About North Ridgeville Shooting Sports
The North Ridgeville Shooting Sports is a 501c3 that was started to support youth shooting sports, in particular shotgun shooting, in North Ridgeville and Lorain County. Currently the organization supports the NRHS trap team which is part of the Ohio State High School Clay Target League (OSHSCTL), and the Lorain County Youth Trap Team, which is part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).
The North Ridgeville High School Trap team formed and joined the OSHSCTL (www.ohclaytarget.com) in the spring of 2017. Since then, we’ve been finding and developing some of the best trap shooters in Lorain County and the state of Ohio. In 2020 we formed a team with SCTP (www.mysctp.com) for additional competitive shotgun shooting. From coaching them on the ins-and-outs of the sport to honing their shooting skills, we’re proud to teach the love of the sport. Our values are Safety, Fun, and Marksmanship, in that order. Students must also maintain academic standards. Everyone participates every week.
All athletes complete safety training and all coaches are trained through the league.
The NRHS trap team (OSHSCTL) is open to all students male and female, regardless of skill level or experience, grades 8-12. We will accept 7th grade on a case by case basis. Students from other school districts may join the team, provided their school does not have a team, there is not another school with a team that is closer, and a simple cooperative agreement form is signed between the schools. All students from another school district are encouraged to take their experience and start a team at their school. The OSHSCTL is a virtual league, which means we shoot competition scores at our home range, enter our scores on-line, and they are compared to other high school teams throughout the state, shooting at their home range. We have a fall and a spring season, culminating in a state tournament in June and a national tournament in July. The state and national tournaments are the only time the student athletes come together to compete in person.
The SCTP team is open to grades 5-12. Anyone can join this team, provided you do not live closer to another SCTP team. You also will need to obtain ATA and AIM memberships ($25). The SCTP season begins Sept 1 and ends August 31. However, most of the activity occurs March through July. SCTP practices at SG&R in conjunction with the NRHS trap team, but competitions involve some travel, mostly to the Cardinal Center in Marengo, OH, about 90 minutes away.
Students may join OSHSCTL or SCTP or both. They are not mutually exclusive. Most of our SCTP student athletes come from the OSHSCTL team.
All OSHSCTL shoots take place at the Sportsman’s Gun and Reel Club (SG&R) at 44165 Middle Ridge Road, Lorain, Ohio. Due to COVID-19, additional times may be required. Our primary shooting day and competitions are Sunday afternoons, with optional practice on Wednesdays late afternoon/evening. Of course all students can practice individually during any SG&R public shooting hours, which are Sunday 9-3, Wednesday 9-5, and Saturday 9-5.
WE BELIEVE THAT:
Safe and responsible handling and storage of firearms and ammunition is the first priority.
Everyone should have fun.
Participation is a privilege and not a right.
Sportsmanship needs to have a constant presence.
Students should have an equal opportunity to participate.
Ethical behavior, dignity and respect are expected.
Participants will be chemically free.
Collaborative relationships with schools and students create a positive experience.
Academic priorities must come before participation.
Adults must serve as a positive role model to students.
The success of the team is more important than individual honors.
Gun clubs are critical to the success of the League and are positive business leaders in their community.
Compliance with school, community, gun club and League rules are essential for all participants.
Shooting sports strengthens connections within families and communities for life.
Everything the League does will always be in the best interest of the students.