By DAVID HUNTER
My weekly column was about the formation of a new sport at CCHS, Trap Shooting. I tried to introduce the nuts and bolts about it, especially since it was contested at the Summer Olympics in Rio earlier this year. However, I forgot to do something for that column, and it was to let the head coach, Wade McMackins, talk about this new venture here.
This week, I finally got his views on why it is being added to the CCHS athletic program, and hopefully help get the team formed, so they will be ready to go for real this spring.
The new CCHS team is being created thanks to the help of McMackins, Grady Parker, who runs OK Corral, and a former MTCS trap athlete, who will now be the assistant coach at CCHS, Ethan Campbell. Another plus for this team is they will have a distinct home field advantage by having a place they can practice and hold events against other schools in the area.
Right now, the team will be only for high school students, but McMackins said he is open to including middle grade athletes if they are interested.
"I would love to see down the road, a junior high team formed, because that is one or two years more they would have to shoot that they would not have unless they got to high school. Right now, I am leaning toward the high school, but I want to leave the door open that we could always bring up one or two or three and begin training them even if they do not completively shoot this year," McMackins said.
He also mentioned that he will meet with athletes who want to be on the team on one day during classes at CCHS after it is mentioned during the morning announcements when schools start back after the winter break.
Here in Tennessee, trap shooting is not governed by the TSSAA, instead it is done by the TNSCTP, which is part of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and safety is one of the sport's top goals.
According to a press release, all participates must pass a certified Hunter Education Course and receive additional training, while coaches also get classroom and safely/shotgun training. The American Sports Data released a study saying only .4 per 100 participants gets injured in trap and skeet events compared to golf (1.0), baseball (5.8), basketball (7.6) and football (18.8). Believe it or not it is one of the safest sports in high school athletics. For more information about joining the CCHS Trap Shooting team, you can contact Wade McMackins at 615-563-4078.