2014 General Information
• February 1st is our first meeting and practice for all junior and senior shooters. We will review the season’s schedule and general club activities. For new shooters and their parents we will give a brief overview of the trapshooting program and coaches will work with them on the various aspects of trapshooting and gun fit. We will have an additional meeting on February 8th for those who couldn’t attend on the Feb. 1st meeting.
It is mandatory that parents attend one of these meetings to understand what is planned for the season and what is expected of them.
• ALL Members must have submitted a completed registration and consent form, paid the registration fee (Junior High - $25 and Senior High – ($75 - $50 registration and $25 meals at ECTC meets)), submitted a minimum deposit of at least $50 per shooter’s account, and had at least one parent attend a parent meeting, prior to being allowed to shoot at practices.
• Practices will be held on Saturday afternoons (12:30 to 3:30) and on either Tuesday or Thursday (4 to 6) prior to the start of the conference trap meets. (Check the schedule).
• Once conference meets begin, practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursday. All practices will be held at the Lincoln Izaak Walton League (½ mile south of Hwy 2 on 134th Street). (Check the schedule).
• Starting on March 11th and every Tuesday thereafter, there will be a team meeting at 5:00 to discuss the upcoming meet, including squads, shoot times; results of the previous meet and other discussion items as needed.
• Please check the website (piusxtrap.net) for changes in the practice schedule due to time conflicts or weather.
• Shooters are encouraged to shoot multiple practice rounds at practice rather than just coming out and shooting just one round. They are always encouraged to ask questions or request additional help.
• No shooting will take place until a coach is present.
• Parents are encouraged to attend the Tuesday meeting and are absolutely needed to help at the practices. We cannot practice without your help and we will show you how to score.
• All practice squadding will be completed in the clubhouse and no back to back squadding unless there are limited numbers of shooters practicing.
• Do not contact Pius X high school concerning practice or meets as they will not be able to help.
• Pius X is in the Central Division of the Eastern Cornhusker Trapshooting Conference (ECTC). The conference site http://www.shootectc.org/ is where scores can be viewed.
• We will have six regular meets plus a combined conference shoot the weekend prior to the Cornhusker Invitational at Doniphan, NE.
• Seniors will shoot 100 targets and juniors will shoot 50 targets.
• Meets at Lincoln Trap and Skeet will be all completed on Saturday with the Junior High Shooters squaded first followed by the Senior High. At both Ashland and Lincoln Izaak Walton, the Senior High shooters will complete on Saturday starting around 7:30 a.m. and the Junior High shooters will complete on Sunday afternoon probably starting around 1:00 p.m.
• The Combined Conference Shoot will allow for Conferences awards to be presented there rather than at Doniphan. It is targeted as a fun shoot with shooters matched up with others of similar shooting ability. Shooters must have participated in at least 5 of the 6 conference shoots in order to qualify for this shoot as well as any conference award. Senior shooters will only shoot from a handicap distance. It is a great chance to win an award. Both the Junior High and Senior High shooters will have 50 target programs.
• The Cornhusker Invitational is a three-day event with the juniors shooting 100 targets on Thursday only and the seniors shooting 75 targets on Friday and 75 targets on Saturday.
• To be eligible to participate in the Cornhusker Invitational each member must:
- have participated in 3 of the 6 conference meets
- had no safety or team rules violations
- have no pending school disciplinary, academic actions or suspended from school
Students are responsible for all fees and costs associated with practice and competition in ECTC meets. The Pius X Trap Club will pay the entry fee at the Cornhusker Invitational.
• Practice fees will be $3.50 per 25 targets.
• Competition fees at meets will be $10.00 for juniors and $20.00 for senior high.
• Ammunition is an additional expense. ($5.50 to $7.00 per box) We should be getting a shipment of shotgun shells from Guns Unlimited in February and it is highly recommended that you get your season supply then. Payments are to Guns Unlimited.
• Shooter account payments are preferred by check. Payment envelopes available at practices to be used for all cash payments.
• See Ann Lafler for account balances and any payment questions.
• It is important that each shooter keep sufficient money in their account to cover their expenses. If a shooter’s account has a negative balance. they will not be allowed to practice.
• At the end of the season, if shooters have a credit in their account they will either be reimbursed or it will be carried over to the next season.
As you can see this is not an inexpensive activity. The bulk of a shooters expense is practicing, thus it is important that members utilize practice time in the most productive manner as possible.
Meet Sign-up: Mandatory
All shooters will be provided a signup sheets for all of the trap meets.
• Prior to any shooter practicing, one of their parents/guardian is required to attend a parent meeting.
• A shooter will not be allowed to practice or participate in a meet if there is a negative balance in their account.
• The 2014 Meets- Shooter Attendance form needs to be filled out and submitted indicating which meets that a shooter will attend.
• Squads will be posted on our website and not sent by e-mail. Check squads the night before each meet to note any changes.
• It is up to the shooter or their parents to inform coaches if there is a change in plans by Tuesday prior to the trap meet, otherwise they will be squadded for that meet and charged.
• Failure to show up for a meet at which they are squadded causes their team to not be able to complete for team awards and the shooter will be charged for that meet. In case of an emergency or illness please call Dave prior to the meet and the shooter will be removed from the squad and not charged.
• Those shooters not squadded by Thursday’s practice, but still want to shoot at the meet, will be squadded as an individual the day of the meet.
• Dave will be recording the shooter’s practice and meet scores which will be used in determining squadding position of shooters.
• Ear protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs
• Eye protection shooting or safety glasses, prescription glasses are fine.
• Shooters are not allowed to listen/play music when on the line and shooting.
• Caps and shooting gloves are also recommended.
• Since we shoot in all kinds of weather you need to wear layers so you can stay warm but not too bulky to impair shooting.
• All shooters will be required to have either a shell bag or a shooting vest.
• Shotguns: 12 gauge shotguns are preferred but Junior High may shoot 20 gauge shotguns.
• Pump or break action shotguns with 26” barrel length are longer unless youth models.
• All semi-automatic shotguns need to have a shell catcher or rubber band. The bottom line is no shells on the ground.
• No side by side double barrel or hammer cock shotguns
• 12 gauge shotgun shell need to be 2 ¾” shells, trap or target loads only.
• The maximum load allowed is 1-1/8 ounce of # 7-1/2 or # 8 shot, 1200 fps (handicap only). For 16 yard event use #8, light trap – 1145 fps.
• It is recommended that Junior High shooters use light trap loads (1 ounce), 1180 fps. This will result in less recoil.
• If you reload your own shells, please talk to a coach.
Gun fit is one of the most important issues that coaches will be working shooters on and probably the most difficult. For those shooters that want to attain the highest level of performance, it will require the purchase of a quality trap shotgun. For beginners, a good operating field shotgun works. Parents are encouraged to talk to coaches prior to purchasing a shotgun. A trap shotgun if maintained will retain its value and is easy to sale.
Lastly, maintenance of the shotgun is a must. If you have any questions on how to clean your shotgun, please talk to a coach.
Parents are needed to assist in running practice and in supervising the team at conference meets. Parents are asked to pull and score at practices. A signup sheet will be available at the February parent meeting.
The Trap Club hosts the kitchen operation at the Ikes during the conference meets scheduled on March 22nd / 23th and April 5th / 6th . We must have parents help with this operation. Proceeds from this activity assist in paying for some of the expenses at the State shoot along with club awards.
We also assist in running these 2 shoots by operating assigned trap houses.
New this year – Besides being required to provide scorers for our state squads, we will need to provide scorers at the conference meets since clubs are having an issue with finding help.
Attention Parents: The Pius Trap Club is only as good as its members, so we need your help with various club activities. Please consider getting involved.
Lisa Borzekofski will coordinate when we host the kitchen at the 2 meets at Ikes. She will be contacting parents for help.
We also need individuals or committees to help organize:
• clothing logo and orders,
• practice squadding
• state meet activities
• food at our meets away from the Ikes (we need someone to take that over for this year).
Hunter’s Safety Course:
Students MUST have completed a Hunter Safety Training Program in order to compete.
Contact Game and Parks 471-5662 (Heather.Weihe@nebraska.gov).
Registration/Consent Forms and Club Communication Format:
We will continue to not have a raffle. The registration fees of $25 for Junior shooters and $75 ($25 of that will cover the meat and bread for away ECTC meets) for Senior shooters has helped replace this income.
** The cutoff date for new shooter registration is March 8th.
** We will not add new shooters after that date.
Students must have parent/guardian permission to join the club. The Shooter Registration form, registration fee, and at least a $50 deposit, Range Rules agreement, and the Release and Consent form must be completed and returned before the club member can begin to practice.
These forms will be available on our website. The registration is to be completed and e-mailed to our e-mail account.
Ann Lafler will be collecting these forms and will create a shooter database.
An email database will be used to disperse information on a regular basis.
We have reserved a block of rooms in Grand Island this year. More details will be provided later. It will be up to the parents to contact the hotel to reserve a room in their name and pay the entire bill.