PLEASANT GROVE, UT – The Utah Youth Education in Shooting Sports program (UTYESS) announced that it will be starting the 2019-2020 shooting season with five new teams. This brings the total number of youth shotgun shooting teams under the UTYESS program in Utah to twelve.
The UTYESS program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth in Utah about wildlife conservation and firearm safety and promoting youth shotgun shooting sports on a competitive and scholastic level throughout the State of Utah. Their stated purpose is to provide training and guidance to the youth shooting programs of Utah, with the goal of developing self-confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, respect, personal discipline, responsibility, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship through regular practice and competition at local, state, and national events. The program ended last season with just over 250 athletes. They hope to include more than 300 athletes statewide in the 2019-2020 season.
New youth teams announced are Bicknell, Bountiful, Cedar City, and Richfield.
Student athletes in the program range from elementary school through college. UTYESS hosts several events throughout the year where the athletes can come together and compete against one another for trophies in Trap Shooting, Skeet Shooting and Sporting Clays. Additionally, UTYESS offers continued awards where scores are captured and maintained throughout the year to award athletes a position on the Utah State Team and Rookie of the Year. Athletes in High School are also able to earn Varsity Letters in Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays through the UTYESS Independent Lettering Program. This independent lettering program not only encourages athletes to do continually improve in their shooting fields, but also further stresses the importance of academics through sports.
Hayden Bagley, Kyson Muhlestein, and Johnathan Shipp are proud members of the new Cedar Clay Breakers team in Cedar City, Utah.
In addition to the high school teams, through their affiliation with USAYESS, UTYESS is also partners with the ACUI Clay Target program and has launched Utah’s first active college shotgun shooting team in Cedar City. Cedar Clay Breakers is primarily made up of Student Athletes currently attending Southern Utah University and will practice alongside and act as coaches and mentors to the Cedar City Hot Shots team. Cedar Clay Breakers is currently being operated as an independent club not currently affiliated with SUU.
The ACUI Clay Target program is a nonprofit, student-centered, campus-based community of student athletes, volunteer and paid coaches, range facilities, sponsors, friends, families, and ACUI staff. This inclusive community provides a foundation for student development, leadership opportunities, and personal growth. The program invites high school juniors and seniors to compete in our conference championship events, which provides the opportunity to engage in the experience of shooting at the collegiate level.
Alyssa Drew is the ACUI Educational Program Manager for Collegiate Recreation. "The ACUI Clay Targets program is thrilled to be partnered with USAYESS and all of its state affiliates," says Drew. "In particular, we’re very proud to be able to work so closely with UTYESS and are excited that they are helping to promote shotgun sports within the collegiate community by forming the Cedar Clay Breakers. We look forward to seeing what will come next from UTYESS and USAYESS!"
"Getting this team started has been great for me since I’ve been down here at college," said Hayden Bagley, student athlete on Cedar Clay Breakers. "It’s such an excellent way to get away from the stresses of school and spend time with some of the nicest people around doing something we all enjoy!"
For more information on Utah Youth Education in shooting sports or to find a team near you, visit www.utyess.org
For more information on ACUI Clay Targets, visit www.acui.org/claytargets