BURLEY -The Burley Bobcats Trap Team recently completed its 8th season competing. This was a two-season program which usually competes in August to October and March to May. Athletes participated in one or both seasons pending on their schedules and other obligations.
Due to Covid- 19, this last year’s seasons were moved to a short summer league and then a fall league. This last fall saw 18 athletes that participated in a league with practice every Tuesday night as well as two tournaments. Athletes pay a season fee to offset the cost of targets, shells, and tournament fees. Student fees do not cover everything so the teams either work jobs, solicit from the community or apply for grants which included one Friends of the NRA grant. Grants, odd jobs, raffles and community support purchased more shells, paid the cost of tournaments, provided team hats, jerseys, coats, shell bags and gun carts.
The Burley High School Team currently has six coaches who volunteer and are certified under the USAYESS youth shooting program. Athletes are eligible for a high school letter if they attain the requirements for said letter. Teams shoot all three disciplines of youth shotgun which includes Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. Teams compete on a 60 acre range making use of all the ground with the youth teams. This last summer Raft River, Murtaugh, Oakley and Burley participated in a youth program.
Local businesses helped the Burley Bobcats Trap Team compete and included help from:
* Les Schwab, Steveo’s Restaurant, Southwind Farms, Idaho Milk Transport, Redox, Square One, Friends of NRA youth, Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation, Idaho National Guard, Dot Foods, Randy Bausher, Butte Fence, Burley Physical Therapy and Idaho Gives Non – Profit- day of giving donations. The team could not have participated in this program without the generousity of the above entities. Anyone wishing to help the team is invited to participate.
In order to participate in the trap shooting program each Burley Bobcat Trap Team athlete needs to have a Hunter Education Certificate, a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher (3.0 for lettering) and must demonstrate safe on range gun etiquette. Unsafe behavior is not tolerated and results in the team member being asked to leave the team and range.
Student athletes must be coachable, must attend all practices and tournaments and must wear the team uniform.
Practice is held once a week on Tuesday and requires that team members arrive on time and stay for the full practice. Because of time considerations the coaches discourage trying to have other commitments that night such as a part time job or another spring sport. Fall Season runs August through October and Spring season goes from March to May. Anyone interested in sponsoring the team please contact Colleen Parkin .
Interested students can call Mrs. Parkin at (208) 431-0569 or they can inquire at the school (room 103 at Burley High School). Her email address is:email@example.com
The athletes practice and compete at the Burley Trap Club and Sporting Clays Range- 8 miles west of Burley. Some tournaments they have traveled to have included; Boise Black Dog gun Club, Hurtig Gun Range in Hailey Idaho, Jerome Sporting Clays Club, Cashe Valley Gun Club, Twin Falls Gun Club , Cedar Hills Gun Range and Pocatello gun Club.