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 email@example.com by no later than November 1st 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 2019 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 & from practices or competitions. All athletes are responsible for arranging their own transportation (venues are 20 minutes – 2 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 ~$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 an additional ~$360 plus some add’l 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.
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- Lettering Requirements
- Clay Target Tryout Information
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Awards criteria and type of awards: Students can letter within this club. Below you will find the requirements to letter.
- Attain an Minnesota State High School Clay Target League competition season average of 21 in either trap and/or skeet
- Seniors who have participated on the high school team for 3 or more years in good standing.
- All athletes must abide by Wayzata Public Schools activity requirements and must adhere to all school district rules, policies and procedures concerning student activities including, but not limited to, attendance, conduct, and academic eligibility.
- Head Coach has the final say/discretion in all decisions regarding lettering.
Because we have access to a limited amount of available range time, there is a finite number of athletes that may participate on the team each year (typically 30-35). The team roster is selected by the coaching staff based on a number of factors including demonstrated skills, positive attitude, work ethic, ability to attend all practices and competitions, etc.
To be considered for selection to be on the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to November 1. It is in your best interest to contact us as soon as possible.
Once you e-mail the coaching staff, we will provide you with details on how to submit 4 scoresheets, signed by the scorer, from rounds of trap you have shot recently at local trap clubs (Plymouth Gun Club, Minneapolis Gun Club, etc.). You may shoot as many rounds as you wish from which to select these four scoresheets. Scoresheets may be submitted as hard copies or clear pictures of the scoresheet (mobile phone pictures are fine provided they are clear and show the scorer’s signature). Along with your scoresheets, please feel free to provide us with any additional information you deem relevant (previous clay target shooting experience, how long you have been shooting, how often your practice, why you want to be on the team, etc.). All scoresheets/submissions must be received by no later than January 15. Team selections will be announced by no later than January 22.
Note to Wayzata High School and Wayzata middle school students who have not participated on the team before: A large majority of athletes who participate on the WHS Clay Target Team have previously participated in the Wayzata middle school clay target program offered by Wayzata Community Education in both the spring and fall. This program offers eight weeks (spring session) and six weeks (fall) of instruction in trap shooting and is a great way to learn and develop the skills necessary to successfully compete on the WHS Clay Target Team. For info on this program, please email email@example.com.