2014 MSHSL State Tournament

MSHSL-LogoSaturday, June 14, 2014
Minneapolis Gun Club
Prior Lake, Minnesota

Minnesota will become the first and only state high school athletic association in America to sanction a trapshooting tournament.

Results form the 2014 State Tournament!

View team results here.

View individual results here.

Check out photos from the event here.

Since it’s inception the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League has worked very closely with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) by adopting similar rules, regulations, and operations while still maintaining it’s own governing body as an organization that provides trapshooting as an extracurricular co-ed activity to high schools.

One of the MSHSL’s goals in 2012 was to explore the potential assimilation of education-based competitions in MSHSL initiatives that will enhance academic opportunities for students and in MSHSL member school communities. With the ongoing success of the clay target league, the MSHSL has recognized that the clay target league is a viable alliance to help achieve their goal. On December 6, 2012 the MSHSL board of directors approved a presenting partnership with the clay target league for a trapshooting tournament in 2014. trapshooting individuals and teams will be recognized as high school sport champions like all other high school sports in Minnesota.

The MSHSL presenting partner tournament will offer the highest achievers in individual and team trapshooting competition the opportunity to compete and be recognized in a state tournament like all other MSHSL sanctioned sports. With this achievement, the MSHSL is the first and only state high school athletic association in the country to present and support a trapshooting state tournament. 

Unlike the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s 2014 Championship that invites all participants to compete, the MSHSL State Tournament will invite a select number of top performing teams and individuals to compete in a single-day competition and champions will be awarded covenant Minnesota State High School League trophies.

State-Tournament-SponsorsParticipant qualifications

All participants (schools) must be members of the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League and be in grades 7-12 and in good standing with the Minnesota State High School League and the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. Qualifying individuals and teams must provide their own firearm, ammunition (minimum of 100 for team and individual competition), eye protection, and ear protection. There is no cost to individuals, teams or schools who participate in the State Tournament. Competing teams and individuals will exhibit the qualities of gracious professionalism and conform to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s Sportsmanship Agreement and 2014 Policies & Procedures.

Team qualifying, competition and awards.

Team qualifications: 
Congratulations to the 24 teams that qualified from the Minnesota State High School League’s 2014 Championship:
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River High School
Brainerd High School
Brandon-Evansville High School
Buffalo High School
Coon Rapids High School
Delano High School
Detroit Lakes School
Hermantown High School
Hibbing High School
Holy Family Catholic High School
Kimball High School
Lakeville South High School
Monticello High School
New Prague High School
NRHEG High School
Prior Lake High School
Richfield High School & Academy of Holy Angels
St. Francis High School
St. Michael-Albertville High School
Wadena-Deer Creek High School
Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School
Wayzata High School
Worthington High School
Zimmerman High School

All qualifying teams MUST provide the athlete names that will participate in the State Tournament upon qualifying. Teams must have a minimum of five student athletes and up to two additional alternates. Only five athletes will shoot and alternates cannot be used after the competition begins. 

Team competition schedule:
8:00 a.m.: Flight 1 team’s check-in
8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremonies and presentation of colors
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.:  Flight 1 (first 8 teams)
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Flight 2  (second 8 teams)
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Flight 3  (final 8 teams)
12:45 p.m. – 1:15: Team awards ceremony

Teams must check-in at least one hour prior to their scheduled Flight. View the team schedule: 2014 MSHSL State – TEAM

Team competition:
• Teams will be assigned to shoot in one of three flights.
• Each team member will shoot 4 rounds (100 targets).
• The team with the highest combined number of targets hit will win.
• If there is a tie for first place, the team with the highest individual score(s) in subsequent order will determine the winner.
• All other ties will remained tied.

Team  awards:

1st, 2nd and 3rd place (including ties) are awarded team trophies and individual medals (one for coach, five for competitors, and one for each alternate, up to two). Additional medals are available for purchase.

Individual qualifying, competition and awards.

Individual qualifications: 
The top 100 student athletes plus ties using the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League’s regular season average are qualified and invited to compete in the State Tournament. Click here to view the final results and all qualifying individuals.

Individual competition schedule:
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:  Flight 1 (first 40 individuals)
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Flight 2  (second 40 individuals)
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m..: Flight 3  (final 24 individuals)
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m..: Individual awards ceremony (following last squads)

Individuals must check-in at least one hour prior to their scheduled Flight. View the individual schedule: 2014 MSHSL State – INDIVIDUAL

Individual competition:
• Each athlete will be randomly assigned a field to shoot 4 rounds (100 targets).
• The highest number of targets hit will win.
• If there is a tie for first place, a “reverse longest run” tiebreaker will be used.
• All other ties will remained tied.

If a 1st place tiebreaker is required, the reverse longest run of hit targets by the athletes will be used. The longest run score will start from the last target and go backwards until a missed target is reached to determine the score. If there is a tie after the longest run is totaled, then a tie for first place is declared.

Individual  awards:
1st through 8th place (including ties) are awarded individual trophies.


Practice is available before and during the State Tournament.
Friday, June 13: 9:00 a.m. to dusk (many fields available)
Saturday, June 14: 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (two fields available)

Cost: $5/25 targets
Ammunition is available to purchase in the Clubhouse.

Suspension of competition due to hazardous weather conditions.

In the event of inclement weather before or during the State Tournament, the MSHSCTL will make safety their first priority. When lightening is observed or thunder is heard, the tournament must be suspended. The occurrence of lightning or thunder is not subject to interpretation or discussion. Lightning is lightning; thunder is thunder.

Everyone will be asked to take shelter either inside of a building, shelter or vehicle. If, after lightning is seen, and it does not reoccur for 30 minutes, the tournament committee will review weather reports and the committee will decide if/or when the competition will resume.

If severe weather is forecasted, and time permits, all participants may shoot a lesser number of targets as determined by the tournament committee.

If the State Tournament cannot be held due to severe/inclement weather, competition will be suspended until Monday, June 16, 2014.

Admission and parking is free.

Map to Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Information subject to change. Please check this web page often for updates.