An Overview of the Olympic SKEET Event and The Required Facility
An excerpt from a white paper prepared by USA Shooting for the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation - 7 March 2002
Olympic Shotgun Events and Equipment
  In general, the Olympic shotgun events are intended to be far more difficult than their domestic counterparts. The clay targets used in the Olympic events are flatter and of a more durable construction, making breakage much more difficult. The targets are thrown at far greater speeds, over much wider arcs and angles, and to a much greater distance than those in our domestic events. Firearms allowed include any 12-gauge shotgun holding two rounds. Over-and-under designs predominate due to their reliability and durability, having to withstand many tens-of-thousands of rounds fired in practice and competition each year. 12-gauge ammunition used in Olympic events is restricted to a lighter load of lead pellets to further increase the shotgun events’ difficulty.

Skeet has been a part of the Olympics since 1968. International skeet closely mirrors the domestic event and can be shot on existing skeet fields. Squads of six shooters fire a fixed course of 25 targets per round, fired from eight different shooting stations. Shooters start with the shotgun’s butt stock held at hip level and then call for their targets. Targets emerge from throwing machines housed at each side of the field, with the two houses referred to as the low house and high house. Targets will be presented as either singles or doubles, and only one shot is allowed at each target. Men shoot a qualifying round of 125 targets over two days while women shoot a 75 target qualifying course. The top six shooters from the qualifying round proceed into the medals final round, firing at an additional 25 targets. The final round score is added to the qualifying round score to determine the medallists.

International Skeet Field

An International Skeet field has the same dimensions as an American skeet field. The main differences of the game are that the target is a bit larger (110mm versus 108mm), is thrown farther & faster than an american target (72yds@65mph versus 61yds@~50mph), there is a random 0 to 3 second delay from when the shooter calls for the bird, the shooter must shoot from a "low gun" position, and normally loads are restricted to 24.5 grams (~7/8oz).

In addition, in International Skeet there is no "Option" bird and 25 targets are shot as follows from the stations:

Station 1: H_Single, H-L_Double
Station 2: H_Single, H-L_Double
Station 3: H_Single, H-L_Double
Station 4: H_Single, L_Single, H-L_Double, L-H_Double
Station 5: L_Single, L-H_Double
Station 6: L_Single, L-H_Double
Station 7: L-H_Double
Station 8: H_Single, L_Single

USA Shooting Shotgun Events Rules

VC4HSS Shotgun Intl Skeet Intl Trap Intl Double-Trap