Trapshooting originated in 18th century England, but has evolved significantly over time. Early on, live pigeons were released from cages called “traps.” In 1900, the American Trapshooting Association was formed (they later changed their name to the Amateur Trapshooting Association) and today is recognized as the governing body of trapshooting.
There are three trapshooting disciplines: Singles, Doubles, Handicap. In Singles, the shooter stands 16 yards away from the trap house and shoots at random targets that fly at various angles. Squads of five shoot a total of five targets from five different positions, which totals 25 targets per round. Doubles is a modification of Singles, in which shooters have to break two targets fired from the trap house at the same time. Handicap is shot between the 18 and 27 yard lines, depending on the skill of the shooter.