Update on Spring 2021 Clays Season

As we approach the spring season, we’ve had many conversations about how to not only continue providing space for virtual competition, but also about how to reimagine in-person competition in the current COVID-19 environment. Our priority is the health and safety of student athletes at any of our competitions. 

ACUI is excited to announce that in addition to two virtual competitions in February and April, we are making plans to host two in-person events at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio:

  • Lower Midwest Conference Championship, February 6–7
  • Collegiate Clay Target Championship, March 25–27

Please note that all other in-person events for the spring have been canceled. Several new protocols will be put into place to ensure both competitions run smoothly and safety in light of COVID-19:

  • Competitors and coaches will need to be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours (3 days) of the start of the competition.
  • Face masks must be worn except when actively competing. 
  • Social distancing rules must be followed.
  • Daily health check-ins will be performed as competitors enter the complex.
  • Spectators will not be allowed.
  • High school athletes will not be eligible to compete at either in-person event.   

We believe in our clay targets community and know competing teams will support one another and ACUI by following these protocols just as you observe safety guidelines related to the sport. The Lower Midwest Conference Championships will enable ACUI to assess the new COVID-19 protocols and competitors' adoption of all safety measures. If we are successful, as we expect to be, we will move forward with the National Championships.

We are excited to make the most of our circumstances and come together, safely and responsibly, to celebrate our community and this sport. Questions may be directed to Alyssa Drew.

The ACUI Clay Target program is a nonprofit, student-centered, campus-based community of student athletes, volunteer and paid coaches, range facilities, sponsors, friends, families, and ACUI staff.

Our inclusive community provides a foundation for student development, leadership opportunities, and personal growth.

The program saw over 2,400 competitors during the 2018-19 conference championship season. These athletes traveled near and far to compete at one or more of the eleven events. This number includes high school juniors and seniors, who had the opportunity to engage in the experience of shooting at the collegiate level. Additionally, $5,500 in scholarships were awarded to high school athletes who won the NRA Scholarship Shoot-Off at each event.

The season culminated with the 2019 Collegiate Clay Targets Championships, which saw 884 collegiate athletes from 89 teams. This national championship was first held in 1968 and has continued to grow in participation and prestige over the last 50 plus years.

Thanks to Larry and Brenda Potterfield and MidwayUSA Foundation, along with support from our sponsors, the ACUI Clay Targets program has been able to grow and give back to the community. The ACUI Clay Target program will continue to support and encourage the development of shotgun sports teams for years to come.

To get involved, please reach out to us at acuiclays@acui.org.