Skeet Shooting

​Squads of up to five people shoot from eight shooting stations, which are arranged in a semi circle between two skeet houses. One skeet house is identified as the high house, and the other is the low house. The high house targets are launched at approximately 10 feet above the ground, while the low house targets are approximately at a 3-foot height. The shooting sequence is: 

Clay Target Sports

  • Stations I and 2: High house single: Low house single; High house/Low house pair
  • Stations 3, 4 and 5: High house single; Low house single.
  • Stations 6 and 7: High house single; Low house single; Low house/High house pair.
  • Station 8: High house single; Low house single.

The 25th shot, which completes the round, is taken immediately after the first miss and is called an “option.”  However, if a person has not used the “option” and 24 consecutive targets have been broken, a second single target at low house 8 is required.

Skeet may be shot with any gauge gun (of almost any type) as long as it is capable of firing two shells.  Ben Avery Clay Busters’ skeet leagues are conducted in accordance with NSSA (National Skeet Shooting Association) rules and are unregistered events. Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league, and Lewis Class rules are applied in order to determine winning shooters who have earned trophies.   Rules for skeet shooting may be found at: NSSA Rules.  BACB does not offer registered Skeet Tournaments.  Click here for: Arizona State Skeet Association Tournament schedules.

BACB skeet leagues are 50 targets weekly during a BACB league season.  For those who are members of the National Skeet Shooting Association, registered monthly league targets for an additional fee.

Additional InfoSkeet Director


Ben Avery

Clay Busters

Phoenix, Arizona

targets at each post.  The shooter is required to shoot at a target after he/she calls "pull." If the shooter hits the target (regardless of whether it is a small piece or whether it is shattered), the target is considered a "dead" or "lost" bird. If the target is hit, it is "dead."   Squads of five compete, and handicaps may be used.

Ben Avery Clay Busters’ trapshooting leagues are conducted in accordance with ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) rules. The league format is 50 targets each week during a league season, and, for members of the ATA, registered targets are available at an additional fee. One round is at the 16-yd. line, and the 2nd round is at handicap yardage which has been established on the scores of your Team. Doubles Trap and Bunker Trap are also available BACB league sports.  Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league, and Lewis Class rules are applied to enable all levels of shooters to fairly qualify for trophies.   Rules for trapshooting may be found at: ATA Rules

Additional Info: BACB Trap Coordinator


​Trapshooting is a specific form of clay target shooting, simulating the flight path of a bird fleeing a hunter. It is a game of action, timing and accuracy, in order to repeatedly aim, fire and break standardized 4.25-in clay disks which are launched in the air at a speed of 41 mph.  As a sport, trapshooting’s popularity is due to the fact that people of all ages, incomes and abilities can compete. Youths shoot alongside “seniors” who have been in the sport for decades. However, it is not unusual for many grandpas to be new to the sport also.  In brief, there are five posts (stations), and shooters rotate during a shoot, so that each person shoots five

Sporting Clay Shooting

Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all the shotgun sports. Rather than having standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of wild birds and even rabbits. Because there may be six different clay targets sizes, shooters experience actual hunting conditions and some very technical challenges.  The Ben Avery Clay Target Center (CTC) has the following courses: the Quail Course (6 stations; beginners); Rattlesnake Course (15 field stations; intermediate skill levels); Roadrunner Course (15 field stations; intermediate skill levels); and Coyote Course (15 stations; master level skill levels).  Because of these various individual stations and target presentations, it has also been likened to “golf” with a shotgun. Each station offers two targets of varying degrees of difficulty, each has a “menu” for shooting format, e.g. single shot reports or pairs – and it is a lot of fun! 

New to Shotgun Sports?

Shooters will need to take the following equipment to the Clay Target fields with you.  


  1. Shotgun -- any gauge -- any type.  If you are shooting Skeet or Sporting Clays, you will need a shotgun that can fire at least two (2) shotgun shells.  However, loading more than 2 is illegal at most Ranges.
  2. Ammunition - One box of 25 shotgun shells as the same gauge as your shotgun.  Only 7 1/2., 8 or 9 shot is allowed - and (reminder here) no more than 2 shotgun shells may be loaded at any time.
  3. Shell Holder (for carrying ammo as you move around the field)
  4. Ear Plugs - MANDATORY
  5. Eye Protection - MANDATORY

Ben Avery Clay Busters’ sporting clays leagues are on the Rattlesnake Course, with the exception of two weeks on the Roadrunner Course. Shooters must complete 50 targets each week. There are now two time slots for competitions: morning and evening leagues. For the latter, all targets must be completed before dark.  Sporting Clay shooting is conducted in accordance with NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) rules.  For those who are members of the NSCA, registered targets are available at an additional fee for monthly target accruals. Trophies are awarded at the conclusion of each league, and Lewis Class rules are applied in order to determine winning shooters whom have earned trophies.  5-stand is offered during the Winter League only, so that sporting clays shooters may compete with the use of lighted fields.

Additional Info:  Sporting Clays Director