Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Competitor Check In: 8:30 am
Competition Begins: 9:00 am
Superintendent: Janet Freeburg
Location: Cowboy Church Archery Range



Archery General Rules

1. Only the Superintendent(s) or their Assistant(s) are allowed to remove someone from the line or prevent a competitor from going to the line.

2. Draw: No arrow may be drawn past the back of the bow at any time. A minimum of the arrow tip must extend past the back of the bow at full draw. The tip of the arrow is defined as the entire portion of the arrow point that is inserted, threaded in, glued or affixed into or outside the arrow shaft. All bows must be hand-held at full draw. (Any devices used to aid the shooter must allow for the rule that no arrow can be drawn past the back of the bow). “Sky Draws” (drawing the arrow back while the arrow is at an unsafe angle above the target range) will not be allowed and can be cause for removal from the line and disqualification of scores.

3. Poundage: Maximum draw weight for any bow is sixty (60) pounds. A portable poundage device will be used to check bows. Recurve or Long Bows marked sixty (60) pounds or less will not be checked. Bow poundage checks will be conducted prior to the participants beginning the contest. Adjustments to bow poundage may not be made after the bow poundage has been verified by range officials. Random bow poundage checks of squadded groups will be conducted after participants start the contest. Competitors with bows found to be over sixty (60) pounds draw weight will be disqualified.

4. Quivers: All arrows must be in a quiver or arrow case at all times. This includes all persons attending the State competition – youth, coaches, parents, leaders or other adults. Quivers must be properly worn, not carried by competitors. No ground or pocket quivers allowed. Quivers attached to bow are also not allowed.

5. Rangefinders / Binoculars: Binoculars will be allowed for participant and spectator use on both FITA & 3-D ranges. Absolutely NO range finders or modified range finding equipment (mechanical or electronic) of any kind are allowed on the FITA & 3-D ranges. This applies to both participants and spectators. Use of monocular optics by participants or spectators is not allowed. Random binocular checks of squadded groups will be conducted after participants start the contest. Participants may not glass targets from the firing line after taking their final shot for that stage. In consideration of time limitations per station, participants will move through their courses of fire expeditiously to avoid delays.

6. Required Equipment: Quiver, semi-rigid arm guard, finger protection (including finger rolls) or release as class requirements dictate.

7. Arrows: No fiberglass arrows. Wood arrows are discouraged at the state contest, but may be used with Recurve / longbows with the approval of the contest superintendent prior to the start of the contest.

8. Course of Fire: This will be a two match contest. All competitors will shoot both matches. The scores for both matches will be combined for an individual contest score per competitor.

a. Modified FITA Match - All junior participants will start and compete at 40, 30, 20 and 10 yard distance. All senior participants will start and compete 50, 40, 30 and 20 yard distance.

i. Juniors will shoot three 3 arrows per distance for a total of twelve (12) arrows (120 possible points).

ii. Seniors will shoot five (5) arrows per distance for a total of twenty (20) arrows (200 possible points).

iii. Competitors will have a maximum of five (5) minutes to shoot each distance in each round.

b. 3-D Match - All archers will shoot 3-D foam targets at unknown distances not to exceed 40 yards.

i. Juniors will shoot two (2) arrows per target at four (4) targets for a total of eight (8) shots and 80 possible points.

ii. Seniors will shoot two (2) arrows per target at ten (10) targets for a total of 200 possible points.

iii. Competitors will have a maximum of two (2) minutes to shoot per target.

9. Arrow Retrieval: Whenever anyone is beyond the target backers an arrow must be placed in the top of the target backer (straight up) or a safety flag displayed vertically signifying that someone is behind the target backer.

10. Individuals may be entered in only one (1) class as part of a county team.

11. Bows that fail safety inspection will not be allowed on the range.

12. All arrows must remain in the target butt until all arrows are scored. An arrow touching the line will be scored at the higher point value. They may then be withdrawn.

13. Arrows touched before they are scored will count as a zero.

14. The competitor group, which generally consist of four (4) archers, will select

a score caller, two scorekeepers, and a target captain. The target captain shall be the judge of disputed arrows on all targets. In case of a group of three (3) archers, a scorekeeper will also be the target captain. When the captain’s arrows are in question the majority of the group shall decide the status of the captain’s arrows.

15. When a line judge has been appointed by the Superintendent and an appeal is made to the line judge, the line judge’s call will be final.

16. Off-ground skids or glances off of or into the target shall not be scored.

17. Bounce Out & Pass through Arrows: Bounce Out Arrow – An arrow that has impacted the scoring area of the target and failed to remain in the target and fallen to the ground in front of the target. Pass Through Arrow – An arrow that has impacted the scoring area of the target and passed completely through the target. FITA – Witnessed and confirmed bounce out and pass through arrows believed to have hit the target in the scoring area must be reported by the shooter to the line official prior to the competitor shooting their next arrow. Witnessed and confirmed bounce out and pass through arrows will be scored by the line official via the identified impact point on the target face left by the bounce out or pass through arrow. 3-D – Witnessed and confirmed bounce out and pass through arrows believed to have hit the target in the scoring area must be reported to the line official by the shooter prior to the competitor shooting their next arrow. If it is determined by the line official that the pass through arrow is not a result of the target condition, bounce out or pass through arrows will be scored by the line official as five (5) points. If it is determined by the line official that the bounce out or pass through arrow was a result of target condition, the shooter may re-shoot a single arrow in place of the bounce out or pass through arrow.

18. An arrow embedded in the nock of another arrow (generally known as a robin hood) will be scored the same as the arrow skewered.

19. A dropped arrow is one which falls while being transferred from the quiver in preparation for a shoot or falls from the string during a controlled letdown. (A dropped arrow may be reshot).

20. The assigned target holder must report all cross fires to the line official immediately, before the allotted relay time expires.

Whistle Signals are as follows:

Two whistle blasts: Competitors to the line/Competitors will straddle the line

One whistle blast: Commence firing

Three whistle blasts: Score and retrieve arrows

Four or more whistle blasts: Cease Fire Immediately

Equipment Malfunctions:

Equipment malfunctions must be addressed at the time of the incident. It is the participant’s responsibility to notify the range officer of the malfunction. In the event of an equipment malfunction, the participant is to step back from the shooting line and raise their hand. A line official will come to assist. The participant will have a maximum of 15 minutes for repair time. The participant shall be allowed to shoot remaining arrows left in the end that occurred during the 15 minutes of repair time. If the participant is unable to return to the firing line after the 15 minute repair time has expired they will turn in their scorecard and not complete the remaining course of fire. Participants must return to the firing line at their assigned start time for the second course of fire in order to continue in the contest. One practice end will be allowed if malfunction deems necessary. This is a one-time option. All make-up arrows will be shot at the end of the round or at the officials’ discretion. There will be no allowance for equipment failure given for arrows shot before or after said malfunction (arrows shot are arrows scored).

Scoring Procedures

Junior and Senior contestants will score each other in their assigned shooting groups. Please be familiar with the scoring procedures for both the Modified FITA Match and the 3-D Match.

The Orion Scoring System will be used to tabulate the Orion scorecards used for this contest. Shoot management reserves the right to utilize Non-Orion scorecards and scoring methods if

circumstances necessitate a change. Registered participants will score each other during the contest unless otherwise specified by the Superintendent. All shots that score a “10X” will be marked as an “X” score on the Orion scorecards for tie breaking tabulation. This applies to the FITA match only. All shots that are misses should be marked as “M” on the Orion scorecards.

Tie Breakers: Juniors and Seniors

1. 1st Highest total combined score

2. 2nd Highest total combined X's

3. 3rd Highest 3-D score

4. 4th Highest total FITA score

1. The target group, which generally consists of four archers from two or more counties, will select a score caller, two scorekeepers, and a target captain. The target captain shall be the judge of disputed arrows. In the case of a group of three archers, a scorekeeper will also be the target captain. When a captain’s arrows are in question, the majority of the group shall decide the status of the target captain’s arrows. When a line judge has been appointed by the Superintendent and an appeal is made to the line judge, the line judge’s call will be final.

2. The status of all arrows shall be determined and recorded before touching or withdrawing any arrows from the target butt or 3-D target.

3. All arrows must remain in the target butt or 3-D target until all arrows are scored. In all rounds (FITA & 3-D), an arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value. They may then be withdrawn.

4. Off-ground skids or glances into the target shall not be counted.

5. Arrows passing through the face, but still in the butt or 3-D target, may be pushed back and scored as hits in the circles through which they went. This does not mean that they may be withdrawn and then stuck back through the target.

6. Arrows believed to have passed through the target may be re-shot with marked arrows, which will not be scored if the doubtful arrows are found in the butt or 3-D target.

7. Unsuspected pass-through: in any instance where arrows are found to have obviously passed through in such a manner they cannot be properly scored and their location and the condition of the butt convince the target captain that the arrows did indeed pass through a scoring area, the archer may return and re-shoot from the obvious distances or furthest distances involved. (Not Applicable to 3-D)

8. Witnessed bounce outs, believed to have hit the target in the scoring area, will be scored if the target face indicates arrow impact.

9. An arrow embedded in the nock of another arrow (generally known as a Robin Hood) will be scored the same as the arrow it skewered.

10. An archer who shoots arrows at the target in excess of the prescribed number shall lose the arrow or arrows of higher value in all rounds. A penalty of one point will be assessed for each arrow shot over the prescribed numbers.

11. Any arrow(s) shot from other than the pre-designated firing point(s) or not in the designated order shall be scored as “0” (zero).

12. A dropped arrow is one which falls while being transferred from the quiver to be nocked on the string, or in preparation for a shot; or which falls from the string during a controlled letdown. (A dropped arrow may be re-shot).

13. Cross Fires: Defined as one competitor’s shot to another competitor’s target. All cross fires must be reported to the line official immediately, before the allotted relay time expires and will not be scored.

14. Scorecards must be verified as correct by the scorekeeper and archer. Once submitted a scorecard cannot be retrieved for purposes of changing totals. Signing of scorecards is to happen at the end of each half of the contest. Competitors are to verify and sign their score card to acknowledge and agree upon their recorded scores. All score cards must be signed by the scorer and the competitor. Unsigned scorecards will not be tabulated.

Target Scoring Examples

1. Scoring 10 – 50 yard the modified FITA targets is as follows (see diagram below):

a. Centermost “X-ring” = 10X

b. Next larger center “10 ring” = 10 points

c. Ring point values decreases by 1 point per ring moving outward from the 10 ring.


Archery Classes

Compound Bow Unlimited Class

1. Any compound bow.

2. Any sight including scope.(no laser range finding sights allowed)

3. Any peep sight including clarifier.

4. Arrow rest -- Drop away arrow rest are allowed only at a maximum of 2-inches behind the face of the bow.

5. Stabilizer.

6. Fingers or any release. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab / glove).

7. Whisker biscuits are allowed.


Compound Bow Limited Class

1. Any compound bow.

2. Fixed pin sight only (no laser range finding, magnified or optical sights allowed)

3. Peep sight without magnification.

4. Arrow rest -- Drop away rests are allowed only at a maximum of 2-inches behind the face of the bow.

5. May have stabilizer up to twelve (12) inches in length measured from the back of the bow to the end of the stabilizer including all adapters connectors etc.

6. Fingers or any release. (Finger Rolls may be used on the bowstring in place of a finger tab / glove).

7. Whisker biscuits are allowed.


Compound Bow Traditional Class

1. Any compound bow.

2. No sight.

3. No peep sight.

4. Any stick-on arrow rest or any arrow rest that screws into the burger button hole that the arrow sits on a shelf or a spring will be allowed.

5. No stabilizer.

6. Fingers only (Finger Rolls may be used on the bow string in place of a finger tab / glove).


Recurve Bow Limited Class

1. Any recurve or long bow.

2. Any sight allowed.

3. No peep sight.

4. Any arrow rest allowed.

5. Stabilizer.

6. Fingers only (Finger Rolls may be used on the bow string in place of a finger tab / glove).


Recurve Bow Traditional Class

1. Any recurve or long bow.

2. No sights or levels.

3. No peep sight.

4. Stick-on rest or shelf only.

5. No stabilizer.

6. Fingers only (Finger Rolls may be used on the bow string in place of a finger tab / glove).