The 2016 shooting season begins on September 1, so it is time for all coaches, volunteers, and athletes to register for the upcoming year.
The SHOT registration system has been reset for the 2016 registration season as of Friday, August 28 at 9:00 a.m. CST. This reset has nulled the annual fields for payment, receipt of consent waiver, and other items for volunteers and athletes.
Volunteer background checks submitted on or after November 12, 2014, will be good for two years. Those who had checks conducted prior to that date must resubmit to a new check.
The shooting year statistics pages has also been reset. Information from the 2015 season has been archived for future reference.
The 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.
The SHOT registration and scoring system will be shut down from Thursday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m. CST until Monday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m. CST.
The current SHOT V.4 system will be shut down as we begin the conversion to the SHOT V.5 upgrade. Taking the system offline temporarily will ensure that we do not lose any information or records that you may have input during the conversion process.
When you attempt to log into the system for the first time on or after Monday, November 10, existing teams will be asked to “Activate” your team. Through this activation process, we will ask you for your existing SHOT V.4 username, so please take note of your username. You will have the chance to reset your password and establish some other settings to re-initiate your team.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but these steps are necessary to ensure as seamless a transition as possible to the new SHOT V.5. Video tutorials and other resources will be available after activation on the login page.
When the system is reactivated, we ask for your patience as we make this transition to the new version. Please remember that the system is young, and you will possibly encounter errors. Please report any errors you encounter as soon as possible so we can make sure they are fixed.
The latest version of our SHOT online registration and scoring system is set to launch on November 10, giving teams more control over their own records management, providing new capabilities as event hosts, and paving the way for an upcoming paperless system.
Scholastic Pistol Program participants, who previously have not used the SHOT system for event registration and scoring, will now be able to manage these functions electronically. For coaches with multiple teams in either program, the new SHOT V.5 will simplify access by allowing one login to be used for all teams, rather than a separate one for each team.
Another important benefit of SHOT V.5 will be competition management tools for teams to host and manage shoots, leagues, and conferences. Plus, every team will be able to have its own website hosted on our system.
SHOT V.5 will be a user-controlled environment that will allow coaches to register online, setting your own login information and controlling the information stored there. If you lose your login information, you will no longer need to contact us to retrieve or reset it; you will be able to reset it immediately yourself.
The first time you access the system on or after November 10, you will be prompted to create new login information. This will be very similar to many other sites where you set up your own login and use it each time you shop or manage your account.
For now, head coaches will continue to have forms completed by athletes and parents and will enter the information collected into the SHOT system. It will be the head coach’s responsibility to make sure each person is properly registered online. Because this system is designed for user management, our staff will no longer be entering registration information into the SHOT system on behalf of coaches and athletes.
Since this is the first time many SPP coaches have registered on the SHOT system, these coaches are reminded that you will now need to register on the site, complete your background check, and take the Double Goal Course. If you need help, you may contact Tammy Mowry.
Don’t worry about the need to learn something new and complex. While we don’t think you’ll find it difficult to use, we have created some video tutorials to walk you through the system’s functions, and we’ll remind you of the steps you’ll need to follow to fully operate in the new environment. You can view the tutorials here.
When the paperless environment is in place in 2015, coaches and teams will realize some immediate benefits. Athletes, parents, and other volunteers will register themselves in the system. Coaches will no longer need to collect paper forms and juggle duplicate records, sending copies to SSSF and maintaining copies for themselves. That will mean no more time and expense of copying and mailing records to SSSF. Instead, all records will be stored online. Likewise, SSSF will save money, space, and staff time that is now spent on records management — resources that can be spent on your SCTP or SPP team instead!