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The 2019 Scholastic Action Shooting Program 2019 National Championships became the Largest Action Shooting Match in History

65 SASP teams from over 20 states from as far away as Washington State traveled with their Youth Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers, and Parents all came together at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio for what proved to be a “Record Breaking” 2019 SASP National Championship.

 With over 1,650 entries, this years SASP National Championship surpassed Glock Shooting Sports Foundation to become the largest Action Shooting Match in history. SASP founding sponsors Glock, Ruger, CZ USA, and Action Target were all in attendance to be a part of this historic milestone. Over 250,000 shots were fired at the 2019 National Championship competitions.
 
Congratulations to all our 2019 SASP National Championship Individual and team winners. Many teams came to the Cardinal Center to defend their previous titles and left holding the “top spots” again for 2019. Still, many of this year’s individual and team winners were on the podium for the first time. It was easy to see that all our SASP teams had worked hard all year to get ready for the intense competition that is always a part of the SASP National Championships.
 

Our thanks to all our safety officer volunteers who put in over 1000 combined hours in the 90 plus degree heat and humidity. And our thanks to the staff at the Cardinal Center for their support.
 
For everyone involved it was an amazing week and it’s time to start planning for our next record setting National Championship event, July 11-18, 2020!

 For a complete list of the 2019 SASP winners, click the Results Tab on the menu bar of the www.sssfonline.org website.

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

CZ-USA Top Gun Challenge at Nationals

The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program are excited to announce the Top Gun Challenge sponsored by CZ-USA is coming back to the 2019 National Championships in Marengo, OH July 13-20!

As a reminder – SASP Nationals registration opens today!


Top Gun Challenge Eligibility Criteria, Scoring and Prizes

  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be current team members in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) AND the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).
     
  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be pre-registered to shoot the following events at the 2019 National Championships:
    • 16 Yard Trap
    • Skeet
    • Sporting Clays
    • Rifle (irons, optics or pistol caliber carbine)
    • Centerfire or Rimfire Pistol 
    • 1911/2011 Pistol
       
  • Each athlete wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must complete a registration form in person at the SASP registration desk located at the Cardinal Center Central Entry Building prior to competing in their first event. Athletes will then shoot all competition events as usual. 
     
  • We will compile scores from your events and calculate the winners. Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays is easy you will get the total number of birds you break in each discipline, so a possible 600 points. Since SASP is based on time and not total targets hit, it will be done a little differently. We will take all participants and rank both their rifle times and their pistol times fastest to slowest. 
    • The fastest in each discipline will get 200, second place 199, third place 198 and so on down the line until everyone has a score.  We will add all those points together and the athlete with the most points out of the possible 1,200 will win.
       
  • Every Athlete who competes in all the events and signs up, will receive a Top Gun Challenge challenge coin just for participating and showing your shooting stamina.
     
  • Prizes will include a shotgun, rifle and pistol by CZ-USA with specific models to be announced and many other great prizes!

2019 SASP All State Team Criteria

Thanks to the generous sponsorship by GLOCK, RUGER, CZ-USA and ACTION TARGET, at the 2019 National Championships SASP will have an ALL-STATE TEAM Competition.

Athletes who compete in their respective state SASP match in .22 pistol, .22 rifle (optic/iron combined), centerfire pistol or PCC are eligible to make their states SASP All-State Team at the 2019 National Championships in Marengo, OH.  Each state will have an All-State Pistol team made up of two rimfire pistol athletes and two Centerfire athletes (1911 will not be included).  The All-State Rifle team will be made up of two rimfire rifle athletes and two PCC athletes. (iron or optic will not be considered).

Any athlete who places in the top two at their respective state championships will be eligible to represent his or her state in that discipline. Athletes may qualify as All-State in more than one discipline.  If a top-two athlete is NOT attending the SASP National Championships in Ohio, then the opportunity will be bumped down to the next eligible competitor from that state who is attending the National Championships.

Athletes attending the National Championships (representing their state as an All-State Team member) will receive a custom shirt signifying their All-State Team designation!

Guidelines:

Top two athletes will be determined by the actual times shot for each discipline at their respective State SASP match.

Ties – If a tie occurs for final ranking, the In & Out (V for V if used) stage score will be used as the tie-breaker. If that does not break the tie, the fastest single run of that stage will be used as the tie-breaker. If necessary, the second and third run will be used as the tie breaker.

Times at the National Championships will be used from the athlete’s normal squadding with his or her team. Any ties will be broken as per the handbook and listed about using In and Out or V for V stage.

This is NOT an HOA event! Athletes do not need to compete in all disciplines.

SASP will provide awards to the 1st through 3rd place team members for each discipline. These awards will be presented at the respective awards ceremonies on Friday and Saturday at Nationals.

The All-State Teams will be comprised of two athletes from each state for each discipline, non-collegiate athletes only!

Good luck and congratulations to all the SASP All State Team members!

2018 Nationals Gun Winners

The 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National championships had many winners, both on and off the range! A total of 70 firearms were awarded during nationals and below are some of the highlights. Congratulations to everyone who participated and supported the SCTP and SASP!

Browning 725 Winner  – Larry Cooper, Tennessee
This raffle supported the Browning scholarship winner, Eric Long, Jr. who earned the $6,450 college scholarship.

Blaser F16 Winner – Mike King, Ohio
The Blaser F16 raffle supports SCTP scholarship recipients and the SCTP!

Beretta 960 Winner – Sue Tucker, Michigan

SKB 90TSS Trap Combo – Victoria Merrit, Kentucky

CZ-USA All American Trap – David Rivers, Tennessee

Browning BT-99 Midway Edition – Lori Batcheldor, Illinois
This gun was drawn from those who joined or renewed with a SSSF Supporting Membership during Nationals Week!

Kolar Low Max Gun Winner – Wayne Werner, Iowa
This raffle supported SCTP teams across the country with the opportunity for teams to earn additional funds to their Team Endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation based on total team ticket sales.

Here are the top teams earning MidwayUSA Foundation Team Endowment Funds via the Kolar raffle:

$8,000 – 1st place – BHS Demons (WI) – 617 tickets

$7,000 – 2nd place – St. Charles Shot Crew (IL) – 500 tickets

$6,000 – 3rd Place – Ida County (IA) – 479 tickets

$5,000 – 4th Place – Allen Eagles (TX) – 400 tickets

$4,000 – 5th Place – Mid Carolina Young Guns (SC) – 310 tickets

Who Will Take Top Gun Honors in 2018?

The Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program are excited to announce a new event at this year’s National Championships – the Top Gun Challenge.

Over the years we have watched the increase in athletes shooting multiple disciplines in both our programs at nationals. We wanted to find a way to recognize the commitment and stamina these athletes have shown competing in so many events, over the course of the week of nationals.

CZ-USA, a large sponsor of both SCTP and SASP heard us talking about wanting to start some kind of “Top Gun” competition and graciously offered to sponsor the top prize for the winner. CZ-USA will be donating a Shotgun, a Rifle and Pistol to SCTP/SASP and we will be awarding all three prizes to the High Overall Top Gun Challenge competitor.

With CZ’s support here is what we have come up with for the 2018 SCTP/SASP Nationals.

Top Gun Challenge Eligibility Criteria, Scoring and Prizes

  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be current team members in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) AND the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP).
  • Athletes wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must be pre-registered to shoot the following events at the 2018 National Championships:
    • 16 Yard Trap
    • Skeet
    • Sporting Clays
    • Rimifre Rifle (irons or optics)
    • Centerfire or Rimfire Pistol
  • Each athlete wishing to compete in the Top Gun Challenge must complete a registration form in person at either the SASP or SCTP registration desk located at the Cardinal Center Central Entry Building prior to competing in their first event. Athletes will then shoot all competition events as usual.
  • We will compile scores from your events and calculate the winners. Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays is easy you will get the total number of birds you break in each discipline, so a possible 600 points. Since SASP is based on time and not total targets hit, it will be done a little differently. We will take all participants and rank both their rifle times and their pistol times fastest to slowest.
    • The fastest in each discipline will get 200, second place 199, third place 198 and so on down the line until everyone has a score.  We will add all those points together and the athlete with the most points out of the possible 1000 will win.
  • Every Athlete who competes in all the events and signs up, will receive a Top Gun Challenge challenge coin just for participating and showing your shooting stamina.

Prizes for Athletes Grade 12 and Under

  • 1st prize – CZ USA 612 Target Shotgun, CZ 75 SP01 Phantom Pistol and a 512 American Rifle
  • 2nd Prize – CZ Drake 12ga. Over/Under
  • 3rd Prize – Certificate for a GLOCK Pistol
  • 4th Prize – Mossberg Blaze .22 Rifle
  • 5th Prize – Case of Aguila shotgun shells and 1000 rounds of Federal Premium Hunter Match .22 ammo
  • 6th Prize – Walker’s electronic hearing protection, Certificate for XX2I glasses

Prizes for Collegiate Athletes

  • 1st Prize Mossberg Blaze .22 Rifle
  • 2nd Prize Certificate for XX2I Glasses
  • 3rd Prize Browning Range Bag
SCTP and SASP want to thank all of our sponsors for their support of our programs and the Top Gun Challenge!

CZ-USA Renews Sponsorship with SCTP

CZ-USA announced recently that they will sponsor the SCTP again as a Platinum Level Sponsor for the 2018 shooting year! CZ-USA has developed the “SCTP Sterling” available now as well as competition type shotguns like the CZ-USA “All American Trap Combo” and the “612 Target ” for competitive shooters of all ages. People can see many of these fine firearms at our national championships being held July 14-21 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio!

“The SCTP is a world class program and understands what it takes to run a youth shooting organization!” said Dave Miller, CZ-USA’s Special Project & Shotgun Product Manager. “We believe very strongly in the SCTP’s mission and direction and are proud to support such a fine organization with our products!”

CZ-USA has supported the SCTP at a very high level now for several years. They are constantly looking for ways to get more involved with both the SCTP and the SASP, both programs of the SSSF.

“We are very proud to have World record holder Dave Miller and CZ-USA a part of our program!” commented Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “CZ-USA is a great friend and partner of not only our national organization but of the teams and families as well! Like many of our other sponsors, CZ-USA gets it. They understand that our youth are the future of the shooting sports and they work closely with us in developing more opportunities for them. We appreciate all they do in support of what we stand for!”

Are you or your company interested in being part of or supporting the largest competitive youth shooting program in the world? Then contact Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director at twondrash@sssfonline.com or check out our 2018 Media Guide at: https://sssfonline.org/about-sssf/advertise-us/.

Beyond the Clays – The 2017 SSSF Championships

Article Courtesy Michael Sabbeth and Fiocchi USA. Photo credit to Carla Jennings Photography.

“We are looking at the future,” Chris Hodgdon said as his hand swept like a conductor’s baton in an arc toward the line of trap fields. Hundreds of young shooters were pulverizing clay targets, laughing and speaking words of support to their teammates. We were at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The Cardinal Trap Shooting Facility in Marengo, Ohio, developed through the magnanimity of the Fishburn family, hosted the event.

Competitive shooters, ages 8 to 23 from 32 states, competed for national titles in the shotgun disciplines of American Trap, Handicap Trap, Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles, Skeet, Skeet Doubles and Sporting Clays. Pistol and rifle competitors competed for steel shooting titles in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, Iron Sight Rifle and Optics Rifle divisions. About 2,700 athletes on 255 teams boasted 6,400 event entries. Thirty-three states were represented and an estimated 1.26 million shots were fired in the competition events! One hundred and five SCTP student athletes will receive scholarships totaling $83,000.

Prior to SSSF, many students never or had only rarely shot a gun. Feeder organizations such as 4H and the Boy Scouts gave them opportunities to try. Many parents asked SSSF to help their children get involved in shooting. The children loved the sports, become members and gained deeper knowledge about shooting.

I learned many teams were created by the desire of a parent to enable their child to shoot responsibly and routinely. Young shooters told me the attractions of these sports: they love to shoot, they value opportunities to improve, they welcome challenges, they can be competitive or just have fun, and, unlike most sports, they can participate throughout their lives.

The vast property was lush and green with stands of hardwoods and cornfields, the earth’s fragrance more alluring than the finest perfumes. The range was a beehive of activity. Electric carts darted about like bugs on a pond and hundreds of shooters carried shotguns as nonchalantly as if holding bags of popcorn. Anna Van Nostrand, instructor and CZ representative, crafted a beautiful insightful phrase: “This is an environment of positivity.”

I arrived on Wednesday, the CZ-USA recognition day. Dave Miller, CZ’s shotgun manager and exhibition shooter, was my host. Dave shot his way into the Guinness Book of Records by breaking 3,653 clays in 60 minutes! CZ has been a Platinum sponsor of this event for five years. Dave tutored me on the sporting clays, make-or-break and crazy-quail disciplines. He even taught me to break targets shooting from my hip!

These programs require great effort. Ben Berka, President/Executive Director of SSSF, and Louise Terry, Chairman of the SSSF Board, told of the thousands of hours of organizing the event and the engagement of hundreds of volunteers. But it’s all worth it, they said. The youngsters are learning skills, get outside away from iPhones and, most significantly, develop a dedication to the American heritage and an appreciation for individual liberty. “The SSSF is about more than just breaking pieces of clay,” Louise told me.

Support for SSSF signifies a commitment to shooting’s future. Companies such as CZ-USA, Hodgdon Powder and Fiocchi USA routinely make substantial financial commitments. Observing this championship, I am comforted that the future of shooting looks bright indeed.

Michael Sabbeth is a lawyer and writer in Denver, Colorado. Please see his book The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values. Now in an eBook, available at Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/c5flmmu

Come Meet and Learn from Matt Hopkins – Presented by CZ-USA

All action shooting enthusiasts attending the 2017 National Championships in Marengo, OH are invited to attend a unique learning opportunity presented by CZ-USA.

Matt Hopkins, CZ-USA pro shooter, will be at the Cardinal Center action shooting range on Thursday, July 13 at 9:30AM and and Friday, July 14 at 1:00PM and 3:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Matt is a USPSA Grand Master, CZ-USA shooting team member, shooting a SP-01 Shadow. He is a Limited and Open ProAm Champion, won 7th at the 2014 USPSA Nationals, is a 6-time Missouri state Champion and has earned over 25 production division state titles.

Win a CZ-75 at SASP Nationals – Beat the Pro Side Match

Come join us for the Beat the Pro Side Match at the 2017 Scholastic Action Shooting Program national championships. Watch the video of @czusafirearms pro, Matt Hopkins set the time to beat! Updated times to beat will be posted here periodically throughout the week.

Stop by the action shooting range between noon July 8th and 4:00PM July 14th and for a nominal fee try to beat CZ USA Pro Matt Hopkins. Athletes will shoot a CZ-75 and Federal Premium Syntech ammunition. The Athlete that has the fastest time and beats the pro will win a CZ handgun donated to SASP by CZ USA.

Watch the YouTube video featuring CZ-USA pro shooters Matt Hopkins and Dave Miller discussing the side match and having some fun on the range!

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