Range Time

October 27, 2016

SCTP Shooter Sam Blevins Pursues 2020 Olympics

Originally published in Oldham Era
(Photo Courtesy of Joe Blevins)

Four years may seem well in the future to some, but it’s the target Sam Blevins has set his sites on. What is the significance of 2020? The Summer Olympics held in Tokyo.

Sam Blevins recently earned All-American honors. Blevins, a freshman at Oldham County High School, received word from the Amateur Trap Shooting Association (ATA) that he made the All-American team after a grueling schedule of events to qualify for the honor. He was also the only shooter in Kentucky to make the 2016 Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and National Rifle Association All-Scholastic Team.

Over the span of eight months, Blevins shot in nearly 40 ATA competitions, winning 18 times and finished second on 17 occasions.

Trap shooting is different than other forms of competitive shooting like precision rifle competitions or Fullbore target shooting. Instead of a rifle, a shotgun is used which fires a wide pattern of projectiles at a moving target. In ATA trap, the machine that throws the clay targets oscillates back and forth, so the shooter knows the point of origin and the height, but doesn’t know the angle of the target until it emerges from the house.

Until recently Blevins has shot primarily American Trap, where targets will travel 42-43 miles per hour with limited angles and at the same height, but he is now making the transition to Bunker Trap, which is the official Olympic competition. In August, Blevins attended the Junior Olympic Development Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and shot his first round of Bunker Trap, which is much more difficult because the clays are thrown at varying speeds upwards of 80 miles per hour and at wider angles.


New Scholastic Action Shooting Program Regional Field Representative

Please join us in welcoming Dave Richman as our newest Regional Field Representative (RFR).  Dave will be taking care of the Great Lakes region (MN, WI, IA, IL, MI, IN and OH) and getting new teams started there.

Dave is passionate about youth sports in general and about the Scholastic Action Shooting Program in particular.  He organized and coaches one of the first SPP teams in Wisconsin (Lake Country Action Shooters).  Dave wants SASP to thrive and he is very enthusiastic about the program.  He has organized and led youth sports organizations and programs for 25 years.  He has been an action shooter since 1992 and a competitor since 1999, and a shooting instructor since 1995.

Those interested in starting SASP teams in the Great Lakes region can contact Dave (262) 370-9035, drichman@sssfonline.com.

Tucson Hosts NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach Class

Tucson hosted a two-day NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach class on October 15 – 16, 2016. This class had 16 individuals from several different programs including leaders from the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), the Boy Scouts of America, a collegiate pistol team and a high-school team.

The NRA Coach program teaches risk management, the fundamentals of coaching, ethics and other skills that will benefit them while working with these competitive athletes. The candidates took a break from the classroom to spend time on the range reviewing shooting fundamentals and proper safety procedures. These new coaches are dedicated to providing the leadership that is necessary to run a top quality youth shooting program.

For more information about how to participate as a Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) volunteer or if you are a coach that is interested in hosting a NRA pistol Coach class to support teams in your area, contact the SASP staff for the class requirements.

Texas State Rifle Association Foundation Hosted NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach Class

The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation hosted a two-day NRA Level 1 Pistol Coach class on September 17 – 18, 2016.  The class was held at a private range in Driftwood, Texas. Angela Gerlich, the 0perations coordinator for the TSRA, assembled a group of leaders including 11 adults and one junior interested in learning about risk management, the fundamentals of coaching, ethics and other skills that benefit them while coaching our junior athletes.

After the classroom portion was concluded, the candidates spent time on the range reviewing shooting fundamentals and proper safety procedures.  These new coaches are dedicated to providing our youth with the leadership that is necessary to run a top quality youth shooting program.

For more information about how to participate as a SASP volunteer or if you are a Coach that is interested in hosting a NRA pistol Coach class to support teams in your area, contact the SASP staff for the class requirements.

OutdoorIQ Partners with SSSF to Assist in Team Fundraising Efforts

Support Your Local Shooting Team and Promote Reading with OutdoorIQ’s Youth and Children’s Books

OutdoorIQ is partnering with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) and its teams for a book sales fundraiser to assist in raising money for your team’s expenses.  Teams will keep 30% of their total sales.  OutdoorIQ will also contribute 5% back to the national office to be used for a scholarship fund.

If you are interested in participating in this fundraiser, please contact OutdoorIQ for the flyer/order forms you will need for your team members.  OutdoorIQ will mail out the fliers so you can start selling.  This flier is a great tool to sell the books and products offered by this program. The deadline for orders is Dec. 10, 2016.


How My Team Raised over $1,000 in One Week!
Vision 20/20 Team Fundraising Advice for Coaches

With only one week of letter writing, and just a few parents and coaches participating, we have already raised over $1,000 for the Kettle Moraine Lasers. We still have over 90% of our parent volunteers yet to send out their letters/emails.

Here are a few suggestions for coaches conducting their own campaign....

Check out more HERE.

SCTP College National Championships Kicks Off On Friday

With 275 athletes registered from 23 different college teams, the 2016 SCTP National College Championship will begin this Friday at the Cardinal Center Campground and Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

To celebrate the Halloween weekend, the facilities will be decked out in “spooktacular” Halloween décor and participants can take part in a Saturday night costume contest. May the best ghoul win!

Participants are sure to have a blast, and as a bonus, the SCTP will award $140,000 to Team Endowment Accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation.

2015-2016 SASP Virtual Match Series Results

The 2015-2016 SASP Virtual Match Series entries have been entered and reviewed. We want to say thank you to all the teams that participated.

This year we wanted to be able to offer more teams the opportunity to receive Team Endowment funding to their MidwayUSA Foundation account for participating, so we had the results calculated based on the Lewis class system of dividing the divisions into two groups. Check out the results HERE.

The new target year began September 1, so that means we are in a new Virtual Match Series, and we are accepting scores for this year’s match.

Don’t forget that we will be selecting a random monthly drawing for those teams that submit their score sheets for matches they shoot each month.

Congratulations everyone!

Save the Date for the SASP College Nationals

Save the date! The Scholastic Action Shooting Program College Nationals will be held March 11-12, 2017, at the Talledega Marksmanship Park in Talledega, Alabama.

Match registration will be held through the SHOT System. Both pistol and rifle disciplines will be available for teams to compete in.

Contact Rick Leach, Rleach@sssfonline.com, or Tammy Mowry, Tmowry@sssfonline.com, for additional info.

MidwayUSA Foundation Hosts Youth Shooting Partners Conference

Over sixty people gathered in Columbia, Missouri October 14th and 15th to celebrate the youth shooting sports industry.  The MidwayUSA Foundation hosted partners from across the nation at its annual Youth Shooting Partners Conference.  

“To accomplish our mission of helping communities fund their youth shooting teams, we rely on the assistance of partners, both at the state and national level.  These partners are hosting competitions, helping create more teams and assisting with fundraisers, so we wanted to bring them together to say thank you and offer more tools to help grow and sustain youth shooting sports,” said Randy Moeller, MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director.  The two-day conference, held annually, covered information about MidwayUSA Foundation programs, 501(c)(3) tips, fundraising ideas, and offered all the partners a chance to network and speak about their respective programs.


Upcoming Dates & Reminders

January 17-20: Las Vegas, NV  (Booth Number 2419)

February 11: Iowa                                                                     
March 11Massachusetts       
March 17Wisconsin                                                                

March 10-12: Nevada            
April 22-23Sparta, IL                                                              
April 5-7Ohio                    
June 3-4: Michigan                                                                   

Ohio State Halloween Match 
October 28-30:
Marengo, OH (Cardinal Center)
(in conjunction with the SCTP College Nationals)  
Northeast Fall Regional Match                                               
November 12: Raymond, ME (Camp Hinds, Boy Scout Camp)

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