The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League completed its 2020 fall season in late November, a sport that is growing across the Badger State.

This fall, more than 700 athletes from 40 teams registered to compete in the annual fall program.

“The league congratulates the top student athletes this season, and thanks all of the coaches and parents that worked hard to ensure that students had the opportunity to participate this fall,” said John Nelson, president of the Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League. “It shows the dedication and determination of the hundreds of coaches and volunteers that donate their time and experience into setting up and managing their local schools’ teams during these remarkable times.”

The Wisconsin State High School Clay Target League is a member of the USA Clay Target League, the nation’s largest youth clay target shooting sport program with more than 35,000 athletes participating in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and five-stand leagues to secondary and postsecondary schools across the country. The league is the only 100% school-approved clay target shooting sport program in America.

The league’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to schools nationwide. 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. The league is also the safest sport in high school and college with no reported injuries since the inception of the league in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.

“We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to participate,” Nelson said. “Clay target shooting sports are a safe and fun activity that anyone can enjoy.”

The league attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a “virtual” competition among teams. Travel is minimal because practice and competition are conducted at a shooting range near the school’s location. 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 standing are calculated by adding the earned points from qualifying athletes and then posted on the league’s website. Athletes and their families track their individual and team performance on their phone, tablet or computer via the Shooter Performance Tracker®.

The USA Clay Target League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the independent provider of clay target shooting sports for secondary and postsecondary schools. The league’s priorities are safety, fun and marksmanship — in that order.