Through this competitive trap-shooting league, high-school-aged children have experienced the excitement of real-world shooting without the need for expensive hunting leases or equipment.
Young hunters have sharpened their skills and children who have no desire to pursue ducks, doves or other game still get to enjoy the challenge of shooting clay targets as they streak away. The program teaches safe gun-handling skills to children and gives kids from all backgrounds the chance to learn how much fun waits for them beyond the video screen.
Each team consists of at least five high-school-age members and a coach who has attended certification training through the AGFC. Teams can be all boys, all girls or a mixture of both. The junior division will compete on Friday, June 3 followed by the senior division on Saturday, June 4.
We have two classifications based on age, but that's the only thing we separate shooters by, AYSSP coordinator Chuck Woodson said. "Shooting a shotgun isn't a feat of strength. It's about coordination and concentration. In fact, we have many girls who can outshoot the boys," he said.