Missouri River CTL - Fall League Sign Up - Aug. 22 & 29

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Missouri River CTL - Fall League Sign Up - Aug. 22 & 29

Sign Up for Missouri River Clay Target League fall season is Aug 22 & 29

Registration for the fall season of the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) for all Bismarck-Mandan area students in grades 6-12 with Firearms Safety Certificates (or CTL SAFE Program completion which can be completed after registration) will open on Tue. Aug. 22 and run through Fri. Sept. 1.  Sign up and informational meetings for students and their parents will be held at the Advanced Business Methods office (4480 Coleman St., Bismarck) on Aug. 22 and 29 at 7 pm.   Those students who participated in the MR CTL spring season must still attend one of the two meetings to register for the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League’s (ND CTL) fall season, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22.

Total cost for the MR CTL fall season is $240 with a $30 online ND CTL fee, both payable at the time of registration at one of the two meetings.  Student athletes will receive 22 rounds of clays (12 league, 10 practice) and 20 boxes of ammunition which will cover their fall season activities.  Participants shoot weekly on Sundays from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22 at 2 pm at the Capital City Gun Club located 4 miles north of Bismarck on Highway 83.  Students and parents are advised to bring their Firearms Safety Card with them to the meeting they attend, to facilitate enrollment in this growing sport.

“We had an exciting first experience in the ND CTL with 35 shooters participating for Bismarck, Century and Legacy this spring,” said MR CTL Coach Eric Thompson, “our shooters learned a lot and had incredible improvement, and the fall league will provide another great opportunity for previous shooters and new ones alike to experience this great program,” he concluded.

The ND CTL started with four teams in 2015, and now has 38 schools participating in its most recent season.  Part of the USA Clay Target League which began in 2001, the ND CTL had over 900 kids participate in the 2017 spring season, and over 400 shoot in the open-style State Tournament at the Horace Shooting Park in June.  Last year, over 13,500 students participated in affiliated leagues in 24 different states.

Unlike sports such as football, where the twelfth best player sits on the bench, every student athlete in ND CTL gets to shoot each week and measure their progress against all other athletes in the state and contribute to their team’s success in its conference. The popularity of CTL has grown so rapidly in part because it provides an alternative outdoor sport for students, allows participation for all regardless of experience or skill level and boasts a flawless safety record.  Since its inception 16 years ago, involving nearly 50,000 shooters nationwide during that time, there have been zero injuries in CTL practices and competitions across 24 states. For more information on ND CTL, visit ndclaytarget.com

In addition to attending the sign-up and informational meetings on Aug. 22 and 29, parents can enroll their youth or learn more about the MR CTL team by calling Coach Thompson at (701)202-6893 or by emailing him at mrctl25@gmail.com.  

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Can't seem to make the link work. A couple questions?

Is the clay target league all trap shooting, or does it include skeet and sporting clays, too?

Is it sponsored as part of the school activities like football, hockey, music, tennis, etc.?   

Any relationship to the "Young Guns" program out at Capital City Sporting Clays?  The owner (MS) and a bunch of volunteers are doing a great service with kids, having an excellent training course, advice and supervision, and even their own dedicated clubhouse/classroom!   

Thanks for any info!   Maybe I should put a plug in for any donations to help this excellent program along!  Any donation you can spare send to Mark at Capital Cities Sporting Clays and mark it for the young guns program. Probably tax deductible too.

I appologize for hijacking the thread!  Oh well, shooting programs for kids and young adults and women are always a good cause!

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bobkat wrote:

Can't seem to make the link work. A couple questions?

Is the clay target league all trap shooting, or does it include skeet and sporting clays, too?

Is it sponsored as part of the school activities like football, hockey, music, tennis, etc.?   

Any relationship to the "Young Guns" program out at Capital City Sporting Clays?  The owner (MS) and a bunch of volunteers are doing a great service with kids, having an excellent training course, advice and supervision, and even their own dedicated clubhouse/classroom!   

Thanks for any info!   Maybe I should put a plug in for any donations to help this excellent program along!  Any donation you can spare send to Mark at Capital Cities Sporting Clays and mark it for the young guns program. Probably tax deductible too.

I appologize for hijacking the thread!  Oh well, shooting programs for kids and young adults and women are always a good cause!

No apologies necessary Bobkat, I emailed the coach to see if he could answer the questions you had.  I'll post up here when/if I hear back.

Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong.

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bobkat - answers to your questions are below:

Is the clay target league all trap shooting, or does it include skeet and sporting clays, too?

Currently it is just trap shooting, but I anticipate the ND league will add skeet, as MN did a few years back.  

Is it sponsored as part of the school activities like football, hockey, music, tennis, etc.?   

Not yet, but I'm going to lobby all four Bis-Man schools this year to make it so for 2018.  Currently, we have their blessing to use their logos and recruit their students but it's not yet an "official" school sport, but considered "club."  We'll get there. 

Any relationship to the "Young Guns" program out at Capital City Sporting Clays?  The owner (MS) and a bunch of volunteers are doing a great service with kids, having an excellent training course, advice and supervision, and even their own dedicated clubhouse/classroom!   

No, but Mark is head coach for one of the teams and a fantastic instructor.  The program is run out of Capital City Gun Club north of town. 

Thanks for any info!   Maybe I should put a plug in for any donations to help this excellent program along!  Any donation you can spare send to Mark at Capital Cities Sporting Clays and mark it for the young guns program. Probably tax deductible too.

We will be conducting fundraising efforts throughout the winter of 2017-2018 for next year's season and more details will follow, I plan to put together an excellent raffle package, but will also be talking to area sportsman's and conservation groups for their support as well. 

I appologize for hijacking the thread!  Oh well, shooting programs for kids and young adults and women are always a good cause!

No worries, these programs are absolutely incredible. I've never gotten more out of the outdoors than starting the team in Marshall, MN four years ago. and watching these young people's confidence SOAR.  I was so happy to learn upon my return to ND that the Bismarck schools were just starting.  We went from 50 to 80 kids in three years at Marshall HS, and finished 2 targets out of first place this spring in the 9A Class Championsihp. It was a fun program to build, and I look forward to doing it again here!

If anyone has any questions they can email us at mrctl25@gmail.com, or call 507-829-9553. 

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Thanks for the info and welcome back to ND!  I heard you had moved to Minnesota, so I assume you saw the light and came back!

If you need a hand lobbying the schools, I'd be glad to lend a hand.  I'm only a mediocre to fair shot so couldn't pass myself off as a coach, but could be a gopher during practices, etc.  We head south for the winter but I'd be around most other times.

All my kids learned to shoot trap in Bis and I always feel I owe it to those volunteers who spent hours coaching the kids to give something back to the next generation. Sadly, some of my kids coaches from way back have passed on.  Gettin old isn't all fun sometimes.

Also, every kid we get shooting and having fun and accomplishing something is one less conscript for the antis!

 

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I would also gladly volunteer my time helping out with this program whenever I can.  If you need volunteers please message me with times and dates!

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Gentlemen, absolutely!  We need all the help we can get!  

The second meeting on Tue. Aug. 29 is at 7pm at Advanced Business Methods, a good contingent of the coaches and volunteers will be there, and will give you a good base as to what the program is all about and you can meet a good number of them.  Also, if you know area kids in grades 6-12 that are interested in shooting, please let them know and/or bring them. 

If you can't make that meeting, we will be having a coaches and volunteer meeting on Sun. Sept. 10 at 1pm at Capital City Gun Club - breaking down the basics, scoring, set-up and take-down of callers/houses, safety, and coaching tips. If you can't make that, just email us your name, email address and phone number, and I'll send you a coach availability form.  Fall is a busy time for many who love coaching shooting sports AND hunting, so we don't expect anyone to make every single Sunday shoot (2-4 pm, Sep. 10-Oct. 22), but knowing who can and having a deep coaching team each day helps a lot! 

Thanks for your enthusiasm and support, we will need strong community representation and support to get the schools on board this winter, so bobkat, I have you down and when we start meeting on that topic, I'll make sure you're in the group.  

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Just noticed this.  Is Advanced Business Methods the one here or in Fargo?  Thanks Bob

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Just noticed this.  Is Advanced Business Methods the one here or in Fargo?  Thanks Bob

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FORTY KIDS!  

Wow, thanks everyone for getting the word out, we picked up a number of new shooters thanks to the posts here on FB and the word of mouth that resulted and even picked up some new volunteers (thanks bobkat - great meeting you in person!) on our way to getting 40 kids signed up over the last week, that's already more than participated on the spring team!  

I'm sure a few more shooters will come in over the next few days, but I am really excited at the prospects for this fall league and what it means for establishing a base for next spring's team, and get greater buy in from local schools.  If you want to see kids grow, learn and build self-confidence, the Clay Target League is well worth your time.  Thanks again for the support and if anyone is interested in helping out, just email us at mrctl25@gmail.com, we'd be happy to have you.