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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/

Custer, Washington Scholastic Action Shooting Sports “Team Gotta” Heads to the 2019 SASP National Championships to Defend Multiple Titles

Twelve (12) Youth Athletes from Custer, Washington based SASP Team Gotta are heading to the 2019 SASP National Championships in Marengo, Ohio this week to defend a host of titles earned at the 2018 SASP National Championships.

In 2018 Team Gotta won 1st Place in Rimfire Pistol, 1911 Pistol and Open Optic Rifle. Team Gotta, the SASP that travels each year across the country to attend the National Championships hold multiple events throughout the year to cover the cost of travel for the team athletes and coaches. Team Gotta Head Coach, Jim Coffey proudly stated, “last year and again this year our team athletes did not have to pay a dime to travel to Nationals”. The entire teams’ efforts throughout the year along with a grant from the Midway Foundation made all that possible.”

 
In addition to competing in numerous SASP events, Team Gotta youth athlete Naomi McKay, who finished 2018 as the Rimfire Pistol Senior Lady High Overall sang the National Anthem at the 2019 National Championships opening ceremonies on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

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

SCTP and SASP National Championships will Remain at The Cardinal Shooting Center Through 2029

On Friday, May 31, 2019 Ben Berka, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation President and Executive Director announced that SSSF has entered into an agreement with the Cardinal Shooting Center to host their July Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships through the year 2029.

The Cardinal Shooting Center, one of this country’s largest features 52 Trap Houses, 14 Skeet Fields, 2 Sporting Clays Courses an International Bunker Trap and a 5 Stand! They also have 14 Pistol & Rifle Bays, as well as an Archery Practice Range and 3D Archery course for the Pistol, Rifle and bow enthusiasts alike! For 2019, the Cardinal Shooting Center will have completed their state-of-the-art “Shot Curtain System’, providing a common background for all trap shooters as well as an efficient platform to reclaim lead shot.

Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director stated “Everyone involved with SCTP is excited about our new 10-year contract with The Cardinal Shooting Center. Beginning in 2020, the Cardinal Shooting Center will add 6-8 additional skeet fields as well as the possibility for additional American Trap and Bunker Trap facilities in the future. We couldn’t be happier to have agreed upon a long-term deal with Cardinal knowing they welcome our athletes, teams and families with open arms each and every year!”

In addition to the SCTP and SASP National Championships in July, the Cardinal Shooting Center is also home for The SCTP College National Championships, SCTP Spring Regional and the SASP Fall Regional Competition. The Cardinal Center also plays host to some of the country’s largest open shooting events including Karen’s Cup, the Ohio state shoot, the Buckeye Open, Cardinal Classic and the “Red Bird” Sporting Classic!

Luke Spengler, Trap manager and tournament director at the Cardinal Shooting Center made the following statement following the completion of the new 10-year agreement. “We are extremely excited to know our youth athletes will be at the Cardinal Shooting Center competing on a national level through 2029. The July SCTP and SASP National Championships have been and will continue to be the largest shooting event in the world and we are honored to host them” For more information on the Cardinal Shooting Center, visit www.thecardinalcenter.com

2018 National Championships July 14-21 @ Ohio Cardinal Center

The 2018 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships is scheduled for July 14-21st, 2018 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH. We hope you can join us!

Download the complete event program here

Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) registration will open in the SHOT system on May 15th.

Scholastic Clay Target Program pre-registration will begin May 15th with general registration through the SHOT system open June 1st.

New for 2018!

Scholastic Clay Target Program High Over All Trap Event

SCTP will offer another High Over All (HOA) for teams that will include all of the “Trap” disciplines! Teams bringing athletes and competing in all 3 Trap disciplines of 16 yard Trap, Handicap Trap and Trap Doubles will have the opportunity for their team to earn a place among the top teams for a separate HOA!

This “Trap HOA” will be based on a team’s top 5 athletes in 16 yard trap, top 5 athletes in Handicap Trap and top 5 athletes in Trap Doubles. That total score will be used for the teams “Trap HOA”! It does not matter if the athletes are rookies or varsity as team scoring will be used!

These awards will be announced on the afternoon of Saturday, July 21st along with the Trap awards and overall HOA awards at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

Teams don’t have to do anything different, they just need to have 5 or more athletes compete in each of these 3 disciplines to be eligible!

Scholastic Clay Target Program Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 14th
Rotation #1 – 1st 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Bunker Competition is Open

Sunday, July 15th
Rotation #1 – 2nd 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Bunker Competition is Open

Monday, July 16th
Rotation #2 – 1st 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Rotation #1 – 1st 100 targets in Sporting Clays
Bunker Trap Competition is Open

Tuesday, July 17th
Rotation #2 – 2nd 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Rotation #1 – 2nd 100 targets in Sporting Clays
Bunker Trap Competition is Open

Wednesday, July 18th   (Opening Ceremonies followed by Last Competitor Standing Competition)
Rotation #3 – 1st 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Rotation #2 – 1st 100 targets in Sporting Clays
Rotation #1 – 1st 100 targets in 16 yard trap
Bunker Trap Competition is Open
Burger / Hot Dog / Soda Social @ about 6pm

Thursday, July 19th   (Skeet & Sporting Clays Award Ceremonies at end of day)
Rotation #3 – 2nd 100 targets in Skeet, Handicap Trap, Double Trap
Rotation #2 – 2nd 100 targets in Sporting Clays
Rotation #1 – 2nd 100 targets in 16 yard trap
Bunker Trap Competition is Open
Any Skeet & Sporting Clays Shoot Offs of squad ties
Meet Larry and Brenda Potterfield 2:00 – 3:30PM at the Banquet Hall
Pizza & Soda Party @ approximately 5pm

Friday, July 20th   (Handicap Trap, Double Trap & Bunker Trap Awards Ceremonies at end of day)
Rotation #2 – 1st 100 targets in 16 yard trap
Skeet Doubles Competition Open
Bunker Trap Competition Open
College Recruiting and Conservation Partners Day at Hitter’s Building
1st day of Kids & Clays / SCTP Charity Shoot
Any Handicap Trap, Double Trap & Bunker Trap shoot offs of squad ties
Last Competitor Standing Competition to follow awards ceremonies)
Ice Cream Social @ approximately 5pm

Saturday, July 21st   (Trap, Double Skeet, Main HOA and Trap HOA Awards Ceremonies)
Rotation #2 – 2nd 100 targets in 16 yard trap
2nd day of Kids & Clays / SCTP Charity Shoot
Skeet Doubles Shoot Off
Make a Break Shoot Off and Winner Announcement
Any Trap Shoot Offs of squad ties

SIDE GAMES, FUN & National Raffle! (Tickets Available at Registration Counter)
Make A Break Fun Shoot
Flurry Fun Shoot
National Raffle

Scholastic Action Shooting Program Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 14th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM

Sunday, July 15th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM

Monday, July 16th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM

Tuesday, July 17th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM

Wednesday, July 18th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM
Opening ceremonies approximately 5:00PM
Burger / Hot Dog / Soda Social @ about 6pm

Thursday, July 19th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM
Meet Larry and Brenda Potterfield 2:00 – 3:30PM at the Banquet Hall
Pizza & Soda Party @ approximately 5pm

Friday, July 20th
Competition times, 9:00AM and 1:00PM
College Recruiting and Conservation Partners Day at Hitter’s Building
Ice Cream Social @ approximately 5pm

Saturday, July 21st
Competition times, 9:00AM
Awards approximately 3:00PM

SIDE GAMES, FUN & National Raffle! (Tickets Available at Registration Counter)
Beat the Pro Side Match with Matt Hopkins, CZ-USA
Exhibitions and Clinics with Max Michel and Lena Miculek, Sig Sauer
Savage Rimfire Rifle Side Match
National Raffle

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Media and information about nationals

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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.

 

A Personal Best…10 Times

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Coach Rick Leach of the Ozaukee Scholastic Shooting Sports (Wisconsin) had a lot to be happy about this morning. Coming off the Scholastic Pistol Program ranges his team of 13 shooters finished the match strong. Real strong.

After going over the times, and double checking his math, Coach Leach confirmed that 10 of his 13 athletes had shot new personal records, and at the best possible time too, during the National Team Championships.

While each was a significant accomplishment both for the team and its coach, Leach couldn’t conceal his pride in the fact that one of those record times was that of his daughter Mikaela, who three years ago shot over 400 seconds at her first Nationals and was hoping this year to just break 100.

She finished this morning’s match with a time of 87.95 seconds.

Mikaela, who had already competed in the Sporting Clays and Skeet Nationals – where she also shot a personal best – is out on the trap fields competing in her fourth Nationals this week, the American Trap Team National Championship.

She freely admits to having what she calls “a gun powder addiction.”

Of course she couldn’t leave the pistol range without first reporting in to Ed Fitzgerald of Glock. Fitzgerald was there in 2013 when she first shot the Nationals and jumped in with some much needed shooting advice when Mikaela was struggling and missing more than she was hitting. So you could say he’s a little invested in Mikaela’s success and was happy to hear how her match went today…and it didn’t hurt that she blew through her sub 100 second goal with a Glock model 34 pistol.

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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

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Shane Coley
For those shooting in the Scholastic Pistol Program Nationals this week, program sponsor and firearms maker Glock brought in one of its big guns – Shane Coley.

Fresh from a six-year stint in the U.S. Army where he served with the famed U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, Shane joined Team Glock earlier this summer taking on the role of team captain.

This week the 24 year old Mississippi native is working the pistol match helping the young shooters and along the way hopefully shedding some light on the secret ways of going fast for those looking to post personal records on the pistol ranges of the World Shooting & Recreational Complex here in Sparta, Illinois.

One secret Shane shared was on the subject of math, which probably wasn’t what most of the young shooters expected, or wanted now that school is out. But it is understanding the timing on each individual component of a shooting run and how they add up that he stressed. As well as the importance of working with an electronic shot timer.

For the parents watching Team Glock’s new top gun the questions during his morning seminar focused on reloading ammunition and whether or not an up and coming young shooter can make a living in the sport.

For Shane Coley the answer to that question is most definitely ‘Yes.’

Tennessee’s Real Pistol Powerhouse

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Lacey Lane of McKenzie, Tennessee, just might be the most important woman in youth pistol shooting sports today. The 24 year old works for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, the non-profit arms of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, where she oversees the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) in the Volunteer State.

So, why is this young lady so important to youth shooting sports?

Well, with somewhere around 135 SPP shooters hailing from Tennessee, her kids make up 11.7% of the 1,150 participating nationwide, and at this year’s SPP Nationals, taking place at the World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois, her squads account for 31.6% of those competing for the national titles.

Working with young shooters comes naturally to Lacey since she grew up in the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) when it was first founded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Today it’s the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation which serves as the national governing body of both SCTP and SPP, and is running the National Team Championships this week in Sparta.

With several years background competing in the programs, and armed with a degree in Natural Resources Management and Wildlife Fisheries from the University of Tennessee, she signed on with TWRF after they created the position of Tennessee State Director for SPP last November, putting the responsibility for promoting the state’s youth handgun shooting sports participation squarely on her shoulders.

Considering the prominent role her home state plays in SSSF’s youth shooting sports, and the ease with which she interacts with the staff and volunteers tasked with overseeing the national match, most of which are male and in many cases significantly older, it’s pretty clear that Lacey’s shoulders can handle the burden.

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