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Photo Gallery: A Week at the SCTP and SASP National Championships

I recently spent time onsite at the 2019 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships, held from July 13 to 20, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. The 90-degree plus record breaking temperatures (over 100-degrees with the heat index) didn’t stop these young athletes from completing their missions. 

CZ SCTP Shotguns made for women Horizontal

Sponsored by CZ-USA 

A carnival-like atmosphere is how I would describe this shooting sports event. Twenty banner flags, each with the name of a different state in attendance, lined the entrance drive to Cardinal Shooting Center. Food trucks, golf carts with team flags and smiling faces could be seen everywhere. CZ-USA represented themselves in a big way with flags, signs, tents and banners placed throughout its demo area. 

Scholastic Clay Target Program Cardinal Shooting Center
CZ-USA had quite the display at Cardinal Shooting Center.

Every day, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., CZ-USA ran a qualifier for the world record  that its shotgun product manager, Dave Miller, along with 4 youth shooters are to attempting to set on October 12 in Lenexa, Kansas. Each competitor in the qualifier shot at 50 Chandelle / Teal type presentations at 30 meters. This score counts for 50% of their application scores. The other 50% is a written essay. 

Scholastic Clay Target Program Cardinal Shooting Center
Five athletes shooting the qualifier for the world record.

SCTP National Championships

The 2019 SCTP National Championships had more than 6,300 entries in Skeet, Skeet Doubles, Trap, Trap Doubles, Handicap Trap, Sporting Clays and Bunker Trap, its largest event on record. Two-hundred forty teams from 30 states, with 2,343 athletes, competed. Throughout the 8 days, SCTP threw almost 2 million targets for competition, practice and side games – quite a record breaker for SCTP.

Scholastic Clay Target Program
CZ-USA had a demo area where youth could shoot many different shotgun models.

Highlights

  • Reanna Frauens defended her title as “Annie Oakley.”
  • Grace Marlen became the first female athlete in SCTP history to shoot 200 straight at Nationals in addition to winning the $7,600 Browning College Scholarship.
  • Eighteen percent of the registered athletes were female. 
Scholastic Clay Target Program
Our own Makayla Scott with some of her awards.

SASP National Championships

The 2019 SASP National Championships saw 1,535 entries in Rimfire Pistol, Centerfire Pistol, 1911 Class Pistol, Iron Rifle, Optics Rifle and Pistol Caliber Rifle, a record-breaking event. Sixt-five teams, from 20 states with 562 athletes, competed. These competitors shot a whopping 220,000 shots throughout the 8-day event. 

SASP National Championships Scholastic Action Shooting Program
An athlete shooting 1 of the 4 SASP stages.

Highlights

  • The 2019 SASP National Championship surpassed Glock Shooting Sports Foundation to become the largest Action Shooting Match in history.
  • Safety officers tallied more than 1,000 combined safety officer volunteer hours.
  • Females made up at least 28% of the registered shooters.
SASP National Championships Scholastic Action Shooting Program
While 1 athlete competes others watch on and support their teammate.

Overall National Championship Numbers

  • 305 teams
  • 2,819 athletes, ages 8 to 24
  • More than 10,000 spectators
  • 20% female 80% male 
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation
During the opening ceremony all the athletes paraded through the field along with others from their state. The colors were then displayed and the Star Spangled Banner sang.

Take Away

The politeness of the young athletes at the 2019 SCTP and SASP National Championship impressed me. I heard “please,” “thank you,” “yes, ma’am” and more all day long, every day. On the first day, their consistent handshakes with eye contact and smiles caught me off-guard. I soon realized this was the norm, these are polite, well-mannered kids who have a respect for firearms, their peers and adults. 

SASP National Championships Cardinal Shooting Center
A beautiful evening for an awards ceremony.

More Information

Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) website.

Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) website.

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) website.

Mark your calendars now for the 2020 SCTP and SASP National Championships July 11 to 18.

  • About Michelle Cerino

    Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.

     

The Conversation

4 Comments
  • Joanna Medina says: August 10, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    My daughter Leyla Arambul attended the SASP National competition for the first time this year after only 2 months of joining action shooting and completely fell in love with the sport! I am very glad she finally found an interest as no other extra curricular activity caught her attention! This was an awesome event and great experience for both of us.

  • Barry Frauens says: July 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Very nice shooting by Grace Marlen! However, she is not the first female in SCTP history to shoot a straight 200 in trap. A female did that last year at the 2018 SCTP Nationals 😉