Spring high school clay target league growing in popularity in South Dakota

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A total of 515 students from 21 South Dakota high school teams are participating in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s (SDSHSCTL) 2017 spring trap shooting season, which began April 2. Last year there were 211 students on 7 teams.

“We are very pleased with the growth of clay target shooting as an activity for South Dakota high school athletes,” said Jim Sable, Executive Director of the SDSHSCTL. “Such high participation growth shows the demand for alternative high school activities related to South Dakota’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”

The league’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in South Dakota. The league is fully Title IX compliant with both male and female athletes competing on the same team. Additionally, it’s an ‘adaptive’ sport, which allows students with physical disabilities to take part. “We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting,” John Nelson, Vice President of the SDSHSCTL, remarked. “Our True Team® scoring system is also designed so that everyone can compete, not just the top scorers on a team.”

Upon completion of the spring league, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2017 state tournament. The event is scheduled for June 10 at the Aberdeen Gun Club.

The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a “virtual” competition among high school teams throughout South Dakota at no cost to the schools. Family travel costs are minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school¹s location. The league is also the safest sport in high school, with no reported injuries since the inception of the league in 2001.

Conferences are determined by team size rather than geographic location for fair competition. Athletes earn True Team® scoring points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team¹s conference. The team score and overall standings are calculated and posted on the league’s website. Athletes and their families may track their individual and team performance on their computer via the league’s website.

The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League is an affiliate of the USA High School Clay Target League. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive firearm safety education course prior to participation. Nationwide, over 18,000 students representing over 600 school-approved teams participate in the League.

For more information visit http://sdclaytarget.com.

Published April 7, 2017, by Watertown Public Opinion.

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