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I am looking for a format for starting a trap league that will include youth to old, beginner to experienced, men-women-youth, that will allow for some level of fairness between the teams. We are planning a club level, 3-man team, 10-week league that will allow for shooters to shoot with their friends (Teammates) and be competitive whether beginner level or experienced.

Is there a scoring methodology that can be combined with a handicapping system that will make the shooters feel "equal". We would like to shoot 25-singles and 25-handicap system each week. End with a league party/dinner and hand out awards to winning teams.

Would like to know fees charged by those with leagues and their rules in terms of shooting ahead/makeup would be appreciated as well.

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions.

J. Adams
Hermiston Rod and Gun Club
 

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One suggestion would be a team against team. If you have 10 teams then you have 5 winners each week. A total bird format will have the best team build a big lead about 1/2 way thru and the others will lose interest.
 

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Just a word on the make up shooting.

You will have very competitive shooters that like to pass on days that aren't the best.

We ended up with a straight no make up policy. If you skip it, you lose it.

Attendance improved markedly after instituting this policy.

If the weather was bad enough to cancel, a make up date would be chosen for all.

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I dis-agree with the no make up policy. We have a very strong league ranging from 18 to 24 teams of 7 guys per team. We are a small town club (120 members) If it were not for the leagues we would not have ATA shoots as they do not do much if any for club financially and leagues are our true bread and butter.

We are in a rural community and as such lots of farmers shoot. If we told our groups NO MAKEUPS you can bet the corn will still be planted and we will be not just short a shooter for that night but the entire league. This is because the midwest has a mentality that if you start something you WILL finish it. These guys just flat out would not start if that was the policy.

With that said we do not run our leagues with true yardage handicap due to the makeups and shoot ahead possibility. We do have a yardage handicap but it is by team and where they stand in class, ie, AA all shoot 24, A 22, B, 20's. We allow our shooters to shoot 1 week behind and 2 weeks ahead. Our league runs 8 weeks and there are 7 man teams with the best 5 scores applied. We also do a handicap to 45, so your guy that starts out brand new and shoots a 13/25 if he continues to get better than his avg. he will score a 45. This keeps them interested and feeling like a "team" player. However, your guys that average 44-46 this really gets to them as they do not feel like the others deserve it. But I can say in the end...............24 teams of 7 guys! SO it must be working.

I can not say this will work for everybody but it apparently works for us in our area.
 

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Here is ours. We have tweaked it over the years, and it seems to work well for us. Mark

2014 Winter Trap League - Rules


Teams will be comprised of 7 shooters. Only the five highest out of seven scores will be used for the competition. In the event a team loses a member, they may replace the member with another person, and the new member becomes a permanent part of the team. The Trap Committee must approve any replacements. A shooter may only represent one team.

The cost of Winter League is $12 per person per week. These monies will be used to cover the cost of the Awards Dinner, trophies and/or other related operating expenses.

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: First place Team in three categories, High-Overall, Individual Men, Vet (ages 65-69), Sr. Vet (70+), Junior (18 yrs of age or younger), and Individual Women.

Scoring Format: Scoring will be based on 50 total targets shot weekly by each team member.

o 25 targets will be shot at the 16 yard line for a Singles Score

o 25 targets will then be shot depending on Single Score for a Handicap Score

If the Singles score is from 0 – 18, then the Handicap Yardage will be 17 yards

19-22, then 21 yards

23-25, then 25 yards

o If a Shooter’s PITA yardage is greater than their league yardage assignment, they can shoot the greater if they wish to, as long as it is within the two yard limit for the handicap squad.

Team scores will comprise of the five highest individual scores shot by team members each week. Team Captains are responsible for insuring that a minimum of 5 members shoot each week or have “pre-shot” to make up the teams weekly score.

In the event that a team fails to field five shooters in any given week, their weekly team score will consist of the scores for the number of shooters present or shot, plus the lowest score(s) posted from the previous week, after all make-up rounds have been shot.

Pre-shooting is allowed in advance on any preceding Sunday. Individuals may “pre-shoot” as far in advance as they wish. Pre-shooters must request an official score card and designate which week they are shooting for before beginning their rounds.

Shooters will be allowed two ‘make-up’ shoots. In the event they cannot shoot, they will be allowed to shoot a make-up score on the next Sunday.

Each week will have an “OPTIONAL” Lewis Class. Pay $5 to play. Score will be the total of both singles and handicap. The payout will be three places. All monies go back to the shooters.

Depending upon numbers of teams and/or shooters, there may be less division categories (less trophies) and/or less than 7 shooters per team.

Individual or posted protests must be made available to the Trap Committee in a timely manner. Their decision is final.
 

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Our spring league has 80 squads (400) shooters.
They are 5 man teams with one alternate shooter that can shoot if one of the five is missing. There are no makeups, if you don't shoot you score a zero for the night unless the alternate shooter shoots for you.

50 sixteen yard targets first week

50 handicap targets 2nd week. Your handicap for the team is based on your 16 yard average. same for each successive week.

broken up in two groups Rookies and Registered shooters. An awards dinner at the end with prizes and raffle prizes.

Don't know if it is fair (equal) or not but it works. We have to turn people away because we cannot do more than 80 squads on Tuesday evening.

Keep the rules as simple as you possible can.
 
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