The competitive shooting season is underway for 14,708 student-athletes participating in USA Clay Target League programs this fall—a new record.
Student-athletes are competing on 873 high school, college and homeschool teams that are located nationwide. That is an increase of nearly 1,500 student-athletes and more than 100 teams compared to last year’s fall participation.
“Athletes and parents want safe, school-based, non-traditional outdoor activities in which to participate. The League’s school-approved programs provide a sense of team, belonging and camaraderie—without the high costs and limited playing opportunities of traditional high school sports,” John Nelson, the president of the USA Clay Target League, said.
Every year, 95 percent of non-graduating students return to participate in USA Clay Target League programs. More than 12,000 new athletes joined this year through their school's teams. In USA Clay Target League competition, there are no benchwarmers—everyone participates thanks to the efforts of the shooting ranges, coaches and parents that help make teams flourish. Additionally, there have been no reported injuries since the inception of the League in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.
Learn more about the USA Clay Target League at usaclaytarget.com.