Monticello Trap Team’s fall season is off to a great start

The Monticello Trap Team’s third fall season is off to a great start.

The team is a part of the USA High School Clay Target League, which dates back to 2003. This league began with a handful of schools in Minnesota and has since grown to 28 states and nearly 30,000 students participating. The New York chapter was born in 2016, with five schools participating. Monticello joined the league in 2017, after head coach Jay Mendels presented the opportunity to the school board. In Monticello, membership is open to all students in grades 6-12 who are at least 12 years of age and no experience is necessary.

The team meets every Wednesday evening during the fall and spring seasons from 4-7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Conservation Club. The meeting begins with a thorough safety meeting, before participants advance to the range. Scores are submitted online to compete with other schools throughout the state.

The league emphasizes safety, with all coaches subject to background checks and extensive safety training for coaches and team members alike. Even some parents have opted to complete Range Safety Officer training in order to assist the team with logistics if necessary.

For more information, contact Mr. Mingo at Monticello High School or