About NSCA

The National Sporting Clays Association

Founded in March of 1989 and headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the National Sporting Clays Association is a non-profit organization owned and operated by its members. With more than 17,000 members, NSCA is America’s official premier sporting clays association. Membership is represented by an Executive Council which employs an Executive Director to manage NSCA affairs. An Advisory Council provides members with an additional source of input.
The NSCA is dedicated to the development of the sport at all levels of participation and vows to create an atmosphere of healthy competition and meaningful fellowship within its membership. Shooters who wish to compete can enter sporting clays tournaments and be competitive immediately. The NSCA also offers the hunter a recreational target shooting sport that will strengthen hunting and gun safety skills and extend “hunting” seasons.

The Beginning of Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is the closest thing to actual field shooting of all shotgun sports. The sport dates back to England in the early 1900s when trap shooting used live pigeons. With the introduction of clay targets, the sport began to take on the popular form known today. But rather than using standardized distances, target angles and target sizes, sporting clays courses are designed to simulate the hunting of ducks, pheasants and even rabbits. Six different sizes of clay targets give the participant the experience of actual hunting conditions, so you can see why the sport is so popular with hunters.


NSCA is the largest sporting clays association in the world. When you take up sporting clays and join, you are in for many years of enjoyment. Sporting clays shooters are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet…which we think is the best service NSCA provides. An NSCA family member is sure to find the fun, friendship, and a family of sporting clays shooters wherever their travels may lead.
Currently more than 600 NSCA clubs exist, with NSCA representation in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. Annual membership is $40 for a Regular membership (includes Sporting Clays magazine) and $30 for an Associate membership which is available to the dependents of Regular members (does not include the magazine). You can join at any NSCA club or use the application form enclosed. We have a universal expiration date of December 31th of the current year. When a member joins NSCA after October 1, his/her membership is updated through December of the next year. We keep records of our members’ scores in competition, register shoots for the clubs and associations, hold the National Championship each year, and provide a myriad of awards for outstanding achievements.