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Are trap club is looking for some different ideas on league shooting.We have about 15 to 20 squads and we shoot 50 targets.Right now we shoot yardage based on team averages with some teams at 16 yards some at 25 and so on.Based on what we are hearing it sounds like alot of teams want to shoot a 16 yard first.We are looking for some ideas.What does your club do?
 

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Even if you did allow top 27 yard shooters it would be a big surprise if your shooting in real winter conditions. In the real cold weather almost nobody shoots 50 straight in a combined 25 16yd followed by their ATA handicap yardage 25 shots. Its a good combo when 16 is allowed as well as handicap. Our league has operated successfully on this basis for many years. 500dollar prize for 50 straight not paid out for three years now. Yes several 27 yard shooters.
 

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If anyone is interested in a Windows based program for keeping track of league scores then mash on the link above
 

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My club is on their 47th league starting today and running for 7 weeks every Wednesday night. We shoot various venues, this current one being what we call the "iron man league". It is called that due to the weather and due to the format we are shooting.

For this league (this will put hair on your chest) we are shooting 25 targets at the 23 yard line and they are wobble targets. Then we are shooting the next 25 targets as a progressive wobble, 19 yard line to the 27 yard line. The 27 yard wobble should be very interesting.

We have a standard rotation of formats that we shoot. One league will be 16 yard wobble and a team handicap. The next league might be a 20 yard straight and a progressive. Or we might throw in a 20 yard wobble and a 27 yard straight. The handicap always comes after the shorter yardage targets, and we mix up the format so people don't get bored and are always challenged.

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Our Leagues are seasonal and we offer a Spring Singles, Fall Wobble and Winter Doubles... plus a one-night Summer Handicap...

(2) 25s for each day/night of the 8 week leagues; (4) 25s - 4 different yardages for the Handicap...

Raw scores, drop lowest score, Lewis Class awards...

Jay
 

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We shoot ours on Tuesday evenings.

First, third, and fifth week is 50 16 yard targets (150 for the whole league) and we use the top 4 scores of the squad to figure their handicap for the following week. No squad can shoot closer than 18 yard and the longest possible is 25 yard. There are no 1/2 yard, if it is 1/2 or more you stand on the higher yardage.

Second fourth and sixth week are handicap. (150 for the whole league)

Two classes, people who have shot registered targets ( ATA, PITA, NSSA or sporting clays, usually around 25% of the shooters) and people who have never shot registered targets (Rookies usually around 75% of the shooters)

We give prizes for high nights to each class, HOA to registered and rookie and high 16 and handicap, lady and jr. (on the total 300) you can only win one prize.

We also use part of the entry fee to set up a lewis class depending on budget. Last spring there was a little over $6000.00 in the lewis split 5 classes 40-30-20-10.

We let all the rookies shoot off for a new trap gun on the seventh night, that they can only win once in their lives. Then an awards dinner on a Saturday following the final shoot off night.

Last spring we had 80 squads (400 shooters) and I had to turn away at least another 100 shooters because just we can't handle that many on a Tuesday evening.

Keep it as simple as possible, all the shooters seem to like that.
 

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Our club shoots 50 targets. The first 25 is from the 16 yard line. You add all those scores tothether and then 3 to the average and that is the yardage you shoot the 2nd round of 25 targets from.
 

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We have run 2 to 3 6-week leagues the past 3 winters. Trying to make teams even and competition close, we draw for teams. We have had 8 to 10 five man (or lady) teams each time. We put the name of each participant in 1 of 5 bowls, based on their 16 yards ATA averages or known ability, labeled A,B,C,D,E. It can be a little objective dividing them up, but we have the A shooters draw a team from the other 4 bowls, so each team should have pretty close to ABCDE.

We shoot 50 birds each night, the very first 25 from 16, the 2nd 25 from the average team score of the first 25, and then each week the yardage shot from is determined from the previous week's total team score average on 50 targets. So a team score of 210 will shoot from the 21 yard line, plus any earned yardage. Top score each week earns 2 permanent yards, 2nd place earns 1 permanent yard. Ties- all get the yardage. We also have a "minimum score" a shooter can card in a night, and that is 30. This keeps teams with new shooters in the game, and the new shooters don't get discouraged.

Results have been good- we've had 4 of 10 teams finish within 10 birds on 1500 total targets. Usually the final night 3 or 4 teams are battling for the win.

Joe
 
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