Frequently Asked Questions: Here is the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

What is SCTP?

SCTP stands for Scholastic Clay Target Program.

The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a team-based youth development program that uses the shotgun sports to instill safe firearm handling, commitment, responsibility, leadership, and teamwork and is managed by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF).

Team members, elementary grades (5th) through high school, and college, can participate in the fun and challenging sports of Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays, as well as the Olympic disciplines of Bunker Trap, Trap Doubles and International Skeet.

What if my child has never shot a shotgun or competed in a shooting sport or event before?
We will introduce new shooters to shotgun sports in a safe and fun environment under qualified adult supervision. The Coaches will mentor the beginner, as well as the experienced shotgun athlete and prepares them for competitions and tournaments at their developed level.
Do I need to bring my own shotgun?
No, you do not need to bring your own shotgun and please don’t go out and buy one to join our program.  Rio Salado Target Terminators has various types and sizes of shotguns to fit shooters of many sizes and experience levels.  These firearms are free to use during practice nights to all members of the shooting team.  See the Head Coach for more details.
Do I need to provide my own shells?
No, the Rio Salado Target Terminators will provide the shells during practice nights.  See the Head Coach for more details.
Do boys and girls compete against each other?

Yes. Shotgun sports have no limitations. Athlete’s physical characteristics generally make little difference in competition. This is a sport in which focus and concentration are a large part of the game.

There is no other sport that offers such an absolutely “level playing field” for gender participation as the shooting sports or allows the athlete to be competitive regardless of age.

What is ATA. NSCA, NSSA, & USAS and why is it different than SCTP?

The ATA, NSCA & NSSA are the organizations know as “National Governing Bodies” and the SCTP follows their rules for the different shotgun sports events.

  • ATA stands for the Amatuer Trap Association. This is the organization that oversees all the competitions for the American style of trapshooting. To learn more about the ATA please visit their website at www.shootata.com
  • NSCA stands for National Sporting Clays Association.  This is the organization that oversees all the competitions for the American Style of Sporting Clays.  To learn more about the NSCA, please visit their website at www.nssa-nsca.org
  • NSSA stands for National Skeet Shoot Association. This is the organization that oversees all the competitions for the American style of Skeet.  To learn more about the NSSA, please visit their website at www.nssa-nsca.org
  • USAS stands for USA Shooting.  This is the organization that oversees all the competitions for the International style of Shooting, including Skeet and Trap.  To learn more about the USAS, pleas visit their website at www.usashooting.org
So is there another style of trap? What is this "Olympic" trap and how is it different?

Olympic trap is the internationally recognized style of trap. The main differences of Olympic trap are the size of the bunker, the speed and angles of the targets, and the number of shooters in a squad. In ATA, the traphouse is around 7 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet tall. The Olympic trap is 60 feet wide and is at ground level. Instead of just one trap that oscillates horizontally, there are 15 stationary traps that are set for specific angles. The targets in Olympics trap are smaller and flatter, and they are thrown out of the bunker at speeds of almost 80mph. Maximun angles in ATA are 17.5 degrees off the center, but in Olympic trap they are up to 45 degrees from the center. Besides going faster and farther, the targets are also thrown at different heights, varying each time a new target is thrown. To learn more about Olympic style trap visit their website at www.usashooting.com

So is there another style of Skeet? What is the "Olympic" or "International" Skeet and how is it different?

Olympic skeet is the internationally recognized style of skeet.  The main differences of Olympic skeet are the target size, speed of targets, the sequence of shooting targets, release of the targets and the gun mounting position.  The targets are slightly smaller, flatter and of a harder material to be able to be thrown faster without the machine breaking it.