This tutorial doesn’t assume any existing knowledge of HotClays. It’s a great place to start if you’re new to HotClays, or if you just need a quick refresher. If you’re looking for a complete reference manual, check out our support pages.
In this tutorial, we will download HotClays, score a round of trap, and share a copy of the scorecard. After completing this tutorial, you will know how to use the core features of HotClays.
To begin, you will need a smartphone or tablet with internet access. Search for “HotClays” on the App Store or Play Store, or use one of the links below:
Once downloaded, open the HotClays app. Tap ‘Sign Up Free’ to start creating an account.
Enter your information and choose a password. This will create a free account so you can backup your scores, sync between devices, and share events. Tap ‘Sign Up’ when finished.
The next page gives you a chance to upgrade to HotClays Premium. You do not need a Premium account for this tutorial, but if you would like to upgrade, feel free to do so now. Otherwise tap ‘Done’ to dismiss the page. You can always upgrade later in the Account tab.
We will now add people to HotClays. In the tab bar at the bottom of the screen, select the People tab (the tab in the middle).
Now we will add people who are going to shoot. You will only need to enter their names once. Tap the ‘Add Person’ button in the top-right corner on iOS, or bottom-right on Android.
Enter the person’s first name and last name. All other information is optional, and you can always edit a person’s information later.
Tap ‘Save’ in the top-right corner. If you would like to add more people, just repeat the previous two steps for each person. Proceed to the next section once you have finished adding people.
We will now create a new event and score your first round. Tap ‘Home’ in the tab bar at the bottom of the screen (the tab on the left).
Tap ‘+’ (top-right on iOS, bottom-right on Android), then select ‘Create New Event’.
Tap each person’s name to add them to the scorecard. You will see an orange checkmark on the right-hand side for each selected person. Tap ‘Next’ once all shooters are selected.
Now we will finalize the details for the round. In the first row, choose your discipline: Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays (including 5-stand). In the second row, select the specific variant you will shoot. (Note: for Sporting Clays disciplines, a ‘Course’ row will appear, allowing you to set up the course layout). Verify that your squad is in the correct order, then tap ‘Start’ in the top-right corner.
Now we will keep score. Using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, tap ‘Hit’ for every hit/dead target and tap ‘Miss’ for every missed/lost target. The cursor will automatically move between shooters in the correct shooting sequence for the current discipline.
For American Trap, a pop-up is shown between each station (you can disable this setting in the Account tab). The pop-up makes it easy for the scorer to call out station totals while the shooters change stations. Tap ‘OK’ (or tap anywhere outside the pop-up) to dismiss.
When you have finished scoring, tap ‘Done’ in the top-right corner to save the round.
Back in the Home tab, you will see the event we just created. Tap the event to open it. You will see the event name at the top, and your shooters' total scores below the name. Congratulations, you have just finished scoring your first round with HotClays.
Share the Scorecard
We will now send a picture of the scorecard over text or email. When viewing the event, you should see two buttons in the top-right corner — Tap the share button, which is the leftmost of the two buttons.
A list of sharing options will pop up. Choose the ‘Photo’ option. Then choose your favorite email or messaging app from the list of apps along the bottom. This will start a new message with the scorecard as an attachment. Proceed to send the message to yourself or a friend.
Well done. You just finished setting up HotClays, scoring your first round, and sharing a copy of the scorecard.
You can add more rounds to your event by tapping the ‘+’ button and following the same steps. We encourage you to try scoring multiple rounds, multiple groups, and other disciplines. When you are ready to move on to more advanced topics, check out our complete support pages.