Range Time

July 22, 2016

2016 SCTP/SASP National Championships Are In the Books!

The SSSF is pleased to report on the success of the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships! The Nationals were hosted this year by the Cardinal Shooting Center near Marengo, Ohio, just north of Columbus.

The eight-day championship saw 2,369 unique athletes from 34 different states competing in trap, skeet and sporting clays, plus action rifle and action pistol events. The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) had total of 4,576 event entries (up 74 over 2015) and the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) had a total of 530 entries (up 174 over 2015).

The eight-day championship saw 2,369 unique athletes from 34 different states. In total, SCTP athletes fired upon 876,000 clay targets in competition and another 85,000 in side events and evening competitions. Approximately 1,200 SCTP athletes competed in the Last Competitor Standing competition over two nights.

In addition to the competition, there was much for athletes and their families to do, including the All-Industry Opening Ceremonies, Pizza Party, Ice Cream Social, and side games such as Crazy Quail, Make-a-Break, and the Action Shooting side matches. The college recruiting day and Larry and Brenda Potterfield (of MidwayUSA) meet and greet were also very popular. With multiple vendors onsite and Columbus within 30 minutes, there were plenty for families to see and do during their downtime.

The SSSF would like to thank all of the coaches for organizing SCTP and SASP teams and for making the trip to Ohio this year and also all of the parents supporting these young shooters. A big thanks also goes out to the Cardinal Center and its staff and volunteers for all of their hard work and investment in facilities to accommodate our event. Thanks also to the many sponsors and vendors who supported and/or attended the event!

Potterfields Attend 2016 SSSF National Championships

Larry and Brenda Potterfield recently attended the 2016 Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) National Championships. This year’s event, held at the Cardinal Shooting Center, had approximately 2,500 competitors and was attended by nearly 10,000 coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators. The week-long schedule of events was a culmination and celebration of the hard work put forth by athletes, coaches, parents, and state advisors throughout the competitive season.

“We’re proud to partner with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation to support getting more kids involved in shooting sports,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “We strongly support initiatives like this because we believe we have an obligation to help change the future for the better.”

The Potterfields enjoyed a couple rounds of trap with SCTP athletes during their visit.

Founding Life Diamond Members of the Champion’s Roundtable, Larry and Brenda Potterfield have been recognized as donors who have made major contributions to the SSSF mission. They are also Charter Members of the SSSF Legacy Society, which honors donors who have included SSSF in their estate plans through deferred gifts.

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Keynote Speaker 

Opening Ceremonies at the 2016 SSSF Nationals at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, Ohio, included Mary Taylor, Lt. Governor of Ohio, addressing the crowd and delivering the keynote address. The opening ceremonies also featured the parade of athletes and recognition of scholarship recipients and SSSF/NRA All Scholastic Team members.

Reviewing, Reflecting, and Remembering all of the Fun

Now that the 2016 Nationals are in the books, don't forget that you can check out all the great photos that were captured during the event and look back at fun posts and information by searching our 2016 Nationals hashtag, #SSSF2016. And be sure to stop by all of our social media sites, as well!

Facebook: @scholasticshootingsportsfoundation, @shootsctp and @scholasticactionshootingprogram

Instagram: @scholasticshootingsports

NRA Shooting Sports USA Shares Photo Gallery From The 2016 SCTP and SASP National Team Championships

The following article is from the July 15 edition of NRA Shooting Sports USA.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) National Team Championships began July 9 at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, OH. Consisting of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) Nationals, approximately 2,600 competitors from throughout the country are in attendance. With all the coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators—plus all the competitors, it is estimated that nearly 10,000 people are at the Cardinal Center for championship week.

SCTP participants compete in skeet, sporting clays and trap, as well as other popular shotgun events such as handicap trap, doubles trap, and doubles skeet. The SASP shooters compete in speed shooting events utilizing steel targets, similar to USPSA or Steel Challenge. Additionally, there are also SASP rifle events. Both championships are the culmination of the scholastic shooting season for each.

Ben Berka, president and executive director of SSSF said, “We are thrilled to be at such an accommodating range for the 2016 National Team Championships. The Cardinal Center did a tremendous job in supporting our event and adding additional infrastructure to make it all happen.”

Read more from the article and check out the photo gallery, HERE.

Nationals Coverage From The Columbus Dispatch

The following article, "Scholastic shooting championships give young athletes a shot at a title" is from the July 22 edition of The Columbus Dispatch.

From a distance, the young athletes and their families could have been participating in big-time club-sports tournament Saturday, with crowds of people and colorful team banners and concessions tents outlined against a stunning blue sky. But, get closer, and the steady pop-pop-pop of shotgun fire, plus sponsor banners for Glock and Ruger instead of Nike, plus ear protection and safety glasses instead of shinguards, made it clear this wasn't a typical youth-sports shindig.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation brought its national championship event to the Cardinal Shooting Center in Morrow County all last week, culminating in an all-day competition Saturday.

More than 2,400 shooters, ages 12 to 21, came on about 200 teams from 27 different states, said Ben Berka, executive director of the Texas-based association. They competed in dozens of events, in two broad categories: trap shooting, in which they aim for thrown clay targets with shotguns; and action shooting, in which they use pistols and rifles to hit a series of stationery steel targets as quickly as possible.

"It's a sport, like any other," Berka said. "The whole point is youth development through the shooting sports. Our goal is to teach them life lessons, about responsibility, working with a team and interacting with adults, plus safe handling of firearms."

Read more from the article and check out the video, HERE.

2016 Nationals Results

For anyone looking to get details about results from the 2016 events, you can find them by clicking through the information provided online. Here are the links.

Click HERE to search SCTP results.

Click HERE to search SASP results

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

Coaches, we’re looking at areas of the country that coaches and volunteers are wanting to have a Level 1 Pistol Coaches Class.  If you’d be willing to help us out, please let Rich Leach (rleach@sssfonline.com) know and he will be happy to give you info on what’s needed to help us out with the planning.

SASP Scoresheets
Because we added the rifle component to our program, we updated the scoresheets.
Please visit www.sssfonline.org for a copy.
SASP Handbook
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:
- medical consent,
- athlete sportsmanship contracts,
- coach/volunteer registration forms,
- and more!

Keep in mind that you are only covered by SSSF's insurance program while your enrollment is current. Don't wait to register! 

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