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CNSCA Official Rules

Canadian National Sporting
Clays Association
Official Rules & Regulations

Last updated Apr 10, 2024

    1. A. The CANADIAN NATIONAL SPORTING CLAYS ASSOCIATION, (CNSCA) was formed in May of 2010 to promote sporting clays (English Sporting) in Canada and to develop the sport at all levels of participation. Since its inception, its sphere of interest now includes other non-traditional shotgun sports such as 5-Stand, Super Sporting and Parcours de Chasse (FITASC).

B. The CNSCA is a nonprofit organization (registered as a Society in Alberta) operated by and for its members. It is guided by a Board of Directors (also referred to herein as the “Executive”) comprised of range owners, and both competitive and recreational shooters. Executive representation from all areas of Canada is encouraged. The Executive is elected at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. Governance and administration of CNSCA is covered by its Bylaws which is a separate document and not contained herein.

C. The primary objective of the CNSCA is to promote the growth of sporting clays and non-traditional shotgun sports in a way that is beneficial to all who enjoy and participate in an atmosphere of healthy, safe competition and meaningful fellowship within its membership.

D. CNSCA has further established a consistent set of rules and guidelines (the “Rules”) for conducting competitive sporting clays events. These Rules govern the shooting of registered sporting clays targets including the responsibilities and conduct of shooters and the duties of shoot management. The CNSCA has the responsibility for the formulation, regulation and enforcement of these sporting clays rules. These Rules are contained herein and are normally available on the CNSCA web site and in the annual CNSCA Shoot Book.

E. The CNSCA Executive reserves the right to make alterations in or amendments to these Rules whenever it deems it to be in the best interest of the CNSCA and its members. Members may submit proposals to change or alter the Rules at a General or Annual General Meeting by submitting to the CNSCA Secretary in writing, the specific proposed change(s) clearly defined, at least 10 days prior to the meeting.



    1. Individual(s) or entity that provides the facilities and organization of the competition either directly or through agreement with one or more third parties. Shoot Promoters may also act as Shoot Officials.

Individual(s) or entity appointed or contracted by the Shoot Promoter and responsible for course layout, target selection, as well as testing of the course for safety.

Person who may be appointed by the Shoot Promoter who is responsible for the general supervision over all other referees at a tournament, and who shall be present throughout the shoot competition. A Chief Referee is not normally required except perhaps at Championship Tournaments.

Person(s) of known ability who may be appointed by the Shoot Promoter to enforce the rules and keep score. Referees are not normally required except perhaps at Championship Tournaments.

A person(s) appointed by the Shoot Promoter to score and release targets, and failing such appointment, either: (i) a referee if so appointed (ii) a person acceptable to the squad or (iii) a squad member not currently in the shooting stand.

A shooting position from which one or more targets are attempted.

Two sequential targets where the second target is launched at the sound of the gun firing at the first target. Targets may be launched from one or more traps.

In the case of ‘Report Pairs’, where the first target is good (fair) and the second target is not a good target for whatever reason, the first target shall be ruled as an established hit or miss and the shooter shall be presented with another pair of targets. The shooter must again attempt the first target but only the second target shall be scored on this presentation. In the case where a shooter does not fire on the first target, the first target shall be scored as lost and the shooter must still discharge their gun in order to launch the second target. The second target must be attempted following recovery from recoil and with only one shell left in the gun.

Two sequential targets where the second target is launched at the Shoot Official’s discretion after the first target. Targets may be launched from one or more traps. The delay between the first and second target must be the same for each shooter. Two good targets must be presented for a score to be established.

Two targets launched simultaneously. Targets may be launched from one or more traps. Two good targets must be presented for a score to be established.

A shoot where targets shot by CNSCA members must be registered. Affiliation with CNSCA is mandatory for the Shoot Promoter. Membership in CNSCA is mandatory for shooters who wish to have their scores registered and who wish to compete for prizes in both Class and Concurrents. At the discretion of the Shoot Promoter, non-CNSCA members may compete in a Hunter Class however such shooters are not eligible for prizes in Class or Concurrents and will not have their scores registered with CNSCA. Prizes may be awarded in Hunter Class at the discretion of the Shoot Promoter but prizing in Hunter Class shall not be such that incentivize new shooters to shoot Hunter Class rather than join the CNSCA. All participants in Hunter Class compete equally notwithstanding their actual skill level; i.e. Hunter Class shall not be divided into smaller sub-groups such as Lewis Classes.

A shoot where none of the targets are CNSCA registered. Non-members may participate. There are no membership restrictions to receiving awards, purses or prizes. Organization of the shoot is at the discretion of the Shoot Promoter.

A registered shoot held within a Province, a region or as a National event, sanctioned by the CNSCA as a Championship Tournament. CNSCA membership is mandatory. Comments in above Section II-J apply. See Sec. VII, F for further requirements. For regional tournaments, the following applies:

      • Western (Manitoba and West)
      • Eastern (Ontario and East)

A Shoot Promoter which has requested affiliation with CNSCA and who has agreed to abide by CNSCA rules and to promote CNSCA objectives.

An Active Shooter is a person who is a member of CNSCA and has paid his/her annual dues for the current year




2. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

3. It is the shooter’s responsibility to report any unsafe shooting condition immediately to Shoot Officials. The shoot will not proceed until the safety issue is corrected.

4. All persons, spectators, shooters, referees and trap personnel, must wear eye and ear protection on the course at a tournament sanctioned by the CNSCA.

5. All trap personnel in front of the line of fire must be out of sight with screen protection able to withstand the charge of shot at their distance from the shooting stand.

6. Shooters must have the direct permission of a Shoot Official to test fire any gun. Other than on such permitted test firings, guns will be discharged only in attempt at competition targets.


It is the policy of the CNSCA that no substance that could impair a shooter’s judgment or physical ability shall be administered or consumed by any participant before or during a shoot. This includes alcohol, cannabis, recreational drugs and prescribed medicine. Any participant who consumes or administers a judgment or physical ability impairing substance prior to or during a shoot will be disqualified from further participation in the shoot including shoot offs to break ties.



      • 1. Currently, CNSCA assesses a fee of $25.00 for a lifetime membership. Application for Lifetime Membership may be made at any registered shoot by filling out an application or by registering online at under “members & stats/members”.

2. In addition, the CNSCA assesses “Annual Dues”, valid for the period January 1 to December 31 each year. These are currently $20 but this amount can be changed from time to time by the Executive.

3. Any:

        • (i) new shooting Shoot Promoter; or
        • (ii) previously affiliated shooting Shoot Promoter that has come under new management; or
        • (iii) a previously affiliated shooting Shoot Promoter which has not held a registered shoot advertised with the CNSCA for 10 years or more; which holds a registered CNCSA shoot shall be designated as a “new” Shoot Promoter and as such will be entitled to waive the Lifetime Membership and the Annual Dues for the current year to new CNSCA members at the “new” Shoot Promoter’s first registered shoot. Existing CNSCA Members will not be entitled to free Annual Dues. Subsequent shoots at the “new” Shoot Promoter will not qualify for this incentive.


A Shoot Promoter becomes affiliated with CNSCA by advising the Executive that it wishes to do so. At this time there is no cost to become affiliated with CNSCA, however by affiliating, the Shoot Promoter agrees to abide by CNSCA rules and to promote CNSCA objectives.


The CNSCA currently assesses the Shoot Promoter holding a registered shoot a fee of $0.06 per target ($6 per 100 targets) based on the number of targets specified for that event; i.e. excluding viewing targets or extra targets due to target or machine malfunctions.



In order to allow shooters to compete with others with similar levels of skill, shooters are grouped into classes for purposes of CNSCA competitions. The metric used is the number of targets hit expressed as a percentage of the number of targets attempted. Scores achieved at CNSCA sanctioned shoots are “registered” with the CNSCA statistician who is responsible for maintaining a record of shooter scores and developing the necessary statistics.


      • 1. CNSCA uses 7 classes: MASTERS – AA – A – B – C – D – E.

The top 10% of the shooters are classified as Master. The other 90% of shooters are distributed equally into the six remaining classes AA thru E. See details below:

2. At the beginning of a calendar year, all registered shooters are grouped into the following seven classifications.

Masters Top 10%

AA Next 15%
A Next 15%
B Next 15%
C Next 15%
D Next 15%
E Remaining 15%

3. For each of the classes, the shooters average score for the previous year will establish a threshold range for each class.

As of Dec 31, 2023 the class thresholds are as follows:

Master – 82.3999 and above
AA – 76.9299 to 82.3998
A – 74.3899 to 76.9298
B – 68.9599 to 74.3898
C – 64.8899 to 68.9598
D – 57.0799 to 64.8898
E –  57.0798 and below

4. Shooters averages are calculated following each registered shoot and shooters will change classification if their new average puts them within a different threshold range. A shooter’s average is a rolling average based on their six (6) most recent scores.

5. Threshold ranges are re-calculated approximately July 1 of each year and prior to a major CNSCA event such as the Nationals. When new thresholds are established, the rules posted on the web site will be updated to reflect the new values. The values posted on the web site will note the date of the last change and will be taken as the correct values.

6. A shooter who is assigned to a lower class may reject the class if the shooter wishes to remain in a higher class however the shooter must compete in that class or higher for the remainder of the year. To reject the assigned class, the shooter must contact a member of the board of directors.

7. All new shooters will be assigned a class. To determine a shooter’s assigned class:

      • (i) A shooter who has never shot any registered CNSCA clay targets will be assigned a class by their current known ability, (as presented by CNSCA members familiar with the ability of the shooter), or Class C whichever is greater.
      • (ii) A shooter who has shot registered targets in any clay target sport other than a sporting clays sport will be assigned into Class C or one class lower than their highest class attained in that clay target sport; whichever is greater.

8. The shooter is responsible for entering registered shoots in their assigned class based on the last posted average and class on the CNSCA website).

9. Reclassification for medical reasons shall be entertained on an individual basis by the CNSCA Board of Directors.

10. Classification Review – The Board of Directors, Shoot Promoter or shooter has the right to request a review of a shooter’s record if it appears that the shooter is unfairly competing in a class other than their true level of ability. Upon review by a committee of three CNSCA members appointed by the CNSCA President, the shooter may be assigned a different class.


A shooter’s eligibility for concurrent classes which are based on age will be determined by their age on January 1 of the shooting year. CNSCA recognizes the following concurrent classes based on gender and age:

Sub-Junior: Ages 14 and under.
Junior: Ages 15 to 18
Veteran: Ages 60 to 66
Super-Vet: Ages 67 and over.

See Sec. VII. E, #9 and #10



Targets thrown in any registered shoot may include any or all of the following:

      • 1. Standard, mini, midi, battue, rocket, or rabbit targets.

2. Any other sporting clays target approved by CNSCA.

3. Target number and selection for any competition shall be at the discretion of the Shoot Officials. Target number and selection shall be the same for all shooters. It is recommended that 20% to 40% of targets for tournaments be specialty; i.e. non-standard.

4. Poison bird targets of a separate and clearly discernible appearance may be included with accompanying targets. A shooter breaking a poison bird target will lose any other “good” birds broken on that presentation attempt.

5. Launching devices which provide for targets traveling at various angles and distances to the competitors (i.e. wobble or oscillating traps) may not be used in registered tournaments.


    1. Shotguns of 12 gauge or smaller, in safe working order, and capable of firing two shots are to be used in attempting all targets. Registered shoots require that a maximum of two shells be loaded.

2. Shotguns fitted for multiple barrels (of various chokes and/or lengths) are permitted. The shooter is allowed to change barrels only before shooting the next station.

3. Shotguns with interchangeable or adjustable chokes are permitted at the shooter’s discretion. Chokes shall be changed or adjusted only before shooting the next station.

4. Competitors may enter a shoot with various guns and attempt targets at various stations with different guns, or the gun of another competitor. Guns may be changed only before shooting the next station except in case of malfunction (section X-B-2)

5. Guns with release type triggers are allowed but must be clearly marked and shoot officials and squad participants notified of their presence. Safety stickers designating “release trigger” must be displayed on any gun so equipped.


    1. All shot shell ammunition including reloads may normally be used. Shoot Officials may, however, require the ammunition to be commercially manufactured at any given shoot. The CNSCA assumes no responsibility in connection with the use of ammunition.

2. Maximum loads for gauge specific events:

Gauge Ounce Lead (max.)

12 – 1 1/8
20 – 7/8
28 – 3/4
.410 -1/2

However any load up to 1 1/8 oz. may be used in any gauge during 12 gauge events.

3. Shot size shall not exceed U.S. #7 1/2 (diameter 0.095″).

4. Shot shall be normal production spherical shot. Plated shot is permitted.


      • 1. The course will provide for a predetermined number of shooting stations from which each competitor will attempt various targets. The number of stations and the number and characteristics of targets from each station, on each course, will be determined by the Shoot Officials, and will be the same for all shooters. Changes in target trajectory, distance and/or velocity due to wind, rain, time of day or any other natural cause does not constitute a violation of this rule.

2. Targets will be propelled by, and launched from, any of a number of commercially produced, modified, or handmade devices.

3. Launching devices that provide for targets traveling at varying angles and distances to the competitors are not acceptable at a registered shoot (i.e. wobble traps). All targets in a registered shoot shall be presented with a reasonably consistent trajectory, distance and velocity to all shooters.

4. Devices propelling targets of more than one type, and devices capable of providing targets at varying angles and distances, shall be employed only as the varying aspects of these devices will be the same for all shooters and will be free of all human element selection.

5. The Shoot Promoter may appoint Referee(s) at (a) station(s) in such numbers and positions as the Shoot Promoter see fit to competently enforce all “rules for the shooter,” as well as, to score the attempts accurately.



      • 1. These are events which are offered in concurrence with the seven (7) classes of shooters (MASTERS, AA, A, B, C, D, E) that allow the participating shooters to compete and receive prizes or awards in these separate events in addition to their class. These events are based on age (Sub-Junior, Junior, Veteran and Super-Vet) and/or gender (Lady).

2. All CNSCA Registered shoots must offer all Concurrent Events and offer some type of award.

3. At CNSCA Registered Shoots, only Ladies, Juniors and Sub-Juniors shall be eligible to win awards in all Classes and Concurrent Classes in which they qualify – except at Championship Events (Provincial, Regional or National). At Championship Events, all shooters will be eligible for all prizes they qualify for.


      • 1. Anyone who presents a cheque at any shoot that is returned for insufficient funds, or other causes, may not compete in any registered shoot until full payment, plus penalty, has been made to the individual or Shoot Promoter to which it was presented. Any Shoot Promoter receiving such a cheque shall report the name and address of the shooter to the CNSCA identifying the person issuing the cheque.

2. Any competitor at a registered shoot who, through error, has been overpaid on any purse, added money, optional or other prize money and who is notified of the overpayment by registered mail, must return the overpayment by registered mail within fifteen days. Failure to do so shall result in that shooter being barred from all registered shoots until repayment is made.


      • 1. Only those Shoot Promoters affiliated with CNSCA are eligible to host CNSCA registered shoots.

2. It shall be the responsibility of the Shoot Promoter to see that each shoot is conducted in accordance with the official rules of the CNSCA.

3. Shoot Officials are responsible for ensuring that competitors are not allowed to test or pre-shoot any part of the course prior to the competition. Shooting at or near any target while it is in the air before the competition has started is pre-shooting the course (See section VII-K)

4. The Shoot Promoter shall check the CNSCA membership of each shooter before accepting their entry and shall be responsible for the dues if they allow a participant to shoot in either Class or Concurrents when that participant is not a CNSCA member or has not paid their Annual Dues.

5. Except when participating in Hunter Class, all individual shooters in all registered shoots must be members in good standing with the CNSCA. IT SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SHOOT PROMOTER HOLDING A REGISTERED SHOOT TO CHECK THE MEMBERS LIST, PROVIDED BY THE CNSCA, OF ALL PARTICIPANTS AND ENFORCE THIS RULE.

6. The Shoot Promoter will be billed by CNSCA in all cases where non-members are allowed to shoot in either Class or Concurrent. The Shoot Promoter may seek reimbursement from the non-member shooters, but must first abide by VII-C-4 and VII-C-5 above.

7. The Shoot Promoter shall check the shooter’s classification on the current Shoot Sheet to ascertain the proper classification for the event.

8. A maximum of 200 registered targets may be shot on one course in a single day without a change of target presentation.

9. In the event of extreme weather conditions, power failure, trap failure, or unusually early darkness, the Shoot Promoter may elect to continue the event some other time (i.e. the next morning or the following weekend) but must immediately notify CNSCA, with a full explanation, who will sanction the change, provided it is deemed in the best interest of sporting clays.


      • 1. In all registered CNSCA tournaments, all ties shall be shot off unless otherwise specified by the Shoot Promoter.

2. When a shoot off is conducted to break a tie, the Shoot Officials will set the shoot off course and will advise all participants in the shoot off how the shoot off will proceed. When all participants in the shoot off understand the shoot off procedure and agree to its format then the shoot off will proceed. Shooting order will be determined by a lottery draw or coin toss among the shoot off participants.

3. Targets are to be set as pairs and will be crossing, one left to right and one right to left. A minimum of five pairs to be attempted.


      • 1. Each member will be furnished a copy of these Official CNSCA rules by mail and/or on the CNSCA web site, with the understanding that the member will read and understand each rule. Members are strongly encouraged to know these rules and abide by them, both for their own benefit and for the benefit of other shooters and safety. By entering the competition, every person agrees to accept all official decisions and to abide by these rules.

2. It will be the responsibility of each shooter to be familiar with these rules. Ignorance of the rules will not be a cause to “re-attempt” targets lost because of rule violations.

3. It is the sole responsibility of the shooter to begin any event, station, and/or field with sufficient equipment, including safety equipment and ammunition. Failure to do so, which in the opinion of the Shoot Officials will delay the shoot, will result in the loss of all targets as required to keep the shoot moving. Make up targets will be provided only at the discretion of the Shoot Official(s).

4. The CNSCA has approved the “free gun mount” rule. This rule allows the shooter to start with a low gun or a pre-mounted gun when calling for a target.

5. Failure to accurately record scores or the falsification of scores, can lead to suspension from the CNSCA.

6. Pets are not allowed on the course while a shoot is in progress.

7. Coaching of an individual in the station during a registered shoot is not permitted.

8. It shall be the sole responsibility of the shooters to see that they are entered into all the events desired. The official cashier sheet/entry form must be used. Once entered, clerical errors are the responsibility of the Shoot Promoter.

9. It shall be the shooter’s responsibility to enter an event in the proper class.

10. A Sub-Junior, Junior, Lady, Veteran or Super-Vet shooter will shoot in their appointed class and their appropriate concurrent class. These concurrent classes will be available at all registered tournaments.

11. A shooter who shoots in a lower class than the one in which the record places them shall forfeit any winnings earned while shooting in the wrong class for the first offense, and for the second offense shall forfeit all winnings and also be barred from registered competition for one year.

12. A shooter who enters, or allows themselves to be entered into an event in a class lower than the class in which the shooter was entitled to shoot forfeits all rights to any trophies or purses they would have earned shooting in the proper class unless the mistake is corrected prior to the distribution of such trophies or purse money.

13. A shooter accepting trophies or money by shooting in a lower class than the one in which they were entitled to shoot must return their winnings within 15 days after notification by CNSCA. Failure to comply within this 15-day period shall subject the shooter to suspension as a CNSCA member and PERMANENT disbarment from registered competition.

14. It is the responsibility of the shooter to ensure that the safety is off and the gun is properly loaded with unfired shells of proper size (and load) before calling for a target otherwise the target/s will be scored as “lost”.


      • 1. An individual must be a bona fide resident (permanent abode) of the province, region or country to be eligible for provincial, regional or national championships or to shoot as a provincial or national team member. Where Residency is in question, a Health Care Card shall be the only acceptable proof.

2. A resident shooter must have shot a minimum of 300 CNSCA registered targets in the current year prior to the Provincial, Regional or National Tournament to qualify for awards, moneys or prizes at the Provincial, Regional or National Tournament. A resident shooter who does not qualify by this criteria will be entered into a “penalty class” which will be one class higher than their currently assigned CNSCA class and may only qualify for awards, moneys, or prizes in that class. This rule would apply to a new shooter with unknown ability that was assigned “C” class (per rule V-B-7-a) resulting in the new shooter competing in B class for their first event if that first event is a Provincial, Regional or National Championship.

3. A prize for out of province shooters may be offered by the Shoot Promoter.

To have attempted a minimum of 700 registered targets in any combination at a minimum of two different clubs.


      • 1. With the concurrence of at least two members of the CNSCA Executive, the Shoot Promoter shall upon proper evidence:
    • (i) Disqualify any shooter for the remainder of the shoot program for violation of gun safety precautions that endanger the safety of shooters, field personnel and/or spectators.

(ii) Elect to refuse the entry or cause the withdrawal of any contestant whose conduct in the opinion of the Shoot Promoter is unsportsmanlike or whose participation is in any way detrimental to the best interests of the shoot.

(iii) Disqualify any shooter from a shoot for misrepresentation of their status under the eligibility rules (SANDBAGGING).

(iv) Expel any shooter assaulting or using abusive language to a Referee, Shoot Official, Shoot Promoter, Score Keeper, shoot volunteer or other shooter upon sufficient evidence presented by the Chief Referee.

2. The Shoot Promoter shall report to the CNSCA all cases of disqualification and expulsion and the reasons for it. Subsequent action by the Board of Directors could result in the shooter being expelled and barred from further membership in the CNSCA, after the shooter has had the opportunity to appear before the Board of Directors and present their case.


      • 1. All scores or records, to be recognized as official, must be shot under the official CNSCA rules.

2. Only the scores shot on scheduled dates, approved by CNSCA, shall be registered. Scores made in shoot off’s shall not be registered, however, all CNSCA rules shall apply in shoot off’s.

3. The scores of any Active Shooter who takes part in a registered shoot shall be considered official, and shall be registered with the CNSCA even though the shooter had given notice that it was not their intention to have the score recorded. Medical exceptions may be made to this rule if the shooter obtains the exemption prior to the shoot. The medical exemption may be obtained by contacting a CNSCA Board member.

4. When a contestant stops or withdraws from an event without just cause in which they have started, or is disqualified by the Shoot Promoter, their partial score shall be reported to the CNSCA along with the other scores of the event, based on the total number of targets in the event. Targets not attempted shall be scored as lost however the competitor’s class will not change as a result of this. Whatever class they had will be entered as a Declared Class.

5. If a competitor withdraws as the result of sickness or injury, the shooter withdrawing shall be scored with the targets actually fired upon in reporting their score.


        • 1. Reporting Requirements. It is the duty of each Shoot Promoter holding a registered shoot to full fill the following obligations.
        • (i) Payments and reports must be mailed to the CNSCA, postmarked no more than seven days after the last day of the shoot.

(ii) Make payments of all money, purse and options to the shooters.

2. Penalties. Failure to fulfill the reporting requirements shall carry the following penalties:

        • (i) Cancellation of all subsequent shoot dates for the offending Shoot Promoter.

(ii) Denial of right to apply or reapply for any further registered shoot dates for a period of thirty (30) days in case of first offense, or ninety (90) days in case of second or subsequent offense or until obligations have been met.

(iii) Officers of any delinquent Shoot Promoter shall be barred from shooting registered targets until all required obligations of said Shoot Promoter are met to the shooters and to CNSCA.

3. A financial report, CNSCA dues collected, remittance and original copies of registration form for all CNSCA memberships sold at a registered shoot must be forwarded to the CNSCA immediately following each shoot. Membership applications must be completely and legibly filled out with name and address of the new member.

4. Shoot Report. An individual entry form/cashier sheet must be submitted on every shooter. These individual reports must include:

        • (i) Member’s full name
        • (ii) Number of targets shot at
        • (iii) Number of targets broken
        • (iv) Class in which member was entered
        • (v) Awards won.

5. Shoot Promoters are required to retain copies of scoreboard and/or shoot score sheets on file for 90 days after the end of the shooting year.


Pre-shooting of all or any portion of a course set for a registered shoot is not permitted. Any shooter who pre-shoots all or any part of the course set for a registered shoot may shoot in the event but will not be eligible for prizes and will not have their score recorded.



      • 1. Squadding:- At the discretion of the Shoot Promoter, groups of maximum of 5 shooters will be formed to proceed from station to station in a fixed sequence.

NOTE: SQADDING AT PROVINCIALS, REGIONAL OR NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS. Squads of participants in the various Provincial, Regional or National Shoots will be determined on a random basis by the Shoot Promoter. Pre-set squads are not permitted at Provincial, Regional or National championships.

2. When practical, squads will each be assigned a different shooting station and shooting will commence with a “shotgun start”. When this is not practical, squads will be assigned a start time and it is the responsibility of each shooter to be ready on time, or within no more than 5 minutes of that time.

3. Shots not attempted by the shooter joining their squad after they have begun will be scored as “lost.” The Shoot Officials shall have the right to provide for makeup targets if sufficient justification can be presented. Make up targets are provided solely at the discretion of the Shoot Officials.

4. Rotation of Order. In squads of shooters, rotation of shooting order is permitted between stations. Rotation may be formatted by Shoot Officials, to be followed by all squads. If not prescribed by Shoot Officials, order will be determined by the shooters.

5. Shooters Viewing Targets: Up to two (2) clear sets of target presentations may be viewed if necessary. Only the first shooter is permitted to view these targets while in the stand.

6. Any viewing target shot at will count towards the shooter’s targets for that station.

7. All CNSCA sanctioned shoots will advertise an opening and closing time for registration. Individuals registering for the shoot after the closing time will be allowed to participate in the tournament, after paying the regular entry fee, but will not be eligible for awards, prizes or moneys. It is the responsibility of the individual shooter to be on time for registration.


Targets will be presented for attempt at each station in one or more of the following formats.

      • 1. Single Target/Two Shots:- unless otherwise specified. The target will be scored “hit” or “dead” if successfully attempted on either shot.

2. Pairs/Two Shots: Pairs may be presented as report, following, or simultaneous. In simultaneous pairs the shooter has the right to shoot either of the targets first. If the shooter has missed the first target he/she may fire the second cartridge at the same target. When shooting report or following pairs, the shooter will have the right if missing the first target to fire the second cartridge at the same target (the result being scored on the second target and the first target being scored as lost). Should the shooter break both targets with either the first or the second shot then the result will be scored as two “dead”target.

3. In the event the shooter does not attempt the first target of a Report Pair, the first target will be recorded as lost. The shooter is still required to fire one of the shells in their gun to launch the second target.

4. Multiple Target/Two Shots:- Two hits or dead birds maximum.

5. Timed Reloads. Targets presented with set time periods for the shooter to reload prior to the presentation of the subsequent targets are permitted. Five seconds is the normal reload time but other intervals may be used at the discretion of the Shoot Official(s).

6. The normal call for the targets is “pull” at which time the target is immediately released or delayed up to 3 seconds. However, where a delay is introduced, it shall be the same for all shooters and must be clearly indicated at the shooting station that a delay is in use.

    1. A. Targets shall be scored as “hit” or “dead” and designated on score cards by an (X) when in the opinion of the Score Keeper, a visible piece has been broken from the target. Targets not struck and broken by the shooters shot shall be called “lost” or “missed” and designated on score cards by a (O).

B. The call of “lost” or “dead,” “hit” or “miss” shall be announced by the Score Keeper prior to recording the score on every target.

C. Scoring Pairs – In the event of a “no bird” on any Simultaneous or Following Pair, nothing can be established. Two good targets must be presented to record the score. This will also apply for gun/ammo malfunctions while shooting pairs.

D. If the shooter disagrees with the Score Keeper’s call, the contestant must protest before firing at another set of targets or before leaving that station. The Score Keeper may poll the spectators and may reverse the original call. In all cases the final decision of the Score Keeper will stand.

E. Each shooter will be assigned a scorecard to be presented to the Score Keeper, if used, at the various stations or fields. The Score Keeper will score each shooter’s attempts on the individual’s scorecard. The total shall be tallied and returned to the Shoot Promoter as soon as practicable on completion of the Shoot.

F. Each shooter is responsible for their scorecard from assignment at the start of the shoot, until the card is returned to the Shoot Promoter at the end of each round.

G. Shooters are responsible for checking the Score Keeper’s totals of “hits and misses” at each station and/or field.

H. During a registered event, each shooter must verify their score before leaving the station. Once the shooter has left the station, the score will be considered final.



The shooter shall be allowed a combined total of three malfunctions per day attributed to either the shooter’s gun or ammo. Targets not attempted due to the fourth or further malfunctions shall be scored as “lost.” Targets not attempted on the three allowed malfunctions shall be treated as “no birds.”


      • 1. In the case of a gun malfunction, the shooter must remain in place, the gun pointed safely down range and must not open the gun or tamper with trigger, safety or barrel selector, until the cause has been determined to the squad’s satisfaction and a ruling made.

2. In the case of a broken gun, the shooter has the option to use another gun, if one is available, or he/she may drop out of competition until the gun is repaired. The shooter must however finish the event during the allotted schedule shooting time.

3. Targets shall be scored as “lost” if the shooter is unable to fire because of the following. Examples include but are not limited to:

        • (i) Shooter has left the safety on.
        • (ii) Shooter has forgotten to load or properly cock the gun.
        • (iii) Shooter has forgotten to disengage the locking device from the magazine of a semi-automatic weapon.
        • (iv) Shooter has not sufficiently released the trigger of a single trigger gun having fired the first shot.

4. If the shooter fails to comply with item X-B-1, the target or targets will be scored as “lost” or “missed.”

      • 1. In the case of ammunition malfunction, the shooter must remain in place, the gun pointing safely down range and must not open the gun or tamper with the trigger, safety or barrel selector, until the cause has been determined to the squad’s satisfaction and a ruling made.

2. Examples include, but are not limited to:

        • (i) Failure to fire, providing firing pin indentation is clearly noticeable.
        • (ii) One in which the primer fires, but through failure of the shell or lack of components, and which, consequently leaves part of or all of the charge of shot or wad in the gun. A soft load, in which the shot and wad leave the barrel, is not a misfire.
        • (iii) Brass pulling off of the hull between shots on pairs.
        • (iv) Brass separating from the casing when the gun is fired (usually accompanied by a “whistling” sound as the plastic leaves the barrel).

3. If the shooter fails to comply with item X-C-1, the target or targets will be scored as “lost” or “missed.”


      • 1. A target that breaks at launching or on its flight path, prior to being fired upon, shall be called a “no bird” and the shooter will be provided a new target.

2. A target that is launched in an obviously different trajectory shall be called a “no bird” and the shooter will be provided a new target.

3. If a bad target or “no bird” is thrown during a timed reload sequence, the entire sequence will be considered a “no bird” and the entire sequence will be repeated.

4. At a station of True Pairs or Following Pairs, two good targets must be presented or a “no bird” will be called and the presentation will be attempted again. Targets shall be shot as “fair pair in the air,” if not, two new shots will be attempted and scored, no scores from previous “no bird” attempts will stand. The shooter has the option of firing one shot at each target or both shots at either the first or second target.

5. In the case of ‘Report Pairs’, where the first target is a good (fair) target and the second target is not a good target for whatever reason, the first target shall be ruled as an established hit or miss and the shooter shall be presented with another pair of targets. The shooter must again attempt the first target but only the second target shall be scored on this presentation.

6. If a station becomes unshootable during a registered shoot for any reason deemed by the shoot officials, then all contestants shall be awarded hits for all targets that were to be presented at that station.

    1. A. A shooter may protest if in his/her opinion the rules as stated herein are improperly applied.

B. There will be no protests concerning calls or scoring of hits or misses. The Score Keeper’s final decision will stand.

C. Protests shall be made immediately upon completion of the shooting at a given station to the Referee if present, otherwise shall be recorded on the score card and brought to the attention of the Shoot Promoter.

D. The Shoot Promoter shall convene a “jury” of 3-5 CNSCA members who are known to be representative of the shooters present and knowledgeable about these rules. They shall decide on the validity of the protest and the resolution of the case.

XII. Five Stand Rules and Guidelines
    1. A) OVERVIEW Five Stand consists of up to 5 shooters in each of 5 shooting stands, attempting 5 targets at each stand and then rotating to the next stand for a total of 25 targets per round. At each stand, a competitor may attempt either a single target plus two pairs or three single targets plus one pair. Targets are released in a predetermined set sequence marked on a menu card (see section F below) attached to the front of each shooting stand. Shooting order should be assigned randomly or by draw, if necessary. Each rotation of shooters shall commence with the shooter in stand 1.

B) LAND AREA (safety is the primary concern)

      • 1. Safety zones for shot fall and clay fall must be defined.
      • 2. Provincial regulations would apply (Note: 5-Stand can be overlaid on a skeet or trap field).


      • 1. Five or more automatic traps required
      • 2. Five shooting stands not less than seven feet tall and not more than fifty four inches across the front opening. Shooting stands numbered one through five (or A-E).
      • 3. Target sequence menu cards clearly marked at each stand.
      • 4. A thrower controlling device, and a master sequence card for the Scorekeeper/Referee.
      • 5. Trap location numbers, with each machine being numbered, and clearly visible from each stand.

5-Stand provides a competitive format requiring minimal space and equipment. However multiple shooters simultaneously on the shooting line and multiple traps in a smaller space require extra care in addressing safe broken target trajectory and safe muzzle direction.
Shoot venues have different throwers and varying space and terrain constraints – make use of what is available.

      • 1. Shooting stands must be in a straight line ( for safety) not less than four yards apart or more than six yards apart ( recommended five yards) center to center.
      • 2. There should be relatively equal numbers of left to right crossing / quartering targets, and right to left crossing / quartering targets.
      • 3. Trap numbers must be clearly visible from each stand
      • 4. ALL TARGETS must have a consistent flight path, colour, and be clearly visible from each stand


      • 1. Once all shooters are in their appropriate shooting position, the shooter in position1 ( Stand 1) shall call “PULL” for a preview of each single target presentation
      • 2. Each competitor shall preview each target from each thrower in ascending order from their first assigned stand.
      • 3. Any shooter may request a second preview if needed. The shooter in position 1 (Stand 1) will call “PULL” for all previews.
      • 4. Shooters may only load gun while in the shooting stand and in ready position, with barrel through the stand. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
      • 5. Shooters may not leave their station until instructed to do so by the referee, or until the last shooter has fired their last shot.
      • 6. Guns must be open and empty while changing stations.
      • 7. Shooter’s feet must be behind the front opening of the shooting stand except when changing stands. Shooter’s will be warned, a NO BIRD will be called. Continued disregard will result in losing a bird or being disqualified.
      • 8. Chokes may not be changed after the round has begun. Failure to comply will result in loss of all targets attempted ( in the round) after choke was changed.
      • 9. Target menu cards (see section F) must be posted at each stand and the referee will have a matching master copy of the target menu cards.


      • 1. NO Target Presentation should be a preview for another shooter’s next shot (avoid repetition)
      • 2. All Stand menus will start with at least one single target (full use of gun) and end with at least one pair
      • 3. It is important that each thrower be utilized in a generally equal manner, so that each competitor has the same opportunity

THE FOLLOWING TARGET SEQUENCES ARE MEANT AS EXAMPLES THAT FOLLOW GENERAL GUIDELINES – target sequences can be adjusted to ensure safety for competitors and to meet space requirements and thrower capabilities.

Five stand with 5 throwers. ( 5 machines throw 5 clays each)(25 total)

  A B C D E
Single 1 2 3 4 5
Report 23 45 51 21 34
true 54 13 42 53 12


Five stand with 6 throwers. ( 5 machines throw 4 clays each – 1 machine throws 5 clays)(25 total)

  A B C D E
Single 1 2 3 4 5
Report 62 14 54 25 36
true 35 23 56 12 41