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2011 Summer Season Wraps Up

On August 20, the Menard Country Sportsman's Club wrapped up its summer trap league season. This year's summer league was contested by 17 teams and ran for 22 weeks.

This season the club debuted a new league format, which resulted in a very interesting and competitive season. 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
(22 weeks, 66 points possible)

Team Name Total Points
1st Place Springfield Electric Supply Company (SESCO) 46.5
2nd Place Tallula Sandbaggers 46
3rd Place Trading Post 44.5

Team Name Total Points
1st Place Sangamon Valley Signs 36.5
2nd Place Prairie Rush Saloon 36
3rd Place Alderman Construction 33.5

Team Name Total Points
1st Place Pioneer Team 2 30.5
2nd Place T&O Boys 26.5
3rd Place Pioneer Team 1 25.5

As you can see from the final scores, the new league format created great competition and very tight races in all three groups. A great season was had by all. Just as the summer league summer came to a close, the fall league season began on September 6. This year's fall league will run for 8 weeks, ending on October 25. If you're interested in competing in the fall league, it's not too late to get a team together or join one of our existing teams. Come out to the club next Tuesday night (Sept. 13) any time after 5:00pm to sign up. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the summer league season such a success. Until next time, be safe and break 'em all!

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