Eagan, MN – The USA Clay Target League (USACTL) is proud to have been chosen as the regular-season clay target vendor by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Board of Regents. NJCAA-affiliated colleges are now able to form teams and regional clay target leagues through the USA College Clay Target League, a division of the USA Clay Target League.
“The League’s priorities have always been safety, fun, marksmanship – in that order,” said USACTL president John Nelson. “We are pleased to have been approved by the NJCAA Board of Regents and look forward to working with junior colleges to provide clay target shooting sports opportunities to students across the country.”
In 2020 the NJCAA recognized Clay Target as one of four ‘emerging sports’ and began the process of formally organizing a clay target committee within the organization’s Board of Regents. In June, 2022 the NJCAA Clay Target Committee recommended the USA Clay Target League to the Board Of Regents as the regular-season clay target vendor for NJCAA-affiliated institutions. The NJCAA Clay Target postseason event is tentatively scheduled to debut in fall 2024.
“The USA Clay Target League has provided the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC – NJCAA Region 13) a clay target program since 2018.” Jason Kelvie, Coach Education and Support Manager for the USACTL, said. “The program has seen tremendous success over the last three years, with 16 schools and over 300 students competing this fall.”
Up to five regions with as many as 25 teams are expected to participate in regional competitions next fall.
About the NJCAA
The NJCAA’s mission is to promote, govern and foster a competitive environment for two-year college athletics. The NJCAA recognizes the diverse nature of its membership, providing at all times a consistent and inclusive governance structure that provides opportunities for all stakeholders and emphasizes the academic, athletic, and community involvement goals of all student-athletes. Visit http://njcaa.org for more information.
About the USA Clay Target League
With nearly 45,000 participating athletes in 2022, the non-profit USA Clay Target League is America’s largest clay target shooting organization. The League offers trap, skeet, sporting clays, and 5-stand leagues to secondary and postsecondary schools across the country.
The League the only 100% school-approved clay target shooting sport program in America. Every team must have school approval to participate. Most participating schools have lettering programs as well as yearbook inclusion for the teams. In addition, tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships are provided to qualifying seniors by the League and post-secondary institutions each year.
The League’s co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to schools nationwide: it’s fully Title IX compliant with both male and female athletes competing on the same team, and it’s an ‘adaptive’ sport, which allows students with physical disabilities to take part.
The League’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.
The League is the safest sport in school, with no reported injuries since the inception of the League in 2001. Each athlete must complete firearm safety certification before participation.
Visit http://usaclaytarget.com for more information.