Scholastic Clay Target Program
Want to learn how to hunt?
Take your accuired SCTP skills into the outdoors.
April 4, 2015, Commissioner's Cup
Ben Avery Clay Target Center
The Arizona Game and Fish Department Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a team-based youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of trap, skeet, and sporting clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence and other life values. The program utilizes these disciplines to teach hunting skills through the safe use of hunting equipment including firearms and their relationship to hunting situations. Team members can participate in any or all three of the clay target disciplines; trap, skeet, and sporting clays.
SCTP was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in conjunction with the firearms industry and shotgun shooting governing bodies and is now nationally governed by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) to provide team participation to youth in the shotgun shooting sports.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department sponsors the program in Arizona and invites students from age 9 though graduation of college to an opportunity to learn about safe use of hunting firearms, and teamwork in a safe environment by certified shotgun coaches.
Participants may choose not to become competitive or may compete in a variety of events from Fun Shoots to State Championships to National Championships.
How to Join
There are 28 SCTP clubs state wide that are run entirely with vlounteer help. Each club is independently organized setting their own practices dates, times, and locations. To find a club in your area please click on the map to the right or you may contact the Shooting Sports Coordinator of the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 602-942-3000. You can also contact your local shooting range or gun club to find out if they offer the program.
The season runs from October 1 through May 1. Those teams who participated in the state championships at the end of the season are then eligible to participate in the National Championships during the summer. International shoots and competitions for those desiring to participate in our international sports are held at the conclusion of the season.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and complete an Arizona Game and Fish Department approved Shotgun Coach Course and approved background check.
To inquire about certification please contact the Lead Instructor of your local club or contact the Shooting Sports Coordinator of the Arizona Game and Fish Department directly.
Arizona's SCTP teaches youth the importance of the safe use of hunting equipment while instilling values they will use through their lives. The program provides team leaders and team members with the opportunity to participate in an activity that promotes the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Parents and participants are enthusiastic about the benefits of the program.
Once graduating from SCTP there are several opportunities to continue shooting though collegiate programs. For an interactive map of programs throughout the nation please click on the map to the right.
Starting a Team
If you are interested in starting a SCTP team at your local shooting club there is support available for this from the Game and Fish including clay target machines, firearms, safety equipment, training and funds for new shooters. Contact the State Shooting Sports Coordinator at the Arizona Game and Fish Department for more information 602-942-3000.
2014 - 2015 Season Forms
Registration forms - turn in to your coach
“Fun Shoot” registration forms and information
- January 24-25, 2015 @ Tucson T&S
Commissioners Cup registration form
- Clays - April 4, 2015 @ Ben Avery CTC
- Trap & Skeet - April 25-26 @ Tucson T&S
Additional SCTP Handouts
Junior Olympic Information
International Trap - TBA
International Skeet - TBA
- 2010 Season Shoot Results
- 2011 Season Shoot Results
- 2012 Season Shoot Results
- 2013 Season Shoot Results
mateur Trapshooting Association
National Skeet Shooting Association
National Sporting Clays Association
- Arizona Trapshooting Association
Wildlife for Tomorrow - Wildlife for Tomorrow has donated thousands of dollars to endowment accounts for all Arizona SCTP Clubs. These endowment accounts also called the Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund will be key for the future of the SCTP.
Midway USA Foundation - The Midway USA Foundation was created by the Potterfield family and they have been major supporters to Arizona SCTP. The Midway USA Foundation created the Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund which is where endowmnet accounts are held. This partnership is key to the future of Arizona SCTP.
Oppurtunities for athletes
Frequently state and national organizations have opportunities available for SCTP participants. These can include scholarships, grants for travel expenses, and special events. This area of the web page will be dedicated to those non profit organizations information. Check this section periodically for new opportunities.
The National Sporting Clays Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have established a four-year degree Scholarship Program. Every year, NSCA and NSSF will present a $5,000 scholarship to an eligible high school senior.
The Arizona Shooting Sports Education Foundation is offering grants to those individuals who require travel to the Commissioner's Cups. These are issued on a first come first serve basis.