Coach & Program Resources

Starting a Scholastic Clay Target Program:

Getting started in the Scholastic Clay Target Program is simple. There are three main components required:

  1. The minimum number of participants (5 for trap, 3 for skeet and sporting clays)
  2. Facility to hold regular practices
  3. Certified Coach/Coaches

The head coach distributes then collects the required registration forms available at the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation website to register your team. Once your team is properly registered, your team may begin conducting practices and attending league and/or state championship events.

Signing Up For The Program

All registration for the Scholastic Clay Target Program must be done through the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundationwebsite.  Information and downloadable forms are available online.  If you need assistance signing up please contact the Iowa DNR at or 515-313-8048.

Iowa DNR Basic Shotgun Coaches Certification Training
Scholastic Clay Target Program coaches must be 18 years of age or older. The coach's first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the safety of all participants. Coaches must hold a current certification as a DNR Basic Shotgun Coach or hold shotgun shooting coach/instructor credentials from the NRA, USA Shooting, 4H Shooting Sports Instructor (Shotgun Discipline), National Skeet Shooting Association, or National Sporting Clays Association. Regardless of prior certification, all coaches are encouraged to complete the DNR Basic Shotgun Coach Certification Program.

The Basic Shotgun Coach Certification training course is administered through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The course is designed to teach basic shotgun coaching techniques and team management fundamentals for leading youth trap, sporting clays and/or skeet teams. The course is designed for experienced shooters/coaches and novices alike. Course content includes an overview of the Iowa High School and Scholastic Clay Target Program, safety, range orientation and setup, eye dominance, gun-fit, coaching fundamentals, teaching the new shooter, risk management, coaching logistics and equipment.

The DNR Basic Shotgun Coaches Certification Training is a one day, discipline-specific (i.e. trap, or sporting clays, or skeet) course starting at 8:00 a.m. and finishing at 5:00 p.m. The course is 70% classroom and 30% range with all students shooting approximately 25 shots (targets and ammunition will be provided, shotguns will be provided if needed).

All coach candidates must pass the practical portion (on range) and also pass a written exam with a score of 80% or above. Applicants must be 18 years or older to attend the class.

Current course listings and workshop registration for the DNR Basic Shotgun Coach Certification courses is done through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program.
NRA / USA Shooting / Civilian Marksmanship Program Level I Coaches Course
The “Level I” Coaches Course is a comprehensive program which covers American Trap, American Skeet, Sporting Clays, International Skeet and International (Bunker) trap. The training is provided by the Iowa Shotgun Coach Development Team who are select members of the NRA/USA Shooting National Coach Development staff (NCDS). The course duration is 2 days with course hours from 8:00AM to 5:00PM each day. Candidates should bring their own shotguns, eye and ear protection, shooting vest/shell pouch and note-taking materials with them. Targets, 12 and 20 gauge target loads and lunch will be provided each day. Registration fee is $180 and 50 % tuition reimbursement for SCTP-registered coaches is available through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program, Inc. upon successful course completion.

For complete information on the NRA/USAS/CMP Coaching program, please visit:

Current course listings and workshop registration for the NRA/USAS/CMP Level I Shotgun Coaches Course is done through the Iowa Scholastic Clay Target Program.



SCTP Official Handbook and Forms

Amateur Trapshooting Association Rules and Forms

National Skeet Shooting Association Rules

National Sporting Clays Association Rules

USA Shooting Rules


Membership Applications

Iowa State Trapshooting Association Membership

Please have Athletes Join the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) through the SHOT5 system

Others may join the ATA here

National Skeet Shooting Association Membership

National Sporting Clays Association Membership

USA Shooting Membership


Additional Downloads

SCTP Insurance Coverage