On October 25, the Menard Country Sportsman's Club wrapped up its fall trap league season. This year's summer league was contested by 8 teams and ran for 8 weeks.
The basic format of the league is similar to ATA handicap, only in team form. On each shooting night, each team member shoots 2 rounds of 25 targets (50 total targets per shooter, 250 total targets per team) from their team's handicap yardage. The team's handicap yardage is based upon the average scores of the five team members shooting that night. Teams made up of high average shooters will shoot from longer yardage than teams made up of shooters with lower average scores. Unlike ATA handicap (an individual competition), the entire team shoots from the same handicap yardage. This format helps level the playing field between experienced competitive teams and teams of new or more casual shooters.
On each shooting night, a team "shoots against" another team chosen "from the hat" at random. Each night is worth a total of three points toward a teamís league score. If one team outshoots the opposing team during their first round, they earn one point. If they outshoot the opposing team during their second round, they earn a second point. If their overall total is higher than that of the opposing team, they earn a third point. If there are any ties, the points are split. As the season progresses, these points are added up. The team with the most points is, logically, in 1st place. The last night of the season is called "position night". On that night, the 1st place team shoots against the 2nd place team, the 3rd place team shoots against the 4th place team, and so on. This gives each team one more opportunity to take points away from their closest competitor. At the end of the season, the league is divided into three equally-sized groups (A, B, and C), based on the team points totals. The team with the highest points total for each group will be named group champion. This gives every team a chance to compete for a group title, regardless of their overall league ranking.
Fall Trap League Results
(8 weeks, 24 points possible)
||Gillmore-Allen Insurance Agency
||Springfield Electric Supply Company (SESCO)
|3rd Place - Tie
||Alderman Construction & Bennett Sawdust 1
As you can see from the final scores, the competition was tight. A great season was had by all. The end of the fall trap league season signals the official close of the MCSC 2011 trap shooting year. However, the club will continue to be open for practice on Saturday mornings, as long as the weather stays favorable. So come on out and have some fun at the trap range. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the fall league season such a success. Until next time, be safe and break 'em all!