MR CTL Release
Registration for all six Bismarck-Mandan area High School Clay Target League Teams competing in the 2019 Spring North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) will begin on Jan. 15 and run through Jan. 24. The spring season consists of eight weeks: two practice weeks, a reserve week, and five weeks of league competition, on Sunday afternoons from Mar. 24 to May 19 at Capital City Gun Club (CCGC) north of Bismarck. Students in grades 6-12 with valid hunters education certificates may register by attending one of the Informational and Sign-Up Meetings below:
Spring 2019 MR CTL Informational and Sign-Up Meeting Schedule
Bismarck High & Wachter Middle – Jan. 15 at 6:00pm – BHS Room 121
Mandan High & Middle Schools – Jan. 17 at 6:00pm – MHS Cafeteria
Shiloh Christian School – Jan. 21 at 5:30pm – Shiloh Commons Area
St. Mary’s High & Middle Schools – Jan. 22 at 7:00pm – SMCHS Room 308
Century High & Horizon Middle – Jan. 23 at 5:30pm – CHS Library
Legacy High & Simle Middle – Jan. 24 at 6:00pm – LHS Room B009
Thanks to generous contributions by sponsoring area businesses and sportsmen’s groups, the Spring 2019 season cost is just $250.00, with participants providing their own 12- or 20-gauge shotgun, safety glasses, shell holders and ear protection. Participants will enroll and pay at the meetings above; $220.00 by check to MR CTL, and $30.00 by credit card online to the ND CTL for league registration. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their hunter’s education number with them to registration.
In its third year, the Missouri River Clay Target League (MR CTL) serves as the parent organization for the six area schools’ participation in the rapidly-expanding ND CTL with a staff of 25 coaches and 55 volunteers and the facilities at CCGC serving as the backdrop for the pursuit of safe, fun and marksmanship-oriented competition in the state league, now entering its fifth year.
“After a year of incredible growth, we are excited to see these young area shooters establish themselves and to bring new participants into the fold,” said MR CTL Volunteer Coach Nick Simonson, “there is high demand for this program and we expect to hit our cap of 240 student-athletes this spring, with more than 180 returning shooters slated for the season,” he concluded
Last year, more than 1,400 North Dakota high school students participated in the spring league, and it is anticipated that over 2,000 will compete in the coming season on more than 60 teams statewide. The only travel required, other than to the nearby CCGC facility, is the ND CTL State Championship in Horace, N.D. on June 15 & 16. For more information on the ND CTL, visit ndclaytarget.com.
Unlike sports such as baseball, where the tenth best player sits on the bench, every student athlete gets to shoot each week and measure their progress against all other athletes in their conference. The popularity of CTL has grown so rapidly in part because it provides an alternative outdoor sport in which everyone can participate and boasts a flawless safety record. Since its beginning, there have been zero injuries in CTL practices and competitions over 18 years and more than 70,000 participants.
“If last year’s impressive individual performances, with multiple spring and fall medalists and conference champions, and great team showings, including Century’s fall conference title are any indication, Spring 2019 is going to be a breakout season for these young programs,” Simonson commented.
In addition to attending the sign-up and informational meetings, parents can enroll their youth, or learn more about the teams by calling Simonson at (507)829-9553 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more on MR CTL and the teams’ recent successes, bookmark mrctl.org.
Featured Photo: More than 200 area student-athletes are expected to take to the houses at CCGC as part of the 2019 Spring League. MR CTL Photo by Jason Lueder.