Who says guns and schools can’t coexist safely and successfully in America? Certainly not the hundreds of high school students and their parents and coaches taking part in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.
With 57 teams currently representing 100 schools and 1,500 student athletes, the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League has doubled its participating members each year since 2008, despite operating separately and without funding from the state high school sports association sanctioning body.
The league attracts students in grades six through 12 to participate in trap and skeet shooting while creating a “virtual” competition among high schools throughout Minnesota. Shooting is performed on each team’s home range and conferences are determined by the number of athletes per team.
As with any other school sport or extracurricular activity, participating students must adhere to the same rules to be eligible to compete, including staying clear of drugs, alcohol and maintaining good grades. Firearms are not allowed to be carried or kept on school property.