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Youth program bustling at Indian Creek

The youth program at Indian Creek has taken off in recent years.
‘We have about 10 more kids than we had last year,’ Jason Seitz said. ‘We are up to about 30 overall.’
At the Indiana State Trapshooting Championships last year, Seitz was informed of several foundations willing to donate to youth shooting programs. The knowledge and grants gathered since then has opened the doors further for the program.
‘We ran with the information and set up not-for-profit status,’ Seitz said.
With grants from the Amateur Trapshooting Association and National Rifle Association, along with the Indiana Youth Shooting Sports Foundation, the youth program was able to off-set costs.
‘We received 50 flats of shells, which is worth about $30,000,’ Seitz said. ‘The first month of the season, about a third of their shoot season, their targets were free from the money we raised. It makes it a lot easier on kids and their families.’
Seitz said it costs about $40 per week to shoot with the team. Some parents opt to reload their own shells to save on the burden. One grant allowed the squad to raffle rifles to raise money.
The youth season, the Youth Trapshooting Championship Series set up through the Hoosier Clay Target Association, goes from April to July. The series made stops at Indian Creek in April and May.
The HCTA, led by Attica school’s superintendent, Derek Marshall (father of Corydon Central High School principal Keith Marshall), also gives back to the youth programs’ involvement in the series.
‘All the teams that participate in at least three of the nine events received a $3,000 endowment,’ Seitz said. ‘Derek has done a lot to get the youth programs going.’
One of the long-term goals of Seitz and Indian Creek is to have the local high school teams field squads, similar to Attica. At one time, Crawford County had a shoot program and would practice at Indian Creek about once a month.
‘Derek has been talking with Keith about doing a program at Corydon,’ Seitz said. ‘They could shoot at our place. Kids then can receive letters just like other athletes. The goal would be to get more knowledge on getting our local schools to develop a youth program.’
While there are skills needed to develop in the sport ‘ hand-eye coordination, relaxing the body and proper technique holding the shotgun ‘ Seitz said there is more to the sport.
‘They are taught respect, responsibility and safety,’ he said. ‘They know what a gun can do.’
Participants are not only from Harrison County, but come from outside the county ‘ Salem, Seymour, Crawford County, New Albany ‘ to join the team.
The troops at Indian Creek are pretty good, too. Crissy Byrd of New Albany is one of the state’s top female shooters. Tyler Lewis, a 2015 graduate of North Harrison High School, has captured a few top overall male shooter kudos at events. Johnathon Seitz and Braden Jenkins have won several individual honors. Team-wise, Indian Creek brings home plenty of hardwood as well.
‘We have a pretty good reputation with our youth shooters,’ Seitz said. ‘We’ve always brought back first or second as team and many as individuals. Crissy has broken a few 98s out of 100.’
For the club, Seitz hopes the youth program continues to evolve.
‘The more you get kids involved, they tell their buddies, then their buddies want to come. It helps grow the attention,’ he said.
If interested in the youth program at Indian Creek Shooting Center, call Seitz at 812-951-3031.
IC shooters at Wallace Traps
Wallace Traps, located in the Fountain County town of Wallace, hosted the third youth trap competition of the 2015 season for the Hoosier Clay Target Association Central Region Shoot. There were 62 youth shooters from six teams.
The Indiana teams traveled from throughout the state to compete, including Indian Creek Youth Shooting that traveled more than 200 miles from Georgetown.
Shooters participated in 6200 16-yard single targets and 3000 16-yard doubles targets.
The Indiana Youth Shooting Sports Foundation is sponsoring the HCTA teams that compete in at least three events of the year. The IYSSF has pledged $45,000 to be placed in the team’s Midway USA Foundation endowment accounts to ensure the longevity of their youth shooting sports teams.
The results from the May 2 event at Wallace Traps were:
Squad: Rookie ‘ 1. Indian Creek; JV ‘ 1. Rambler JV; Varsity ‘ 1. Rambler Red, 2. Rambler White; Open ‘ 1. Buster 1, 2. Indian Creek.
Individual: Rookie ‘ 1. Johnathon Seitz, 2. Josh Rubenstein, 3. Colt Beach; IE ‘ 1. Braden Jenkins, 2. Jay Harter, 3. Nathan Hanthorn; IA ‘ 1. Ethan Buck, 2. Seth Heatwole, 3. Tyson Rowe; JV ‘ 1. Victor Hammond, 2. Daniel Frederick, 3. Chrissy Byrd; Varsity ‘ 1. Daniel Williams, 2. Sam Harding, 3. Tanner Marshall.
HOA: Male ‘ Victor Hammond; Female ‘ Chrissy Byrd.