Participant qualifications:

All competing schools and athletes must be members in good standing of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MNSHSCTL) and of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).  Student athletes must be in grades 7-12. Qualifying individuals and teams must provide their own firearm, ammunition (minimum of 100 for team and individual competition), eye protection, and ear protection. There is no cost to individuals, teams, or schools who participate in the State Tournament. Competing teams and individuals will exhibit the qualities of gracious professionalism and conform to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s Sportsmanship Agreement and Policies & Procedures.

Team competition

Team qualifications:

The number of qualifying teams is the same as the number of conferences in the spring season. The top five athlete scores from each team are combined to determine the team score. The number of top finishing teams from each day of the Championship is determined by the number of conferences in each Class that are designated for each day of the Championship.

Number of 2017 qualifying teams:
Class A = 11 Teams
Class 2A = 6 Teams
Class 3A = 5 Teams
Class 4A = 4 Teams
Class 5A = 4 Teams
Class 6A = 3 Teams
Class 7A = 3 Teams
Class 8A = 2 Teams
Class 9A = 2 Teams

All qualifying teams MUST provide the athlete names that will participate in the State Tournament upon qualifying. Teams must have a minimum of five student athletes and up to two additional alternates. Only five athletes will shoot and alternates cannot be used after the competition begins.

Team squadding:

• Coaches will affix pre-printed student athlete name labels containing the athlete information on the supplied scoring sheet to form a squad (5).
• Teams may substitute student athlete(s) from the League-submitted starting squad with an alternate student athlete (from the submitted roster) ONLY BEFORE the team’s Session 1 begins.
• Alternate-designated student athletes cannot be substituted after competition begins.
• Session 1 scoresheets will be titled and printed in black ink. Session 2 scoresheets will be titled and printed in red ink. Please use the corresponding scoresheets for each Session.
• Student athlete name labels are also designated ‘Session 1’ and ‘Session 2’. Use the Session 1 labels on the Session 1 scoresheet. Do the same for Session 2.
• Squadding order for each Session needs to be exactly the same.

Team competition:

• Each team member will shoot two rounds (50 targets) in each of two different sessions (split squads) for a total of 100 targets.
• The team with the highest combined number of targets hit will win.
• If there is a tie for any place, the team with the highest individual score(s) in subsequent order will determine the winner.
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Team  awards:

1st, 2nd and 3rd place (including ties) are awarded team trophies and individual medals (one for coach, five for competitors, and one for each alternate, up to two). Additional medals are available for purchase.

Individual competition

Individual qualifications:

The top 100 student athletes plus ties using the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s regular season average are qualified and invited to compete in the State Tournament.

Individual competition:

• Each athlete will shoot two rounds (50 targets) in each of two different sessions (split squads) for a total of 100 targets.
• The highest number of targets hit will win.
• If there is a tie for any place, a “reverse longest run” tiebreaker will be used.
• All ties after a reverse run is determined will result in a tie for that place.

If a tiebreaker is required, the reverse longest run of hit targets by the athletes will be used. The longest run score will start from the last target and count backwards until a missed target is reached to determine the score. The athlete with the longest (highest number) reverse run is declared the winner. If there is a tie after the longest run is totaled, then a tie for that place is declared.

Individual Awards:

1st through 8th place are awarded individual trophies.


• Scorekeepers and Range Safety Officers are supplied by the shooting range.
• Student athletes will shoot two consecutive rounds of 25 targets in each session.
• Squads cannot take a break between rounds during each Session except to retrieve the second box of ammunition.
• Squads for Session 2 must be comprised of the same athletes and squad sequence as Session 1.
• It is important to be prepared to shoot immediately after the previous squad completes their round.
• The only time a round score may be disputed is on the field immediately after a scorer has announced a lost target. Scores cannot be changed after the next student athletes shoots.
• Coaches must remain behind the field during competition. Coaches may assist special need student athletes that require help while shooting.
• Any team or individual may be disqualified if they miss their scheduled time.

Score postings

• Scores will be posted online at or by downloading the Clay Target Leaderboard app.
• Coaches should verify their team’s scores on their electronic device or in the clubhouse.
• If there is a scoring discrepancy, the head coach of the team should notify the scoring officials immediately.

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