Each summer, the Club sponsors a Youth Trapshooting Program that strives to introduce youth to the sport of trapshooting.
With a focus on safety, sound fundamentals and fun, volunteer instructors teach youth shooting for eight weeks during the summer. An orientation night before the shooting begins is also recommended for new youth, or any youth who would like a quick refresher on basics before the season begins.
The youth shoot on their own night of the week. Each squad is supervised by at least two volunteer instructors. One doing the individual coaching and the other pulling the targets, keeping score and watching over all the shooters.
Shooting fees for the youth have been covered by generous donations by Club members and local businesses. Some donations have also been used to purchase trap guns to loan out. This ensures that any youth that wants to learn to shoot trap will have the opportunity to.
At the end of the season, the youth shooters gather at the Club’s Annual Shoot-off Day awards night. Here, the youth shooters and their accomplishments are showcased and recognized.
For questions about the Youth Trapshooting Program, contact any of the following at the Club.
download a pdf copy here
May 3th Orientation – 7:00pm
June 6th Shooting – 6:00pm
June 13th Shooting – 6:00pm
June 20th Shooting – 6:00pm
June 27th Shooting – 6:00pm
July 5th No Shooting
July 12th No Shooting
July 18th Shooting – 6:00pm
July 25th Shooting – 6:00pm
August 1st Shooting – 6:00pm
August 8th Shooting – 6:00pm
August 24th Awards Night – 6:00pm
Of Note for the year:
There WILL NOT be shooting on the Thursday night the week of the Fourth of July.
There WILL NOT be shooting on Thursday July 11th.
There will still be 8 scores counted for the totals unless there are rainouts.
Due to the significant increase in shooters, we will be signing up for shooting times on the previous Thursday.
Orientation Night, May 30th at 7:00PM.
Brand new shooters to the league are highly encouraged to attend.
Any new or returning shooters that cannot make it to the Orientation Night, please be sure to check in at the desk your first night of shooting. We need to make sure we get all your information so we can sort you into the right age groups.
All youth shooters will be competing against other shooters in their same age group.
These groups will be:
12 and 13
14 and over
No Shooting Dates
There will be no shooting on July 4th
There will be no shooting on July 11th due to the Wisconsin State Shoot.
How much does it cost to be in the summer youth program?
Shooting is free to youths participating in the program. Costs are covered by donations and contributions from the Club and by club members.
What if we do not have a shotgun?
Loaner firearms are available in the Club house during shooting hours. During the Thursday night program, firearms will be laid out on the tables. Note: Please do not take a firearm until your squad is called to shoot and return it as soon as you are finished.
Do we have to bring our own shells?
Depending on the funding available that year, the program may furnish each shooter with one box of shells a night. Any other shells may be purchased from the sign up desk. Note: if you intend to purchase shells elsewhere, please make sure that you are purchasing the correct shells for gun to be used. Example: 12 gauge shells for a 12 gauge shotgun. Also be sure that you are purchasing light, or light recoil loads. These should have an equivalent dram rating of 2 3/4. The shot size should be 7.5 or 8, with 1 ounce or 1 1/8 ounce of shot. Do not purchase any magnum or high brass hunting loads for the kids to shoot. Also, be aware that if you intend on borrowing a club gun that all the guns that we will have available are 12 gauge. Do not purchase 20 gauge shells if you are going to use a club gun.
Is hearing protection required?
Yes. Hearing protection of some kind is required for any shooter while on the line shooting. This can include ear plugs or ear muffs. Disposable foam ear plugs will be available at the desk at no charge if needed.
Do we have to supply our own hearing protection?
No. Disposable foam ear plugs will be available at the desk at no charge if needed.
Is eye protection/safety glasses required?
Yes. Eye protection of some kind is required for any shooter to wear while on the line shooting. This can include safety glasses, shooting specific glasses, sun glasses or prescription eye glasses. Loaner eye protection will be available in the Club house if needed. Do we have to supply our own eye protection/safety glasses? No. Loaner eye protection will be available in the Club house if needed.
Do we have to supply our own shell pouch/holder?
No. There are some pouches available to purchase in the Club house and some for loan as well. Please do not take a loaner pouch until your squad has been called to shoot and return it as soon as you are finished. A pouch of some fashion to hold the shells while shooting is recommended. These can be purchased at most of the sporting goods stores and some of the major department stores.
Will the shooters be competing with others the same age?
Yes. The shooters are divided into age groups. Under 12, 12 and 13, 14 and up. There will also be a Beginner group for those shooters that have not shot trap before.
How many weeks will we shoot?
There will be eight (8) nights of shooting barring any rain outs. If there is a complete rain out, the night will be canceled completely and the program will be run with the remaining number of nights shot. If there were any shoot ahead scores made for the rain out night, those scores will be placed in the next night that scores are recorded. Example: Shooter A shot ahead for Week 3. Week 3 was a rain out. The shoot ahead score will be counted for the Week 4 score.
We are not going to be able to make it one or more nights. Can scores be shot ahead/back?
Yes. If there is a night that a shooter cannot make it out to shoot their scores, a shoot ahead score or a make up score is allowed. Simply mark the score sheet under the Week column, what week the score will count for. If presquading, please make a note of which week the score is to count for.
What happens if it is raining?
A rain out will be called by the instructors as soon as possible. Usually this will mean before 6:00PM. If the night is canceled due to weather, an announcement will be placed on the Club’s facebook page as well as the Club’s Youth Trapshooting Program facebook page. A notice may go up on the Club’s website if time allows. If a total rain out occurs, the night will be canceled completely and the program will be run with the remaining number of night shot.
What if it starts raining after the shooting starts?
If during the course of the night we are forced to stop shooting due to weather, any scores shot will be counted for that night. If anyone was not able to shoot their scores because of the cancellation, that week’s scores can be made up on any of the remaining nights of shooting. If the partial rain out happens on the last night of shooting, the instructors will discuss options with the shooters and parents about getting the scores in.
Can the youth shooters have a practice round?
New for 2015 Shooters will be limited to one round per night for the first part of the season. This is to make sure that everyone gets a chance to shoot and in a timely manner. If, later in the season practice rounds are allowed, please make sure to mark the score sheet or pre-squad sheet that the round will be a practice round. Failure to do so and the first round shot in the night will be counted for that nights score.
I’m brand new. Which sheet should I sign up on?
Shooters brand new to trap will be squaded on the straight-away trap. This trap will throw the targets in the same place each time and will help us develop the shooters basic skills in a more controlled environment.
What are straight-aways?
A number of traps will be set on Straight Away targets. The machines will be locked so they will not oscillate. These squads will be designated with “Straights” on the score sheet and the pre-squading sheet. These squads are for new and inexperienced shooters. So that everyone gets a chance to shoot and in a timely manner, if you have been shooting Angled targets, please do not sign up on a Straights squad.
What are angles?
The traps will have the machines set to oscillate as they would during a standard round of American trap. These squads will be designated with “Angles” on the score sheets and the pre-squading sheet. If you are new or inexperienced shooter, please do not sign up on an Angled squad.