The California International Clay Target Shooters
Association maintains three primary objectives:
(1) Promote the attributes and the accomplishments
of international style (i.e. Olympic and World Championship) clay target shooting.
(2)Sanction and host (registered and non-registered) competitive events
in each of the international clay target disciplines in the spirit of
and in keeping with the "Olympic Ideal" of true athletic competition,
regardless of race, religion, or political boundaries, upheld by the
highest level of sportsmanship.
(3)Maintain and develop a Junior Program that will not only insure our
posterity but also be the foundation of future National and Olympic
The key words of each of CICTSA's objectives
are "International" and "Olympic" clay target shooting. International
clay target events consist of International Trap (Olympic Trap) or
International Skeet (Olympic Skeet), and International Double Trap.
These disciplines differ from their American counterparts (ATA Trap,
NSSA Skeet, and ATA Double Trap) primarily in their greater degree of
difficulty, differences in protocol, and their higher athletic demands.
These events are included in the Summer Olympic Games program and are
presented as medal events for both men and women.
The International format is the accepted norm throughout the world.
The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C)
sits atop the Olympic hierarchy and governs virtually all Olympic activities
on an international level.
Serving under the I.O.C are the various international sports federations
for each designated Olympic sport.
The I.S.S.F (International Shooting Sports Federation), formerly known
as U.I.T., governs all shooting disciplines (rifle, pistol, running
target & shotgun), on an international level.
A similar hierarchy exists on a National level. In the United States,
the United States Olympic Committee
(U.S.O.C) oversees all of the various federations that govern each Olympic
The governing body for all Olympic and International shooting in the
United States is USA SHOOTING.
USA SHOOTING is based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado
The national governing body of each Olympic sport, whether it be track
& field, figure skating, gymnastics,
shooting, etc., is responsible for implementing rules, doctrines, and
protocol as mandated by the I.O.C., U.S.O.C., and the international
federation of each sport.
Included in these responsibilities are the selection of National
and Olympic Team participants.
Supporting USA SHOOTING is a system of individuals
and organizations that operate on a local or regional level, of which,
CICTSA figures prominently.
Established in 1989 by the incorporation of several organizations, CICTSA
maintains the highest profile in
the international clay target sports. Traditionally, CICTSA hosts more
registered events (PTOs - Preliminary Tryouts) in each of the clay target
disciplines than any other organization in the United States. In fact,
since its inception, CICTSA has hosted every California State Championship,
Zone Championship, and Regional Championship in each discipline, as well
as several "high profile", prestigious invitational events
such as the Golden Bear International Clay Target Championships and
the Maple Leaf International Clay Target Championships. Along with these
USA SHOOTING sanctioned registered matches,
CICTSA regularly hosts lower profile club shoots designed to enhance
social interaction amongst its club members but, more importantly, to
introduce international shooting to the interested public and to provide
a non-threatening atmosphere in which beginners can lean the nuances
of each clay target discipline.
CICTSA and individuals from its membership annually host various charity
functions as well as functioning as liaison to its American clay target
It is important to note that CICTSA is an independent
organization that is not associated nor is affiliated with any particular
shooting range, therefore, on a fundamental level, CICTSA is actively
involved as a promoter and liaison to various shooting facilities in
order to maintain the presence of international clay target shooting.
Because of its inherent requirements of special equipment and supplies,
the maintenance of international shooting requires constant and persistent
vigilance, not only with facilities based in California, but indeed,
throughout the country.
CICTSA's junior development program is unprecedented
in the development of national and world class talent. The development
program has hosted numerous clinics, recruiting the brightest and most
promising junior shooters from American skeet and American Trap, and
more recently, sporting clays,
Because of the inherent difficulties in training for Olympic Trap and
Double Trap, CICTSA's development committee, through intense campaigning
of its membership, interested benefactors, and even the NRA, was able
to fully outfit a complete trap field (consisting of 15 trap machines
and electronic hardware) so that the membership, particularly the juniors,
could regularly train.
CICTSA's development program has placed more individuals on the US Junior
Olympic Team than any other organization. Currently, CICTSA's membership
consists of several past and present National and Olympic Team members,
former and current World Champions, and medalists from the 1996 Olympic
Games. Furthermore, several licensed and accredited officials, ranging
from local to Olympic status, are members of CICTSA.
Though based in California, CICTSA's membership
includes individuals from Colorado, Oregon, Arizona. Idaho. Hawaii ,
Mexico, Czech Republic, and Japan.
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