Five stand is a cross between trap, skeet, and sporting clays with the advantage that it is more action-packed than trap, has more crossing/flying patterns than skeet, and is faster than sporting clays. One similarity is that they all have is that there are 5 shooting stands, or stations, to shoot from.
Clays are thrown from between 6 to 8 traps. Traps can be placed ahead of the shooting stations, to the left, right, straight ahead, above, below, and even behind the shooter at assorted yardages. The traps are aligned to throw various crossing, sliding, dropping, and some of the most challenging stand and fall patterns that replicate overhead teal.
Five stand shooters take turns at each of the 5 stands, shooting three combinations then rotating to the next stand. The combinations are listed as “menus” and placed on or in front of each stand. The combination may begin with a single thrown clay from station 6 on their first shoot, to a double (3-7) on their second shot, and another double (1-5) on the third. Each stand will have a different combination listed on the menu at their location.
Participants shoot the first menu line combination, then they wait for the next four shooters to take their turn. After the other shooters have completed line 1, they shoot menu line 2, wait for the other shooters, then line 3 and then each shooter rotates to the next stand. The shooters rotate from one stand to the next until they are back at their starting stand.
While, clays are flying from the left, from the right, shooting straight up in the air and zipping overhead, a scorekeeper is keeping track. Scoring is quite simple, the shooter that broke the most clays in the end wins!