SCTP 2021 Olympic & Sporting Clays Development (OSCD) Camp

Guest blog by Michelle Cerino, Women’s Outdoor News

From May 27 through 29, I attended the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) 2021 Olympic & Sporting Clays Development Camp (OSCD) as part of the CZ-USA Field Sports event staff. It took place at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH, just 1.5 hours from my house. 

The Camp
Designed to introduce SCTP Athletes to Olympic Skeet, Bunker Trap and Sporting Clays, the OSCD camp was conducted by the National SCTP Coaching Staff and national coaches. Coaches included former Olympian, Terri DeWitt, for the international disciplines and CZ-USA’s David Miller, for sporting clays. Registered SCTP Athletes, SCTP Coaches and State Advisors were invited to apply.
Prior to the arrival of the athletes, coaches and advisors spent two days learning various skills and teaching techniques through a hands-on experience on how to more effectively instruct SCTP athletes. On the evening of the second day, the athletes arrived. (Which is also when I drove down … just in time for dinner.)

SCTP Athletes Arrive
The group of athletes and their parents came from all over the country. Colorado, Arizona, Florida and Wyoming are just a few of the states represented. It was obvious they were all eager and ready to learn. With notebooks in hand, they all sat quietly while intently listening to the coaching staff’s introductions and athletic mindset teaching points. Always the student, I also took notes. The following are some of the key ideas I wrote down my first evening at camp:

  • What went well? How did I succeed today? (This question was asked at the end of every day.)
  • In order to grow, you should expect to fail. The question is, “Can you pick yourself up?”
  • What does a win look like?
  • Champions never quit.
  • Set realistic goals.
  • Consider competition as, “I’m going to show you what I’ve been working on.”
  • How do you react when you fail?
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