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USA Clay Target League releases 2022 Impact Report

High School clay target league participation is growing in New York and across the entire country. The USA Clay Target League recently released its 2022 Annual Impact Report showcasing the sport’s growth. (Photo by Dan Ladd)

Eagan, Minn. — The USA Clay Target League recently released its 2022 Annual Impact Report, which details the league’s ongoing efforts to provide safe and fun clay target shooting to teams and athletes as a school-sponsored activity.

With more than 44,000 participating athletes in 2022, the 501(c3) non-profit USA Clay Target League is the largest youth clay target shooting sport program in the nation. The League offers trap, skeet, sporting clays, and 5-stand leagues to secondary and postsecondary schools across the country.

Highlights of the 2022 Annual Impact Report include:

• 260 new teams added since 2021;

• Record 44,900 registered student athletes;

• More than 12,000 new athletes in 2022;

• Over $4.5M conservation dollars raised by League athletes through Pittman-Robertson excise taxes

“We are thrilled to announce the League continues to reach new heights.” said John Nelson, President of the USA Clay Target League. “The record-setting participation this spring and fall is the result of the incredible efforts of coaches and families to overcome the ongoing ammunition shortages nationwide.”

The League is the only 100% school-approved clay target shooting sport program in America and 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.

In New York, clay target high school sports has grown substantially since the New York State High School Clay Target League began in 2016. What started five teams and 126 athletes has expanded to 114 schools and 2,087 athletes. Roughly 98 of those schools and nearly 1,100 student-athletes competed at last summer’s state shoot in Cicero, near Syracuse with over 100 trying out their skills at the nationals, held in July in Mason, Michigan. Collegiate teams are starting up across the state and with more expected to follow.

Nationally, the league is the safest sport in any school, with not one reported injury since its inception in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.

“Coaches, parents, schools, and shooting ranges what make participation in the League a safe and fun activity for student athletes across the nation.” Nelson said.

“Thanks to them students are learning skills and forging friendships that will extend far beyond the shooting range.”

The USACTL 2022 Annual Impact Report can be viewed online at: www.usaclaytarget.com.

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