The game of Sporting Clays was established as a clay target discipline to simulate the type of shooting one could normally expect in the field while hunting. The size of the targets, their speed and angles of flight are all variable, making sporting clays the most challenging clay target sport you can ever participate in.
Unlike conventional clay target shooting where targets all follow regular and standard trajectories from club to club, no two sporting clays grounds are the same and no two sporting clays grounds have the same layout or targets. However, ever shooter on a given sporting range on a given day receives exactly the same targets as his or her fellow competitors.
In Sporting Clays, aspects of the natural terrain at the ground are fully utilised so that competitors are shooting amongst trees, rocks, uphill, downhill and overhead.
Many different types of targets are employed in Sporting Clays, including;
Standard clays, "midis" and "minis" which are both smaller, the larger but very thin "battue" targets that turn on their side at the end of their trajectory, the hard-rimmed "rabbit" targets that roll along the ground, and the smallest of all, the "super-mini" is a high speed midget.
Targets are thrown in single or double formation, and in combinations of different sizes and at infinitely variable speeds, from angles at all points of the compass around the competitor. A single round of Sporting Clays consists of 25 targets.
In Sporting Clays, the challenge to the competitor is a multi-disciplinary one as he or she must maintain a mental approach that encourages concentration and accuracy. The emphasis on eye-hand coordination required is greater than in any other of the shooting disciplines, therefore a high degree of mental alertness must be maintained in addition to general fitness.
Sporting Clays Australia
Rules for shooting Sporting Clays
In its early form, English Sporting usually presented the shooter with two different targets. The targets used were normally quartering targets, crosser, driven, overhead, rabbits, springing teal amongst others the course creator might feel is challenging. Today, As the most popular form of clay shooting, English Sporting provides a shooting environment that offers different layouts and a constant challenge.
Each layout is approached by a group of 6. From an open firing point (one meter circle, 6 circles in total), they shoot a selection of targets fired from differing traps. Singles are fired first, followed by doubles, until all shooters have fired from all of the positions. There is no set layout but it is down to the referee's decision, as all targets must be fired in safe directions. A shooter must have the gun out of the shoulder from the moment the target is called for and up until the target becomes visible.
Rules for FITAS sporting clays