Hi, Ive been shooting registered birds for two years now and it may sound odd but I still dont know the true definition of the options that you can play. Can someone give me a good explanation of the options. Thanks
Here is something for you to read ... Bill Malcolm
Options for Trap
There are many kinds of money options to choose from when you have progressed to the point where you might want to play the money options. Remember, most clubs have their own kinds of options. They change the percentages, cost and various methods of payout. Ask the cashier to explain the option to you. Remember; don't play any money that you can’t afford to lose. For beginning shooters, the basic Lewis Class option is best suited for your skills. You can win money with this option with a very low score.
Basic Lewis Class:
When all the shooting has been completed, the scores are listed in numerical order from the highest to the lowest. They are then divided into as many groups as there are classes. For example, if there were 30 entries and 5 classes, there would be 6 scores in each class. The highest score in each class would then be the winner.
High Gun System:
The high gun system is often used where money is to be divided among several winners within a given class. For example the program may state that there will be 4 classes with 3 monies in each class i.e. 50-30-20% High Gun, 50% to the winner of first place in each class, 30% to second and 20% to third. Typical scores in Class A are as follows: 99,99,98,98, 97, 96,95. Under this system, the 3 high guns or, in other words, the 3 high scores win the money. The two 99s take 1st and 2nd monies, namely the 50% and 30%, or 40% each. The two 48s tie for 3rd place and split the 20%, getting 10% each.
This system is another method of distributing money within a class, or where all scores are handled as one group. Here, if there are 3 monies, all those breaking in the 3 top places participate in the money division. Using the example above on a percentage basis, the 99s split 50%, or get 25% each, the two 98s split 30% or 15% each, and the one 97 gets 20%. Some Program Purses might pay 40-30-20-10% (paying 4 places), or 25-15-10-25-15-10% (paying 6 places).
The Jack Rabbit System:
In this system, each contestant pays a certain amount into the purse for each target he is going to shoot. For example, he might pay in 10 cents for each target in a 25-bird event making a total of $2.50. He will then get back 10 cents for each target he breaks i.e. $1.50 for breaking 15X25, $2.00 for breaking 20X25, etc. The amount which remains in the purse, represented by the targets that are missed, is then divided among the high guns, either according to the High Gun or Percentage System.
The Rose System:
Here each place is assigned a given number of points. The points may be varied to suit local conditions such as 4,3,2,1; 5,3,2,1; 7,5,3,1; or may run into five or six figures. This system maintains an equal ratio and pays best to the top scores no matter whether one of the contestants has a place by himself or not. As an example using the 5,3,2,1 distributions, say there is $18 in the purse. There is 1 first at 5 points, 2 seconds at 3 points each, 3 thirds at 2 points each, and 1 fourth at 1 point. This is a total of 18 points which, divided into the purse of $18, gives a point value of $1. The 1 first then is paid $5, each of the 2 seconds $3 etc.
It is quite common to have Optionals in conjunction with the regular events. As the name suggests, a shooter need not enter into this category of money prizes in order to shoot the regular events. Optionals are composed of additional money being placed in a side purse and distributed among the winners by one of the money division systems such as the Lewis, Percentage or Rose. Optionals are often played on parts of the program as well as the whole. For example in a 100-target event, the program might state that there will be $2 Optionals on the first 50 targets, $2 on the second 50, $2 on the middle 50, and $4 on the total 100. A shooter may play any one, or all, as he sees fit. Another version might be on the 25s.
Ford Purse Events can be added to any program with entry of $1 per event i.e. on each 25 targets, on each 50 targets and on total score. As the event progresses, ties on sub-events are automatically shot-off on next subsequent events. Where ties exist on total score, the purse usually is split among those tied, without shoot-off. At the Grand American the Ford Purses are used on the doubles and handicap events, and pay liberally to event winners.
By your example, a Jackpot Purse is dispersed 40% of the pot to the top score, 30% to the next etc. If there are ties the dispersement will depend if the program states that it is High Gun. If it does not state High Gun then it is based on the Percentage System.