It will be a Silver Anniversary year for the National Sporting Clays Championship this October, as a potential record crowd celebrates the event’s 25th year. At five months away, over 1100 shooters have already signed up to compete, and plans are coming together for a celebratory event.
The National Championship is scheduled for October 22-27 at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio.
Two new events this year bring the total registered targets being offered to 1300, with 300 of those in the Main Event. The two new events — 20 Gauge FITASC and 28 Gauge FITASC — reflect the growth in both FITASC and small gauge participation among members.
As last year, both two-day and four-day rotations will be offered. Last year the two-day rotation was added to the traditional four-day format to accommodate more shooters. To be eligible to win the National Championship, shooters must be signed up at least two weeks in advance, and they may not change rotations within that time.
Any NSCA member can participate in the National Championship, and all classes and concurrents are awarded.
A new feature for the 25th National Championship will be an effort to have as many of the “top shots” as possible shooting together. At least 30 of the top shooters are voluntarily shooting the same main event flights, culminating in a 1:00 p.m. Sunday round. Not only will this add to the drama of the final round but it will allow spectators to more easily watch the top shooters perform. As previously, any main event shoot-offs will be held that night in the Shoot-off Stadium.
Plan to hang around at the National Shooting Complex after you’ve finished shooting each day, as special events are being planned throughout the week. There will be parties, shooting events, and celebrations of the anniversary year to entertain shooters most evenings. A few nightly events already planned:
- Wednesday – Advisory Council meeting
- Thursday – Hall of Fame Banquet
- Friday – Top Gun Shoot-out
- Saturday – Championship Party
- Sunday – Shoot-offs and awards
From now until the National Championship, we’ll post information weekly about the plans and the 25-year history of the event. In the meantime, you can find all forms, registration links, hotel list, and much more on the National Championship page.
Logo courtesy NSSA-NSCA