Description of activity: The Clay Target Team is a competitive Club Sports Team which competes in the shotgun clay target shooting disciplines of American trap, American skeet and sporting clays. WHS considers Clay Target to be a spring activity; athletes may participate in one spring sport only.
Tryouts: As there are normally more athletes wishing to participate on the team than available slots; there is a tryout process for all athletes. See details on the Clay Target Tryout Information tab below. You must contact firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than November 1 to be considered for the team (the sooner the better).
Length of season: The season runs for 12 weeks, the 1st week of April through late June. Participants in National Championship Tournaments will compete into July. Team meetings, gun fitting sessions and POI testing will be held January – March.
Meeting times: In the team will compete on Tuesdays at Plymouth Gun Club from 3:50-6:30; Thursdays at Park Sportsmen’s Club from 3:50-5:00; Fridays at Buffalo Gun Club from 4:50-6:30; and on most Saturdays and Sundays at various times at venues throughout the metro area. The League Championship is held in mid-June in Alexandria, and top varsity athletes may compete in the National Championship tournament in Michigan or Ohio in July.
Transportation: The team provides no transportation to and from practices or competitions. All athletes are responsible for arranging their own transportation (venues are 20 minutes to two-hour drive from WHS).
Eligibility requirements: Grades 9-12. Meet the Wayzata Public Schools Extra-Curricular Eligibility Requirements. DNR issued firearm safety certification is required. Must have current physical on file in the Athletics office.
Costs and/or needed equipment: Costs vary year-to-year. You will need to pay the athletic fee, team fee, shells and some competition entry fees. Participation in trap costs around $570, plus athletes will need to purchase a minimum of $120 in additional practice ammunition. Experienced athletes may shoot skeet upon invitation by the coaches, this costs approximately an additional $360 plus some additional practice shells. Team members must furnish their own shotgun (12 gauge strongly preferred), shooting glasses, hearing protection, a shell catcher (for semi-auto shotguns only) and shell pouch. Please consult with the Head Coach before purchasing a shotgun, or to determine the appropriateness of an existing firearm.
Student Leadership: Each squad of five will have a captain and the team as a whole will have a team leader. Captains will be selected by the coaching staff.