Blake Campbell of Fort Smith, Ark., has been selected to the 2013 sub-junior (ages 14 and under) All-American trapshooting team, according to the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA), which determines the teams. More than 100 years old, trapshooting is a competitive sport of shooting at clay targets with a shotgun. This is the first time that Campbell has been named an All-American.
The ATA hosts both the Grand American (the 11-day world tournament which in August drew more than 3,200 contestants to the World Shooting & Recreational Complex, in Sparta, Ill.) and a series of "satellite" Grands (smaller, regional tournaments providing Grand American-style trophies and competition). The association also sponsors five zone shoots.
At the Grand American Campbell earned points in numerous events, including capturing a sub-junior doubles title. He led his category in the championship singles at the Southwestern Grand and in a preliminary singles event at the Southwestern Zone. Campbell earned additional points toward team selection while competing at the Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri state shoots plus the Missouri Fall Handicap tournament.
To be considered for the All-American team, Campbell had to meet a minimum target requirement, and he had to have competed in at least three states. Selection was made based on points the shooter accumulated while winning trophies and posting high scores at tournaments throughout the country during the 2012 ATA target year.
Established in 1923, the ATA promotes and governs the sport of trapshooting, primarily in the United States and Canada. In the 2012 target year, more than 28,000 members participated in the sport, competing in one or more of the 6,000 sanctioned tournaments (shoots registered by the ATA organization) on the local, regional, state, zone and world championship levels.
Trapshooters fire at clay targets (approximately 4-1/4 inches in diameter and 1-1/8 inch in height) launched at varying angles. In singles events, all entrants stand at the 16-yard line and fire at one target at a time; in handicap, participants are assigned a yardage from 18 to 27 yards (according to averages and known ability) and fire at one target at a time; in doubles, two targets are released at the same time and each contestant, standing at the 16-yard line, is allowed one shot for each.
Trapshooting celebrities have included Annie Oakley, John Philip Sousa and Roy Rogers. The sport’s stats and records are chronicled and maintained by Trap & Field, the official magazine of the ATA.
If you are interested in trying trapshooting, call the ATA at 618-449-2224 or visit the association’s web site www.shootata.com to find a local club near you. The ATA was headquartered in Vandalia, Ohio for more than 80 years and in 2012 relocated offices to Sparta, Ill.