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|In June of 1987, Al Anglace and six fellow shotgun enthusiasts shot a round of Sporting Clays at Sandanona. They had such a great time; it became a monthly event and blossomed into the Connecticut Travelers Sporting Clays Association.|
The Connecticut Travelers is a State of Connecticut corporation consisting of a minimum of five (5) members of the Board of Directors.
The directors are elected annually at a meeting for that purpose on the third Sunday of February of each year. The elected Board members elect club officers from within their ranks. President, Secretary and Treasurer are identified during this election. Theare are no formal club meetings specified in the by-laws.
Membership in the Connecticut Travelers is limited. A waiting list is maintained to accommodate any individual that is recommended to the club for membership. Annually, February 1st is the deadline when the membership will be adjusted by accepting resignations and the enlistment of new members from the waiting list. The membership application can be found below or here.
The Connecticut Travelers have developed a unique scoring method that uses ascending numerical noting as the target is attempted. If the target is hit and it is the first target attempted, it is scored as "1". If the second target is missed it is scored as a "-". The second pair of targets, and all thereafter for that stat are scored accordingly using ascending numerical total hits... (1 - 2 3 - - 4 - ).
That total is continued into the first total column on the scorecard. That is the stand total (i.e.. 4). The next column is the ascending cumulative total of all stands shot and eventually the total of all targets hit.
After completion of all stands, the squad is responsible for turning in a correct set of score cards that are checked and initialed by two squad members.
When assuming the responsibilities of a field judge, a member must know the Travelers and the NSCA rules to accurately rule on the hits and misses of each target attempted by a squad member. A loud, distinct verbalization of the decision, to the shooter, is very important. Each shooter is given the opportunity, at the time of the call, to disagree with the call of the field judge. The field judge may solicit the opinion from other members of the squad, if there is a question from the shooter, and can reverse the decision if the judge deems it a reasonable consensus. The judge makes the final determination. Under no circumstances can the shooter continue to question or attempt to intimidate the field judge in an effort to reverse the decision. Changes cannot be made to the scorecard once the shooter has left the shooting stand. If any changes are made causing an erasure or strike over, the changes must be initialed by the field judge.
Each member will have his/her scores recorded in the club database after each shoot as a mandatory practice. This will establish and average, which will classify the shooter into a level of competition equal to a number of other members. Dividing our total membership into six classes identifies the participation levels. Ten percent of the highest averages and ten percent of the lowest averages make up classes one (1) and six (6). The remaining members are divided into four additional classes by using twenty percent increments. A classification usually is attained after three scores are posted, or if the member holds a national organization average. Classifications are calculated twice a year, July 1 and January 1. A member may also move up a class by a point system. Three points are required to move up a classification.
The points are achieved by placing as follows:
|Third Place||1 point|
|Second Place||2 points|
|First Place||3 points|
A member may only go down in classification when the semi-annual averages are calculated. After a point move a member must stay in his/her new class for at least three months.
In addition to the six (6) classes, a shooter may qualify to compete concurrently in one of the following sub-classes:
|Veteran 2||Shooters who are 70 years or older.|
|Veteran 1||55 to 69 years of age, or older if there is no Super Veteran class offered at the shoot.|
|Ladies||Female shooter of any age.|
|Junior||Any shooter who is under the age of 18.|
Placing in any of these categories does not affect a shooter's movement through classes 1 through 6. A shooter may place in only one classification.
All guests compete in the guest classification and one award will be given to the high score in the guest class.
Scoring handicaps are given to all those who do not shoot a 12 gauge shotgun.
|28 gauge||5 targets|
|410 gauge||10 targets|
It is the responsibility of the shooter to note the gauge or type of gun he/she is shooting when the pre-registration form is mailed in and on the scorecard before it is submitted to qualify for a handicap.
Junior members are a priority with the Travelers. We recruit them and welcome their participation. Realizing that Sporting is beyond most young shooters financial depth, the club sponsors them by paying for their shoot registration fee. In addition, we provide four boxes of 12 or 20 gauge ammo. We consider anyone less than 18 years of age to be a junior member.
There is no minimum age requirement to participate in a Travelers event. Each junior is, however, evaluated on his/her ability to demonstrate good gun safety and knowlege of shotgun shooting.
The Connecticut Travelers have a group of experienced people that have been trained on methods to help you with your shooting. When signing up for a shoot, request to be squadded with a Mentor and you will be placed with a Mentor that will guide you and answer any questions you have.
Guests of members are welcome whenever the shoot accommodates guests. The same person may only be a guest one time each year. Only one guest per member, per shoot is allowed. Members will be informed about the including or excluding of guests in the shoot notice that appears in our club newsletter (Reload!) each month.
A guest pays a small surcharge on top of the entrance fee as a member. Lunch only guests will be charged the Host Club's rate for lunch.
|2005||Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association|
|2004||Bill Donaldson & Peter Wright|