Age Limits for Competition Categories

Download age limit file HERE

Calculating categories:

For individual members: Category Calculator – click HERE to work out which category you are in!

For club administrators: Category Calculation for all entrants and Explanation of Category Calculation Workbooks

Please note that for membership fee purposes the age limits are different.  There is no Super-Veteran category – only Veteran (65+).  Junior is under 18 for Membership fee purposes.



















Ammunition Limits and Specifications
Discipline Ammunition Specification
5-Stand Sporting 32g – 2mm to 2.50mm
ATA Doubles 32g – max. size 7½ (2.4mm) – max. velocity 1290 fps.  Max. 1325 fps for 28g, max. 1350 fps for 24g
ATA Trap 32g – max. size 7½ (2.4mm) – max. velocity 1290 fps.  Max. 1325 fps for 28g, max. 1350 fps for 24g
DTL Trap (full-use) 28g – max. size 2.6mm
English Sporting 28g – max. 2.6mm (English 6)
FITASC Sporting 28g – must be spherical – between 2.0 and 2.5mm, a tolerance of 0.1mm allowed
FITASC Universal Trench 28g – must be spherical – between 2.0 and 2.5mm, a tolerance of 0.1mm allowed
FITASC Auto Trap 300 28g – must be spherical – between 2.0 and 2.5mm, a tolerance of 0.1mm allowed
NSSA Skeet 32g – 492.2 to 507 grains max.
Olympic Double Trap 24.5g max. – max. size 2.6mm
Olympic Skeet 24.5g max. – max. size 2.6mm
Olympic Trap 24.5g max. – max. size 2.6mm


For domestic use only, the CTSASA allows reloaded ammunition to be used.  However, when an international event is held in South Africa and where the use of reloads contravenes the rules of that discipline, reloads may not be used.


Updated August 2016

Anti-Doping Regulations
Classification System – How it Works


1.1             Classifications : Period of calculation

Classifications (i.e. members’ shooting averages in CTSASA national and provincial championships) are based upon the best eight scores out of the last ten scores, irrespective of age of the score. The web site scores currently date back to 2013.

1.2             Classifications : Listed with competition entries

The classification for each competitor is listed with the final list of entries for each competition that is emailed to the HC the day after the entries close.  When an entry form is loaded on to the CTSASA web site, an ‘entries close’ date is set, which is usually the Tuesday before the date of the event, unless specified differently.

1.3             Classification list on CTSASA web site

The current classification lists can be viewed here :

1.4             Classifications : calculation method

Please see below for classification procedure that is run for each classification list.

  1. Only CTSASA national and CTSASA open provincial championship scores are used. Club competition scores and provincial closed championship scores are NOT included.
  2. A minimum of 100 targets need to be shot in order to get a classification – no maximum number of targets.
  3. Only scores of competitions within fifteen months of the report are used.
  4. A competitor who has not registered the minimum number of targets will not be recorded on the published lists and will be regarded as unclassified.

1.5             Unclassified Shooters : How to calculate a class at a CTSASA event

Unclassified competitors will be classified at a competition using the following system:

1.5.1     200 target competition in all disciplines

The total score of the first 100 targets will be applied as a percentage to the tables shown below and the competitor placed in the appropriate class for that shoot only.  In the sporting disciplines, the calculation is expressed as a percentage of the winning score e.g.: if a competitor shoots 72 and the high score for the first 100 targets is 93, then 72 as a percentage of 93 is 77.42%.  This would put the competitor in B Class.

1.5.2     100 target competitions (provincial championships)

The total score of the first three rounds will be calculated as a percentage and applied to the tables shown below for that shoot only.  For example, if a NSSA Skeet Shooter scores 65 ex 75, then this is 86.66%, which would put the competitor in B Class.

1.5.3     125 target competition – Olympic Trap

The first 75 targets (3 rounds) will be used to calculate the percentage.

1.5.4     100 target competition – Sporting

Prior to the commencement of shooting, the jury will draw the numbers of (3) three ranges and the total of the scores recorded on those ranges will be calculated as a percentage and applied to the tables shown below and the competitor placed in the appropriate category for that shoot only.  For example, if the competitor shoots 59 out of 75 and the high score for those three ranges is 70, then 59 as a percentage of 70 is 84.28% and so the competitor would be placed in A Class.  The high score for the three rounds is taken from the one competitor who scores the highest in the three rounds that the jury has selected.

1.5.5     Classification Percentages

To see the current percentages, please see the Competition Regulations (these are the local rules which apply to our competitions).


Clay Target Shooting Discipline Rulebooks

Listed below are all the rules and regulations related to each of the Clay Target Shooting disciplines.


Please note! Some of these rules override rules in the discipline rulebooks

BEFORE you read the discipline rulebooks, please also refer to the CTSASA Competition Regulations, which should be read in conjunction with the international rules.  The CTSASA Competition Regulations provide the regulations governing the running of CTSASA competitions and cover classifications, shoot-off rules (resolving ties), squadding, dress code, medal awards etc.  You can download the CTSASA Competition Regulations here.


5-Stand Sporting  –  5-Stand Sporting Rules


ATA Trap, ATA Doubles  –  Download the rules here
For more information on amendments and by-laws visit:  May 2016 : ATA Failure to Fire rules

ATA Trap and DTL Trap Rule Synopsis


FITASC TRAP1 –  Download the rules here


DTL Trap, English SportingDownload the rules here  (Rulebook No. 1) For more information on amendments and by-laws visit:


FITASC SportingDownload the rules here – For more information on amendments and by-laws visit:

FITASC Universal TrenchDowload the rules here For more information on amendments and by-laws visit:


NSSA Skeet, NSSA Skeet DoublesDownload the rules here . For more information on amendments and by-laws visit:

NSSA Skeet Rulebook for Umpires – Afrikaans translation


Olympic Disciplines For more information on rules,  amendments and by-laws visit:

Olympic Discipline Rules : Overview of Main Rules


If you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tel: 044 620 4178
Fax: 086 684 1973


Club Safety Rules

Download the Club Safety Rules :


Competition Participation Terms and Conditions

Paid up members :

All competitors must be fully paid up members of the CTSASA, which includes their registered CTSASA club and their provincial CTSA.  The on-line competition entry system will not allow an unpaid member to register their entry.  Please contact your registered club with any membership queries you may have.

Competitors may be asked to Umpire

Competitors may be called upon to umpire at CTSASA provincial and national championships.  Please ensure that you are familiar with all the rules pertaining to your discipline.

Photographs of Competitors and Events

The CTSASA reserves the right to publish photographs and/or video of competitors at CTSASA championships in any of the CTSASA publication platforms (Clay News, electronic newsletter, Facebook or web site).  Please notify the CTSASA Executive Officer if you do not wish your image to be used on any of these media –  Please note that the CTSASA has no control over members who publish their own photos on their own social media.

Safety Rules :

All participants in CTSASA championships are obliged to adhere to all safety rules.  Each individual discipline rulebook is very specific in how competitors should behave with regard to safety.  In addition, the CTSASA has the following specific rules which govern safety on Clay Target Shooting ranges:

Member Safety Leaflet

Club Safety Poster

Club Safety Rules

Applicable Rules :

Please note that it is the sole responsibility, and duty, of the competitor to be fully conversant with all the relevant rules.  All the rulebooks are available on the CTSASA web site here

CTSASA Competition Regulations :

This set of rules is in addition to the individual discipline rulebooks.  This rulebook covers classification percentages, eligibility rules, age limits, provincial transfer rules, shoot-off rules (breaking ties), dress code and much more.  Download the Competition Regulations HERE.

Squadding & Shooting Timetable:

The Host Club will always endeavour to squad competitors in all the disciplines they have requested.  However, due to time and range constraints, this may not always be possible.  This is particularly true for the standard championships (Skeet, Trap and Trench disciplines).

At all times, the onus is on the competitor to ensure he/she knows when they are shooting.  Enquiries should be directed to the Shoot Organiser.

Eye & Ear Protection is Mandatory in all disciplines :

This is a South African law which governs all SABS certified shooting ranges.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

National Trials :

CTSASA provincial and national championships are National Trials as per the National Trial Position Schedules and Regulations.   However!  Please note that sometimes due to the date of the designated events that some provincial/national championships might NOT be a national trial.

For more information please click HERE.

Please note that members are required to register for National Trials as per the regulations HERE.

Number of Targets in Championships

  Provincial Championship South African Championship
ATA, ATA Trap Doubles, NSSA, NSSA Skeet Doubles, Universal Trench, DTL Trap, FITASC Trap1 100 targets 200 targets
Olympic Trap

Olympic Skeet


125 targets 125 targets
Olympic Double-Trap 150 targets 150 targets
English Sporting 200 targets 200 targets
FITASC Sporting 200 targets 200 targets

Please note!  All competitors must shoot the full number of targets in a competition in order to be eligible for medals and/or prizes.


For more information…………..

All the rules are on the CTSASA web site here :




Competition Regulations (CTSASA Regulations)

The CTSASA Competition Regulations is a set of regulations governing local conditions (bye-laws).  In this document you will find classification tables, rules for numbers of targets at CTSASA events, medal awards, provincial transfer rules, range preparation rules, provincial team rules, tie-breaking rules and much more.

To download the Competition Regulations in PDF format, click HERE: Competition Regulations

To download the JURY REPORT, click HERE : Jury Competition Report

Jury Task Summary (What does the jury do for me?)

Click HERE to access the Competition Administration page (for all downloadable forms and rules)

Constitution of the CTSASA

The CTSASA constitution is a very key document as it describes how the CTSASA is structured and how the association should be managed.  All members need to be familiar with the CTSASA constitution to ensure that they understand the association’s objectives and responsibilities.  To download the PDF file, click here : Constitution

Discipline Commissions : Regulations

Updated : 1st July 2019

In 2019, the CTSASA reviewed the structure of the old discipline Sub-Committees.  A new structure was approved.   The sub-committees are now named “Discipline Commissions”.

To download the new regulations, please click Discipline Commissions – Regulations

FITASC Umpire Cards : Yellow & Red



























Junior Challenge Teams – for the South African Grand

Rules applicable as at January 2021


28th April to 2nd May 2021


Rules for Qualification

The CTSASA sponsors a Junior Team Challenge in three disciplines at the annual South African Grand : ATA Trap, DTL Trap and Universal Trench.

Team selection is open to all CTSASA Junior members who comply with the junior age requirement for each discipline (check here for the age requirements)

  • Selection is based upon the CTSASA Classification List for each discipline
  • Best 200 targets to count
  • The cut-off for calculating the average for each Junior for 2020 is the Eastern Cape Standard Championship on 27th/28th March 2021.
  • Two teams per discipline are selected


There are three Junior Team Challenge events :

  1. DTL Trap – 100 targets per team member to be shot = 300 targets shot per team (the competition day is announced by the CTSASA prior to the event)
  2. ATA Trap – 100 targets per team member to be shot = 300 targets shot per team (the competition day is announced by the CTSASA prior to the event)
  3. Universal Trench – 100 targets per team member to be shot = 300 targets shot per team (the competition day is announced by the CTSASA prior to the event)
  • The CTSASA pays the entry fee for each Junior team member for the Junior Team Challenge event only (i.e. for 100 targets).  All other costs are for the account of the Junior.
  • Team shirts are provided which must be worn for the Junior Team Challenge and for official photographs.
  • Official invitations will be sent out once the results for the final event have been processed.
  • Ties are resolved using the last score used.  If the tie is still unresolved then we will use the scores of the individual rounds in the last score used.
  • The targets shot are in the respective South African Championship at the South African Grand.
  • Juniors must please enter the event(s) via the CTSASA web site.  The Shoot Organiser will liaise with the CTSASA with regard to entry fees due.


All enquiries to Sarah Kalell, CTSASA Executive Officer –


Mackintosh International Postal Championship



The Mackintosh Championship is a separate championship held on the last day of the South African Grand.  There are class and category medals and the winner of this event is declared the Mackintosh Champion. The winner’s name is engraved on the beautiful Mackintosh floating trophy.

All age criteria for the Mackintosh Championship and Mackintosh International Postal Championship will follow the Mackintosh rules, i.e. the age is determined as at 1st January in the year of the event.  Junior = under 21, Veteran = 55 to 64, Super-Veteran 65+.

In addition for the Mackintosh Championship, the CTSASA has a Colt category which is under 15 as at 1st January.  Colts shoot 50 targets which are the first 50 targets in the competition.  A Colt may only shoot in one category, i.e. a Colt cannot shoot in both the Colt and the Junior categories.  The category must be specified BEFORE commencement of the championship.

The Mackintosh Championship is a separate championship held on the last day of the SA Grand which all competitors must enter separately even if they qualify for selection for the Mackintosh Team.


MACKINTOSH INTERNATIONAL POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (Teams only) (For South African competitors only)

Included in the Mackintosh Championship is an international team event which is the Mackintosh International Postal Championship.

All competitors who wish to compete in the Mackintosh Championship must enter this event via the normal competition entry system – no-one is automatically entered into this event.


How to qualify for the Mackintosh Team:

  1. The qualifier : your first 100 targets in the SA DTL Trap Championship are used to determine if you are in the top shooters per category (see below) who will go on to shoot the Mackintosh Team Final (this is a sub-event in the Mackintosh Championship).  Please note there is not a Colt team.
  2. The Mackintosh Championship includes the Team Event : the Mackintosh Team Event is a sub-event in the Mackintosh Championship and is used to determine the final team placings.

The top shooters per category are selected from their first 100 targets shot in the SA DTL Trap as follows:

  1. Top 25 seniors
  2. Top 5 juniors (must still be under 21 on 1st January in the year of the Mackintosh Final)
  3. Top 5 ladies
  4. Top 5 veterans (must be aged between 55 and 64 on 1st January in the year of the Mackintosh Final) *new age criteria for 2017
  5. Top 5 super-veterans (must be 65 and over on 1st January in the year of the Mackintosh Final) *new for 2017

The Team Event:

From the top shooters as per the qualifier above, the following are selected as the team from the results of the Mackintosh Championship:

  1. Top 20 seniors
  2. Top 4 juniors
  3. Top 4 ladies
  4. Top 4 veterans *new age limit for 2017
  5. Top 4 Super-Veterans *new for 2017

To download full rules click HERE (includes rules on resolving ties)









Member Range Safety Certificate


Please note that this procedure is NOT to certify Range Safety Officers (this is not a Range Safety Officer course), it is to certify CTSASA members so that they are aware of the fundamentals of range safety.

  1. The CTSASA registered club to nominate at least one person in their club to be a designated Safety Officer. In order to do this, please download a Safety Officer Registration Form and regulations.
  2. Once the club has registered their Safety Officer(s), the Safety Officer will undertake to instruct and examine any member who wishes to acquire a Range Safety Certificate.
  3. The member will need to read the “Range Safety Regulations” plus be aware of other general safety rules.
  4. The member will then be required to answer the Clay Target Shooting Range Safety Test which comprises 15 questions. This is an ‘open book’ test.
  5. The Safety Officer will then submit the test result paper with a Range Safety Certificate Request form to the CTSASA Executive Officer.
  6. The Executive Officer will then issue the Range Safety Certificate to the member.
  7. Please note that this certification process is only applicable to CTSASA members.

There is no charge for this certification process.


Member Safety Leaflet
National & International Umpire Exams


FITASC Umpire Application Form (local) Sporting Umpire Exam

Sporting Umpire Exam

Sporting Umpires Qualification Procedure




NSSA Umpire Application Form (local)



Before applying for the international Umpire licence, you will need to be qualified as a National Umpire.  For more information, please contact Sarah Kalell, Executive Officer. or 044 620 4178.

Provincial Transfer Rules

[extract from CTSASA Competition Regulations]

Provincial teams – eligibility and transfer rules

  • All members must be registered with the CTSASA according to their residential address and will be registered in the CTSASA database as such.
  • All members must be registered (and pay any appropriate affiliation fee) with the province for which they shoot.
  • Persons who are full-time students in a province different from their domicile province may represent the province in which they are studying provided that they do not represent any other province during the same calendar year.


  • A new member may be registered in a province different from his/her residential province under the following circumstances:-
    • The member has not previously been a member of the CTSASA at any time
    • The member is notified of these regulations by the EO at the time of acceptance of membership and, by implication, is fully aware of the terms of these regulations.
    • No application to the CTSASA Exco is necessary.


  • A lapsed member may rejoin the CTSASA in the year (or subsequent years) following the lapse of the membership and register with a different province without application to the CTSASA.  No transfer fee is required.


  • An existing member, whether or not he/she moves residence may transfer province on the following conditions:
    • An application from him/her must be submitted to the EO on the appropriate form (obtainable from the EO or from the CTSASA web site).
    • January transfers : all transfer applications during the month of January do not require approval from the existing province.  All transfer applications during the month of January are not subject to the transfer fee of R2000.
    • February to December transfers :   The member must be in good standing with his /her current province and the CTSASA before the application can be processed.  “Good standing” means that the member has paid all required membership fees and outstanding monies; that the member is not under any disciplinary action and that the member is considered a fully paid up member of both his/her current province and the CTSASA.  The transfer fee of R2000 is applicable for all transfers taking place during February to December.  With the exception of clause 6.7 below.
    • The member must notify (in writing) his/her existing provincial chairman of his/her intended transfer at the time of submitting his/her application to transfer.
    • Approval by receiving province : before any transfer can take place, the receiving province (i.e. the province to where the member is transferring) must send written confirmation to the CTSASA office that they have accepted the transfer request.
    • The member may represent his/her new province once the relevant approvals have been given and the transfer fee paid where applicable.

6.7  From February to December, at the sole discretion of the CTSASA President, an existing member in good standing (as per the definition in 9.6.3 above) may apply to transfer province due to a physical relocation of permanent residence without the fee as per clause 9.6.2. Each application will be assessed by the President of the CTSASA.  The decision of the President will be final.


Definition of lapsed member : A member whose membership was considered terminated under the CTSASA Constitution (clause 8.2), i.e. no payment for membership subscription was received by the CTSASA office by the 31st March in the subscription year, with no subsequent renewal of membership during that same calendar year.

To download a transfer application form, click HERE


We have put together a very informative and helpful 2 part series on the subject of ammunition reloading: Basic shotgun shell reloading part1 and part2, by Peter Carr.

The document covers the whole process from start to finish. Several subjects including: cases, primers, powder, wads, shot, load selection and ammunition specifications are covered.
Special thanks to Peter Carr and the Reloaders Association of South Africa.

Download the full document here

Reloaders Association of S.A.
PO BOX 7155
Birchleigh, Kempton Park, 1621

Secretary : Cassie Nienaber – 082 412 5344

Safety Poster























Shotgun Etiquette

Download the A4 poster for the SHOTGUN ETIQUETTE

If you see anyone breaching these rules, it is your duty to :
inform the shooter of their error, notify the umpire or notify a member of the jury.

  • NEVER point your shotgun barrels at anyone, irrespective of whether the shotgun is ‘broken’ or not.  This is grounds for instant disqualification.
  • The only exception to the above is when testing gun fit and eye position.  This must be done away from other people, the gun must be shown to be empty to those doing the testing and the shotgun pointing down range or at a pattern board.  Never test gun fit or eye position in the club house or in any vehicle parking area!
  • When on a shooting stand, never load your shotgun and then pull the stock to the barrels with the barrels resting on your foot, resulting in a loaded shotgun pointing at your foot.  You might think no-one would do this but this has been seen on the odd occasion.
  • Never carry your shotgun with the barrels pointing backwards – people walking behind you cannot see that the gun is empty and you are in danger of damaging both your barrels (on unseen obstacles) and other shooters!  PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!
  • When on a shooting stand, your shotgun should be pointing down range at all times.  The shotgun should not be swung beyond the angle of firing. 
  • Move from stand to stand as detailed in the relevant discipline rules. E.g. in Trap, stay on the stand until told to move by the umpire. In Trench, wait for the shooter after you to shoot, then move to the next stand and wait for that shooter to move, then get on the stand.
  • In Trap, your shotgun can be open and loaded when waiting for your turn to shoot BUT when moving from stand to stand, you MUST unload your shotgun before moving.  That’s why the umpire says ‘BREAK, UNLOAD AND CHANGE”.
  • When carrying a semi-automatic shotgun or pump-action shotgun, the barrels should be pointing upwards, the breech open and facing forwards.  Alternatively, carry the shotgun in a gun bag.
  • If you have a malfunction, follow the rules for your discipline – never, EVER turn around with your shotgun!  Always keep the shotgun pointing down range!!
  • Remember, treat EVERY gun as though it is loaded unless it is proven NOT to be loaded

Thank you for being safe!

Everyone’s safety is every shooter’s responsibility!











Social Media Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the protection of the health, safety and well- being of all CTSASA members and those who participate in the activities of the CTSASA.  Social media, for the purpose of this policy, should broadly be understood to include, but not confined to, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, chat rooms, electronic newsletters, message boards, microblogs, online forums, wikis, and other social networking sites and services that permit users to share information with others in a contemporaneous manner.

  1. Social media in all its forms is now so easily accessible that the opportunity to both post and receive improper comments and statements has dramatically increased. Bullying and harassment in all forms is considered by the CTSASA to be unacceptable.
  1. Messages or statements made using social media are often instantaneous and, whilst a useful medium to promote our sport, improper use thereof to post inappropriate messages is a form of bullying. Cyber bullying has the potential to cause great anxiety and distress to the recipient. There is not a specific law which makes cyber bullying illegal but it can be considered a criminal offence under various laws. For more information, please visit this web site:
  1. Frustration at a referee, another competitor, club official, coach, visitor or governing body should never be communicated via social media, but rather by way of reasoned, logical verbal and/or written statements through the proper channels.
  1. The CTSASA acknowledges the emergence of new technologies and constantly evolving communication mediums and wishes to enable such new media to be used to benefit the sport and its participants. The benefits can be instantaneous due to the immediate nature of social media communication to an appropriate audience using all available social media forums. However, participants within the sport need to be mindful of key points whilst using this immediate form of communication that could possibly lead to its inappropriate Remember once comments are made and/or published they are, and remain, in the public forum for a long time and are difficult, or impossible, to retract – once published you lose control of your comments.

In the light of the above please consider very carefully before you circulate anything which may contravene the actual, or the spirit, of the CTSASA Social Media Policy. Be respectful to others when making any statement on social media and be aware that you are personally responsible for all communications which will be published on the internet for anyone to see which may then result in legal proceedings being initiated against you by an individual. Action may also result under either the CTSASA Complaints Procedure or Disciplinary Code of Conduct.

To download this document, click HERE