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i belong to a small gun club we have 12 trap shooters and 5 os so that do it full time out of 40 members. i am trying to start a summer trap league to spark more shooters to shoot with us i know the winter in n.e. ohio is tough. so i am looking for ideas for a summer league. a number of birds, 16 and handicape yrds. and no rigid rules on how many night just number of birds and how you run your leagues at other clubs. thanks for any help you can give me bob mctaggart
 

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With that few shooters you might do best with 2 man teams. You can handicap it so that the yard line is the same as the team average.

You need to schedule so that every team shoots against every other team at least once, twice is better.

I guess there are lots of other ways, this is just a suggestion.

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The Great Falls Trap Club in Montana runs a very successful spring and fall league that started with ten squads a few years ago and is now 35 squads and 14 weeks of shooting. I would sure contact the club managment for some direction. They do have a facebook page. Good luck and happy shooting.
 

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A league Spring/Summer league that my club offered in past years worked like this:
Set a number of days/evenings the league is to run and the total number of targets the conrtestant must post.

Set a price for each event to include the targets, and a dollar or two for the league for a "banquet", and trophies.

The program could be all 16s or all handicap using the shooters ATA handicap yardage or a combination of singles and handicap - 25 singles and 25 handicap with the yardage of the handicap set to the score posted for 16s. (i.e. a shooter breaks 23x25 in singles setting the handicap yardage at 23)with the provision that no contestant is to shoot less than 20 yards.

There would be 3 league winners in the combo program:

High overall winner - This takes the contestant's total score combining the singles and handicap scores posted up to the designated minimum needed for the league.

A Singles winner and a Handicap winner.

For the singles only program and the handicap only program you can determine the number of winners you wish to award. In these events a lot needs to be taken into consideration - the number of shooters, the number of classes or yardage groups. If the particiapation is small you may want to have 1,2, or 3 winners based on the contestant's average.

As for setting up the league; establish the number of league days when scores can be posted. Determine the total number of targets required to be eligable for the trophies. Allow shoot-aheads and makeups. If a contestant posts more targets than are required for the trophy eligability take the highest scores that come closest to the total needed targets for the league. For example if the league is to run 6 weeks and each league day 50 targets can be posted and the total needed for the league is 200 each shooter can complete the program in 4 weeks. However, shooters would be able to shoot all 6 weeks posting scores. For shooters that do shoot all 6 weeks, take 4 the highest scores posted to determine that shooters league score. (The added "practice" targets the shooter earned will add to the dollars needed for the league)

Be very liberal and do not impose strict rules to govern the league. However, safety and common sense rules remain a priority.

Good luck!!!!! Break m all!

Billy P
 

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Here is an Idea we shoot a winter league like this in Pa 200 birds a month 100 16 and 100 caps shooting your 16 first then caps ( if you shoot a 23 or under shoot from the 23 a 24 from the 24 yrd line and 25 from the 25) counting it from 50 must shoot all 200 within the month.. then we have a party after with prizes good luck!!!!
 

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We have been shooting an Island-wide league since 1964. It is open to anyone, but to be eligible for trophies, you must belong to a club, as the league was originally an inter-club format. Member clubs put on one shoot each, with one club also hosting the championship shoot. The program is - 50 singles targets, 50 handicap targets, and 25 pair of doubles. It is set up for individual shooters, classified on a 5 class system. All targets are registered, so non club members can still win a pin. Ties are shot off as at any other shoot. There is also an optional $5 option on the handicap, high gun in handicap takes it, and any ties for high gun split it.

The chamionship shoot is the same 50, 50, 25 pair, with the $5 option available.

If you have a few clubs within a reasonable driving distance, this can be a good social event, as well as treating the shooters to some good competition, without too much expense.
 

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2 rounds/week/7-8 weeks from 16yards, top 1-2 HOA/HOARU, breakdown rest as "lewis" classes (AA-C), if shooters shoot all weeks - drop worst week... small entries, inexpensive trophies a little bit of food

PM ScottCalhoun my leaguemeister...

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The other posters have nailed down the key things, keep it fun, keep it flexible, keep it affordable.

A 7 week format is good and then use the best 5 out of seven scores. Entry fees should be essentially what practice rounds cost plus about $5 per shooting day that goes into the party pot.

Handicap the shooters based on their singles scores, that can change each shoot or be a running average.

At the end of the league, throw the best party you can and give the winner(s) an affordable trophy or gift.
 

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sounds too easy, you need to change the rules when a team from out of town comes in and shoots well, change the rules every week until you come up with a "sliding handicap point system" that gives the next team you shoot against the number of birds your team just beat the last team by, but it is fair to everyone. yeah ok right. Sorry. Wish you the best with your league. Just be fair and honest and post solid rules.
 

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We have developed a different handicap system that seems to be popular. Shoot a round at the 16 and a round at the 21. First time develops handicap. Take birds broken, subtract from total targets and multiply X .6, then divide by the number of rounds. After 5 times, the first scores drop off, so that the handicap results from the last 5 events. To illustrate: Suppose someone shoots 10 rounds (5 events @ 2 rounds each) and total of birds broken is 210. 250 -210=40 lost. 40 X .6 /10 (number of rounds)=2.4, the new handicap (per round). The next time they shoot another 21, 21,+4.8 (handicap for 2 rounds)= 46.8 net. It's a takeoff of golf handicapping and not as complicated as it sounds here. You generally have to shoot better than your average to win, and we have found that no one dominates. We started out shooting 2 rounds @ 16 yds, but changed to 16 and 21 for variety. It doesn't make any difference as long as you are consistent. We throw $5 in the pot and pay 2,3,or 4 places depending on the number of shooters. By only allowing scores in which you pay to shoot to count for handicap, it stops sandbagging. (we have also been known to apply a known ability adjustment).
email me if you want more info.
Guy
Good shooting!
 
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