About Trap Shooting at SAU
The first team meeting will be held in September. Practice and competition dates are to be determined.
Any current SAU student is eligible to participate on the Trap Shooting Team. Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 GPA; graduate students must maintain a 3.0. (Eligibility requirement for ACUI competition)
Yes, students will have the opportunity to compete on both the intramural level as well as the collegiate competition level.
No, students will provide their own guns, which will be stored in a secure campus location and strict procedures will be followed to check guns in and out.
The University will provide all members of the competition team a vest.
The range will be equipped for participants to shoot 3 trap disciplines: American, Doubles, and European as well as skeet.
SAU is in the fundraising phase for a trap shooting range facility to be located on the University’s Governor Ben T. Laney Farm. It will be the first facility of its kind in the state on a university campus south of Little Rock. The facility will feature a clubhouse with restrooms and storage, and three shooting ranges each consisting of five concrete lanes with high and low skeet houses.
The facility will be home to both the University’s trap shooting team and trap shooting teams from area high schools. It will also host community, regional and state-wide shooting competitions and practices. Plans also include opening the facility to community memberships in the future.
Southern Arkansas University (SAU) has begun recruiting students for a new trap shooting team in hopes to “Pull!” off another student engagement victory following the successful additions of eSports, bass fishing and disc golf teams.
The new trap shooting team will be open to any interested SAU student and will compete in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Targeting Program. The sport has become increasingly popular among youth, and high school trap shooters in the region have already expressed an interest in choosing SAU to continue to compete at the next level.
The first team meeting will be held in September, and practice and competition dates are yet to be determined. Participants must maintain a 2.0 GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for graduate students (ACUI requirements). Students will have the opportunity to compete at the intramural level or the collegiate competition level. It will be the responsibility of the student to provide their own guns, which will be stored in a secure campus location with strict procedures to be followed for check-in and check-out. The University is providing all members of the competition team with a vest.
Steve Crowell of Magnolia will serve as the new trap shooting coach at Southern Arkansas University.
Crowell and his wife, Laura, have lived in Magnolia since 2010. He grew up in southwestern Minnesota on a dairy, hog, and crop farm. He and Laura have four children: Loman (20), Olivia (15), Charlee (7), and Scarlett (4). He is an AYSSP-certified assistant coach for the Magnolia School Trap Team, and a participant in the Lanny Bassham Coaching System, an NRA Range safety classification. In his spare time, he ministers as a life coach to those in need. He has volunteered in every school in the district and served as a Watchdog Dad. He has served as a referee for AAA-high school football for the past five years and serves in various volunteer positions at First Baptist Church, Magnolia.
As a Magnolia city councilman, he has served on the Magnolia Economic Development Council, City of Magnolia Finance Committee, the Magnolia Advertising and Promotion Council, and the Magnolia Police Commission. Crowell has also served on the Magnolia Blossom Festival board, the Magnolia Arts Board, and founded the Magnolia Police and Magnolia Schools Trap Shooting foundations.
The trap shooting program kicks off at SAU this fall, and membership is open to any interested SAU student. The team will compete in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Targeting Program. The sport has become popular among youth, and many high school trap shooters in the region have already made SAU their choice for fall 2019 to remain active in the sport and compete at the next level.