1. Team Objectives. In alignment with the Scholastic Clay Target Program mission and purpose (see appendix below), the basic mission and purpose of the NOAH program, is to:
a. Provide an opportunity for students to gain experience, competence, and respect for firearms through the use of shotgun shooting in the game of skeet.
b. Develop life skills and character through shooting sports competition.
c. Develop a competitive skeet shooting team through regular training, practices, and competitions.
2. Program Summary/Framework
The NOAH team will participate as part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The basic elements of the NOAH program will be the following:
|Training||Basic training in the use of the shotgun, including firearms safety, handling, and specific techniques for skeet shooting.|
|Practices||Weekly practices (Saturday) during November through July.
(Shooters should make at least half of the practices during the fall and early spring. Need to be more consistent beginning in March)
|Competitions||Semi-monthly competitions to allow the shooters to compete in registered (sanctioned) competitions during the year. Potential shoots (among others):Dec – Santa is Coming Shoot in Tulsa
March – St. Patrick’s Open in Tulsa
Apr – Friends of NRA Shoot in Tulsa
May – Spring Open at Bartlesville Sportsman’s Club
June – Oklahoma State SCTP Competition
July – National SCTP Championship (Optional)Others if individual competitors desire
|Skeet League||Advanced shooters possibly participate in the Winter or Spring Skeet League (weekly shoots against other club members)|
|Skeet “Camp”||Occasional practice days of more extensive shooting (like 100 to 150 rounds). This seems to help prepare for shoots and allows more intensive focus.|
|State SCTP Competition||Compete in the Oklahoma State SCTP competition in Tulsa during June|
|National Competition||Compete in either:
2014 SCTP National Team Championships in Sparta, Illinois – July 14 – 19 (Team Competition), or the 2014 Junior World Skeet Championship July 2014 at location TBD (Individual Competition).
3. Requirements for Shooters. Minimum requirements for shooters are as follows:
a. Shooters must be capable of following instructions and complying with range safety rules.
b. All shooters must have eye and ear protection. A hat is recommended to keep sun out of eyes.
c. It is preferable that shooters have their own shotgun, but one loaner 20-guage semi-automatic is currently available for use by beginning shooters. Shotguns must be in good repair and capable of safe operation. Coaches can assist in determining this. Also, we will not allow trigger release shotguns (i.e. shot is fired when trigger is released, not when trigger is pulled). If a prospective shooter does not have a shotgun, we would recommend that you discuss with the coaches before buying. Several factors like gun mount, size, type of action, choke tubes, etc. can affect a shooters success and should be considered when purchasing a shotgun.
d. No open toed shoes for practice or shoots (SCTP rule).
e. Shooters will be encouraged to make as many practices as possible, but attendance every Saturday is not mandatory to be on the team. We will not likely have team practices during holidays.
f. Costs for shooters are summarized in the table below. The first four fees below are membership dues to various skeet organizations that are required to shoot registered shoots. Shooters are encouraged to come to several practices before joining the SCTP, NSSA, OSSA, etc. Some students will find after a short time that they do not care for the sport, therefore they do not need to join the organizations only to drop the sport. The NOAH fee is approximate and is for administrative costs. Ammo and target costs will depend on how much the shooter practices, but the number below is a good estimate.
SCTP Mission and Purpose (from SCTP WebSite)
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 to the 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 Program is the vehicle used to make this happen. The SCTP 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 is YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM providing young people with a positive experience in sports. The SCTP is 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 SCTP Athlete to reach his/her full potential.
Competition is clearly a part of the SCTP, an indispensable part; but it is not the underlying principle. The “win-at-all-costs” philosophy has no place in the SCTP. 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 the SCTP strives to instill. It is the DUTY of everyone involved in the SCTP – Coaches, Parents, and Athletes – to set good examples for SCTP Team Members to emulate by upholding high moral and ethical standards of personal conduct.
SCTP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements – SAFETY AND FUN. Safety is incorporated into every facet of every SCTP activity. The learning environment at Team practices and at competitive shoots is designed to include the element of FUN for all participants. SCTP 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. 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. The SCTP is 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.
Thank you to Friends of the NRA who gave us a sizeable grant for ammo. http://www.friendsofnra.org