A Brief History of Kids & Clays

Dec 21, 2018

Since 1999, the Kids & Clays Foundation has been on a mission to help critically ill children and their families win the fight of their lives. With the support of companies like Savage Arms, Kids & Clays has generated nearly $18,000,000 through sporting clays, trap and skeet events.


Jul 20, 2018

As shotgun shooters, we use concentration as one of our tools in order to be proficient at our chosen games. Concentration is, in my opinion, the one thing that separates the mediocre shooters from the great shooters. We all can handle the physical parts of shooting, but the mental parts are much more important. For many of us, there are things that we find annoying that break our concentration. Among these are loud voices, tobacco smoke, aircraft flying overhead, and circumstances in your family or home life. As you can see by that short list, the things that can annoy you vary from the complex to the mundane, but they are annoying. Things like tobacco smoke can be minimized by picking your squad mates, but loud voices, aircraft, and family life are something we have to learn to ignore or put out of our minds while we are competing. We must learn to FOCUS all our attention on shooting each and every target. Once we accept that these and many other annoyances will happen, we can develop individual techniques to minimize the breaking of our concentration. Like Ralph Aaron says, “FOCUS.” Stay safe. Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at threeat8@aol.com or give him a call at (918)803-2393. Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/07/17/hartmanns-hint-41-annoyances/ 

Cardinal Center to Host Scholastic Clay Target Program and Kids & Clays Event

Jun 12, 2018

(Marengo, OH) The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is partnering with the Kids and Clays Foundation to hold a two-day sporting clay charity event at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

The event will be held Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 during SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships. The event is an NSCA Registered Shoot and is open to the public.

Click here to sign up for this event today! Step by step instructions to sign up online follow this release. Also included is a sign-up form that can be filled out and mailed.

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is the nation’s leader in youth development shooting sports programs. The Kids and Clays Foundation supports a series of shooting events across the country with all proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities. All proceeds from this special two-day event will help each organization fulfill their mission.

“This event adds more excitement to our National Championships while also benefiting both organizations,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Program Director. “Although our missions are different, in the end, both organizations greatly benefit youth and families. This makes our event a win-win across the board. This partnership is so significant to us that we designated Kids & Clays as our Charity of Choice last year and into the future.”

The Kids & Clays Foundation also sees great value in this partnership.

“We are certainly proud to work with such a highly respected organization that is making a great difference in the future of our shooting sports,” said Doug Jeanneret, Kids & Clays executive director. “This two-day shoot highlights the work of both our organizations while at the same time raising badly needed funds. And as important, it is a really fun event for all participants.”

Top finishers in this registered event will be recognized with trophies.

All participants will be entered into a large drawing with over $10,000 in prizes including firearms, outdoor gear, gas grills and other great merchandise from companies such as Henry, Beretta, Browning, Lansky, Winchester Ammunition, Briley, Champion, Camp Chef, Alps Outdoorz, Hodgdon Powder Co., Girls with Guns, Otis Technology, and Allen.

A portion of the proceeds, through the Kids & Clays Foundation, benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to tens of thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.

Proceeds will also benefit the SCTP’s scholarship program providing assistance to graduating high school seniors continuing their education in college. Scholarship applications are available on the SSSF’s website.

For more details on the special two-day sporting clay event or for more information on the SSSF’s Scholastic Clay Target Program visit www.sssfonline.org or contact Amanda Wondrash at awondrash@sssfonline.com or Tom Wondrash at twondrash@sssfonline.com.

For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation visit www.kidsandclays.com or contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219- 874-2100.

For more information on the Cardinal Shooting Center, visit www.thecardinalcenter.com.


For additional information and printable registration form please see Cardinal to Host SCTP Release with Form and Instructions

To purchase online please visit: SCTP Registered Charity Event


Jun 05, 2018

I’m a C-class shooter and shoot regularly. Periodically, I’ll flinch on a shot and have no idea why. While I can’t detect a pattern, it tends to happen more often on the first target of a pair. Do you know of any research on why we flinch, and do you have any suggestions on ways to eliminate it?

  There is no mistaking a flinch — that momentary “hiccup” as you are about to pull the trigger of your shotgun. The most commonly held misconception is that a flinch is an anticipation of recoil caused by shooting heavy loads. It has been my experience that this is rarely the cause. Instead, it is caused by a sudden interruption of the acute visual connection between the target and the dominant eye. When this happens, your brain experiences a moment of visual confusion, causing the flinch. The cause of this visual disconnection is most often one of the following: 1) Improper gun fit: For a shooter with a high cheekbone or smaller facial structure, the dominant eye may wind up below the rib of the shotgun when the shotgun is fully mounted and the shot is executed. With this shooter, a higher comb is the solution. Have an adjustable comb installed or use a comb riser product like the Beartooth Comb Riser. 2) Spoiling the line: When the movement of your gun to the break point is such that the muzzle gets between your eye and the target, you inadvertently block your visual connection with the target as you execute the shot. This most often happens on targets that are descending at the break point. It also happens when a shooter is not committed to a break point and “rides the target.” 3) Gun mount: I have often worked with shooters who press their head into the gun at the end of the move, even if their gun fit and movement to the target is perfect. This positions the eye below the rib and blocks the shooter’s visual connection with the target. Your best path to flinchless shooting is to seek the assistance of an experienced instructor who can diagnose and help you resolve your flinch. Don Currie is NSCA’s Chief Instructor, an Orvis Wingshooting School instructor, and Master Class competitor. To get free shooting tips and videos, sign up for his monthly newsletter.  You can also see more tips from Currie at www.doncurrie.com. Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/05/28/ask-the-instructor-flinching-2/ 

Unfamiliar Venues

Feb 05, 2018

We shoot skeet at the Tulsa Gun Club. We almost always shoot on a particular field. We know which tree we need to have our guns pointed at in order to ensure that we have a good hold point. We use the distance marker on one of the adjacent fields to make sure we have a good hold point for high 2 or low 6. We use the white box that frames the high house window to identify our hold point for high or low 8. We use the fences adjacent to the high and low houses for our hold points on stations 1 and 7. We try to use the trap house as a visual aid as to where we want to break the target. Using all of these, we’re able to get some pretty good scores and feel pretty good about our shooting and then, a friend asks us to shoot at his club. Your friend’s club has a different background and only one field. It also has no white box framing the windows. To make matters appear worse, the windows are smaller and closer to the sides of their houses. There are no fences by the houses, and as the skeet field was an overlay on an existing trap field, the trap house is off center by a good twenty feet. Wow, no familiar markers. How will I impress my friend with my shooting skills? The answer is to go back to basics and use the 1/3 rule for all of your hold points, the center stake for the center of your break zone and to quit using landmarks at your home field. This way you’ll be able to shoot the scores you aspire to shoot at different venues as well as at home. Shoot often, shoot well and stay safe. Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at threeat8@aol.com or give him a call at (918)803-2393.  Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/01/30/hartmanns-hints-venues/