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Clay Target League

Primary Contact:

Dan Swanson


Forms and Fees

The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and the independent provider of shooting sports as an extra curricular coed activity to high schools for students in grades six through twelve who have their Firearms Safety Certification.

Please fill out and return all necessary forms and fees to the activities office before the season begins. If the office is locked please put forms and fees in an envelop, label with name and activity, and slide under the door. No forms or fees should go to the front offices. If you participated in a fall sport you will only need to pay fee and fill out coaches form.


 Remember you need a physical on file from the doctor's office that is within the last 3 years.

 Click here for the forms.

How much does it cost to join the team?

A $30 fee is paid to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League for administration costs associated with league operations.  Other expenses: Approx $200-$250 per season. Our arrangement with the gun club allows our students to shoot at a greatly discounted rate of $6.50/round. Two rounds a week x 10 weeks in the Spring (for example)  = $13 x 10 = $130 plus shells.

How much does it cost to attend the State Tournament?

The MSHSCTL State Tournament occurs the second weekend in June and every League participant is invited to attend. The participation fee for the State Tournament is $25 which includes targets and a t-shirt. Participants are responsible for providing their own ammunition and transportation.

Our team is open to 6th through 12th graders who have completed the required Firearms Safety Certificatation BEFORE registering with the clay target league for the season.

League Website


When does Clay Target League take place?
We participate in both the Spring and Fall seasons. Trap in the spring, Skeet in the fall.

Who is eligible to participate?
Students must be 12 years and older, in grades 6-12, and possess a State Firearm Safety Training Certificate.

How long is the season?
Spring League is 10 weeks plus a weekend State Tournament. Fall League is 6 weeks.

Can I participate if I am handicapped?
Yes. Most shooting ranges are handicap accessible.

Can boys and girls participate?
Yes. The League is the only high school sport that is co-ed – boys and girls shoot on the same team and compete by the same rules.

How safe is trap shooting?
Trap shooting is one of the safest sports available to student athletes. There has been zero reported injuries and no Gun-Free School Zone violations since the League started in 2001.

How is competition scored?
Each team competes in their own conference with teams of similar team member size (ie: 1A conference is 5-10 team members, 8A is 45-60 team members). All participants contribute in the team competition with the one round that they shoot. If an athlete shoots the top score (out of 50) on the team, his/her score is used as the “High Gun Score” that contributes 1/3 of the points for the overall team score. “Top Performers” uses the top score average from 50% of your team (minimum of 5) and contributes to 1/3 of the points. Team average uses all scores for the remaining 1/3 of total team scores . A true team scoring system (similar to track and swimming) is used and a team competes against all teams within their conference each week. The highest total of points achieved by the team at the end of the competition is the winner.

Is this a team competition or individual competition?
Team. Individual performance contributes to the team’s performance. Upon completion of the league, high gun averages for the top male and female in each conference based on average score are recognized. Otherwise all scores contribute to the team’s overall performance and Team Conference Champions are recognized at the end of the League’s season.

Do I have to travel to other shooting ranges to compete?
No. All shooting is done at the local gun club (So St Paul Rod and Gun Club for MSA) and scores are submitted by the coaches via this website and compared against other schools’ scores within the conference.

Can I play in other high schools sports?
Yes. The League allows teams to shoot up to two days a week (including weekends) which provides some flexibility to work around practices and games of other sports. The team must schedule these days of the week and must have a coach and safety officer present. Athletes cannot show up at a gun club and shoot their event rounds whenever they want.

Do I need to own a shotgun to participate?
Yes. Shotguns cannot be larger than 12 gauge.

Is there a scholarship available?
Yes. The League awards a $1,000 scholarship to a senior who is pursuing his/her education in environmental sciences or natural resources.

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