With a record number of teams and athletes registering, attendance at the upcoming 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP) National Championships is on track to break records in all facets of the tournament and clay target shooting.

The national event is scheduled for July 8-15, 2017, in Marengo, Ohio, at the Cardinal Shooting Center located just north of Columbus.

With over a million competition targets scheduled to be thrown, teams from 23+ states will compete for national titles in skeet, sporting clays, singles trap, handicap trap, double trap, skeet doubles and bunker trap. This year’s event sits currently at over 5,300 registrations (up over 700 from the best year on record) with 15 to 20 teams to register yet! With practice rounds and side games, this year’s event will easily see over 1.5 million total targets thrown, making this the largest youth clay target shooting tournament in the world!

“That’s a lot of clay in the air — roughly eight semi loads of targets,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP national director and national tournament director. “Our industry sponsors and support have to be excited about that. I know our target sponsor, White Flyer, is very excited about this year’s tournament. This year’s nationals is a testament of the strong support we receive from the industry as well as the dedication of our teams, athletes, coaches and families. We couldn’t be more excited to see these numbers and welcome everyone out to see this year’s event.”

The skeet portion of this year’s tournament (governed by the National Skeet Shooting Association – NSSA) will be yet another record-breaking event in itself. With more than 956 registered athletes (contributing over 191,000 targets to the one million plus for the tournament), this will be the largest skeet tournament in the world.

The SCTP welcomes everyone to come out and watch some of the best youth shooters in the world and meet industry reps from all over the country.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity responsible for all aspects of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) across the United States. SCTP and SASP are youth development programs in which adult coaches and other volunteers use shooting sports to teach and to demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, and other positive life skills. SCTP was developed as a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) until the SSSF was created in 2007 to operate the SCTP. In 2012, SSSF created the SASP and became the managing foundation of both programs.

For more information about SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org