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High School Clay Target League


881 students from 47 Illinois high school teams are participating in the Illinois State High School Clay Target League’s (ILSHSCTL) 2019 spring trap shooting season, which began March 31st.

“Clay target shooting as an activity for Illinois high school athletes continues to grow rapidly,” said John Nelson, President of the ILSHSCTL, “The record-setting growth we’ve seen shows the demand for alternative high school activities related to Illinois’ longstanding outdoor traditions.”

The League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in Illinois. 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. Upon completion of the Spring League, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2019 State Tournaments.

Both the Trap Shooting State Tournament and the Skeet Shooting Trap Tournament are scheduled for June 1st at the Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill, IL.

The Illinois State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a ‘virtual’ competition among high school teams throughout Illinois 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 team’s 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, and by the Shooter Performance Tracker® mobile app.

The Illinois State High School Clay Target League is a member of the USA High School Clay Target League, a division of the USA Clay Target League – a non-profit corporation. The League is the independent provider of clay target shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades 6 through 12. The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive firearm safety education course prior to participation.

Nationwide, more than 32,000 students representing over 1,000 school-approved teams participated in the League during the 2018-19 school year.

(Photo; Provided by Bobby Lamp; Carmi White County team, that finished second.