USA Clay Target League Student Athletes Break Participation Record

The season is underway for 37,158 student athletes (and yes, that's a record number)!

posted on April 9, 2024
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The competitive-shooting season is underway for 37,158 student athletes participating in USA Clay Target League (USACTL) programs this spring. Those athletes are competing on 1,795 high school, college and homeschool teams nationwide, supported by over 10,400 coaches, team staff and other volunteers.

“The League provides youth an outlet to develop their confidence, sportsmanship and teamwork without the high costs and limited playing opportunities of traditional sports. Clay target shooting sports are accessible to everyone, and the opportunity to participate on their school's team influences athlete's lives for the better.” said John Nelson, President of the USACTL.

"This school year ('23-'24) over 13,000 new athletes joined the League through their school's teams thanks to the efforts of the shooting ranges, coaches, and parents that make teams flourish."

For high school athletes, their nine-week spring season is already underway, and will conclude May 25th. Tens of thousands of athletes will participate in State Tournaments in June, with the top athletes in the country eligible to compete at the USA High School Clay Target League National Championship in July.

College athletes compete in a shorter season in the spring, and then return to compete in the fall to cap off the year at the USA College Clay Target League National Championship in early November. For more information, visit


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