Six Kansas high schools have approved teams to participate in the inaugural Kansas State High School Clay Target League's (KSSHSCTL) 2016 spring trapshooting season, which begins in April.

The six new teams - Andover High School, Sterling High School, Wellington High School, Wichita Collegiate School, Nickerson High School, and Cedar Vale High School - are the first to join the League, which is one of the fastest-growing and safest sports in high schools across the Midwest.

“We are tremendously excited to be able to offer clay target shooting to Kansas high school athletes,” said Jim Sable, Executive Director of the KSSHSCTL, "along with the six teams that have already joined, representatives from more than fifty other Kansas high schools have inquired about starting a team."

The league's co-ed and adaptive nature are key attractions to high schools in Kansas. The league is fully Title IX compliant with both male and female athletes competing on the same team. Additionally it's an 'adaptive' sport, which allows students with physical disabilities to take part.

"We take pride in that athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting," John Nelson, Vice President of the KSSHSCTL, remarked. "Our True Team® scoring system is also designed so that everyone's score matters, not just the top shooters on a team."

The league is the safest sport in high school, with no reported injuries or gun-free zone violations since the inception of the League in 2001.Upon completion of the Spring League, all student athletes are invited to participate in individual and team competitions at the 2016 State Tournament . The event is scheduled for June 4 at the Anthony Gun Club in Valley Center.

The Kansas State High School Clay Target League attracts student athletes to participate in shooting sports while creating a "virtual" competition among high school teams throughout Kansas. Family travel is minimal because practice and competition

are conducted at a shooting range near the school's location. Conferences are determined by team size rather than geographic location for fair competition. Athletes earn True Team® scoring points as determined by their performance and ranking against all athlete scores within their team's conference. The team score and overall standing are calculated by adding the earned points from qualifying athletes and posted on the League's website. Athletes and their families track their individual and team performance on their phone, tablet or computer via the Shooter Performance Tracker®.

The USA High School Clay Target League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and operates the Kansas State High School Clay Target League as the independent provider of shooting sports as an extracurricular co-ed and adaptive activity for high schools and students in grades six through 12 who have earned their hunter education certification.

The organization’s priorities are safety, fun, and marksmanship – in that order.

For more information visit http://ksclaytarget.com | Contact: John Nelson at 612-490-1388 | Email: jnelson@ksclaytarget.com