Scholastic Clay Target Program Shows Significant Growth

Shooting sports at the high school and collegiate levels are experiencing unprecedented growth, as witnessed by the recent Scholastic Clay Target Program Midwest Regional Tournament held in Sparta, Illinois.
Scholastic Clay Target Program Shows Significant Growth


Teams from seven states traveled to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, Illinois, April 4-6, for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) High School and College Regional Tournament, the first major event of the season for most of the shooters. Student athletes from Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, and Kansas competed in three disciplines – skeet, trap, and sporting clays.

In spite of a brutal Midwestern winter that delayed the start of clay target shooting for many teams, the regional shoot had 384 competitors, representing an 82% increase in participation over last year. Sporting clays had 91 participants, skeet had 97, and trap had the largest field at 346, for a total of 534 registrations for this growing event.

“A total of 53,600 competition targets were fired upon by these athletes, with not one single miscue,” cites Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Program Director. “Several northern teams wanted to attend but still have not had their first practice because of the harsh winter.”

The weekend was just a taste of what is to come in Sparta, as many of the teams set their sights on the National Championships being held July 14-19, 2014 at the WSRC.

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