The Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) provides youth, age 9 through college, an opportunity to participate in shotgun shooting sports like skeet, trap, and sporting clays with peers from across the state. Tennessee SCTP is designed to teach the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and to promote healthy competition.
Tennessee SCTP has more than 2,000 athletes participating annually. Athletes from our program have won over 33 gold medals at the SCTP National Championships in Sparta, Illinois, far outpacing the next closest program. Several Tennessee SCTP shooters and coaches have been chosen for Junior Olympic Development Camp. The program has been covered in more than 30 national magazines and 10 nationally broadcasted television shows.
Safety is our first priority. All participants must pass a certified Hunter Education Course and receive additional training. Coaches receive first-rate classroom training and hands on safety and shotgun training. Scholastic clay target shooting has proven to be among the safest sports available in schools today.
Trap shooting began in the U.S. around 1825 and the first recorded match was conducted in Cincinnati, Ohio, Six years later America led the way in developing artificial targets for the trap competition. The first targets were glass balls containing feathers. Clay targets would be developed later and become the standard for the sport. Adam Bogardus, Ira Paine and Annie Oakley were some of the greatest trap shooters in the 19th century. In a one-day exhibition, Bogardus broke 5,681 glass balls straight before missing one and Oakley shot 4,722 of 5,000 glass balls released.
The first scholastic trap team in Williamson County was started at Battle Ground Academy with 20 student athletes in 2006. The concept for a scholastic range was developed that same year. In 2010 a Partnership was developed between the Williamson County Scholastic Teams, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency for the use of the land in College Grove to build the Harpeth Scholastic Shooting Complex. In 2013 the first stage of the range was built which consisted of two trap fields and one dual purpose trap and skeet field. In 2017 the HSSC added a 5 stand practice area. In 2018 another dual purpose trap and skeet range will be completed.
The field now serves as a training complex for seven teams that consist of approximately 150 student athletes. Teams currently exist at Battle Ground Academy, Centennial High School, Franklin High School, Independence High School, Page High School, Summit High School and a team for home schooled children called the Harpeth Crush.