The CYSSA Clay Target Program is a team based YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM for boys and girls, grades 12 and under, that provides it’s participants with a positive, life enhancing experience. It is an opportunity for young people to participate in a supervised, shotgun shooting sports program taught by Certified Coaches that emphasizes gun safety and skill development in clay target shooting. The learning environment at team practices and at competitive events is designed to include the element of fun for all participants. Good sportsmanship, individual responsibility, self-discipline, positive academic progress and personal commitment are emphasized in the CYSSA program.


SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 9th – 12th)

Junior Varsity 1st year of participation in Senior Division
Varsity 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of participation in Senior Division


Entry Level 1st year of participation in Intermediate Division
Advanced 2nd or 3rd year of participation in Intermediate Division

ROOKIE DIVISION (Grades 5 and under)

Independent local teams are the core of the program. Teams may be formed from schools, gun clubs, neighborhoods, communities or be sponsored by other youth organizations such as 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, FFA, to name a few. The CYSSA administrative year starts Sept 1 and runs through August 31. While some teams have year long practices, most end their season with the State Championship.


Throughout the year, local clubs sponsor competitive events, “Series Shoots” in four clay target disciplines, trap, skeet, sporting clays and bunker. The format is 100 targets. Individual awards are given to the top three shooters in each Division and Category. The Series Shoots provide an opportunity for coaches, participants and parents to meet and build new friendships.

In mid-June the CYSSA hosts the 200 target State Trap Championships. It is a team, squad, and individual event for ALL registered CYSSA participants. Awards are presented to the top three squads and individuals in each Division and Category plus first and second place in the High Five Award (total of the best five scores from a team). State Championships also complete the season for skeet and sporting clays teams. Event dates, locations and programs are posted on the CALENDAR pages for each discipline.

For more information and rules regarding the program see the CYSSA Handbook (click here).