Participation

I’m a high school student, can I participate in ACUI events?
We welcome high school juniors and seniors to participate in any of our conference championship or summer series events! Any high school athletes must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to compete.
What’s the benefit of competing at an ACUI event as a high school student?

As collegiate shotgun programs have grown throughout the United States, the ACUI Clay Targets program encourages high school students to participate as they are considering their future. Competing at an ACUI event as a high schooler provides exposure to collegiate-level events and the opportunity to be recruited. Many of our high school athletes have been recruited to shoot on collegiate teams, which in some cases has provided scholarships for their schooling. This is a great opportunity to not only continue your education, but also to continue to engage in the sport you love throughout your college years.

Our high school athletes are also welcome to compete in a scholarship shoot-off, offered at each conference championship event. This provides our high school athletes the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship.

What are the eligibility requirements to compete

Participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • All participants must meet eligibility criteria established by their school.
  • All participants are limited to six years of eligibility. Students enrolled at two-year institutions are limited to three years of eligibility; if they transfer to a four-year school, six years total.
  • All undergraduate participants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 as of the academic term in which they qualified for program; for graduate students, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • All participants must be enrolled as of the academic term in which they qualified for the program for at least nine degree-seeking credit hours (six credits for graduate students) and must complete six credit hours between all program appearances.
  • All undergraduate and graduate student participants must be enrolled as a student in good conduct standing at the institution they represent, as determined by the institution in which they are currently enrolled.
  • For participation in national championship-level competitions, certification of eligibility must be made by an advisor or authorized staff member of the school. All participants in international-level competitions are required to provide registrar’s seal and signature.
How does my team sign up to compete?

High school teams and college teams will first want to get their account set up before they start the registration process. To get a team set up in our system, please fill out the online Team Information Form. Once submitted, we’ll reach out when the account is ready for the team to be registered.

Once the team is set up, you can find the event you’d like to attend and click the “Register” button to get started. If you need assistance processing registration for your team, please reach out to Alyssa Drew at adrew@acui.org for assistance.

What if I don’t have a team; can I still compete?

Absolutely! We welcome individuals, teams, and anything in between to compete! Team scores are based on your team name, but anyone can be squadded to shoot together, no matter their affiliation.

Is membership required to compete?

No, membership is not required to compete in our events. Membership is only available for college teams and provides a registration discount. Interested in becoming a member of ACUI? Contact Alyssa Drew at adrew@acui.org for more information about becoming a member.

Competition

Where can I find the schedule for an event?

The tentative schedule is listed in the Match Program, which can be found on the various event pages. The schedule is also posted, along with other information, under each individual event. Please note that all schedules posted online are tentative and subject to change. Final schedules will be emailed to participants the week of the event.

How do I pay for my registration

Payment can be processed through the registration portal (recommended). Payment can also be processed over the phone at 812.245.2284 or by mail at ACUI, 120 W. Seventh St., Ste. 200, Bloomington, IN 47404. Check and credit cards can be taken on site as well (not recommended).

I can no longer participate in the event. How do I cancel a registration?

Please follow the cancellation policy. If you would like to transfer your registration to someone else at no charge, email acui@acui.org, and include your name and the name and email address of the person to whom you’d like to transfer your registration.

How do I squad my team?

Squadding opens on Friday the week prior to the event. When squadding is available, an email invitation is sent to the one person from each team who has registered through the event portal as the “Primary Team Contact.” Further instructions will be included in the squadding email.

Do I need to provide ammunition?

Limited ammunition might be available for purchase at the ranges. It is suggested that a team contact the individual ranges for availability of ammunition at least one week prior to the event. Cost of practice and competition ammo is at the expense of the competitor. Ammunition up to 1 oz. is allowed at all International conference events. For American events, check the appropriate rules for allowable loads.

Will space be provided to store firearms and ammunition at an event?
Limited firearm and ammunition storage might be available at the ranges. It is suggested that a team contact the individual ranges directly for availability of storage.
I need to rent a golf cart. Can I do that through ACUI?

No, all golf cart rentals are handled by the ranges. Please contact the individual ranges directly.

What disciplines are shot at each event?

ACUI’s events are broken into three types: American, International, and Super Shoot. The following disciplines are offered at each shoot:

  • American – American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, Super Sporting
  • International – Bunker Trap, International Skeet
  • Super Shoot – American Trap, Bunker Trap, American Skeet, International Skeet, Sporting Clays, Super Sporting
Do I have to shoot all disciplines being offered at each event?

Absolutely not! If you’re wanting to qualify for a High Overall Award, you’ll want to plan on shooting all disciplines available. But otherwise we welcome folks to shoot whatever they’d like.

Awards

What awards are offered at events?

Individual awards are broken into the following categories: College Men’s, College Women’s, High School Men’s, and High School Women’s. We award medals for first through third place in each discipline being offered at an event, in each category. Individual High Overall Award is also awarded for first place in each of these categories.

Team awards are broken into College and High School. We award first through third high overall teams in each division.

How do I qualify for an Individual High Overall Award?
We’ll take the composite score of the four disciplines for American style and two events for International style. A competitor must shoot all disciplines being offered to qualify for a High Overall Award. For Super Shoots, we’ll award separate International and American HOAs, meaning that folks do not have to shoot all six disciplines offered.
How does my team qualify for a High Overall Award?

High Overall Award teams are determined by taking the top five totals of targets broken in the individual discipline (men’s or women’s). Total targets broken will be added together and yield the winning school. For example:

  • Top five Sporting Clays scores (men’s or women’s) plus the top five Super Sporting scores (men’s or women’s) plus the top five American Skeet scores (men’s or women’s) plus the top five American Trap scores (men’s or women’s). All individuals must be registered to shoot from the same school and have shot in all four disciplines (American style) for their individual event score to count for HOA.
  • International style events will add the top three scores (men’s or women’s) from Bunker Trap and International Skeet to determine team HOA.
  • Super Shoots will recognize high overall International teams and high overall American teams.

General

How does ACUI deal with infractions or complaints?

Depending on the level of the severity, infractions of the rules or guidelines will be dealt with in the following manner:  

  • First offense, upon notification to the match director, the athlete receives a verbal warning and the athlete has up to ten minutes to remedy the situation and continue competition. If further time or investigation is needed, athlete will be resquadded for the discipline they are competing in that day if time and fields allow. Should the athlete refuse, they forfeit competition until the issue is resolved to the satisfaction of the match director. No further action would then be required.  
  • Should further action be required, that could include counsel with the match director, coach or advisor to the team/athlete, and protest committee.  
  • Upon second notification of offense, athlete will receive one target deduction in that day’s event. Readdressing the offense will follow the same process as first offense with goal of resolution.  
  • Upon third notification of offense, the athlete will be disqualified from the event and that score voided.  
  • The final result of a concern, with no other resolution reached, is the suspension of the athlete from the program for any remaining eligibility entirely.
What protocols are in place if a student acts inappropriately or if there is concern about the overall safety of event participants?

All coaches, officials, and participants are empowered to stop the line of fire and correct or report a safety violation.  

Withthousands of participants, there has never been an incidence of violence or a serious firearm accident in the 50-year history of the ACUI clay target program. The ACUI firearm safety program has an exemplary safety record.             

In the almost 60-year history of organized youth clay target shooting programs there has never been an accident that resulted in a fatality. The insurance actuary tables list the clay target youth and college shooting programs as one of the safest youth and college activities in which students can participate.  

What is ACUI’s position regarding guns on campus in light of recent campus and mass shootings?

We condemn criminal misuse of firearms and believe gun owners have a responsibility to abide by all laws and regulations, including securing their firearms when not in use and ensuring safe handling at all times. Student competitors are often leaders in promoting gun safety. It also is prudent to draw a distinction between the use of a shotgun for club sports on a range designated for that purpose versus using an assault weapon with the intent to do harm on campus.   

ACUI club sport members store their firearms off campus, typically in lockers at their local practice range. 

Why does an organization for college unions run the clay targets program?

ACUI has historically offered sports not previously administered by the NCAA or other organizations that are either played within the college union recreation room or other areas of the building or at the request of student organizations who would like to compete in the sport.  

With 50 years of competitive shotgun sports history at ACUI, the program has grown from 200 to 800 athletes at the national championship and for years has hosted sectional-like competitions across the country.  

ACUI provided over $35,000 in scholarships for student athletes last year.