The total clay target entries according to the report that I received totals over 5000 entries. That is not 5000 different competitors but there are definitely more targets being thrown than last year.That is about what they will have at the Cardinal Center too
I believe the numbers for Skeet and Sporting are up about 300 (combined)
The 200 singles had a total of 400 squads, however, I didn't take time to see if all the squads were full. Even if they were full that's 2000 competitors for the 200 singles. that is a little less ( about 100 ) than they had last year.
In the last 8-10 years I've been involved with Youth Trapshooting the SCTP has grown each year.
It did not grow any more this year than it has in any other year.
The move to the Cardinal for this years event did not expand the numbers anymore than normal.
I was not able to attend due to work but the team I'm involved with has 22 athletes attending and they have had a good time.
All have mentioned that it is very congested and they like Sparta better.
WM78, just rejoined the ATA after a hiatus since around 2003 so am not that familiar with the WSRC location other than the back and forth debate I read about on here with the Cardinal center. My question is why is the ILL. government involved in the ATA at all. Does the shooting grounds not have the ability to support itself by staying open year round. Who owned the grounds when it was at Vandalia was it the state or did the ATA. I don't understand why the ATA would want their agenda controlled by a State gov. I know I read on here and heard it at different shoots this year about where the Grand was even going to held due to the lack of the "Illinois politicians get their heads out of their asses and pass a budget". I shot the Ohio State shoot for first time at the Cardinal Center....real nice place and having never shot at the WSRC would never pass judgement on it. I assume it too is a wonderful place to shootI believe the SCTP is under contract with the WSRC through 2017 but that doesn't mean anything unless the Illinois politicians get their heads out of their asses and pass a budget so the WSRC can stay open year round.