A place of their own; Turkey Valley trap team enjoying growth, new facility
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:54 AM
It’s all about the kids.
Assistant Coach Chris Schmitt (R) works with Cole Langreck during a recent practice. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
That’s the motto of the Turkey Valley trap shooting team.
In just its third year of existence, the team is expanding – in more ways than one.
With the start of the spring season, the Trojans now have a new place to call home after the generosity of several area businesses and individuals. In addition, the team is seeing growth in another way, the numer of athletes out.
What is trap shooting
Trap shooting is a team and individual sport where everyone participates at every meet. It is part of the Iowa High School Scholastic Clay Target Program through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. A minimum of five athletes are needed to form a team, with a basic shotgun certified coach.
The meet starts with five shooters starting at one of five stations, all located 16 yards away from the thrower. Each person takes five shots at the clays, thrown at a minimum of 42 miles per hour. Everyone takes 25 shots from 16 yards away, five each from the five stations.
They then move back to the 19-yard line and take 25 more shots.
Meets are held throughout the spring, with the state Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) championship in May and June.
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