- Sporting Clays is a shooting game in which clay pigeons are thrown for the shotgun shooter in ways that mimic the flight of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitat.
- The shooting range is laid out in stations, with each station representing one type of bird or combination of game; a rabbit and a grouse, for example.
- Stations will have targets thrown in different directions, speeds and orientations.
- At each station, clay pigeons are thrown in pairs, usually 3 to 5 pairs per station. A course typically consists of 10 to 14 stations with 100 targets thrown.