All Cumberland County elementary and high school students interested in competing in the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (TNSCTP) on the Cumberland County Clay Crusher shooting team can still sign up for the 2013 season by calling head coach Fred Petersen at 265-0138 or 456-1334. Team practice officially starts on Saturday Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fairfield Glade Sportsman Club (FGSC) on Shorty Barnes road. This will be the ninth year for the team with FGSC acting as home shooting grounds.
The TNSCTP is a shooting program under the direction of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) with over 2000 student-athletes participating in three competitive shotgun sports, including trap, skeet and sporting clays. This program provides students in grades 5 – 12 with the opportunity to showcase their competitive shooting skills in a safe and controlled environment with instructors monitoring their shooting. Awards are earned at the local, state and national levels.
The TNSCTP is currently divided into three divisions.
The Rookie (R) division is for grades five and under and students at least nine years old – shooting experience does not apply.
The Intermediate division for grades six through eight has two sub-levels – the Intermediate Entry (IE) level for shooters with no SCTP shooting experience and the Intermediate Advanced (IA) level for shooters with at least one year SCTP shooting experience.
The Senior division is for grades nine through 12 and also has two sub-levels – the Junior Varsity (JV) level for shooters with no high school SCTP shooting experience and the Varsity (V) level for shooters with at least one year of high school SCTP shooting experience.
In addition to the dominating trap shooting teams of the past, the Clay Crushers will again field two or three skeet squads in the varsity and junior varsity divisions. Since the inception of the TNSCTP in 2001, trap shooters have dominated the shotgun programs with roughly five times more shooters than either skeet or sporting clays. With fewer shooters in skeet, coach Petersen believes his skeet squads will have a much better chance to win state awards and possible college scholarships than to continue to battle against the high-powered, nationally-ranked trap teams in Tennessee. Students can compete in both trap and/or skeet. A skeet squad consists of just three shooters.
Competitive SCTP shoots for the Clay Crushers 2013 season are as follows –
Big Springs Shoot at Christiana, TN on March 16.
Second Annual Doug Server Shoot-on-the-Mountain at FGSC on April 13.
Hog Heaven Youth Shoot at White Pine, TN on April 27.
Tennessee Junior Olympics at Paris, TN on May 3-4
TNSCTP Region III Championship at FGSC on June 1
TNSCTP State Championship at Nashville on June 18 –sporting clays, June 19-skeet, June 20, 21 intermediate divisions and June 22, 23 varsity divisions
National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs – June 14-21
National SCTP Championship at Sparta, IL on July 15-20
This years team now consists of 40 shooters, however coach Petersen is concerned that, as yet, no rookie shooters have signed up. Petersen believes his trap varsity and IE squads have “top 5 in the state” potential with the skeet varsity “a good chance to win it all”
For more information on these events at the state and national level, contact TNSCTP coordinator Andrew Peercy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tnsctp.org or www.usashooting.org