The following terms will be used during practice and competition. Please learn & familiarize yourself with these terms.
- Coach: Trained and experienced person who can help you learn the game and develop skills.
- Range Safety Officer: Supervises shooting activities as prescribed by the range Standard Operating Procedures.
- Spectator Area: The area on or behind the sidewalk in the shooting areas of trap ranges designated for observers of shooting sports. The Spectator Area or other safe areas are where all students not on the shooting line are to remain. (NOTE: Spectator Areas can be modified by the coaching staff, League, or Club officials to allow for a buffer zone between the team and the Spectator Area.)
- Ready/Staging Area: A table and/or firearm rack may be available to get shells and safety gear prepared.
- Trap House: The structure from which clay targets are launched for trap.
- This will be maintained and refilled be assigned range operators or coaches only.
- An orange or red cone may be placed on top to signal refill in progress. Back off to ready area while the trap machine is being refilled, generally every 2 or 3 rounds.
- During tournaments, Range Operators may place a trapper to sit inside the trap house for continuous refilling.
- Cease Fire: Stop shooting immediately upon the command. Cease Fire may be called by anyone on the range.
- Firing Line: A concrete pad on which the shooter stands during their turn. Do not step ahead of the 16 yard concrete pad. The skeet range may be in use at the adjoining field. This is a safe practice with others on the firing line.
- Misfire: Failure of the shot shell to fire upon pulling the trigger. Keep firearm pointed down range. Be prepared, the shell may fire anytime in the next few seconds. Call for help immediately. Don’t turn around. Keep the firearm under control; it may still fire. If this happens to you, stay calm and have your firearm inspected by a Coach or Range Safety Officer.
- Hang Fire: Delay in the ignition (firing) of the shot shell upon pulling the trigger. Keep firearm pointed down range. Be prepared, the shell may fire anytime in the next few seconds. Call for help immediately. Don’t turn around. Keep the firearm under control; it may still fire. If this happens to you, stay calm and have your firearm inspected by a Coach or Range Safety Officer.
- Squib Load: When there is less than normal pressure after ignition. The shot and the shot cup may not have exited the barrel. You may notice an off or odd sound and a lesser recoil against your shoulder. If this happens to you, stay calm, stop firing and have your firearm inspected by a Coach or Range Safety Officer.
- Pull: A command you say to have the clay launched, either by a voice activated unit or a person pushing a button. Don’t be shy when calling for the pull. Be vocally loud and crisp but smooth in your cadence.
- Clean Range Grounds: The Apple Valley High School Team will pick up empty hulls when firearms are placed on the rack and range cleared. Wait for OK by the Coach, the Range Safety Officer or range operator.
Here is a simple list of tips and ideas to help the student athletes consider safety as a foundation of shooting sports. We would like each student to remember to ALWAYS, ALWAYS…
- Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
- Keep your finger OFF the trigger guard area until ready to shoot.
- Keep your firearm unloaded until ready to use.
- Keep action of the gun open until you are ready to shoot.
- Use eye and ear protection.
- Use a vest or shell bag.
- Be sure your firearm is clean and safe to operate.
- Be familiar with your firearm and know how to use it safely.
- Know the range rules and range shooting hours.
Never bring a gun or ammunition to school or on school grounds.