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Complete Our National Championships Survey

We want to know what you think. With our 2014 SCTP and SPP National Championships recently behind us, we want to know how we did. Did we meet your expectations or leave you wishing for more? Were our new features hits or misses? We’re already planning next year’s Nationals, and you can help us make the events even better by giving us some input.

Go to our Nationals Survey

Didn’t go to our Nationals events? We still want to hear from you! There are questions for shooters, parents, coaches, and everyone else who has reason to read this page.

We’ve designed the questions so you can simply click to give your response, but if you have more to say, there are opportunities for you to get it all off your chest.

To thank you for your input, we’ll be drawing for eight (8) prize packages that will be won by respondents. Prizes include ammunition, logo clothing, and logo gear.

Thank you in advance for your help in making next year’s National Championships the best ever!

Order SPP Nationals T-shirt

The Scholastic Pistol Program has had numerous requests for t-shirts from the 2014 National Championships, so we will be re-ordering a supply of them soon.

SPP t-shirts will be available in Small through X-Large sizes for $14 and XXL and XXXL sizes for $16, plus shipping.

Click here to place your order on the SSSF online store.

The deadline to submit your order is September 7. Delivery will be approximately the week of September 22.

SCTP and SPP Make History with National Championships

More than 2500 young shooters, along with thousands of coaches, family members, and supporters, descended upon the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Ill. last week for the largest youth shooting event ever held, the SCTP and SPP National Championships.

The July 14-19 event saw significant increases in virtually every metric over 2013’s record-setting Nationals. In the SCTP event alone, competitors shot 715,000 targets, a 35% increase over last year. Shooters from 175 SCTP teams came from 26 states.

SPP also saw its own increases. In only its second Junior/Senior National Championship, SPP experienced an increase of 62% in participant numbers, hosting 326 shooters representing 39 teams from 15 states. Earlier this year, SPP hosted a separate Collegiate National Championship with close to 100 shooters from 24 squads.

See National Championship Scores and Results

With the largest contingency of shooters, Trap had almost 1900 participants, a 19% increase. A total of 736 shooters shot Skeet for a 29% growth, and the 677 Sporting Clays shooters represented a 30% increase.

Of the 2180 SCTP shooters, 1818 were male and 361 female.

“An event of this magnitude could only take place so successfully with a great deal of hard work and dedication from our student athletes, coaches, parents, team volunteers, and our own staff,” said Ben Berka, President and Executive Director of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF), which powers SCTP and SPP. “We are especially grateful to our many sponsors and benefactors who make it possible for us to create an unforgettable experience for our athletes. We also owe kudos to the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, a remarkable venue that hosted our thousands of shooters and spectators with ease. We look forward to hosting our 2015 National Championships there.”

How to Get Photos from the National Championships

Those of you at the National Championships last week saw our photographers shooting photos on the ranges, at awards ceremonies, and pretty much wherever something was happening. Many of you asked how you could have access to those photos.

We are still working our way through the volume of photos but will soon have them posted online where you can view them. You will be welcome to download any of those photos and may print or share them in social media. (This will not include the photos you may have arranged to have Elite Images shoot for you.)

Photos posted online will be compressed into smaller sizes, but some of the photos will be available in a larger size. Once all the photos are sorted and posted, we will give you information in this space about how you may view them and request high-resolution digital versions. We will not offer printed photos.

In the meantime, you can view the photos posted thus far on our Facebook pages. Keep checking back, as we will be posting hundreds more over the next several days. Any you see there may be downloaded for your personal use. By the way, you do not have to have a Facebook account to view our pages.

    SCTP Facebook Page
    SPP Facebook Page

Get Your Nationals T-shirts

You left Sparta without buying an official event t-shirt, or you liked them so much you want one in another color — or even if you missed the event but don’t want to miss the t-shirt — no worries! The Great Outdoors Company at the WSRC still has a limited supply of shirts available.

Black t-shirtThe black shirt has the full, colorful design on the back, with the World Shooting and Recreational Complex logo on the front left chest.

WSRC logoBlack t-shirts are available in Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL, and 3XL.

The other t-shirt style has the entire event design on the front and is offered in four colors in the sizes indicated:

    SCTP t-shirtHeather Blue – Small, Large
    Heather Green – Small, Medium, Large, XL
    Heather Pink – Small, Medium, Large, XL
    Heather Coral – Small, XL

Price for the t-shirts is $15.99 each with free shipping in the contiguous 48 states.

For credit card orders, call The Great Outdoors Company at 888-529-5130.

Potterfields Visit with Shooters at Nationals

Larry and Brenda Potterfield
Brenda Potterfield, far left, and Larry Potterfield, far right, accepted gifts including school letter sweaters from the Marian High School and Creighton Prep Trap Team from Omaha, Neb.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders and owners of MidwayUSA and founders of the MidwayUSA Foundation, spent last Thursday at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex with SCTP and SPP shooters, touring the National Championship event and even taking time to shoot a round of trap with three lucky SCTP competitors. Anticipating the visit, many teams brought along autographed photos, cards, and other gifts — including a pair of letter sweaters — to express their appreciation for the Potterfields’ generosity to SSSF programs.

Brenda Potterfield
L-R, Brenda Potterfield, Kalee Lancour of Burlington High School Demons (WI), and Chase Rich of Jefferson County 4-H Patriot Shooters (TN). Kalee and Chase,along with Zachary Wells of the Ft. Lee Dusters (VA), had the privilege of shooting a round of trap with the Potterfields.
The Potterfields watched teams shoot, talked with shooters and coaches, posed for photos, and demonstrated the warmth and interest in young shooters for which they are known.

SSSF also had a presentation to Larry and Brenda, a pair of hand-engraved leather shooting bags, in recognition of their being named “Founding Life Diamond Members” of the Champion’s Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to our mission. They are also Charter Members of the SSSF Legacy Society, which honors our donors who have included SSSF in their estate plans through deferred gifts.

See more photos on our SCTP Facebook page and SPP page.

Important Information for 2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team

To honor our 2014 SSSF / NRA All-Scholastic Team, SSSF is hosting a reception on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Main Events Building (room 143 and 144) at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL during the SSSF National Championships. You will be recognized and will receive your certificate, patch, and pin. We welcome your parents and/or coach to accompany you to the reception.

If you would like to attend, R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Rumpf, jrumpf@sssfonline.com, with a head-count no later than Monday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend, your certificate, patch, and pin will be mailed to you at the address listed on your application.

There’s Plenty to Do at Nationals!

Coaches and athletes may think there’s nothing to do at Nationals other than shoot your match for the day or watch others shoot. Au contraire!   There’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained — and shooting — all week. Here are just a few things to consider:

  • Rifle Side Match – This year we will offer a special Rifle Side Match, sponsored by Ruger and hosted by Pheasants Forever. Not only can you have fun shooting .22 rifles, you may even win one! The match winner will take home a Ruger 10/22 rifle, and there will be drawings to give away three more.
  • Special Pistol Shooting Clinic – PARA USA Professional Shooter, Travis Tomasie, will be hosting two clinics on Wednesday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the pistol berm. You don’t want to miss this!
  • SCTP Shooters: Try SPP – Give SPP competition a try. There will be loaner guns available and likely some open time slots. Check with registration at the pistol berm for openings.
  • Winchester Coaches’ Shoot-out – Coaches and adult volunteers can shoot daily, Monday through Friday, in the skeet-trap Make-a-Break. See the event program for details.
  • Shotgunning Demonstration by Dave Miller – CZ-USA’s Dave Miller will do fun shotgunning demonstrations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 2:00 p.m.
  • And More! – Check the event program for more information on side games, demonstrations, evening events, and other activities. There’s something to do every minute!

    Win Guns & Gear in SPP Nationals Drawings

    As if shooting in the year’s biggest event isn’t reward enough, Scholastic Pistol Program competitors will have the opportunity to win guns and gear in random drawings during the upcoming SPP Junior/Senior National Championships. In addition to each SPP competitor receiving a shooter’s bag worth over $60 in goodies from our sponsors, SPP will draw for almost $20,000 in donated prizes! Here are some of the items we’ll be giving away:

    • 3 PARA USA Pistols
    • 2 Beretta Neos Pistols
    • Glock Pistols
    • Mossberg 715T – .22LR Rifle
    • 5 Americase Pistol Cases
    • Brownells Shooting Accessories
    • NextLevel – SITR Training Laser Pistol
    • Otis Technology Cleaning Systems
    • And for lady shooters – a special Browning Pink Buckmark Pistol

    In addition, you could win one of four Ruger 10/22 rifles by participating in our special Rifle Side Match, hosted by Pheasants Forever. Each registered SPP athlete will receive one (1) ticket which is good for three (3) 10-round magazines for the Rifle Side Match. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each. The fastest time will win a free Ruger 10/22 rifle, and each entry will be eligible to win one of three (3) additional Ruger 10/22 rifles. The more you play, the more chances you have to win! Limit one free gun per person.

    2014 National Championships Will Be Largest Ever!

    SSSF Nationals
    It’s official: the 2014 National Team Championships at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL, will be the largest one in our history! With five days remaining in the registration period, we have blasted through 2013 registration numbers, which were also record-setting.

    More than 2200 athletes, representing more than 170 teams, at least 26 states, and over 3800 event registrations, have signed up. In SCTP alone, the registrations account for 688,500 targets to be shot! For the Scholastic Pistol Program, its second National Championship will experience a 50% increase over last year.

    If you haven’t registered, there is still time. Check out our National Championships page to find registration information, schedules, and most everything else you need to know.

    See you in Sparta!

    Updated July 10, 2014

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