Skeet Shooting

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Ammunition Recommendation

Typical ammunition used for skeet shooting:
Gauge                   Shot                   Shot Size
12                       1-1/8 oz.              #9 or #8
20                         7/8 oz.              #9 or #8

Skeet Field

The athlete shoots from seven positions on a semicircle with a radius of 21 yards, and an eighth position halfway between stations one and seven. There are two houses that hold target throwers that launch the targets, one at each corner of the semicircle. The traps launch the targets to a point 15 feet above ground and 18 feet outside of station eight. One trap launches targets from 10 feet above the ground (“high” house) and the other launches it from three feet above ground (“low” house).

Targets At Each Station

Shooting procedures for skeet are very similar to trap shooting except for station assignments, number of targets shot, and station rotation. All squad members take turns at the same station and then move together after all squad members have shot the assigned targets at each station. Squad members need to stand at least at least five feet behind the athlete and always behind the athlete’s muzzle.

At stations one and two the shooter shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double where the two targets are launched simultaneously but shooting the high house target first. At stations three, four, and five the athlete shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house. At stations six and seven, the athlete shoots at single targets launched from the high house and then the low house, then shoots a double, shooting the low house target first then the high house target. At station eight the athlete shoots one high target and one low target. No athlete will move to the next station until the last target in a round is completed.

Optional Shot

The athlete must re-shoot his/her first missed target from the same station and at the same house immediately following a lost target. If no targets are missed in the round, the athlete must shoot his/her 25th shell at the low house station eight.

Scoresheet

Download the official USA Clay Target League skeet shooting scoresheet. This scoresheet is similar to the ones used at League tournaments. Print on legal-sized paper to maximize legibility and use standard 2-5/8″ x 1″mailing labels to print and adhere your athlete name labels to the sheet. Click the scoresheet image to view and download.

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