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Two Ways to Support the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program This Holiday Season

SSSF-Logo-(Revised)If the holiday season is bringing out your generous side, then please consider one of two ways to support the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) this season.

#GivingTuesday
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) has joined many other nonprofit organizations in the fundraising campaign #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to jump start the holiday season and as a way to encourage people to give back to their communities and to the organizations and causes they believe in.

“This is the first year the SSSF has participated in #GivingTuesday,” Ben Berka, SSSF president and executive director, said. “We encourage those of you who want to show support for our youth shooting sports programs to donate to the SCTP and the SPP on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Your donations help fund our programs, which enhance the growth and personal development of student athletes throughout the nation.”

Those interested in donating to the SSSF may go to https://sssfonline.org/donate/ to view giving options and make a secure, online donation. The SSSF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Contributions are tax-deductible.

AmazonSmile
With the holiday shopping season upon us, many of you will no doubt be shopping on Amazon.com, the website where you can buy everything from books and music, to electronics, to automobile tires. Without spending another cent, you can support the SCTP and SPP with your Amazon purchases. When you log onto Amazon through a special link, smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the SSSF — at no extra cost to you.  Use this special link to shop and support the SSSF!

Changes To 2015-2016 SPP And SCTP Handbooks

As well all well know, with growth and development often comes change…and the SSSF is not exempt from that process. So along with the new year of competition, there are several new items to review in both the official SPP and the SCTP handbooks.

changes-ahead-exit-signTammy Mowry, program director of the SPP, mentions that there are some “big” changes to make note of in the updated 2015-2016 SPP document.  Some of the highlights include updates in the section on “Grouping Athletes -Divisions” (look for the details about categories) as well as in “Team Definitions” (don’t miss the updated range commands). To read more and get caught up on all the new items, be sure to check out the update SPP handbook, here.

Tom Wondrash, national director of the SCTP, shares that there are too many changes to post each and every one. And he encourages everyone to dig in and and read the updated 2015-2016 handbook, paying special attention to the red text, which shows where recent changes have been made. To read more and get caught up on all the new SCTP items, be sure to check out the updated SCTP Handbook here.

See, Download & Share Photos from 2015 Nationals

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Our collection of photos from the SCTP-SPP National Team Championships in Sparta and SCTP National Championships for International Disciplines in Colorado Springs have now been assembled on our Flickr page and are available for you to view, download, print, and share.


Click here to see our 2015 Nationals photos on Flickr


Even if you haven’t used Flickr before, you’ll probably find it pretty intuitive once you poke around a bit. However, here are a few notes to speed up the learning curve:

    The album will open to a collection of images on one page. If you want to look at an image in full-frame or to share or download it, just click on the image to open it.

    With any image opened, look for these icons in the lower right corner:

    Flickr icons

    If you wish to download the image, click on the icon on the right, the “down” arrow. What you’re seeing on the page will usually be a much smaller version of the image, with several larger sizes available to be downloaded. You’ll see some options:

    Flickr image sizes

    Just choose what you want. For a social media icon – or postage stamp – you might choose the 150×150 option. For a large print, go with the largest available size. To submit to your newspaper, download the largest available size to allow them to re-size it as needed.

    If you want to share the image in social media, click on the center icon, the “right” arrow, and again you’ll have options and some choices to make:

    Flickr share

    For most purposes, such as sharing on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll need to select “Link” as the Code option. If you want to embed the photo into your blog or website, you can choose “HTML.” When that is the case, you will also have a choice of sizes.

If you choose to share images on social media (yes, do!), please continue to use the event hashtag, #SSSF2015.


Go to our Flickr page.


Young Women Make Up 18.4% Of Athletes At Nationals

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A 2013 research report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation entitled Analysis of Sport Shooting Participation in the U.S. 2008-2012 found that not only were new shooters likely to be younger with 66% falling in the 18-to-34-year-old age group, but they were also likely to be female. NSSF’s findings showed that 37% of new target shooters were women.

Looking around the grounds of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, it’s clear that young women are a fast growing segment of both the Scholastic Clay Target Program and the Scholastic Pistol Program.

At this year’s National Team Championships those young ladies with shotguns slung over their shoulders, and those with a pistol tucked away in their range bag, make up 18.4% of the total 2,800-plus athletes in attendance. Among the 2,466 shotgunners they are 17.6% while on the pistol ranges they account for nearly a quarter (24.3%) of the 345 competitors.

Gender Participation
If the broad smiles exhibited during Wednesday night’s Opening Ceremony are any indication, the number of young female athletes participating in the shooting programs of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is likely to grow.

 

Top Five States At The 2015 Nationals

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Participation at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2015 National Team Championships is broad reaching with 28 states represented. Nearly three quarters (74.1%) of the 2,800+ shooters come from just five states. Here’s how athletes from the SSSF’s Big 5 break out.

Tennessee (25.3%)
The Volunteer State accounts for 25.3% of all athletes with 601 competing in SCTP (24.4%) and 109 (31.6%) in SPP.

Illinois (18.6%)
The home of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex, the Land of Lincoln sent 484 (19.6%) of shotgunners and 40 (11.6%) of the pistol competitors.

Wisconsin (14.9%)
The Badger State athletes came to shoot with 371 (15.0%) in SCTP and 47 (13.6%) in SPP.

Iowa (8.1%)
The Hawkeye State rolled in with 200 (8.2%) of the SCTP athletes and 29 (8.4%) of those in SPP.

Missouri (7.2%)
The Show-Me State showed up with 202 (8.2%) SCTP competitors, and despite not having any shooters in the SPP Nationals they still hold down fifth overall on this list.

SCTP-SPP States

Join GLOCK and SSSF Athletes in Taking Safety Pledge

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Siblings and SPP teammates John and Kaela Leach urge SSSF athletes
to take the GLOCK safety pledge.
During the June National Safety Month, GLOCK is taking the lead in encouraging shooters and gun-owning families to take firearms safety seriously by taking the GLOCK Safety Pledge.

Several SSSF athletes, including siblings and SPP teammates John and Kaela Leach, are being featured in social media messages urging their fellow athletes and gun owners to take the pledge.

Take the GLOCK Safety Pledge.

Plan Your Trip to Nationals with the 2015 National Team Championships Program

2015 Nationals ProgramYou can learn about everything that’s happening at the 2015 National Team Championships with the event program, and it’s ready for your perusal. Use it to plan your schedule, learn about side events, or just stoke your excitement for the biggest event of the year!

The program also includes information on the SCTP International-Style National Championships in Colorado Springs.


View Nationals Program


The SCTP and SPP National Team Championships will be July 13-18 at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. Based on opening-week registrations that were almost double 2014 numbers, staff are expecting to have a record-breaking event.

If your team hasn’t yet registered, do it today!

SCTP Nationals Registration Opens with a Bang!

June 1 was much anticipated by Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) teams across the country, as it marked the opening of registration for the 2015 SCTP National Team Championships. Based on the first day’s registrations, staff are predicting another record-breaking event.

In the first 24 hours of open registration for the July 13-18 tournament, the program saw 66 teams register 1036 athletes. Eighteen states were represented with 2,026 event registrations filed.

“These numbers are incredible; they doubled last year’s first-day totals,” commented Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “Coaches set their alarm clocks to wake up at 12:01 on June 1 to register their teams!”

While the numbers are already up significantly from last year’s registrations, Wondrash points out that there will be enough shooting slots at the spacious World Shooting and Recreational Complex to fit in every team wanting to attend.

The Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) will also hold its National Junior/Senior Championships in conjunction with the SCTP tournament. In its third year, the SPP event has registered 259 athletes from 24 teams in 13 states to date.

New SCTP side events include 16-yard Preliminary Singles Trap and a coach/athlete trap shoot. Team endowment funding, games, and many industry representatives will also be on hand all week. With appearances by people like MidwayUSA’s own Larry and Brenda Potterfield on Tuesday, July 14, Olympic Gold Medalist Vincent Hancock on Wednesday through Friday, shooting exhibitions and clinics by professional shooters, and more exciting events still to be announced, SCTP and SPP are looking at a very busy and exciting week in Sparta, Illinois!

SSSF Awards 2015 Scholarships to 65 Student Athletes

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 recipients in our SSSF Scholarship Program. Sixty-five SCTP and SPP student athletes will receive scholarships totaling $57,000. SSSF will add another $4,000 to that total in July when it awards scholarships to four additional athletes during Last Competitor Standing events at its 2015 National Championships.

From 2013 through its 2015 distributions, SSSF will have awarded $140,000 in scholarship funds to 148 student athletes in the SCTP and SPP programs.

Athletes who graduated from high school in 2015 and will enroll in college this year were eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. Awards are based on SCTP/SPP participation, academics, need, and other factors.

The scholarships are being funded by generous sponsors who support our youth shooting programs, as well as supporters who raise funds through national banquets. For the SCTP scholarships, the National Skeet Shooting Association and National Sporting Clays Association (NSSA-NSCA) contributed $10,000 for 10 awards, and an additional $8,500 was provided by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), GunBroker.com, NRA, Hodgdon Powder, Zanders Sporting Goods, and MEC.

Of the eight $1000 scholarships being awarded to SPP athletes, six are being funded by a donation from Smith & Wesson, while others are being funded by a $1000 donation each from the Joyce Wilson Women in the Shooting Sports Scholarship and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).

Congratulations to the following 2015 scholarship recipients:

Scholastic Clay Target Program Athletes

Scholarships are funded by the SSSF and NSSA-NSCA unless otherwise indicated.

Jacob BuchanonAlaska
Grace HambuchenArkansas
Marshall AnemaArizona
Danielle ButtermoreConnecticut
Clayton TeallFlorida
Zachary MetzFloridaGunBroker.com
Ciara ErenbergerIowaNRA
Samuel FrederesIowa
Joshua MorrisonIowa
Lake HeatonIowaATA
Lauren HerrIowa
Christopher MartinIowa
Caleb GradelessIowa
Samantha AshlandIowa
Luke BordenIdaho
Sydney CarsonIndiana
Conner HaleyIndianaATA
Emily DuquetteMassachusetts
Alyssa MinderMinnesota
Zachary JungMinnesota
Emily HampsonMissouri
Austin WebbMontanaHodgdon Powder
Courtney JonesNorth Carolina
Hunter ClarkNorth Carolina
Grant LindNorth Dakota
Madison WebsterNebraskaHodgdon Powder
Carl KesslerOhio
Sean CurranOhioGunBroker.com
Tess DeckerOklahoma
Douglas BirchardPennsylvaniaATA
Bryce BuckwalterPennsylvania
Zane McShanePennsylvania
Donovan BarryPennsylvania
William TillSouth Carolina
Braxton RiderTennessee
Harold Doughty IIITennessee
Samantha SmithTennessee
Mathew St.JohnTennesseeNRA Scholarship
Joseph SimmonsTennessee
Travis OldTexasGunBroker.com
Ian StodartUtah
Grayson HelmsWashington
Megan RiceWashington
Abigail DenmarkWashington
Abigail RosenauWisconsinATA
Dalton KarowWisconsin
Emily BradleyWisconsin
Samuel HovdeWisconsin
Zachary HahnWisconsin
Zachary HendersonWisconsin
Emma GehringWisconsin
Atticus ClarkWisconsin
Gunnar KernWisconsin
Molly CocroftWisconsin
Joseph AltwiesWisconsin
Brian MorrisWisconsinZanders Sporting Goods
Pauline SchlaisWisconsinMEC

Scholastic Pistol Program Athletes

Franklin OrdwayOregonSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Eri MartinMaineSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Hunter ReileyTexasSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Ryan HellyerKentuckySmith & Wesson Scholarship
Tyler WrightOhioSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Corey BucholzWisconsinSmith & Wesson Scholarship
Amber RasmussenWisconsinJoyce Wilson Women in the Shooting Sports Scholarship
Jordan CastroWashingtonIDPA Scholarship
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