2016 State Tournament

The 2016 State Tournament is Complete!

Date: June 4th, 2016
Location: Albuquerque Trap Club, Albuquerque


  • Coach/Team Check-In: 10:00AM.
  • Opening Ceremony: 10:45AM.
  • Competition Begins: 11:00AM.

Click to download the 2016 State Tournament Results!


The New Mexico State High School Clay Target League invites all student athletes to participate in the State Tournament.

In order of importance, the three priorities of the New Mexico State High School Clay Target League are safety, fun and marksmanship. All participants and spectators are required to adhere to all State Tournament rules and requirements included in the NMSHSCTL’s Policies & Procedures guidebook. Any participant or attendee who does not adhere to these rules will be disqualified and/or asked to leave the State Tournament. The State Tournament committee reserves the right to make alterations in, or amendments to these rules at any time without notice.

Important deadlines.

All athletes must register for participation in the State Tournament through their team. No deadline extensions will be allowed.
April 24th – May 15th: Athlete registration.
May 22: Non-refundable payment of $25 per athlete due.


All current New Mexico State High School Clay Target League student athletes are invited to participate.

Tournament registration.

Coaches will login to their Team Management System and select “State Tournament Registration” to select the participating athletes and designate their classification. No members can be added or changed after a team has submit their roster. Please make sure all the information is correct prior to submission. You should print a copy of your State Tournament roster after your submission.

Participation fee.

$25 per athlete. Includes State Tournament t-shirt, and targets. 
No refunds.
 Coaches will receive payment information.


Competition format.

Student athletes shoot their assigned number of targets to compete in BOTH individual and team (if relevant) events. Student athlete’s classifications are determined by the athlete’s year-end average weekly score. Classifications assignments include:

Novice:  0-14.99 average per round
Junior Varsity:  15-18.99 average per round
Varsity 19-25 average per round

Targets and ammunition.

All registered participants will shoot 100 targets and is included in the participation fee. Voice-released targets will be used on all fields.

All athletes are responsible for providing their own ammunition. All ammunition must be less than 1290 fps. Reloads are not allowed.

Individual competition.

All athletes will participate in the “High Gun” (highest number of targets hit) competitions in their corresponding classification. If a tiebreaker is required for any places, the longest reverse run of hit targets by the athletes will be used. The longest reverse run score will start from the last target and count backwards until a missed target is reached to determine the tiebreaker score. If there is a tie after the longest run is totaled, then a tie for that place is declared.

Team competition.

A minimum of five athletes from the same team are qualified to compete regardless of their season average classification. The top five student athlete scores from a team will be used to be added to determine the overall team score. No squadding is required. If a tiebreaker is required for any places, the team member with the highest round score from each team will be used to break the tie. Subsequent score comparisons will be used if the top score is tied.

Suspension of competition due to hazardous weather conditions.

In the event of inclement weather before or during the event, the League will make safety their first priority. When lightening is observed or thunder is heard, the tournament must be suspended. The occurrence of lightning or thunder is not subject to interpretation or discussion. Lightning is lightning; thunder is thunder.

Everyone will be asked to take shelter either inside of a building, shelter or vehicle. If, after lightning is seen, and it does not reoccur for 30 minutes, the tournament committee will review weather reports and the committee will decide if/or when the competition will resume.

If severe weather is forecasted, and time permits, all participants will shoot a lesser number of targets as determined by the tournament committee. If time permits, all participants will shoot more targets until the prescribed number of targets has been shot. If weather does not permit completion of the shooting, the team with the highest score of the round(s) every shooter was able to complete, will be deemed the winner of that competition.

If a competition cannot be held due to severe/inclement weather, the competition will be cancelled.

Scheduled shooting times and field assignments.

Specific time and field assignments for teams will be posted on this page and throughout the shooting facility during the event. Teams that require longer travel distances will be scheduled as late as possible for Session 1.
• All times are when teams need to be at their assigned traps and prepared to shoot. After the starting time for each day, all starting and completion times are estimated.
• If an athlete does not report to the assigned trap by the scheduled time, he/she will have to be moved to the final squad out for the team.
• Coaches should pre-squad their team based on the above schedule.
• The number in parentheses (0) indicates the number of student athletes scheduled for each round.
• Squads with fewer than five shooters need to combine with other members from other teams to form complete squads of five to complete the round in the allotted time.
• No athlete registrations or substitutions are allowed.

Coach check-in.

• Coaches must check-in at the clubhouse one hour prior to first scheduled shooting time.
• Coaches will receive instructions, scoresheets, and athlete name labels at check-in.
• Student athletes must check-in with their team at their assigned field at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. They DO NOT need to check-in with tournament officials.
• If a registered student athlete is not attending the event, coaches should notify tournament scoring officials.

Athlete check-in.

Athletes need to check-in with their coaches near their assigned field(s) before their assigned times. Athletes DO NOT need to check-in at the clubhouse or coach check-in area.

Squadding a team.

• Session 1 scoresheets will be titled and printed in black ink. Session 2 scoresheets will be titled and printed in red ink. Please use the corresponding scoresheets for each Session.
• Student athlete name labels are also designated by Session 1 and Session 2. Use the Session 1 labels on the Session 1 scoresheet. Do the same for Session 2.
• Coaches will affix pre-printed student athlete name labels containing the athlete information on the scoring sheet to form a squad.
• If an athlete label is missing, clearly print the school name and athlete name in the label area on the scoresheet.
• Squadding order for each Session needs to be exactly the same.
• Members from different teams used to complete a full squad can use their name label on the same scoresheet.

Range Safety Officials.

Range Safety Officers (RSO) are responsible to coordinating teams to shoot at their scheduled time and field. They are also responsible for following all policies and procedures in addition to ensuring the safety of everyone. Everyone is expected to comply to all instructions of the RSO’s.

Shotgun labels.

Student athletes should affix a label to their firearm that includes their name, school team and contact information. There are many similar firearms at large events and the possibility of a participant unintentionally taking one similar to theirs can happen.


• Teams must supply their own scorekeeper.
• Student athletes will shoot two consecutive rounds of 25 targets in each session.
• Student athletes should place the second box of shells on the 24-yard line, for easy accessibility after the first round has been completed.
• Squads cannot take a break between rounds during each Session except to retrieve the second box of ammunition.
• Squads for Session 2 must be comprised of the same athletes and squad sequence as Session 1.
• It is important to be prepared to shoot immediately after the previous team completes their round.
• The only time a round score may be disputed is on the field immediately after a scorer has announced a lost target.
• Coaching is not allowed while athletes are shooting. Coaches may assist special need student athletes that require help while shooting.

Round completion.

• Submit your scoresheet to the scoring officials immediately after a round is complete. Scores are recounted for accuracy prior to posting.

Score postings.

• Scores will be posted online at the Clay Target Leaderboard website or by downloading the Clay Target Leaderboard app.
• Coaches should verify their team’s scores on their electronic device.
• If there is a scoring discrepancy, the head coach of the team should notify the scoring officials immediately.

25-50-75-100 patches.

Patches will be awarded to those student athletes that achieve 25,50,75,or 100 straight at the event. Event practice rounds are not eligible.


The following awards will be awarded:
Team: 1st – 3rd places
Novice, JV and Varsity high gun male and female: 1st – 3rd places
Individual high gun: Highest number of targets hit overall.

• All event and conference awards will be distributed after the event.
• If an student athlete or team that earned a conference award needs to leave the event prior to the awards ceremony, then a representative from the team should pickup the award(s) prior to departure.

Spectator area, tents, and chairs.

Any and all spectators are welcomed to attend the event. Team setups including tents and chairs are allowed BEHIND the field sidewalk. If permissible, vehicles are temporary allowed to drive to the spectator and assigned field area prior to competition to unload gear. The area in front of the spectator sidewalk must remain clear at all times for event officials and maintenance vehicles. There is no cost for spectators and parking is free.

Food and beverages.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be brought to the event or purchased on event grounds and consumed in spectator or camping areas. Grills are only allowed to be used in designated parking or camping areas so the smoke is not disruptive to spectators and participants.


Friendly, obedient and socialized pets are permitted at the event. Pet owners who bring their pet is at their own risk and agree to accept full responsibility for any physical damage or personal injury caused by the owner’s pet or to the pet while on event property. Pets brought to the event must be current on all vaccines and must be able to provide proof of a current rabies vaccination. Flexi-leads are not permitted. At all times, pets must be kept on a 6′ or shorter leash while on event property. As a responsible pet owner, please clean up after your pet. For safety reasons, the owner of any pet showing aggression or disruptive behavior may be asked to remove the animal from the event.

No alcohol or tobacco use allowed.

Please refrain from the use of alcohol or tobacco on event property during event hours.

Emergency preparation.

Coaches should bring emergency contact information for all their athletes for reference if needed

Official event t-shirt.

All participating athletes will receive an official event t-shirt as part of their paid registration fee. A limited supply of t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event or online (pickup at the event).


Ample on-site free parking is available to all participants.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) use.

Drone use is not allowed on event property without prior written approval from event officials. Approved use of a drone must fully comply with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and guidelines as well as any other applicable laws.

Roadway construction.

Check the department of transportation’s website for current construction projects that may affect your travel.

Thank you!

This event is possible because of the dedication of coaches, assistants, schools, parents, student athletes and spectators that make it a competitive, enjoyable and safe experience.

All rules are subject to change prior to the State Tournament without notice.