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State High School Clay Target League's 2017 Season

by Jon Mitzel

908 students from 38 North Dakota high school teams are participating in the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (NDSHSCTL) 2017 spring trap shooting season, which began April 2nd. Last year there were 565 students on 23 teams. “We are very pleased with the growth of clay target shooting as an activity for North Dakota high school athletes” said Jim Sable, Executive Director of the NDSHSCTL, "such high participation shows the continued demand for alternative high school activities related to North Dakota's longstanding outdoor traditions." The league's co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in North Dakota. 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. "We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting," John Nelson, Vice President of the NDSHSCTL, remarked. "Our True Team® scoring system is also designed so that everyone can compete, not just the top scorers on a team." Upon completion of the Spring League, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2017 State Tournament. The event is scheduled for June 17th at The Shooting Park in Horace, ND. The North Dakota State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a "virtual" competition among high school teams throughout North Dakota at no cost to the schools. Family travel costs are minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school's 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 new Shooter Performance Tracker® mobile app. 

The North Dakota State High School Clay Target League is an affiliate of the USA High School Clay Target League, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The League is an independent provider of 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, over 18,000 students representing over 600 school-approved teams participate in the League. 

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