Summer 2018

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48 PULLUSA MAGAZINE SUMMER 2018 Going to Michigan for the League's first-ever National Championship was a fantastic experience for me along with the rest of the USA High School Clay Targ et League team. It was exciting to see so many top League athletes and their families attend. In fact, I don't think I've seen so many people at one shooting event in my life. We estimate that there were nearly 5,000 people at the MTA Homegrounds in Michigan on Satur- day during the individual qualifiers, and everyone was being safe and having fun during the competition. I w a n t t o c o n g r a t u l a t e Wo o d - r o w G l a z e r f r o m N e w P r a g u e High School in Minnesota, and St. Michael-Albertville High School in THE FIELD INSIGH T with the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in just a few weeks. Such amazing growth would not h a v e b e e n p o s s i b l e w i t h o u t t h e sponsors who see the benefits of our program, and step up each year to ensure that the League has the r e s o u r c e s av a i l a b l e t o m a ke o u r program so enjoyable. I would be remiss if I didn't thank annual spon- sors like the Cabela's Outdoor Fund, SCHEELS, Sportsman's Guide and Walker 's for their continued help and support. We 'd l i k e t o k e e p t h a t g r o w t h going this year, and we hope that you, as a coach, parent, athlete or volunteer, make sure to encour- age others to consider joining the League or start teams in your local area. The benefits of having a team to your schools, students and com- munity can be immeasurable. THANK YOU! Finally, I want to say that the League wouldn't be here if it weren't for all t h e vo l u n t e e r s a n d c o a c h e s t h a t dedicate their time and efforts into helping out their local high school teams. There are more than 6,000 volunteers and coaches that help their local teams each year, and each one of them deserves thanks. And thank you to all of our student athletes. None of us would be here without you. ✪ Minnesota for their excellent per- formances at the National Cham- pionship. They, along with all the participants at the National Cham- pionship, should be proud of their accomplishments this year. GROWTH Two years ago, the League had just under 16,000 students participate during the 2015-2016 school year. This year, the League had nearly 26,000 participants—growth of more than 10,000 in just two years! M o r e a n d m o r e s c h o o l s h a v e already inquired about getting teams started for the 2019 Spring League, and we are looking forward to start- ing our first post-secondary program I t's been almost two years since I wrote my last Insight column for the inaugural issue of PullUSA. Here we are, two years later, and I continue to be amazed at the successes the League continues to have each year. DID YOU KNOW? Approximately 6,000 volunteers and coaches help make the League possible each season. FULL STEAM AHEAD THE LEAGUE HAS BOOMED BY MORE THAN 10,000 STUDENT ATHLETES IN JUST TWO YEARS—AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN by JIM SABLE

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