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July 14, 2016

SCTP/SASP National Championships Showcased on NRAFamily.org

Check out the recent photo essay posted on NRAFamily.org titled, “A Day at the SCTP/SASP National Championships,” which showcases 15 images taken during the event being held at the Cardinal Shooting Center near Marengo, Ohio, this week. The photos and captions were provided by outdoor writer and photographer W.H. “Chip” Gross.

More than 2,500 young shooters representing 30 states are attending the event. With the addition of coaches, parents and grandparents, attendance numbers are totaling approximately 10,000.

The 2016 Wisconsin SCTP State Championships Show Growth in All Disciplines

The Wisconsin Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) wrapped up four straight weeks of State Championship competitions on June 26, 2016, at the WTA Homegrounds in the town of Nekoosa. A total of 1,199 SCTP athletes from 59 different teams took part over the four separate weekend events. There were a total of 1,939 registrations by those athletes through the events.

“Our registrations were up 16% from last year,” stated Perry Hintz, one of five Wisconsin state advisors. “It’s great to see that we are getting so much interest in Skeet, Sporting Clays and International the last couple years. There has been a great effort by our coaches and parents to teach multiple disciplines and create well-rounded shooters.”

Read more HERE.

Jacob McInturff Makes History at the Cardinal Center

Add the name Jacob McInturff to the history books of the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio. The 18-year-old shooter from Johnson City, Tennessee, had not broken 100 straight in skeet in a few years but that didn’t seem to phase him as he took to the brand new skeet fields and ran not just 100, but 200 straight, ensuring his place in the history books as the first shooter to do so here at the facility.

Earlier in the competition Raymond Nagro of Gurnee, Illinois left his own mark as he claimed the honor of being the first shooter to run 100 straight.

McInturff is here with the Unaka Shooters and back home is a regular on the skeet fields at the Unaka Rod & Gun Club where is he frequently outguns his elders. They sometimes resort to a little good humored gamesmanship to get in McInturff’s head, hoping to throw him off his game. Sometimes it works, and sometimes, the young shooter admits, he gives as good as he gets.

Read more HERE.

Annie Get Your Gun, You Too Taylor

Participation by women – in this case perhaps girls – here in at the SCTP and SASP National Championships is, well, high. Girls account for nearly 1 in every 5 shooters with 19.3% of the total. By sport, the numbers are more interesting.

In the shotgun sports of SCTP, the girls make up 17.7% of the shooters. But when it comes to the pistol and rifle sports of SASP, girls are now 30.7% of the total shooters.

One of those girls helping to drive up participation is 11-year-old Taylor Diener of the Union Grove Shooting Club in Wisconsin.

Taylor started shooting trap two years ago, and just this past March made the leap into rimfire rifle competition in preparation for this year’s SASP Nationals. On the range she’s hard to miss, unless of course she’s surrounded by a cluster of adults who all tower over her. Cute and confident, she seems totally unfazed by either the flood of attention given to young new shooters like her or the pressure of competing at the national level.

Read more HERE.

SCTP: Tennessee Beats Wisconsin…

When it comes to who has the largest number of shooters here at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships, the Volunteer State is once again dominant. This year Tennessee accounts for 23% of all those competing in the shotgun sports.

Not So Fast…SASP: Wisconsin Beats Tennessee

Tennessee might have the largest number of shotgun shooters here at the SCTP Nationals, but over on the pistol and rifle ranges, where they’re competing in the Scholastic Action Shooting Program Nationals, it’s a different story. The Badger State overtook Tennessee as the top state in terms of shooter participation, edging out their rivals from the south with 19.8% of the shooters hailing from Wisconsin compared to 19.5% coming from Tennessee. It might be a narrow margin of victory. but a win is a win.

SASP Reminders

Missouri SASP Fundraising Banquet – The Missouri banquet will be take place on Saturday, August 13. For more information on location and to get a registration form, please contact Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com.

Arizona SASP Fundraising Banquet – The Arizona banquet  will be held Saturday, August 27. For details
on where the banquet will be held and for a copy of the banquet registration form, contact Rick Leach at rleach@sssfonline.com.

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SASP is always looking for new teams. Current coaches can help us by recruiting new teams in your area. Those coaches recruiting new teams will be entered into a drawing for a great prize at nationals.

Level I Pistol Coaches Class

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Because we added the rifle component to our program, we updated the scoresheets.
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The updated SASP handbook is freshly updated to include rifle. Please make sure you take the time to review the handbook, since there have been additions and revisions. The rules will be enforced at all matches. (Copies of the handbook are available for download on our website.)

Forms Posted For 2016 Team/Athlete Registration

Forms for registering teams and athletes for the 2016 shooting season are posted on our website. This includes:
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- athlete sportsmanship contracts,
- coach/volunteer registration forms,
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