egan, Minnesota – The Fall Season is underway for 13,214 student-athletes who will participate in USA Clay Target League (USACTL) programs this fall. Those athletes compete on 761 high school, college and homeschool teams across the country.

“The League continues to break records every year,” said USAACTL President John Nelson, “The high demand for outdoor activities that are an alternative to traditional sports shows that young people want to get out and enjoy safe and fun activities with his colleagues. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer coaches and parents, these teams are possible”

The students’ six-week season kicked off Sunday with a week of practice to warm up and record backup scores in case of bad weather or other issues. The weekly competition begins on September 25, and the top scoring teams and athletes will be recognized at the conclusion of the fall competition in October.

The USA College Clay Target League (USACCTL) National Championship will be held the first week of November, following the conclusion of the College League’s fall season. Tournaments and championships for high school league participants are held in early summer.

“Athletes of all kinds can participate in clay target shooting,” said Nelson, “The League has a ‘no benchwarmer’ philosophy, and the League’s True Team® scoring system is designed so that the scoring of everyone matters, not just the best athletes. in a team.”

About USA Clay Target League

With just under 45,000 participating athletes in 2022, the nonprofit USA Clay Target League is the largest clay target shooting organization in the United States. The League offers trap, skeet, sports clay, and 5-tier leagues to high schools and post-secondary schools across the country.

La Liga is the only 100% school-approved clay target shooting sports program in the United States. Each team must have school approval to participate. Most participating schools have tagging programs as well as yearbook inclusion for teams. Additionally, each year, the League and postsecondary institutions award tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to qualified seniors.

The League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions for schools across the country: it is fully Title IX compliant with male and female athletes competing on the same team, and it is an ‘adaptive’ sport, allowing students to with physical disabilities participate.

The League’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship, in that order.

The League is the safest sport at the school, with no injuries reported since the League’s inception in 2001. Each athlete must complete a firearms safety certification before participating.

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