The Main Line Trap Academy, which practices out of the West Chester Gun Club, and M&E Sporting Clays, will also be calling Ontelaunee home as they expand their Olympic Trap Team. MLTA is a competitive youth program designed to develop skills in clay target shooting with emphasis on safety, teamwork, personal responsibility and fun. MLTA is a youth development team for boys and girls in the 5th-12th grades.

Their program of theoretical instruction has an exciting environment that is dedicated to youth athletes; teaching several techniques of clay shooting, including Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Olympic Trap. Their modular practices, that are regularly held at partnering clubs, are designed for beginners through advanced clay target athletes. “Academy Days” and practices are taught by experienced Coaches, in possession of the important qualifications as governed by the respective National Governing Bodies.

The activities of MLTA, including the lessons and training, provide structure and guidance from USA Shooting. Their practices are specific, repetitive, and focused. MLTA athletes are distinguishing themselves around the country. Prize lists of their athletes success, demonstrate the validity of the Academy and the preparation by its Coaches.

Their mission is to provide passionate youngsters the opportunity to train like professionals in a team environment. The coaches provide ongoing personal feedback on the mental and technical aspects of the game.

More information can be found on their website, . If you have a child or grandchild interested in competing in the Clay Target Sports, please reach out to the Head Coach at


Francis Jacobs III, CMFC
Head Coach at the Main Line Trap Academy

USA Shooting, NRA Advanced Certified Shotgun Coach (L3)

USA Shooting, NRA National Coach Development Staff
USAYESS North Eastern Regional Director
USA Shooting Official Referee (L1)
NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
ATA, NRA Life Member

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