Sporting Clays Tournament

 

April 2015

 

Sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats.  Sporting clays is exciting and challenging. Its popularity coming from England.  The shooting grounds are laid out in stations (also called stands) with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game: a rabbit and a grouse.

 Join us for the Annual Sporting Clays Tournament to support the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's Scouting programs for at-risk youth. Based on last year's demand, we have expanded to include 100 teams.

Registration     |    Location     |    Team Levels     |    Rules     |   Scoring
Schedule     |   Live and Silent Auction     |    Where Does Money Go?     |    Committee

Registration       

Registration will open in early spring.


Location

We are currently researching a new venue for the 2015 event, due to Rio Brazos closing in the fall of 2014.


 

Team Levels

The Sam Houston Area Council’s Annual Sporting Clays Event uses four (4) person Team format. Teams can be made up of male, female, youth, adult, pro class shooters, beginner shooters, or combination.

Eagle Team ($5,000) includes 1-4 person team, golf cart, 1 hour of Sporting Clays instruction the morning of the shoot, ½ page ad in the event program, website listing for six (6) months, 2’x3’ banner on the course, special recognition item for each member of the team, and 1-4 person team in the Fall Top Gun Shoot.

Life Team ($3,000) includes 1-4 person team, golf cart, ¼ page ad in the event program, website listing for three (3) months, 18”x24” Station Sponsor sign, recognition item, and 2 shooters in the Fall Top Gun Shoot.

Star Team ($2,000) include 1-4 person teams, golf cart, company name in the event program, recognition item.

First Class shooters ($500) are individual shooters and will receive recognition item.


Shooting Rules

  1. All guns remain unloaded at all times, until in the shooting cage and pointed downrange.  Load only when station is clear and safe.
  2. Treat all guns as though they are loaded, never pointing at anything you do not wish to destroy.
  3. Actions open or the breech cracked to show the gun is unloaded, until you are ready to use it.
  4. Never load more than two (2) shells at a time for Sporting Clays or other shotgun games.
  5. Be aware of what’s beyond the target.  If there’s any doubt, don’t shoot.
  6. After shooting all your targets make sure your action is open BEFORE you turn around to step out of the cage.
  7. No shot sizes larges than 7 ½,. 8 or 9 will be allowed.  No dram equivalent of more than three (3) drams, or more than 1 ½ ounce of shot will be allowed.
  8. Use the proper gauge ammunition in your gun.  Don’t improvise or carry shells of different gauges together.
  9. Absolutely no consumption of alcohol will be allowed on the course including spectators.
  10. Eye and ear protection is mandatory for everyone on the course including spectators.
  11. No unsupervised children on the range.
  12. No unleashed dogs on the range.
  13. Never load or touch the trap machines for any reason.
  14. Your personal carts, gators, rhinos, mules, and other modes of transportation such as those listed are welcome.  However, no 4-wheelers or motorcycles will be allowed on or around the course.
  15. Stay on the pathways both in vehicles and walking.
  16. Any activity deemed unsafe will not be tolerated.

Scoring

We will be using the Lewis class system for scoring the event and will award trophies for 1st and 2nd place for AA Class, A Class, B Class, C Class and D Class. Team and individual team member awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in each of these classes.


Tentative Schedule

We are going to have one flight and 100 clays per shooter. We will offer a delicious lunch and light dinner, after the shoot, along with the silent and live auction. The tentative schedule is as follows:

9:30 am Registration opens. Shooting games open
10:00 am Silent auction opens
11:30 am Lunch service starts
12:15 pm Shooting games close
12:30 pm Safety talk and instructions
12:45 pm Shooting event starts
4:30 pm Dinner starts (15 minutes after last shooter finishes)
5:00 pm Silent auction closes
5:15 pm Live auction - Mike Greer, Greer Auction Services
6:00 pm Awards presentation

Live And Silent Auction

There are large live and silent auctions at the event. Over $75,000.00 worth of merchandise will be auctioned off. In the past, items in the auction included golf outings, hunting trips to local lodges, a week at a Colorado condo with airfare, a week in Napa Valley and the California Redwoods with airfare, a dove hunting trip to Argentina with airfare, and much more. It is truly an auction that you will not want to miss.

Raffle Packages: $100 and $250 raffle packages are available; raffle items typically include many guns(of all types), art work, golf certificates, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. Come prepared to participate in a top flight raffle and you may go home with a new shotgun of your dreams!

 Auction Donation Form        


Where does the money go?

Funds raised from the annual Sam Houston Area Council BSA Sporting Clays Event go to support the Scouting program in the Greater Houston Area.   Scouting teaches self-reliance, strength of purpose and conviction of character.  These are the values that have guided the Sam Houston Area Council over the years.  While there are many youth organizations, including sports, service clubs, fitness and educational programs that help young people, Scouting goes above and beyond by providing activities that:

  • Allows boys to try new things
  • Features a learn-by doing approach
  • Provides service to others
  • Reinforces ethical standards
  • Builds self-confidence and leadership
  • Scouting is filled with fun, adventure and values that last a lifetime.  Men who were Scouts for five or more years as boys are more likely than men with no Scouting t

- Graduate from college (35% versus 19%)
- Earn higher annual household incomes ($80,000 versus $61,000)
- Have lifelong friendships (89% versus 74%)
- Attend religious services (87% versus 77%)
- Believe helping other should come before one’s own self interest (92% versus 83%)
- Over the past 16 years this event has raised close to $2 million dollars to support the Scouting program in the Greater Houston area.
- Graduate from high school (91% versus 87%)


Committee Members

Co-Chairs

Mike Kasecky – Schlumberger

Steve Leyh – Leyh, Payne & Mallia, PLLC

 

Committee

Rick Benavides

Michael Blake – Knights of Columbus

Dan Bowen – OfficeMax

Greg Christmann – Green Bank

Harold Christmann – Christmann & Company

John Crafton – Mobilease

Mark DeVaney – Amegy Bank

Cletus Dodd – Greenbriar Partners

Ken Fickes – Harris County

Dave Golder – PetroNeft Resources, PL

Jim Goolsby – Tauber Oil Company

Mike Greer –  Greer Auction Services

Shad Higdon – Deloitte

Harry Leach – Capital Certified Development Corp.

Miles Milton - Northern Trust

Mark Romanchock - Pan Atlantic Exploration Company

Wendel Skolaski - Cadence Bank

Kelly Stephens – Law Office of Kelly Stephens

Richard Tauber – Tauber Oil Company

Autumn Waska – Costline Logistics, LLC

Dane Webb – Raymond James and Associates

Dave Weaver - Petrolink


More Information

Brian McGuire
Senior Development Director
 (713) 756-3312
brian.mcguire@scouting.org