Welcome to the 2012-2013 Season of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and the Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP).
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has chosen The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational-athletic organization, to provide the administrative support and direction for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The NSSF is a major partner with the SSSF and continues to support the SCTP.
The mission of the SSSF is simple and straight forward. It is to introduce school-age youths in grades 12 and under and college students to the pistol and clay target sports and to facilitate their continued involvement in the shooting sports. The purpose is to provide a positive and supportive program for assisting young Athletes in their growth and development as they tread life's pathway toward becoming productive and contributing members of society. The Scholastic Clay Target and Pistol Program is the vehicle used to make this happen. The SCTP and SPP is focused on providing, promoting, and perpetuating opportunities for young Athletes to safely and enjoyably participate in a high-quality, Team-based sport led by trained and dedicated adult coaches focused on helping their Athletes to become the best they are capable of becoming.
The SCTP and SPP are YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS providing young people with a positive experience in sports. These programs are designed to instill in young people a set of personal values or character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment - qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives and will be instrumental in helping each Athlete to reach his/her full potential.
Competition is clearly a part of the SCTP and SPP, an indispensable part; but it is not the underlying principle. The "win-at-all-costs" philosophy has no place in the SCTP and SPP. Striving to win while playing by the rules does. Honoring the game, exhibiting good sportsmanship, and being a responsible Team Member, these are the bedrock values these SSSF Programs strive to instill. It is the DUTY of everyone involved in the SCTP and SPP - Coaches, Parents, and Athletes - to set good examples for Team Members to emulate by upholding high moral and ethical standards of personal conduct.
SCTP and SPP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements - SAFETY AND FUN. Safety is incorporated into every facet of every program activity. The learning environment at Team practices and at competitive shoots is designed to include the element of FUN for all participants. Participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. They discover the joy of contributing to a shared Team goal and the commitment that goes along with it. During this self-discovery process, Team Members develop proficiency in a sport that can be shared and enjoyed with family and friends for a lifetime.
Youth from the elementary grades through high school and college are eligible to participate in the safe, educational and enjoyable SCTP clay target sports of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic Trap, and Olympic Skeet and SPP pistol speed shooting. It is ideally suited to be a school sponsored Title IX sport. There is no other sport that offers such an absolutely "level playing field" for gender integration as does the shooting sports. These SSSF Programs are a perfect fit for youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, F.F.A., P.A.L., Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, et al. Any youth organization is welcome to participate in the SCTP and SPP.