posted on April 24, 2006 00:00
State Championships Slated
for Scholastic Clay Target Program
Youth Competitions in Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays to be Held Nationwide
NEWTOWN, Conn.—Shotgun sports are gaining popularity among male and female youths in America, statistics show. To witness this trend in action, one need look no further than the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), a national shooting league now active in more than 35 states, with nearly 7,000 participants.
State championship shoots have begun and will continue through August.
By the end of summer, national champion teams will be crowned in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Winners will receive scholarship awards, trophies and more.
“SCTP is experiencing phenomenal growth nationwide. Last year alone, the program saw a more than 50 percent increase in participation, not to mention an 84 percent increase in female competitors,” said Zach Snow, SCTP national coordinator for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which developed the program.
SCTP's skeet and sporting clays national championships will be held in Rush, N.Y., in July while the SCTP national trap championships are slated for Sparta, Ill., in August. To qualify for these national events, youngsters are competing in SCTP events all over the country. A schedule of state championships is posted at www.nssf.org/sctp. The schedule is updated frequently as more states post their event dates.
Snow said SCTP allows elementary through high school-age youths to compete as a team while participants learn safe firearms handling, discipline, responsibility, leadership and teamwork.
Last year's SCTP national trapshooting championships—held in conjunction with the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships—attracted a record 1,564 youths, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all participation at the Grand American. The annual Grand American is the world's largest trapshooting competition.
The skeet and sporting clays nationals, held in Detroit, also attracted a record number of participants.
“In a 2005 SCTP survey, 94 percent of parents said competitive shooting is a positive influence in their child’s development. In fact, 98 percent of SCTP parents believe shooting is just as important as other sports, and 94 percent would support shotgun sports as a school-based athletic program,” said Snow.
For more information about your state's SCTP program, contact your state director or NSSF public relations director Steve Wagner at 203-426-1320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.