ERIE — Erie High School has been approved to participate in the inaugural Kansas State High School Clay Target League’s 2016 spring trapshooting season, which begins in April.
The league is said to be one of the fastest-growing and safest sports in high schools across the Midwest.
“We are tremendously excited to be able to offer clay target shooting to Kansas high school athletes, along with the six teams that have already joined, representatives from more than 50 other Kansas high schools have inquired about starting a team,” Jim Sable, executive director of the KSSHSCTL, said in a November 2015 press release after Andover High School, Sterling High School, Wellington High School, Wichita Collegiate School, Nickerson High School and Cedar Vale High School became the first to join the league.
“The board of education approved for Erie High School to have a team be part of the that league,” Erie USD 101 Superintendent Steve Woolf said. “We think it will be pretty neat. The students can’t wait.”
Woolf said clay shooting will be one more activity to fit in with Project WILD, a new student organization that focuses on activities that promote the environment, conservation and outdoor activities. A hunter’s education course and archery safety education program are both in place at Galesburg Middle School.
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.
“We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting,” John Nelson, vice president of the KSSHSCTL, said in the release.
The league is the safest sport in high school, with no reported injuries or gun-free zone violations since the inception of the league in 2001.
Upon completion of the spring league, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2016 state tournament, to be held June 4th at a location still yet to be determined.
The Kansas State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a “virtual” competition among high school teams throughout Kansas. Family 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 points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team¹s conference. The team score and overall standing are calculated by adding the earned points from qualifying athletes and posted on the league’s website. Athletes and their families track their individual and team performance on their phone, tablet or computer.