This spring, COVID-19 challenged League athletes, teams, and families across the nation. In order to provide the most opportunity for League athletes to participate, the League’s board of directors approved a package of modifications to our regular season operations. These changes included an extended registration period and a longer extended season that necessitated the cancellation […]
In the last decade, the USA Clay Target League has grown from 30 students athletes on three teams in Minnesota to more than 32,000 registered athletes across over 1,000 teams nationwide last in 2019. Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19, the League faced unprecedented challenges. This spring saw 80% of schools and more than 28,000 […]
The USA High School Clay Target League is excited to announce that the clay target disciplines of ‘Sporting Clays’ and ‘5-Stand’ have been added to their highly popular high school clay target shooting programs, in which over 30,000 student athletes participate. The inclusion of sporting clays and 5-stand will provide exciting new clay target shooting […]
The League is proud to announce the students awarded Jim Sable Environment & Conservation Education Scholarship! Congratulations to the athletes below, and best of luck to them as the begin to pursue their futures this fall! Adam Froman Carroll County High School KY Cora Smith Waverly High School NY Bryce Byers Keystone-Clarion-North Clarion High Schools […]
Congratulations to all teams and individuals on their 2019 Fall League accomplishments! Awards will be mailed to the team shipping address listed in TMS. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Thank you coaches, schools, parents and gun clubs for helping introduce more students to shootings sports! Trap
Written By: Ryan T. Deal – The participation numbers remain steady for the Mitchell High School Trapshooting team. This year, 33 Kernels are participating in the South Dakota High School Clay Target League. Last season, the MHS Trapshooting team had 35 shooters and 14 the year before.
Congratulations to the 25 recipients of the Jim Sable Environment & Conservation Education Scholarship! Jim recognized that education came before anything else. He would always ask his students if they had gotten their homework done, asked about the grades, and encourage them to succeed academically. As a student mentor, Jim felt that it was his […]
The League recognizes those students with the top season averages (including ties) in the Spring League as the All-State Team! These top athletes will receive a special All-State patch! Skeet: Trap:
Congratulations to all teams and individuals on their 2019 Spring League accomplishments! Awards will be handed out at the State Tournament Thank you coaches, schools, parents and gun clubs for helping introduce more students to shootings sports!
Jim Sable, the founder of the USA Clay Target League, has announced that he has stepped down from his roles as Board Chair and President of the League.
St. Paul, MN – The USA High School Clay Target League is excited to announce that the clay target discipline of ‘skeet shooting’ has been added to their highly popular high school clay target shooting programs, in which nearly 26,000 student athletes participated during the 2017-2018 school year. The inclusion of skeet shooting as an […]
The USA High School Clay Target League Scholarship is offered to student athletes that participate in the spring league. This opportunity is to provide financial assistance for a student that is continuing his/her education after high school and to reward a student who is seeking a career in environmental sciences or conservation industries. CONGRATULATIONS to […]
YANKTON, SD — Coach Randy Hummel loves two things, shotgun sports and family. The veteran 4H Shooting Sports instructor and former NRA Hunter Class Silhouette Pistol competitor has been peering down barrels, and teaching others do the same, for most of his life. So, when Mount Marty College (MMC) asked him to take his […]
MINNESOTA – The Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) has teamed up with the League to offer a new sanctioned sport – Clay Target – to begin in Fall 2018. Trap shooting is the shooting sport of choice for the MCAC’s Clay Target offering, in which a team of 5 take turns shooting at clay targets […]
South Dakota – 949 students from 36 South Dakota high school teams are participating in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s (SDSHSCTL) 2018 spring trap shooting season, which began April 1st. Last year there were 515 students on 21 teams. “Clay target shooting as an activity for South Dakota high school athletes […]
MICHIGAN – The USA High School Clay Target League, the nation’s largest high school clay target shooting sport program, is very pleased to announce that 2018 will be the inaugural year for the USAHSCTL National Championship! The exciting event will take place July 12th-15th, and will feature a trap shooting competition for the […]
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 […]
April 7th, 2016 – TheOutdoorForum.net – Andrew Johnson Hundreds of high schoolers shouldered their shotguns this week as the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League kicked off its second season. Last year 211 students from seven high school teams participated in the league’s inaugural spring season. This week, teams from 21 high schools started practice […]
The Coach Education And Support Program provides a support platform for coaches to help student athletes, other coaches, and themselves. This program is consistent with the League’s mission, policies and procedures. Features of the Coach Education And Support Program: Get your questions answered through blogging with an experienced coach! View instructional videos Contact the Coach Advisory Council for assistance with […]
Troy Kirsch can’t help but be a little jealous of kids these days. Unlike when he graduated from school in Platte, high school students now can participate in one of their favorite hobbies as a club sport: trapshooting. “I would have loved to do this as a kid,” he said. “This is a pretty great […]
NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID AND iOS! The Shooter Performance Tracker® (SPT) is The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s exclusive performance tracking tool provided to all participants of the League. Each athlete receives personal access to the web-based application to monitor their True Team® scoring and progress compared against their team, their conference, […]
The newly formed Pierre youth clay target league for high school and middle school students has had an amazing response. In fact, the newly formed league has had such a successful response; leaders have had to put a cap on the amount of students that can be on the league this year. Several groups in […]
OVER 200 STUDENTS JOIN SOUTH DAKOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL CLAY TARGET LEAGUE INAUGURAL 2016 SEASON South Dakota – 211 students from 7 South Dakota high school teams will participate in the inaugural South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s (SDSHSCTL) 2016 spring trap shooting season, which began April 3rd. “We are tremendously excited to […]
Joe Courneya will help lead high school teams hosting more than 200 student athletes as they participate in the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League this spring. In addition, Joe will assist schools to form new teams as a school-approved activity. He will be working closely with school officials, coaches, gun club managers, […]
Sapna Maheshwari – BuzzFeed: “In most sports, young athletes spend years honing skills that they’ll never use when they’re older,” the cartoon video begins, panning over a dejected football player, cheerleader, and lacrosse goalie. “But one sport provides a gateway to a lifetime of enjoyment and expertise: shooting sports.” That’s from the homepage of the […]
The kids today, well they seem to be doing all right. At least the ones who have hitched their stars to the fast-growing extracurricular activity of sport shooting. Yes, breaking clays and nailing bull’s eyes have gained traction among American teens and young adults. Not long ago, we pointed out a feature the Washington […]
Schools and athletic administrators are facing ever-increasing challenges because they are being asked to do more with less. School budget cuts are forcing the elimination of staffing support and student services and the demand for administrator responsibilities and education-based program offerings are growing. Education-based athletic programs must provide new concepts in learning that will engage […]
Gather students who would like to try shooting sports and begin forming your team now to get your high school to join the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League for 2016. Contact us and let us know how the League can help you get your high school trap team started next year! Learn more about how to start a […]
The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s Policies & Procedures are designed and published to define all major decisions, actions and activities for all participants of the League including students athletes, parents, coaches, schools and shooting ranges. Click here to visit the Policies & Procedures page.
The 2014 edition of the Firearms-Related Injury Statistics was recently released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In the findings from the recent research in the last 20 years (2002 – 2012), the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities involving children 14 years of age and under has decreased by 73 percent. Firearms are involved in […]
Welcome to the inaugural South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s 2017 State Tournament. Everyone is invited to participate in individual and team competition. Individual competition classifications are determined by a student athlete’s season average. Team competition includes the entire team. It’s a safe, fun tournament atmosphere! Click here for more details
Compare the best to the rest. The USA High School Clay Target League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and operates the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League as the independent provider of shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity to high schools for students in grades six through 12 who have […]
The Shooter Performance Tracker® (SPT) is the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s exclusive online performance tracking tool provided to all participants of the League. Each athlete receives personal access to the web-based application to monitor their True Team® scoring and progress rankings compared against their team, their conference, their class, and all […]
The South Dakota State High School League’s True Team® scoring method allows an athlete to compete against all other athletes in their respective conference and earn points depending on their finish. Their points are then added to their teammate’s scores to create the team score. This score is added to the previous week’s scores to […]
The South Dakota State High School Clay Target League is the independent provider of the trapshooting extracurricular co-ed activity and operates as a “virtual” competition. That means student athletes and their families travel only to their local gun club to shoot two rounds of 25 targets at practice and competitions during their scheduled weeks. All scores […]
Only those who have earned perfection join have the privilege to join the 25- and 50-Straight Club from the South Dakota State High School Clay Target League. Not only will an athlete get recognized as a member of the club on the website, he/she will receive a patch to showcase their achievement!
While one of the main concerns for parents with children sports is safety, each year millions of student athletes are injured while playing high-school sports. Clay Target shooting however remains one of the safest high school activities nationwide. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Injury Research & Policy, boys’ football tops […]