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Congratulations to the SCTP 2019 National Championship All-State Winners

At this year’s SCTP National Championships, athletes from 31 states competed in the 2019 SCTP All State Championship Competition in skeet, trap, and sporting clays.

To compete in the All State Competition athletes had to attend their SCTP State Championship event(s) and attend the 2019 SCTP National Championships in Marengo, OH.

TRAP 1st Place – Minnesota 978
Woodrow Glazer, Senior/Varsity, 200
Ian Wheatcraft, Senior/Varsity, 193
Tanner Thompson, Senior/Jr. Varsity, 195
Max Bunning, Senior/Varsity, 199
Nathan Schultz, Senior/Varsity, 191

SKEET 1st Place – Iowa 973
Thomas Keeshan, Senior/Varsity, 195
Maclane Heinen, Senior/Varsity, 196
Dominick Ver Meer, Senior/Varsity, 198
Jaydon Biles, Senior/Varsity, 191
Hunter Block, Senior/Varsity, 193

SPORTING CLAYS – 1st Place – Georgia 867
Aaron Copelan, Senior/Varsity, 174
Rennie Wilson III, Senior/Varsity, 183
Camryn McCraney, Senior/Varsity, 159
Mitchell Kent, Senior/Varsity, 174
Nash Sinclair, Senior/Varsity, 177

Click here to see a complete list of all the 2019 SCTP All State Athletes (.xls file).

We are looking forward to having even more states represented in the 2020 SCTP All State Competition at the 2020 SCTP National Championships July 11-18.

Congratulations again to all our 2019 SCTP All State Program Winners.

Hunt Giant Whitetails in Iowa! – Nonresident Tag Auction to Benefit SCTP

Iowa is considered by many to be one of the premier white-tailed deer hunting destinations in the United States. Dreams come true in the Hawkeye State every year as hunters consistently harvest mature, corn fed bucks that reach well over 200″. Getting a tag, however, is easier said than done. Now you can guarantee your tag and promote state and local conservation efforts through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program Non-Resident Deer Tag Auction, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

This auction is for One Iowa Special Non-Resident Deer Tag, good Statewide for Archery, Gun season one, Gun season two, or the Late Muzzleloader season during either 2019 or 2020 Iowa deer season (hunter’s choice). The deer tag includes 1 ‘any sex’ deer and 1 ‘antlerless’ deer. For seasons and hunting information, go to: http://www.iowadnr.gov/

The auction for this tag begins on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:00PM CST and ends on Friday, September 13 at 7:00PM. View the online auction and place your bids at eBay.

The winner of the auction receives a tag that includes 1 any-sex deer and 1 antlerless deer. This non-resident deer tag is good statewide; however, Landowner Permission is required before hunting on private land.

The tag may be used either in the coming 2019-2020 season, or next year in the 2020-2021 season. The hunter must declare which year and one of the following standard seasons at the close of the auction and no later than September 25th, 2019. 2019-2020 season dates can be found at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/DeerHunting.aspx . 2020-2021 dates have not been confirmed at this time but will be similar to 2019-2020 dates.

The Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, Inc. is committed to supporting organized youth, high school and collegiate clay target shooting programs across the state of Iowa. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the primary functions of Iowa SCTP, Inc. are to raise money and provide funding and financial support to Iowa programs and their coaches. With support provided by our sponsors, Iowa SCTP, Inc. and its volunteer board of directors has been able to provide funding and therefore more opportunities to new school-based teams, coaches and shooting athletes. To learn more go to www.iowasctp.org

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program in Iowa and across the United States. SCTP is a youth development program in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. For more information go to www.sssfonline.org

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is also Iowa’s leading state conservation agency who works hand-in-hand with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program to promote youth shooting sports and wildlife conservation across the state. Their programs enhance all of Iowa’s conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. You can learn more at:http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Interested in being notified for upcoming Iowa tag auctions? Contact us at info@sssfonline.com

Photo credit Jeff Barnes, Iowa DNR

Eldridge, Iowa’s SCTP North Scott Trap Team Looking for More 1st Place Finishes

The North Scott Trap Team are heading to the 2019 SCTP National Championships in Marengo, Ohio focused on adding to their 2018 accomplishments. Last year, at the 2018 SCTP National Championships, North Scott Trap Team finished first in Handicap Trap Doubles for the 3rd year in a row, First in Trap Singles High School, First in High Overall, and First Place in Skeet for the 2nd year in a row.

North Scott Senior Varsity Red squad members Andrew Troje, Hunter Frerichs, Jaydon Biles, Hunter Block, and Thomas Keeshan leave the field after a round of trap singles. The squad fired a 496×500 in the first half of the 1,000 target squad event on July 19.

Eleven (11) athletes, their parents and coaches have made the trip and are excited to get started. The North Scott team has 65 athletes in the program, ranging from 6th grade to College.

North Scott Senior Varsity squad member Andrew Troje fires on a target during the trap singles event.

North Scott Head Coach Eric Long talked about his team’s chances for 2019. “This year our theme has been “a perfect effort” each time we take the line.  We understand that in a sport of perfection we will not always be perfect, but we do give a perfect effort every time and that is what has driven this group of athletes to succeed at the national level. I am proud and honored to be part of this program and to be able to watch these athletes move through our program and to wherever their next chapter takes them after high school.”

The North Scott Trap Team is very active in the community, participating in many civic events throughout the year. In addition, the team has an active fundraising effort to make sure the resources are there for regional, state and of course the National Championship trips.

Look for the North Scott Trap Team’s athletes at the top of the leaser board again this year!

Photo Credit: Hayley Wilson Photography

About the National Championships
Complete information, participation, statistics and stock photos can be found at: https://sssfonline.org/news/media/

Nearly 2,700 to Attend Iowa SCTP Trap Championships

Cedar Falls, IA – Starting Wednesday, June 6th the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Iowa State Trapshooting Association (ISTA) will be hosting the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) state trapshooting championship event at the ISTA home grounds just north of Cedar Falls.

Middle school and elementary aged athletes will begin the competition on Wednesday with high school athletes competing Thursday through Sunday. Over 630,000 clay targets will be fired at during the five days of competition with 2,639 youth from 117 Iowa teams scheduled to participate.

This week’s trap championship event is the first culminating event to a season of trap, skeet and sporting clays competitions that started last fall where Iowa teams logged 800 competition events from September 1 through the end of May. Iowa youth have fired at nearly 1.7 million clay targets in these local competitions alone.

Event Details

Wednesday, June 6th – Rookie and Intermediate Divisions (Grades 8 and under)

Thursday, June 7th – Doubles and Handicap (i.e. added distance) Events, All Ages

Friday, June 8 through Sunday June 10 – High School Divisions

Iowa State Trapshooting Association Home Grounds

6138 W Cedar Wapsi Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Event Program, Schedules and Results

Complete event program can be found at:

Interactive squad schedules may be viewed by going to http://shot.sssfonline.com/shot/bin/comp/report/schedule.asp?id=1724 then navigating to the event you would like to see the squad schedule for.

Results leaderboards can be found at: http://shot.sssfonline.com/shot/bin/comp/report/leaderboard.asp?id=1724

Scheduled Teams and Athlete Hometown List



Media Contact

Chris VanGorp, Shooting Sports Coordinator, Iowa DNR

Chris.VanGorp@dnr.iowa.gov 515-313-8048

Download the complete media advisory here.

SCTP Banquets Raise Funds to Support Scholarships & Teams

The SCTP has run several national banquets in March only to see some huge returns and support by teams and the general public! The largest banquet to date was held Friday, March 16th in Waterford, WI.

The Wisconsin banquet completed its 5th year running, raising funds for programs and scholarships administered by the SCTP National organization.

This year’s banquets featured a Henry Rifle with the SCTP logo engraved into the stock. The funds raised from those 2 live auction items (Wisconsin and Iowa) will be given out to lucky recipients of scholarships in those 2 states. The Wisconsin banquet raised $1,300 and will be recognized as the “Scherrer Construction” scholarship while the Iowa banquet raised $1,050 and will be named the “Bobby Wood“scholarship and awarded to a deserving Iowa athlete!

The Wisconsin banquet had not only local representation but SCTP team representation as well. Coaches and families from 10 local teams (representing about 700 athletes) in Wisconsin attended the festivities! The local team (BHS Demons Shooting Team) was the host of this year’s banquet securing silent auction items and donations from various local businesses in support of the National organization. In Iowa, the BGM Shotgunners took the lead for their 2nd annual SCTP National banquet to date! Both teams raised some much needed funds for themselves as well as local support of their programs.

The 2nd annual Iowa banquet was held at the Manatt Center in Brooklyn, Iowa and was also well attended and supported by local businesses and people in the community. While this banquet was the first one run by the current team members and coaches, they did an exceptional job in securing help and support by the team, parents and others!

In running these banquets, the SCTP also raised funds in support of its foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). Promoting and supporting foundation memberships also helps secure the future of the SSSF’s programs!

“We couldn’t have been happier with the results of this year’s banquets!” Said Tom Wondrash, SCTP’s National Director. “These funds are used for several things including new programs and team support. Scholarships given out to SCTP athletes utilizes the biggest portion of the funds raised and we absolutely appreciate the help by the teams and families in making this possible”

Pheasants Forever to Host Iowa Shooting Sports Clinic

High School and Collegiate shotgun coaches & athletes are invited to this special 1 day clinic hosted by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever. If you want to learn how to shoot better, or understand why you miss, you wont want to miss this opportunity.  Each clinic is open to shooters of varying skill levels and is customized to the needs of coaches and athletes.

Attendees will learn from former Team USA member Terri DeWitt.  Terri is a level 3 NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor and is finishing her Master’s degree in sport coaching as well as attending the International Shooting Sports Federation Coach School to attain international certification.  Most recently, Terri served as the MidwayUSA Foundation Program Manager for the eastern U.S. Terri also serves as the head coach for the Scholastic Clay Target Program International National Team.

For the Coaches:

Shooting Sports Clinics will help evaluate the skills and techniques of those coaches who introduce and teach trap shooting at the youth level.  Attendees will receive instruction and hands-on experience with athletes during the Youth Clinic.

For the Athletes:

Athletes will be provided a fun and safe learning enivronment that enhances the quality & abilities of young aspiring shotgun athletes.  The training will enhance the fundamentals an athlete needs to allow them to achieve greater consistency in training & competition.

Shooting Sports Clinic Topics:

  • Coaching techniques (including the stages of learning)
  • Mental Training for Shooting Sports Athletes
  • Goal Setting for Success
  • Physical training (stretching and warm-up exercises)
  • Vision Training & Exercises
  • Trap Shooting Training Drills
  • Gun Fit Fundamentals & Eye Dominance


Fee is $50.00 per person.  The fee covers the training day instruction, clay birds, printed materials and lunch.  You will also receive a complimentary membership to Pheasants Forever or Quail Forever.  Please bring your own shotgun and 4 boxes of trap shooting ammo for the range portion of the training.

Click here for complete details and for registration information.

Space is limited to the first 50 attendees.

                 Sponsored in part by Larry & Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA &  the MidwayUSA Foundation


2018 SCTP Regional Championship Dates and Locations

Save the date for the 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program Regional Championships! Regional events are a great way for SCTP teams to participate and compete with teams from all across the country. Make plans now to participate in one or more events for fun, camaraderie and some great prizes!

Pre-registration for each event will be available through the SSSF SHOT system as the event dates draw closer.

Iowa Girl Scout builds trap shooting range for entire community


Never giving up.

One eastern Iowa teen wanted to quit many times.

But she kept going, and now she is just about done building a new trap shooting range all for her community.

Brooklyn teenager, Lizzy Worthington, was on a trap shooting team in high school.

The problem was the closest range to practice at was about 45 minutes away.

So, for her Girl Scout’s Gold award project, she decided to build a trap shooting range closer to home.

She built a range in Malcom, Iowa.

Lizzy hopes more schools and people in the surrounding towns can use the range. She also hopes it can promote gun safety by teaching people the safe way to shoot.

She says the range took two years and many hours to build. The project cost more then 50 thousand dollars.

Lizzy is now up for the Girl Scout’s National Young Women of Distinction Award for her efforts with this project.

There will be an open house at the shooting range on August 5th from 9 in the morning until 11.

It is located at 1157 U.S. Highway 6 Malcom, Iowa.

Written by Amanda Gilbert, Multimedia Journalist, News 7 KWWL. Republished with permission. Watch the video segment here.

Lizzy Worthington is a member of the BGM Shotgunners, a Scholastic Clay Target Program member-team.

Iowa SCTP Surpasses Million Target Mark

Iowa SCTPThe Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, an affiliate state program, reached a major milestone in May by breaking the one million target mark for trapshooting league play.

Like many other traditional sports, Iowa’s trapshooting league is a spring sport consisting of face-to-face competition throughout the state between April 1 and May 24. In all, 58 different shooting facilities conducted 380 league matches at which 1,088,400 targets were shot during the course of the trap season. An additional 60,150 targets were shot in SCTP skeet and sporting clays leagues.

League play in Iowa is facilitated by the SSSF’s SHooting Organization Technology (SHOT) system, which provides coaches with the registration, league, and shoot management tools needed to navigate the season smoothly and efficiently.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) serves as state advisor for both SCTP and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) and has invested in these programs since 2006. The department provides ongoing program administration, shooting coach education, and staffing for state championship and other major events. When the department adopted the program in 2006, about 400 student athletes were involved. Today, over 3,000 participate.

“Passing the one million mark for clay targets is a major milestone for our youth trapshooting program,” said Chuck Gipp, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The shooting sports program continues to grow each year and is helping us to draw kids back outside and get reacquainted with the outdoors, and that is one of our major goals as a department.”

As state advisor, the Iowa DNR is supported by the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, Inc. and by the SCTP staff.

“We are very proud of Iowa’s accomplishments and happy to support them,” added Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Iowa has been the leader in our national program both in athletes and teams and in helping to develop our SHOT v5 system that is now used across the country. We have many great teams and coaches leading the way there.”

The spring trapshooting season in Iowa culminated at the recent high school and SCTP state trap championship events in Cedar Falls, Iowa, hosted by the Iowa State Trapshooting Association. The championship weekend saw perfect weather where 2,031 athletes shot an additional 355,000 targets to conclude the in-state season. Many Iowa teams will continue on to Sparta, Illinois to compete at the SCTP National Team Championships, July 13-18, where nearly 3,000 athletes are expected to participate.

NRA / USA Shooting Level I Coaches Course in Iowa

The Ankeny Izaak Walton League in Elkhart, Iowa, will host a Level I Coaches Course on November 8-9, 2014. The training will be provided by the Iowa Shotgun Coach Development Team, who are select members of the NRA/USA Shooting National Coach Development Staff (NCDS).

The Level I Coaches Course is a comprehensive program which covers American trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, International Skeet, and International (Bunker) Trap.

Registration fee is $180. A 50% tuition reimbursement for Iowa-based SCTP-registered coaches is available through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, Inc., upon successful course completion. Successful completion requires 85% on the written exam and recommendation from the coach trainer.

The two-day course will run 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Candidates should bring their own shotguns, eye and ear protection, shooting vest/shell pouch, and note-taking materials with them. Targets, 12 and 20 gauge target loads, and lunch will be provided each day.

Junior Trainers are also encouraged to attend. The Junior Trainer provides support to the coach, helping younger shooters learn safety and helping the coach at team activities. The Junior Trainer is recognized only to work under the direct supervision of a Coach (Level 1), Certified Coach (Level 2), or Advanced Certified Coach (Level 3). This level of the Coach Education Program is designed for young people, age 15-17, who show leadership in shooting programs. The Junior Trainer must successfully complete the discipline-specific Level 1 Coach School and obtain the recommendations of a parent and a coach.

Click here for registration

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