NSCA 5-STAND Sporting events consist of targets shot in 25 bird increments from five shooting stands with each shooter rotating from station to station. The game offers several skill levels and utilizes six or eight automatic traps to simulate game birds. Targets are release in a predetermined set sequence marked on a menu card in front of each shooting cage. Targets are registered separately under a special set of rules; however, they utilize the NSCA Classification system and all targets are included for total targets shot for the year. NSCA 5-STAND Sporting rules must be followed at all times while conducting this event.




  1. Six (6) or eight (8) automatic traps are recommended.
  2.  Machines should include a rabbit trap and a vertical trap (minimum 60 percent).
  3. Five shooting stands not less than seven (7) feet tall and not more than 54 inches across the front opening. 
  4. One tower not less than twelve (12) feet in height is recommended. 
  5. Controller (any NSCA approved).  
  6. Target sequence menu cards.  
  7. Trap location numbers.
  8. Shooting stand numbers.
  9. Safety rules sign. 




  1. Shooting stands must be in a STRAIGHT LINE (for safety) not less than four (4) yards apart or more than six (6) yards apart (recommended five (5) yards) center to center.
  2. Trap placement and target flight paths may be arranged to include the following:
    1. Left to right crossing and/or quartering away target. 
    2. Right to left crossing and/or quartering away target.
    3. Vertical target (Springing Teal). 
    4. Rabbit Target. 
    5. Tower target going away. 
    6.  Incoming target. 
  3. For safety reasons, traps must be placed in a position that prevents broken targets from hitting the competitors or causing a competitors gun to be pointed in an unsafe direction. Traps placed  parallel or too close to the shooting stand line can create a serious hazard. Recommended five yard minimum for any trap placed in front of shooting stands. Tower placement must be a sufficient distance back or to the side of the shooting stand line to prevent broken targets from falling on the competitors. Traps placed to the side of the shooting stand line should be a sufficient distance forward or behind the shooting stands to prevent competitors from selecting a hold point too close to the shooting stand line when calling for the target.




1.    Gun must be open and empty while changing stands. 
2.    Shooters may not leave their station until instructed to do so by the referee/ Range Safety Officer or until the last shooter has fired his/her last shot.
3.    May only load gun while in shooting stand in ready position.
4.    Shooter’s feet must be behind the front opening of the shooting stand except when changing stands (applies to open front cages). Shooters will be warned, a NO-BIRD will be called, and continued disregard will result in losing a target or being disqualified. 
5.    No chokes may be changed after the round has begun. Failure to comply will result in loss of targets attempted (in that round) after the choked changed.
6.    Target sequence cards must be posted.


NOTE: Chapter and numbers correspond with official Federation rules. The Federation may from time to time change or alter rules Parcours de Chasse (F.I.T.A.S.C.) or Compak during a NSCA shoot year. Should a material change of rule occur please take note that the Federation rules supersede the rules contained in the Parcours de Chasse (F.I.T.A.S.C.) And Compak sections of this rule book. Any material changes will be clearly posted on www.mynsca.com website and take effect upon posting.