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USAHSCTL And MCAC Form Partnership For College League

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 […]

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Wisconsin  –  1,941 students from 78 Wisconsin high school teams are participating in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s (WISHSCTL) 2018 spring trap shooting season, which began April 1st. Last year there were 1,449 students from 65 teams. “Clay target shooting as an activity for Wisconsin high school athletes continues to grow by […]

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CLASS Academy Opens Its Doors

CLASS Academy is now available to ALL coaches participating in the USA High School League.  CLASS Academy is designed to enhance the CLASS online certification experience by bringing together League certified instructors in-person with high school clay target team coaches. The League has identified key areas of training and education that will provide enhanced knowledge […]

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League Announces National Championship!

  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 highest-qualifying […]

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More than 800 set for high school clay target state tournament

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League (WISHSCTL) is proud to announce that 816 student athletes are scheduled to participate in the 2017 State Tournament Saturday at the WTA Homegrounds in Rome, Wisconsin. Student athletes representing 57 Wisconsin high school teams will compete for individual and team achievements in Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity […]

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A fast growing prep sport: The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League

Not a traditional high school sport by any stretch of the imagination, but students in record numbers are turning out with their shotguns and competing with others across the state. Open to students in sixth through 12th grade who have earned a league-approved firearms safety certificate, the USA Clay Target League is a nonprofit organization […]

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Coach Education And Support Program

The Coach Education And Support Program provides an education support platform for coaches to help themselves, other coaches, and student athletes. This program is consistent with the League’s mission, and 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 […]

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Join Wisconsin’s fastest-growing high school sport!

Many schools throughout Wisconsin are already joining the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s 2017 spring league. Join the more than 1,200 student athletes and more than 50 teams are expected to participate! The deadline for team to join the League is March 1. But don’t wait! Click here to get all the information to start forming your team […]

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Trap Shooting a Growing Sport in High School

DENMARK, Wis. (WBAY) – It’s the fastest growing high school sport in Wisconsin: trap shooting. In Denmark, it’s attracting dozens of kids of all ages and backgrounds. Some, getting into the sport as 6th graders. Thursday nights at the Maribel Sportsmen’s Club are busy in the summer. “It’s really relaxing to just come out and […]

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Congratulations All-State Team!

The league recognizes those students with the top 100 league averages as the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League All-State Team.  These top athletes deserve special recognition, and will receive a special All-State patch. Please congratulate the following 105 athletes on their success!     Athlete Team Season Average  Drew Brown Boscobel High School […]

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2016 Spring League Awards

Congratulations to all teams and individuals on their 2016 Spring League accomplishments! Awards will be handed out at the State Tournament on June 11th. Thank you coaches, schools, parents and gun clubs for helping introduce more students to shootings sports! View all final results  

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SPT Mobile App Now Available!

NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID AND iOS! The Shooter Performance Tracker® (SPT) is The Wisconsin 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, and […]

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Wisconsin – 1,002 students from 46 Wisconsin high school teams will participate in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s (WISHSCTL) 2016 spring trap shooting season, which began April 3rd. “This League continues to be the fastest-growing activity in Wisconsin schools,” said Jim Sable, Executive Director of the WISHSCTL, “such high participation shows the […]

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$1000 Scholarship to be Awarded in 2017

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a student athlete that is participating in the 2017 spring league. The objectives of the scholarship program is to provide financial assistance for a student that is continuing his/her education after high school and to reward that student seeking a career […]

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2016 Spring Season Participating Schools

Forty-six high school teams will represent their schools in competition in the 2016 Spring Season of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. The teams and their athletes will also be invited to the 2016 WISHSCTL Trapshooting Tournament June 11th! 2016 Participating Schools Ashland High School Boscobel High School Cassville High School Central/Logan High […]

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Spring League Athlete Registration

Athlete registration now CLOSED Whether a student athlete is from the previous year’s team or is new to the team, ALL student athletes are required to register. Below is the registration process for a student athlete for the 2016 spring league: The registrant be the legal parent or guardian of the student athlete, OR You are the […]

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Gun Sellers Have High Hopes For High School Shooting Leagues

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 […]

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2015 Fall League Awards

Congratulations to all teams and individuals on their 2015 Fall Trap League accomplishments. Awards will be sent to teams and individuals in about 7-10 days. League officials will coordinate efforts with coaches. Thank you coaches, schools, parents and gun clubs for helping introduce more students to shootings sports! View all final results Team Awards

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2015 Fall Conferences Announced!

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League fall season is underway with the announcement of the fall league conferences! The league kicks off on Sunday September 20th with the practice/reserve week, followed with 6 weeks of exciting competition! Follow the links below to see where your team was placed! Trap League Overview:(Click Here for Trap Conferences!) […]

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AHS, WHS to join trap shooting league

By Rick Olivo – Aug 12th, 2015 Students from Ashland and Washburn High Schools are set to become participants in Wisconsin’s fastest growing competitive high school sport — clay target shooting. According to a representative of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League, Ashland and Washburn students will join state high school trap league […]

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Bloomberg: U.S. High Schools Embrace Shooting as Hot New Sport

Published July 9, 2015 by Esmé E Deprez – Bloomberg The giddy 13-year-old boys oohed and aahed as they stared down the black shotgun barrels and aimed at clay targets they imagined whizzing through the air. “You guys are welcome to test any of these out,” said Dusty Minke, a sales agent for Browning, as […]

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Clay Target League Remains Safest High School Sport

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 the […]

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Gun Digest: Shooting Sports’ Numbers are Swelling Among Teens

Published July 15th, 2015 by Elwood Shelton – Gun Digest 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 […]

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Conference Champions

2015 Trap Spring League Conference Champions Congratulations to all individual and teams! The conference award presentation will occur at the 2015 State Tournament. Awards: Team 1-2 places, High Gun (by gender) 1-3 places Click here to view 2015 Spring Trap League scores and standings. 1st Place Individual: Conference 1:Male: Gabe Ottoway-Mineral Point Unified High SchoolFemale: Liz Meisner-Wolf River Lutheran High School […]

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Boscobel Bird-Dogs shoot their way to the top of the conference

By DAVID KRIER Boscobel’s new Youth Trap Team has proven more popular—and successful—than even its organizers could have imagined since its first meeting in March. As of Sunday, the team had 38 members in grades 6-12, including six girls, and was in first place in their conference. “It’s fun, it’s a challenge, and it’s something […]

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State Tournament Champions!

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s 2015 State Tournament was attended by more than 1,000 student athletes and spectators dying a spectacular day of competition and weather at the WTA Shooting Complex in Rome, Wisconsin on June 6th. 239 student athletes representing 23 high school teams competed in the following categories:High Gun: Novice, Junior […]

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Pull! The inaugural season of the Claybreakers

High school clay target teams are rapidly gaining popularity across the state and Ellsworth has joined the trend. The inaugural season of the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Junior Claybreakers began with a bang (literally) last Wednesday at the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club. The Claybreakers are part of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target […]

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Coaches: Athlete Registration

Athlete Registration Fees Due April 1st Invoices will be emailed to the head coach on March 16th. Below are simple steps to pay your team’s registration fees for the 2015 spring league!   On March 9th, the team’s head coach will receive a Team Validation email that will confirm the number of student athletes on […]

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2014 Firearms-Related Injury Statistics

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 […]

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2015 Coaches Conference

 Join us for the 2015 Coaches Conference on January 17th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! Coaches from current teams, new approved teams, and teams considering joining the League are invited to attend! Click here to email us and find out more information and how to register! *Registration required in order to attend

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Clay target team newest addition to outdoor ed in Prairie du Chien

By Ted Pennekamp   Come April, the Prairie du Chien School District will join the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. Bluff View science teacher Kirby Kohler said that the new Prairie du Chien Clay Target Team is expected to have about 25-30 members from sixth through 12th grade. Most team members will be […]

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2014 Fall League Conference Champions

Congratulations to all teams and individuals on their 2014 Fall Trap League accomplishments. Awards will be sent to teams and individuals in about 7-10 days. League officials will coordinate efforts with coaches. Thank you coaches, schools, parents and gun clubs for helping introduce more students to shootings sports! High Overall Average Male : Will Johnson – Potosi […]

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2014 State Tournament results!

Congratulations to all student athletes and their families that participated in the inaugural Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s 2014 State Tournament at the WTA Complex in Rome, Wisconsin on June 13, 2014! Team 1st Place – Elmwood High School (410) 2nd Place – St. Croix Falls High School (399) Individual Novice High Gun […]

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2014 Conference Spring League Champions

Congratulations to all individual and team Conference Champions in the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s 2014 spring league! Awards for the Conference Champions will be presented at the 2014 State Tournament in Rome, WI on Friday, June 13th! Conference Champions Overall High Average Will Johnson, Potosi High School Class A Team: Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High […]

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Right on target: Potosi students team up to shoot

School district partners with sportsmen’s club, and Potosi is 1 of 6 teams in spring league. Potosi School District students have another sport they now can letter in – trapshooting. The district’s Board of Education recently approved the creation of a co-ed clay target shooting team for the district’s students. It’s a collaborative partnership between […]

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Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League enlists Elmwood students

ELMWOOD, WI – When superintendent and elementary school principal Paul Blanford received a flyer and an email from Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League, he liked what he saw. “I reviewed the program and talked to our staff. I then presented it to the school board as an informational item and followed up the […]

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Pull! SCC begins sporting clay league

Ten years is a long time to have a dream in the making. St. Croix Central High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Bill Emery has wanted to start a sporting clay team for 10 years. That goal is about to become a reality. Fourteen students have signed up for the sporting clay league and […]

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Visit our booth at the Wisconsin Sports Show

The 2014 Wisconsin Sport Show Presented by the Eau Claire Leader Telegram will be held March 14th – 16th at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center! The Wisconsin Sports Show will feature nearly 50,000 square feet of: Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League booth Information on Outdoor Sport and Recreation Retail Sales Demonstrations and […]

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Comparing youth shooting programs

Comparing other youth shooting programs? No problem. The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League has provided a comprehensive list of features and products unique to our League. Simply compare the below items with other your shooting sports programs to see how they compare!

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2015 Policies and Procedures

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League’s Policies and 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 read and download the Policies & Procedures.  

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True Team™ scoring

True Team™ scoring allows athletes to compete against everyone

The Wisconsin State High School League is excited to features their unique True Team™ scoring method for 2014.  True Team™ scoring 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. […]

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Top 10 reasons why schools and students love the League

The WSHSCTL 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 2 round of 25 at practice and competitions during their scheduled weeks. All scores are submitted online and compared against other […]

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Growth in the league by leaps and bounds

Jon Leverenz didn’t know what to expect. When he and another teacher at Bloomington Jefferson – Don Verdegan – discussed the idea of a school trapshooting team, then got school officials to sign off on the plan, he had no clue how many kids would attend the informational meeting, or ultimately sign up to join […]

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Trapshooting league gains popularity at Minnesota high schools

  On the opening day of the fall season, the Blaine High School sophomore has just given her best performance yet. She didn’t score a goal or run faster than the competition. Instead, she and her shotgun shattered targets moving faster than 40 mph 24 out of 25 times at the Metro Gun Club as […]

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Trapshooting: The next high school sports sensation?

Apple Valley, Burnsville, Rosemount, Eagan among those with teams Expectations were low when Apple Valley High School formed a trapshooting team earlier this year. If a handful of students signed up, head coach John Miller said he would have taken that and tried for more next year. Within about 15 minutes, though, registrations were approaching […]

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How the clay target league got started: VIDEO

Jim Sable, founder of the USA State High School Clay Target League, talks about how the clay target league got started in Minnesota in 2001 and how it continues to flourish today as the best youth shooting program in the country.  

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By the numbers…

Below are some numbers from the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. We expect similar success in Wisconsin very soon! 256220600 dollars estimated lifetime target shooting and hunting related expenditures ($75,359 from age 16) per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and the Minnesota State High […]

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Perfection has its privileges.

Only those who have earned perfection join the 25- and 50-Straight Club from the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. Not only will an athlete get recognized as a member of the Club, he or she will receive a patch to showcase their achievement!

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Easy fundraising program for your high school trap team

Earn $100 for every 25 products sold! The Wisconsin Clay Target League has partnered with Greater American Ribs to bring your high school trap team an exciting fundraising opportunity. Greater American Ribs is proud to offer you a delicious line of restaurant quality BBQ Ribs, Shredded Pork, Shredded Chicken and Snack Sticks that can be sold […]

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Is trapshooting high school’s safest sport?

When compared to other high school sports, trapshooting is the safest sport for student athletes. Since the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s inception in 2001, there has been no reported injuries to any any participant during any scheduled practices or competition. That’s right, zero, since 2001. National High School Sports-Related injury Surveillance Study […]

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