, sporting clays, pistol
    Friday, July 17 – Trap, skeet doubles, pistol
    Saturday, July 18 – Trap, skeet doubles, pistol

SCTP College Regional Is a Spooktacular Success!

20141101_173136SCTP held its first Halloween-weekend College Regional Tournament at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, and in spite of a windy and cold first day that challenged shooters, it was no less than a Spooktacular success! A total of 212 athletes representing 14 teams from nine states competed in skeet, trap, wobble trap, sporting clays, and 5-stand, registering 65,800 targets.

Seventy-five athletes competed in the Last Competitor Standing competition on Saturday evening, with two shooters earning SKB IS300 shotguns. Ladies winner was Anna Pfaff of Hillsdale College, and Men’s winner was Bryce James of Lindenwood University.

Lindenwood University brought the largest contingent of athletes with 81, followed by Bethel University with 32. Other competing colleges included Purdue University, Martin Methodist College, Midland University, Southeastern Illinois College, Hillsdale College, University of Kentucky, Fort Hays State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Hampden-Sydney College, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, and University of Missouri – Columbia.

Congratulations to Prize Winners Who Completed Our Nationals Survey

We recently closed our National Championships survey after several hundred of you gave us your feedback on our year’s big events. As promised, we have drawn the names of eight (8) respondents to win a prize from SCTP or SPP. Congratulations to these winners:

    Aiden Belongia – SPP shooter from Wisconsin
    SPP water bottle, patch, and pin

    Houston Unsell – SPP shooter from Alabama
    SPP water bottle, patch, and pin

    Darin Bruski – SPP and SCTP shooter from Wisconsin
    SPP water bottle, patch, and pin

    William M. Seifert – SCTP shooter from Michigan
    Case of Nobel Sport ammo

    Dakota Bishop – SCTP shooter from Texas
    Case of Fiocchi ammo

    John Michael Baggett – SCTP shooter from Tennessee
    SCTP hat and t-shirt

    Edward Rowland – SCTP coach from Tennessee
    Weather Writer System

    Terry Brookman – SCTP coach from Missouri
    SCTP lanyard, coffee mug, and hot/cold pack

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey and provide us with valuable information that we will use to make future events even better.

Ft. Hays Collegiate Division Central Region Open Championship

The Fort Hays (NE) State Shooting Sports Club and Scholastic Clay Target Program are hosting a Collegiate Division Central Region Open Championship, October 17-19.

The tournament will be at Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Preregistration is required, and fees can be paid at check-in. Competitive shooting starts each day at 9:00 a.m.

Entries will be limited to 200 participants. Each participating school must provide at least one five-person squad that shoots all events for a cumulative team score. Each participating school can enter as many squads (and individuals) as they choose.

Team and individual awards will be presented. All SCTP participating schools will have $1,000 in endowment funds deposited to their MidwayUSA Foundation account. Winners will also earn endowment funds.


See Event Flyer / Registration Form


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