Coming to ACUI events gives students the tools to work on developing a team at their home campus, opens doors to the shooting industry for them, and provides leadership opportunities.
Schools represented in the more than 50-year program have had as few as one participant or as many as 60. One student can proudly display their school banner at the championships even if the school does not have a recognized club or team.
Growth of the sport over the last 10 years culminated with a 2017 national competition, which featured 821 students from 76 schools across the United States. This is double the number of students who participated four years ago. The majority of the participants shoot three or more events, and those who shoot in all six disciplines then can qualify for the High Overall Awards. Last year, nearly 96% of students participated in American Trap, the tournament’s top event. The biggest year-on-year growth was the 24% jump in the number of registered events by these students. This increase prompted the development of the CTC Shotgun Bowl Series in 2012, with the support of benefactors Larry and Brenda Potterfield. This year, 11 conference championships were held across the country.
ACUI Clay Target events give high school students a stage to compete alongside collegiate participants.
Unique to this ACUI program, high school juniors and seniors are invited to compete for top honors in each of the disciplines afforded to the collegiate participants. Collegiate recruitment opportunities are available at each of the conference championships as well as the opportunity to compete for the NRA scholarships and earn endowment funds for your team.
For more information about the program, please read through the 2018-19 Match Program-December.