SEDGWICK, Kan. (KAKE) - Imagine a high school sport where most of the athletes only participate in trap shooting.

“Almost 40% of the kids in our league do not participate in any other school-sponsored sports,” said John Nelson, with the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. “Just by doing that alone, there are so many benefits alone in school-sponsored activities. What else would they be doing if it wasn’t for this?”

For one weekend, hundreds of these athletes had their eyes dialed in on targets, fingers ready to squeeze at the Kansas Trapshooting Association facility, just east of I-135. Nelson estimates more than 2,600 student-athletes across 142 high schools in Kansas are part of this sport.

“The best thing about the sport is virtually every single kid can participate,” Nelson. “If you have physical disabilities, you can participate. Doesn’t matter what gender you are. It doesn’t matter if you have outstanding athletic ability. It’s such an inclusive sport and that makes it attractive, not only for kids and their families but also for schools and their parents.”

This discipline also brings in the original “video game skill set”. Hand-eye coordination. Focus. Anticipation. Engaging at just the exact moment.

“You’re not competing against everyone up and down the line,” said Nelson. “You’re up against a clay target that is flying 42 miles per hour down the line to try and hit it.”

Nelson said the $500 Wins 4 Kansas gift goes to offset the costs of participating and for the tournaments. He notes those clay targets add up, with about 165,000 clay targets launched at the state tournament events.

All to keep the registration fee at about $45 for a student.

“It keeps our registration fees low and that pays for insurance, awards and all of the things associated with the kids it keeps our tournament costs low,” said Nelson.