Gateway to Olympics for Youth Shooting Athletes ::



The Scholastic Clay Target System frequently funnels youth shooters to the Olympics. (Photo: SCTP through Facebook)

The road to the Olympics is paved with hopes and dreams from youth athletes vying for a spot to represent America in the historic games, but how do youth shooters bring these dreams to life? The Scholastic Clay Target System acts as one particular such avenue for junior shooting sports participants to lay the groundwork for future Olympic aspirations.

Founded in 2000 beneath the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, the SCTP acts as a gateway for Olympic shooting athletes, introducing juniors to the shooting sports in a “safe, enjoyable and competitive atmosphere.” It is not all about competitors, even though, according to Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. Wondrash told that the mission of the SCTP is that of a improvement plan.

“The SCTP is a youth improvement plan very first, and a clay target plan second. We teach young persons to turn into fantastic productive citizens of society as they develop up. We do this via the shooting sports. The respect and duty they discover carries on via numerous of life’s twists and turns,” Wondrash stated.

“The SCTP as an outlet for shooting is one particular of the greatest applications out there as we teach all of the clay target disciplines which includes Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, five Stand, International Skeet and Bunker Trap,” Wondrash continued. “No other plan provides all of these disciplines to compete in!”

Vincent Hancock

Hancock, middle, started in the SCTP and now shoots beneath USA Shooting, competing in Olympic events. (Photo: Vincent Hancok through Facebook)

Facilitating an introduction to competitive shooting sports, the SCTP aids funnel athletes towards the Olympic games via clinics and education workout routines created as crash courses into what it requires to realize the Olympic dream. Wondrash stated the Junior Olympic Improvement Camps frequently serve as a beginning point for youth shooters.

“The camps are held at the Olympic education center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These camps introduce our youth to the International Shooting Disciplines via a 3-day variety education plan with Olympic caliber coaches,” Wondrash added.

In addition to education camps, the SCTP also stood up its personal group, the SCTP National Group, derived of prime athletes finishing in the prime 3 locations for males and girls in Bunker Trap and International Skeet at the SCTP International Style National Championships. The advantage of such an illustrious title as SCTP National Group member contains sophisticated education created to prepared shooters for significant games in addition to ammunition, group vests, shirts and other gear necessary to compete.

Olympians like two-time gold medalist Vincent Hancock and two-time bronze medalist Corry Cogdell-Unrein each began their competitive careers in the SCTP, laying the foundation for results. Chad Whittenburg, coach of the collegiate group at Martin Methodist and Chairman of the USA Shooting Board of Directors, told that SCTP is an important element of the Olympic cog.

“The SCTP plan is one particular of the organic feeder applications to our Olympics Pipeline right here at USA Shooting,” Whitteburg stated. “It supplies athletes a spot to discover the fundamentals, expertise our good sport and thrives via group-primarily based competitions. All of these foundations are vital in pursuing the Olympic dream!”

As membership inside the SCTP grows, so does the chance for a lot more Olympic caliber shooting athletes. The SCTP is constantly searching to the future in this regard, encouraging interested juniors to join, shoot and compete — and possibly, just possibly, make their future Olympic dreams come accurate.


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