The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a 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 all SCTP Athletes reach their full potential.
Competition is clearly a part of the SCTP. It is an indispensable part, but 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 SCTP 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 are eligible to participate in the safe, educational and enjoyable SCTP clay target sports of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, ISSF Trap, and ISSF Skeet. SCTP is ideally suited to be a school-sponsored Title IX sport. No other sport offers such an absolutely “level playing field” for gender integration as do the shooting sports. The SCTP is a perfect fit for youth organizations such as the 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.