Young Guns are involved in several shotgun sports programs that offer competitive matches within the state. Below is a simple summary of each program and what it involves. We do not pressure a new athlete to compete right away unless he or she wishes to. Take a moment to review and ask the coaches if you have questions.
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Scholastic Clay Target Program, often referred to as SCTP is a youth development program focused on the sports of skeet, trap, and sporting clays. SCTP is a feeder program to the USA Shooting Team and in the state of South Carolina is closely tied to 4H Shooting Sports. SCTP holds local, state, regional and national matches. Partridge Creek Young Guns join SCTP as part of the Young Guns Program.
While cost varies the average cost per match is around $55. This cost covers the target cost, awards cost, and administrative fees. Youth are aligned to a class based on the grade they are in for school. Each class competes against other teams in that class. Team awards are giving out for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in each class. Awards are also giving out for Highest Overall (HOA) score for the class and match.
South Carolina Youth Shooting Foundation (SCYSF) is a youth development program that is entirely focused on Sporting Clays. SCYSF holds matches all over the state. Youth must participate in at least two matches to be eligible for the State Championship match. SCYSF is completely internal to the state of South Carolina and does not offer regional or national matches. Young Guns can join SCYSF and compete if they wish too.
SCYSF match fees are $80 per match. Cost covers targets, awards, and administrative fees. Youth are placed in classes based on the grade that they are in for school. Each class competes with other teams in that class. Match awards are limited to Ladies Squad High Overall and Men's Squad Highest Overall. There are no individual or 2nd and 3rd place awards.
SC Department of Natural Resouces Scholastic Clays Target Sports is often just referred to as DNR shoots, is a program run by the SC DNR Educational Division. DNR events end at the state championship. High school seniors can go on a compete in a regional event if selected. These events are very popular for several reasons. One is that there are no match fees. Two, there are excellent prizes at the end of the year and finally scholarships for seniors. DNR shoots focus on variants of trap, skeet, and sporting clays. Squads are made up of three athletes, and those squads compete in qualifiers for the state championships. DNR only throws 50 targets for skeet and trap compared to the normal 100 in a standard match.
These are very popular, making it very hard to get a full team registered for an event.