[Note: At the time of this printing of the handbook, this is the Head Coach’s current selection process for participation in the MSHSL State Tournament should the team qualify and elect to participate. This is subject to change should the format of the MSHSL State Tournament be altered or restructured.]
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) state trap shooting tournament occurs in June annually. In order for our team to participate in that tournament, we must qualify at the MSHSCTL Trap Shooting Championship (usually held in Alexandria). If we qualify, the MSHSL requests the list of athletes that will be participating the morning after our competition at the Championship Tournament. Each qualifying team’s head coach can pick 5 shooters and up to 2 alternates if desired.
This state tournament selection process was established to provide objective criteria for selecting the athletes for the MSHSL state trap shooting tournament. These criteria offer athletes shooting at varsity or junior varsity levels at Championship the opportunity to be selected for the MSHSL state trap shooting tournament squad.
The selection process is based on the objective, performance-based criteria defined below.
1. Each shooter’s average will be calculated using the 5 weeks of league competition combined with his/her performance at the MSHSCTL Trap Shooting Championship in Alexandria.
a. Formula: Shooter average = total targets hit / 14
[The total number of rounds over that period is 14 (which is 10 for league competition + 4 for Championship)]
2. Tie breakers will be executed as follows:
a. Use reserve week scores.
b. Use reverse longest run from Championship.
c. In the event of a continued tie, then use reverse longest run from the 5 weeks of league competition starting with week 5, week 4, week 3 and so on.
d. In the event of a continued tie, then use reverse longest run from league reserve week.
e. In the event of a continued tie, then use a coin flip.
3. Each shooter’s team ranking will be established based on the shooter’s average calculated above, taking into consideration any tie breakers.
a. Highest average = rank #1
b. 2nd highest average = rank #2
4. The top 5 shooters based on team ranking calculated above will be selected for the MSHSL state trap shooting tournament squad.
a. Shooters ranked #1 through #5 represent the tournament squad.
b. Shooters ranked #6 and #7 represent the tournament alternates, if the Head Coach chooses to select alternates.
Head Coach Discretion
League rules permit the Head Coach to select the state tournament squad. In the event any athlete or parent breaks any of the team, school, or gun club policies, the Head Coach will remove that athlete from the squad. The selection process is performance based and managed by the Head Coach. If an athlete is removed, the first alternate will move onto the squad.
Expectations of Selected Athletes
The MSHSL state trap shooting tournament squad and alternates are expected to do the following:
- Practice with the squad and alternates as scheduled after Championship and leading up to the tournament.
- Maintain your firearm after every practice.
- Be prepared with a backup firearm in the event that your primary firearm malfunctions.