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  • platoonDaddy

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    Jun 30, 2011
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    SouthOfBalto
    Does anyone know if the USA HS Clay Target League shoots from a low or high ready position?

    Thanks
     

    slsc98

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    May 24, 2012
    4,302
    Escaped MD-stan to WNC Smokies
    A. “I don’t know.”

    B. but, 2:20 min mark of the first video on the Policies & Procedures page of the *MD* State HS League website illustrates the “Ready Position” as shouldered or high position: http://mdclaytarget.com/rules/policies-procedures/

    (That may change at collegiate level)

    C. Also, this article from “PullUSA,” the official magazine of the USA HS CLT describes the “low” position as one of the differences between “Olympic” vs “American” skeet / trap: https://pullusamagazine.com/america-vs-the-world/

    D. Knowing many collegiate teams shoot Olympic (“low,” delayed target) it would not surprise me if the USA HS CTL shoots high ready position BUT, once a high school skeet athlete reaches a certain level of proficiency that coaches allow athletes who choose to do so to shoot Olympic or low ready and particularly if that athlete is “on track” for one of the collegiate teams (where they’ll be required to)


    The fact you’re even inquiring warrants a hearty “Congratulations!”
     

    platoonDaddy

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    Jun 30, 2011
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    SouthOfBalto
    A. “I don’t know.”

    B. but, 2:20 min mark of the first video on the Policies & Procedures page of the *MD* State HS League website illustrates the “Ready Position” as shouldered or high position: http://mdclaytarget.com/rules/policies-procedures/

    (That may change at collegiate level)

    C. Also, this article from “PullUSA,” the official magazine of the USA HS CLT describes the “low” position as one of the differences between “Olympic” vs “American” skeet / trap: https://pullusamagazine.com/america-vs-the-world/

    D. Knowing many collegiate teams shoot Olympic (“low,” delayed target) it would not surprise me if the USA HS CTL shoots high ready position BUT, once a high school skeet athlete reaches a certain level of proficiency that coaches allow athletes who choose to do so to shoot Olympic or low ready and particularly if that athlete is “on track” for one of the collegiate teams (where they’ll be required to)


    The fact you’re even inquiring warrants a hearty “Congratulations!”

    Excellent, thank you very much! Prior to joining the team grandson must pass the 3hour on line course (which he has completed) and the 1-2 hour live fire on Sunday.

    Wanted to hit the range with him on Friday & Saturday preparing him for his range test. One of his online chapters, talked about raising the cone to your face vs dropping your face to me the cone. Therefore the question about the ready position.

    Thanks to you, we will shoot from the high ready position.

    Again thank you!
     

    platoonDaddy

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    Jun 30, 2011
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    SouthOfBalto
    Today, grandson had his field day certification, following successfully completing (2 hours) he joined his HS team on the firing line. They currently have 14 members, therefore three squads.

    He said a few of the shooters in two rounds hitting 23-24. Dang, that is awesome for HS (to be honest, 20 is a great day)!

    Forgot to add: high ready
     

    slsc98

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    May 24, 2012
    4,302
    Escaped MD-stan to WNC Smokies
    Fantastic!

    Oh yes, bringing the comb of the stock up to the face / cheek (as opposed to “craning” one’s head down - and sideways - to the gun) is addressed in instructing on the stance and mount check (ideally prior to a first shot being fired and after confirmation of the shooters dominant eye). Goes for starting with gun high ready or low, btw.

    This is very exciting; like any of the martial arts, youth involved in formal shooting programs invariably tend to build a foundation of character that simply takes them toward more fulfillment and further toward reaching full potential in life!
     

    platoonDaddy

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    Jun 30, 2011
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    SouthOfBalto
    Fantastic!

    Oh yes, bringing the comb of the stock up to the face / cheek (as opposed to “craning” one’s head down - and sideways - to the gun) is addressed in instructing on the stance and mount check (ideally prior to a first shot being fired and after confirmation of the shooters dominant eye). Goes for starting with gun high ready or low, btw.

    This is very exciting; like any of the martial arts, youth involved in formal shooting programs invariably tend to build a foundation of character that simply takes them toward more fulfillment and further toward reaching full potential in life!
    Don’t know how to send a PM with the new software.

    Therefore the question, have sent 3 request without a reply to USA HS School Clay. I do receive acknowledgment of my request, with promise they will reply in 24-48 hours.

    SLSC98 do u know the answer, following message sent to USA Clay

    This link is to the video, I reference in my message to them.


    Clay Target Shooting Procedures Video

    2:00 of the video, it states live chambered round with open action until athletes turn to shoot.

    2:14 of the video, take ready position, load required shell, close action.

    So the question is, when is the athlete permitted to load a round?

    Note 3rd request

    Thank you,
     
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    platoonDaddy

    Active Member
    Jun 30, 2011
    3,725
    SouthOfBalto
    Dang, finally received a reply:

    My apologies as I did not see your prior emails. Please see below for the answers to your question.

    Per the league's policies and procedures a live round may be in the chamber but the action cannot be closed until it is the athletes turn to shoot. Below is an excerpt from the policies and procedures and below that is a link to the P&P. Your question is on page 9.

    "At the moment the athlete calls and until the target appears, the athlete must stand in the “READY” position including: • Both feet entirely within the shooting station area. • Holding the shotgun with both hands. • A live round may be in the chamber, but the action MUST be open until it is the athlete’s turn to shoot."
    https://www.usaclaytarget.com/wp-co.../USA-High-School-2022-Policies-Procedures.pdf
     

    slsc98

    Active Member
    May 24, 2012
    4,302
    Escaped MD-stan to WNC Smokies
    Glad you got your answer and yeah, it seems EVERYone and thing are moving slower these days when it comes to responding to emails, texts, etc.

    If you have to reach out to them again you might want to ask to be put in touch with a coordinator or coach in your area … that’ll serve several purposes all of which will be advantages to your teen competitor!

    Schuh-moke ‘em!
     
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