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Scholastic Clay Target Program offers students outdoor recreation

From the Arizona Game and Fish Department

-- The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s 2009-10 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) season is ready to get underway, and students interested in learning about and competing in skeet, trap and sporting clays shotgun shooting are encouraged to find a club in their community.

The program is open to boys and girls from age 9 through 12th grade.

“Our SCTP program is one of the best in the nation and we continue to see students become great athletes of clay target shooting through this team-based youth development program,” said Statewide Shooting Sports Coordinator, Ashley Lynch. “The mentoring, instruction, safety, and teamwork instilled by our certified coaches are second to none.”

The program is run similar to other youth-based athletics. The season runs from Oct. 1 to  May 1, 2010. Athletes can join at anytime depending on club availability. All of the SCTP clubs in Arizona are run 100 percent by volunteers. These dedicated volunteers are committed to teaching today’s youth to carry on the American tradition of shooting sports recreation.

“Shooting sports are an activity that any person with the desire can participate in. The structure of this program allows kids to have fun, compete, and learn safety and discipline skills,” said Lynch.

Currently, there were 20 active clubs across Arizona. For more information contact:

Central region:  Chandler area – Arizona Dust Devils (480) 628-9977; North Phoenix – Ben Avery Clay Crushers (602) 920-5465; Buckeye  – Buckeye Buckshot's (623) 869-9050 ; •Phantom / West Valley – Phantom Sure Shots (623) 925-9549; East Valley – Rio Salado Target Terminators (480) 510-5604.

Northern region:  Cottonwood / Verde Valley – American Heritage Academy (enrollment to AHA students only); Prescott – Prescott (928) 636-4709; Williams/Flagstaff – Williams Bird Busters (928) 635-4330; Wickenburg – Wickenburg (928) 231-7644.

Northeastern region:  St. Johns – Leading Edge Shooters (928) 337-4955; Springerville / Round Valley – White Mountain Rod & Gun Club (928) 333-5692; Show Low – White Mountain Clay Busters (928) 369-1155.

Northwestern region: Kingman – Mohave Top Guns (928) 753-5274; Lake Havasu – Havasu SCTP (928) 486-8607.

Southern region: Casa Grande - Central Arizona Target Shooters (CATS) (520) 251-2024; Tucson – Tucson Shooting Stars (520) 780-0715; Globe –  Glove SCTP (602) 542-2785.

Southeastern region:  Double Adobe / McNeal – Double Adobe Young Guns (520) 364-4000; Sierra Vista – Huachuca Hot Shots (520) 266-1078.

Southwestern region:  Yuma – Yuma Young Guns (928) 246-7157.

To learn more about the department’s SCTP program, maps of participating teams, or how to get involved, visit www.azgfd.gov/sctp.

SCTP is a youth development program that teaches trap, skeet and sporting clays to students in grades 12 and under. The program uses a competitive, team-based format and has been called the "Little League" of shooting sports. More than 600 kids compete in Arizona’s SCTP. Nationally, about 10,000 youngsters compete in 40 states.

To learn more about the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation national SCTP program, visit www.sssfonline.org.

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