Trapshooting Training

Trapshooting Training

Trapshooting Training
Julia, enjoying breaking targets for the first time!
Our trapshooting training school offers a wide range of programs for the benefit of athletes of all skills: from the novice to seasoned trap shooter. All our classes are taught by certified / trained coaches possessing a wealth of experience.

This is a fun, safe and rich learning environment where students not only learn, practice and excel in the sport of trapshooting but also appreciate the increased sense of responsibility, discipline and attention to detail the program inspires.

All students must be dressed appropriately and wear the required ear and eye protection. Loaners are available for introductory sessions as well as Level 1 students.

The Trapshooting Academy offers scheduled group introductory sessions where you can try your hand at the the beautiful sport of trapshooting, shooting a gun for the first time. The duration of the session depends on the size of the group. Contact us to inquire about availability.

Would you like to start right now? We offer professional one on one and group instruction for trapshooting athletes of all levels as well as advanced coaching for high performance athletes.


Level 1. Introduction

What is trapshooting, about shotguns, gun safety, all about the range, equipment and gear, what to expect from your coach, and what is required to succeed. On and off range trapshooting training is provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable introduction to shooting sports.Students do not have to own a shotgun. Protective gear is provided at no charge.


Level 2. Fundamentals

Position, Mount, Vision, Movement

The student will learn the correct stance, alignment and balance to break the target anywhere during its flight path.

His/her correct mount will allow a hold of the gun in the best position to respond both mechanically and visually to the target.

Eye dominance and correct type of vision and eye hold will ensure the student learns to acquire the target quickly and to focus correctly.

The athlete will learn how to correctly move the gun in relation to the target.

Foot and body position, stance, balance, head position, muscle tension are all key to a successful development of a good form.

Gun mount (and gun fit) are addressed throughout the course.


Level 3. Competitive

Students who complete Level 2 and prove a solid understanding of the fundamentals and the desire to excel, are encouraged to enter the competitive arena. There is nothing to replace the thrills and intensity of a trapshooting match and we strongly advise our athletes to start competing as soon as the fundamentals are solid. Training as well as a competition plan is commonly developed by the athlete and the coach, goals and milestones are mutually agreed upon. Throughout the course, the coach will attend and assist the athlete compete, with the aide of video cameras, log books, chronographs and other materials. Attention to detail and constant observation and guidance will ensure success and prevent the unintended deviation from proper fundamentals and the bad habits that usually follow.Athletes are expected to own their own shotgun so that it can be tailored / adjusted to fit, as shotgun fit is paramount to a good form and correct execution.

Students who do not posses their own shotgun may use a loaner.

Individual protective gear is required at this level.
Your coach can assist you with choosing the right gear for you.


Advanced Level 1

Athletes at this level successfully and regularly compete in local and provincial / state events and work towards entering the national stage and / or compete in the Satellite Grand tournaments. They have mastered the technique and their fundamentals are “tweaked” to maximize their potential and take advantage of their natural physical and psychological abilities.Custom trapshooting training programs and competition schedules are tailored to each individual as a primary tool in assisting the athlete achieve his/her short and medium term goals on the path towards a realistic yet bold long term objective.

 Each class last for 1.5 hours.

Trapshooting Range

Our trapshooting range is based at the historic Hamilton Gun Club in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

The club offers beautiful target presentations and the best trapshooting range in the province.
Twelve brand new Pat traps with voice activated releases; knowledgeable and friendly staff; an active, vibrant membership; and regular registered and league trapshooting competitions for all skill levels contribute to making this facility the premiere trapshooting training venue in Ontario.

Depending on the level and each individual’s requirements, reservations and / or leasing of one or more traps are available to allow personalized, specific training regimens.

Last but not least, our own Mattarelli Olympic Wobble installation allows for specialized training in what is the most challenging and fun of the trapshooting disciplines, the International Trap or bunker!

The Trapshooting Range during OPTA Championship

Corporate Events

Corporate Events : Team Building, Recognition and Appreciation, Special Events : Lots of Fun!

Looking for a fun and exciting team-building activity for your employees? Would you like to show your appreciation and thank your most important clients for their continuous support? Ready to close that important business deal?

Get ready for something exciting and different: a relaxing day or afternoon learning to shoot trap, an Olympic sport since the 1900s!

Corporate Outings Team Building better than golf!
A day at the range trap shooting, a great opportunity for some team building and R&R!

Everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical abilities can trap shoot, from the inexperienced trapshooter to the seasoned outdoorsman. Whether you have a small department or large corporate group, are planning an executive business meeting, corporate charity, or office fundraiser event, if you would like to reward and recognize your staff or maybe are looking at entertaining valued clients, we can plan the perfect corporate outing for you. As each corporate event is unique we will work together to customize and tailor your trapshooting adventure to fit your needs, time frame, and budget.

A typical corporate outing with The Trapshooting Academy includes up to fifty clay targets per person as well as the required ammunition, gun rental, eye and ear protection, and, most importantly, professional instruction by experienced, certified coaches.

Statistics show that shooting is far safer than football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and even golf. At the Trapshooting Academy, safety is paramount. The entire group will receive a safety briefing before proceeding to the range and all shooting activities take place under immediate, close supervision.

One or more trap fields will be reserved for your team for the duration of the event and all your guests will receive personal, one on one professional instruction. In most cases, part of the group will shoot while the others engage in team-building exercises, engage in activities related to trapshooting that do not involve a firearm or just watch, enjoy the refreshments, socialize, and relax.

A catered meal or just refreshments on the range – add non-alcoholic beverages, and you’ll have a unique special event your valued employees or esteemed business partners will remember.

Click play below to watch the Men’s Double Trap final – Nicosia 2013 World Cup courtesy of ISSF TV.

Exciting eh?

At The Trapshooting Academy we offer just that: an exciting fun alternative to the usual, more traditional group outings!

Contact us today to plan your next outdoor corporate outing and try the exciting sport of trapshooting!

Email info at, call (877) 55 SHOOT or (905) 963 0131 for a quote, a complimentary tour of our facility and a round of trap!*

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

* Some conditions apply. Contact us for more details.

February notes

If someone can explain where did January go… please do so!

But complaining about how fast the time flies by is only going to aggravate me, I learned this one a long time ago… so – no complaints… but seriously… where did it go?! OK, kidding.

As January / February decided to bring some cold with them (not enough snow to build even one small snowman, the child is 100% disappointed) I had to postpone my well-laid plans to get out of the house and on the range, for a few practice shots now and then. Mounting the gun exercises are going ok (not phenomenal, mostly because I hate going in the basement in the middle of the night! and that’s the only quiet moment when one can focus on some personal stuff, at least in this household )… but there is a need to do something… almost anything will do.

Watching William playing tennis once a week was just killing me – I love tennis, I love playing the game and for a few years I missed all the opportunities to play. Add the Australian Open I’ve been watching like a mad-woman @ 3:30 in the mornings – so it comes to no surprise that last Tuesday I marched into the office of the Membership Director at the Cedar Springs Club and… a few minutes later I was the happy owner of a family membership. After returning home I didn’t tell William anything, he would have to get in the car and drive himself there – he’s been asking for months now to go to their pool (they have a water-slide and he was anxious to try it for the first time in his young life). But later that night I shared our new acquisition with the head coach – and this time I had no power (and no will, to be truthful) to stop the man in my life: so come 11:30 PM who’s playing tennis on the only occupied court?! Yeah, you guessed it – the happy couple. Well – now ‘playing’ is a bit too much for what we were doing. Remember we hadn’t touched the tennis racquet in over 5 years (if not seven, I lost count) so no normal person can get on a tennis court at midnight and start serving for the Provincial Championships.

But we did what they call ‘cardio – or fitness – tennis’ and we enjoyed it enormously. Of course, both of us found muscles we forgot we have… interestingly enough, like in horseback riding, we find completely different muscles. Not sure what that means, but it took me 2 days to be able to hold a pot of water with my right hand only (well… I do return the backhand with one hand only… and after the first 15 minutes Florin forgot I am the lady and started to return at his full power… so there you have it, the complete ‘excuse’).

Another interesting fact is that, like in trapshooting, tennis is (after taking the fitness form out of the equation) a mind game – you have to watch the ball, not the racquet, you have to move smoothly, but firmly, you have to move your whole arm, not the wrist. Translation in trapshooting: watch the target, move smoothly, move the gun with the body, not the arms… I wonder if all sports get to the same 4-5 main focus ideas bottom line?!

So here you have my winter blues solution – can’t go to Florida (which will be my first option!) so we’ll just go to the tennis club and enjoy some evenings of fun.

For all of you who can stay out in the cold – remember to stay warm! For those who can’t – find some indoor activities that will keep you in form.

And, most important – have FUN! Winter is almost gone anyhow, spring is just around the corner… I can’t WAIT to get back to the range

In the meantime – See, Smooth, Smoke – ONE!


Youth Trapshooting Games

2009/05/18 Youth Trapshooting Games

The first edition of our Youth Spring Trapshooting Games concluded today at the Hamilton Gun Club. Beautiful weather, friendly atmosphere, the fun of the games smoking lots, and lots of clay targets, all made for a great start to our first competition season!

Thank you again to President Ken George and Donna George for hosting our event. We also need to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors without whom none of this would have been possible. Please visit the sponsors’ page on our website to find out more.

Youth Trapshooting Games 2009
Trapshooting Academy’s First Youth Trapshooting Games

Last but not least, thank you to all our athletes, coaches, staff, supporters, parents, and friends who attended our trapshooting season kick-off meet, it’s been a pleasure to have you all at the Trapshooting Academy – LearnTrapshooting Canada.