This information just came in from the SCTP/SPP Headquarters….. I know many of you have been asking about Nationals and how the closing of the World Shooting Complex would affect us. Well it looks like they have officially locked down their dates however the location has yet to be deterred. We love Sparta and I hope things work out but the SCTP/SPP leadership is doing its due diligence by making sure that we have a SCTP/SPP National Championship to go to in July.
The rumblings that I have heard is that if Nationals is not in Sparta, the SCTP/SPP National Championship will be held at the Cardinal Center in Marengo, OH. I have hedged my bets and booked a “easy cancel” room at the Hampton Inn Columbus/Delaware I-71 North. If you’re kicking around the idea of attending nationals with us in July you may want to do the same.
In addition, I was also able to book 10 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Sparta so if the shoot doesn’t move we will once again have the best place in town. I was able to booked the rooms with the condition that if Nationals moves the contract will be canceled.
WARNING: please do not make any plans that are not easily canceled! THINGS MAY CHANGE!
FOR STATE ADVISORS – National Championships Update
Dear State Advisors,
As many of you are aware, the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL, has been the home of our Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) and Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) National Championship events for several years running. As of October 1, 2015, the complex was closed for all shooting events due to unresolved budget issues within Illinois state government and remains closed to this date. The SSSF has not received any news or timeline for a possible re-opening at this point.
We know many of your team’s coaches and families are trying to plan 2016 vacations, time off work, kids’ schedules, etc. to attend this event and are requesting event details. We want to let you know that at this time, we are able to confirm the dates of the 2016 SCTP and SPP National Championships will be July 9 – July 16, 2016. The confirmation of the event location is still being finalized, and we plan to have the final location along with tentative event schedule announced prior to January 16, 2016.
Please keep in mind that our program and foundation staff are doing everything possible to plan another successful National Championship event that so many of our SCTP and SPP program families come to expect each and every year. Providing a high-quality national tournament for SCTP and SPP teams is a priority for us, and we will continue to keep you posted as soon as we have further details.
Thank you for your patience.
SSSF President and Executive Director
SCTP National Director
SPP National Director