900 Round Rules

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  1. Standard Unit:

    • Shall consist of 90 arrows, shot as three games, at the below distances. Each game shall consist of 5 ends of 6 arrows per end.
      • Adults/Young Adults
        • 30 arrows at 60 yards
        • 30 arrows at 50 yards
        • 30 arrows at 40 yards
      • Youth
        • 30 arrows at 50 yards
        • 30 arrows at 40 yards
        • 30 arrows at 30 yards
      • Cubs
        • 30 arrows at 30 yards
        • 30 arrows at 20 yards
        • 30 arrows at 10 yards
  2. Targets:

    • The target face should conform to the specification of the current 122 cm target face that will retain stability of size, shape, and color under adverse weather conditions. If agreed to by all members of the bale, archers may use a 122 cm 5-ring target at any of the distances agreed upon.
    • The target face is divided into five concentric color zones arranged from the center outward as follows: Gold (yellow), Red, Blue, Black and White with ten concentric rings arranged to divide each color.
    • A scoring line, not more than one-tenth inch in width shall be provided between rings. An arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted as the higher score value.
  3. The Target Range:

    • Range distances shall be accurately measured from the shooting line on the ground perpendicular to the gold on the target face.
    • Target lines and shooting lines shall be plainly and accurately marked on the ground, and shall be no more than six inches in width. Target lines or shooting lines may be arranged to require the shooters to move forward from the longest distance to shorter distances while the targets remain stationary, or to require the target butts to be brought forward from longest to shorter distances while the shooters use a stationary line. There shall be a 3-yard waiting line behind the shooting line.
    • Individual target lanes shall be suitably and plainly marked either by center lines, or by lines designating the side boundaries of each lane. Pegs, chalk lines, paint lines, or mowed strips are suitable markings.
    • All safety precautions and limited access to the shooting area must be enforced.
    • At least every other target butt should have a small flag, of a size and color easily visible from the sixty-yard line, mounted at least two feet above the top of the target butt.
  4. The Target Butt and Target Backstop:

    • The target butt (backstop) shall be of any suitable material that will not damage arrows or allow them to pass through or bounce out frequently.
    • Target backstops shall be securely anchored to the ground to prevent accidental toppling.
    • Target identification shall be by means of numerals, at least eight inches high, made of a suitable material, so as to be easily visible from sixty yards and be mounted at the base of the targets.
  5. Shooting Positions:

    • The shooting area is an area starting at the waiting line and which runs parallel to and adjacent to the target line, and extending to a safe distance behind the target butts.
    • An archer shall stand so that there’s one foot on each side of the shooting line.
  6. Shooting Rules:

    • An end consists of six arrows shot for score.
    • There will be a five-minute time limit to shoot six arrows, with a 30 sec. warning before the time limit expires. The Director of Shooting (DOS) shall signal the start and finish of each end and shall use tournament control signals needed for safety.
    • Any kind of arrow may be used provided they do not damage the target face or target butt unreasonably.
    • Any type of spotting aid may be used provided it does not cause an obstruction or interference to other shooters.
    • Initial target assignments may be made according to any system designated by the tournament officials. There shall not be less than three nor more than five archers assigned to each target in use. Four is customary.
    • Archers shall be re-assigned targets after each round on the basis of their total score in division and style for rounds completed.
    • There shall be two practice ends or 45 minutes of open practice before the first scoring end in the competition.
    • There shall be no practice permitted after a break or delay unless such postponement exceeds forty-five (45) minutes. In such cases the amount of practice shall be one practice end at the present scoring distance.
    • A mis-shot arrow may be re-shot if the archer can touch the arrow with their bow without moving their feet at the shooting line.
    • If an arrow should hang from the target face, shooting shall be interrupted and a judge shall immediately reinsert the arrow in its proper place in the scoring face.
    • Coaching an archer on the shooting line is permitted, providing that such coaching is not distracting to other contestants. Audible coaching of archers on the shooting line is not permitted.
  7. Scoring:

    • Arrows in the standard 122 cm target face shall be scored as follows: Inner Gold – 10, Outer Gold - 9, Inner Red – 8, Outer Red - 7, Inner Blue – 6, Outer Blue - 5, Inner Black – 4, Outer Black - 3, Inner White – 2, Outer White - 1; all others shall be scored as an “M” (miss).
    • An arrow shaft need only touch the scoring line to be counted in the next higher value. Doubtful arrows must be determined for each end before the arrows or target face have been touched, otherwise the lower value must be taken.
    • An arrow that has passed through the scoring face so that it is not visible from the front shall be pushed back through for scoring. If a complete pass –through goes unnoticed until scoring at the target, it shall be re- shot. Arrows passing completely through the target, if witnessed, may be re-shot.
    • An arrow that rebounds from the target butt shall be re-shot.
    • An arrow embedded in another arrow in the scoring face shall be scored the same as the arrow in which it is embedded.
    • Hits on the wrong target face shall score as misses.
    • The archer chosen to pull the arrows from the target, normally the first in order of assignment, shall be the Target Captain and shall rule all questions on their target subject to appeal to the Line Judge.
    • The Target Captain shall call the value of each arrow so it can be recorded by two score keepers, normally the next two assigned to the target. Scorers should keep a running score and check results after each end to avoid errors. Any archer on a target may request a judge to determine final score of any arrow before any arrows or the target butt are touched.
    • Archers are individually responsible for seeing that their arrows are called correctly and are properly entered on the scorecards, and that their scorecards are signed and turned in to the proper officials.

Refer to current NFAA by-laws for topics beyond the scope of this document.

Revised (12-23-2015)

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