Getting Started in Clay Shooting

There are many shooting clubs all over the country where novices and experts alike go to practice their particular discipline and you will always find someone willing to help the first-time shooter.  The Clay Target Shooting Association of South Africa is the governing body and we aim to provide you with all the information you need on the various shooting clubs and different disciplines.  This website has a tremendous amount of information for all our visitors and members.

To see if you like the sport of Clay Target Shooting, the best thing to do is try it out!  To find a club near you, click HERE.

Visit your chosen club on a practice day

Once you have found a local club, find out when their next practice day is and go and join in with the fun on that day!  You may not necessarily need your own shotgun as most clubs have enough people willing to lend a shotgun to allow you to have a go.  You will need to ask for the club to supply you with ammunition for your shooting session.  Targets are usually shot in ’rounds’ of 25 clays, the cost for which will vary slightly, depending upon the club’s facilities.

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If you are very new to Clay Target Shooting, inform the contact person at the Club, they will ensure that someone meets you and shows you ‘the ropes’.  Emphasis will be placed on the safe handling of guns, together with the need for adequate hearing protection.

Clay Target Shooting can be taken as seriously (or not) as you like!


Different types of Clay Target Shooting

Our sport is a family sport and you can shoot Clay Targets from social club level through to World Championship level.

We suggest for those starting as a new Clay Target Shooter that they begin with a Trap discipline like ATA Trap or DTL Trap.  Or you might prefer NSSA Skeet which is also excellent and which lays the foundation for our Sporting disciplines.  These disciplines are perfect for commencing on your Clay Target Shooting journey!

There are many disciplines which take you to World Championship level – English Sporting, NSSA Skeet, DTL Trap, ATA Trap, FITASC Sporting, and FITASC Universal Trench.  But whatever you want to do, whether it is simply having fun once or twice a month, or aiming to become a National Team Member, Clay Target Shooting is a vibrant, active sport at any level.

Three types of Clay Target Shooting are shot in the Olympics:  Olympic Trap, Double Trap (no longer in the Olympic Games but shot in all other international championships) and Skeet.  The Olympic disciplines also have World Cups and World Championships.

For an overview of all of our Clay Target Shooting disciplines, please click HERE.

Once you are ready to join a Clay Target Club and the CTSASA, you can click HERE to find out how!

For further information, contact our Executive Officer on 044 620 4178 or fax on 086 684 1973 or email on