In order to participate on the CP trapshooting team you must meet the following requirements:

  • Physical exam signed and dated by physician
  • Parental consent to disclosure of academic information form
  • Performance enhancing drug policy consent form
  • Random drug testing

Equipment Needed for Trapshooting

Firearms – The typical gun for trapshooting is a 12-gauge shotgun, with a full or improved/modified choke and a long (30-32 inch) ventilated rib barrel. Although many top trap shooters favor over/under shotguns, single barrel, pumps and auto-loading shotguns are also common. If you’re going to shoot registered trap, you always shoot with a 12-gauge ammunition. The shotgun shells used in trapshooting may vary slightly with a shooter’s preference and wind conditions. The shells most people use for trapshooting are typically labeled “target loads” and use # 7-1/2 to 8-1/2 size shot. Lighter loads (with slightly less shot and powder) are also popular. If you’re going out to shoot for fun, just ask your sporting goods or ammunition retailer for “target loads.”

Other equipment – Safety glasses and hearing protection should definitely be worn when you’re shooting. Some ranges make them mandatory. A shooting vest or a shell bag might be a wise investment. They’re both convenient and functional for holding shells that can get bulky and providing a little extra padding for your shooting shoulder.

Youth Competitive Trapshooting

The trapshooter stands 16 yards away from the center of the “trap house” and shoots at random targets that fly at various angles in front of him. Shooters are grouped into squads, usually made up of five individuals. The first position to the left is the squad captain. The captain leads the squad in prayer prior to the shoot, as well as, asks if the shooter and scorer are ready. There are five positions that each shooter shoots from for one round. This gives participants a different view of the target flying through the air. Each position is a constant 16 yards from the trap house, each one is spaced three feet apart forming a small arc.

Each shooter takes five shots from each of the five positions on the field (moving left to right), for a total of 25 targets. Each squad is scored as a team and everyone is scored individually.