Coming to ACUI events gives students the tools to work on developing a team at their home campus, opens doors to the shooting industry for them, and provides leadership opportunities.
Schools represented in the 45-year program have had as few as one participant or as many as 60. One student can proudly display their school banner at the championships even if the school does not have a recognized club or team.
Growth of the sport over the last 10 years culminated with a 2017 national competition, which featured 821 students from 76 schools across the United States. This is double the number of students who participated four years ago. The majority of the participants shoot three or more events, and those who shoot in all six disciplines then can qualify for the High Overall Awards. Last year, nearly 96% of students participated in American Trap, the tournament’s top event. The biggest year-on-year growth was the 24% jump in the number of registered events by these students. This increase prompted the development of the CTC Shotgun Bowl Series in 2012, with the support of benefactors Larry and Brenda Potterfield. This year, 11 conference championships arescheduled across the country in the 2017-18 academic year.