About 12,275 student participants from 362 high school teams are participating in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s (MNSHSCTL) 2019 spring season, which began March 31. Those are the highest participation numbers ever for the state, according to League officials.

“This League continues to be one of the largest high school sports in the state of Minnesota,” said John Nelson, League president, “Such high participation shows the continued demand for alternative high school activities related to Minnesota’s longstanding outdoor traditions.”

The League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in Minnesota. 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.

Upon completion of the Spring League’s regular season, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2019 MNSHSCTL Trap Shooting Championship. The event — the world’s largest shooting sport event with about 8,000 competitors expected — is scheduled for June 10-18 at the Alexandria Shooting Park, while the Skeet Championship will be held at the Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake June 19-20.

The trap shooting season culminates with the State Tournament presented by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) June 21 in Prior Lake. The State Tournament provides the opportunity for the highest qualifying individuals and teams from the MNSHSCTL to compete for the ultimate recognition as state champions. MSHSL was the first state high school interscholastic athletic association in the United States to provide support and recognition for a high school trap shooting state tournament.

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes that have earned their firearm safety certification to participate in shooting sports while creating a “virtual” competition among high school teams throughout Minnesota 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 Shooter Performance Tracker® mobile app.

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League is a member of the USA High School Clay Target League, a division of the USA Clay Target League, a nonprofit corporation. The League is the independent provider of clay target 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, more than 32,000 students representing over 1,000 school-approved teams participated in the League during the 2018-19 school year.

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