A. 3DA adheres to a maximum arrow speed in each competition style/class as measured by the official on-site chronographs, with a three percent (3%) margin for differences between chronographs. Refer to the section "Styles/Classes" of these rules for the maximum speed allowable in each "Style/Class". Each competitor understands and agrees that they may be required to shoot through the designated on-site chronograph. Any arrow required to be shot through the chronograph during or after a tournament round that exceeds the maximum arrow speed for their "Style/Class", plus three percent (3%) will result in the disqualification of that round’s score.
B. All targets will be 3-D targets manufactured by Rinehart Targets that feature the Pro 12-Ring set at maximum distances as shown in the "Styles/Classes" section of these rules. 3DA strives to adhere to the maximum recommendation, but range conditions may create target positions that may exceed the maximum. All targets will be placed vertical to the horizon and all groups are to insure that the targets are returned to this position after removing their arrows. No target may be placed with the head of the target quartered toward the shooter (“front-angled”), and the head of the target may not be quartered away (“rear-angled”) from the shooter at an angle greater than that which would promote damage to the target, or create glance-offs. The entire 8, 10 & 12-ring scoring areas will be visible from the stake. Shooters may have a range official remove any limbs or debris that blocks their view of these scoring areas to the target.
C. Arrows of any type may be used provided they subscribe to the accepted principle and meaning of the word arrow as used in target archery, have not been altered from the manufacturer's original specifications (except cut to size), and that arrows and points do not cause undue damage to the 3-D targets. An arrow consists of a shaft with a field or glue-in point, nock, fletching (which may only consist of individual vanes used to stabilize the arrow and which may not be connected to each other by any means above the shaft) and, if desired, cresting. The maximum diameter of arrow shafts will not exceed .422"; the field or glue-in point for these arrows may have a maximum diameter of .425".
D. Shooters are required to be on their assigned target ten minutes before the shotgun start to provide range officials sufficient time to insure that all participants are in groups of no less than three (3) shooters. Each group will “draw lots” to determine who will shoot first, second, third, etc. The shooters will alternate being the first shooter at each subsequent stake, with their shooting order maintained throughout the round. Any shooter who does not shoot the first target with their assigned group (except as may be permitted in “Shooting Time Allowed Rule ‘E’”) will not be allowed to shoot that round and will receive a score of zero.
E. It is recommended and desirable that groups have no more than five shooters, however, individual tournament circumstances may require a maximum of six shooters on a stake. Groups must have a minimum of three shooters and if a group of three experiences a breakdown that leaves only two shooters in the group, the range official will be the second scorer and accompany the group as a scorer until the third shooter returns.
F. Prior to shooting, each range will be instructed to proceed under "Free Pull" or under the instruction of the Range Official. In both procedures, each group will signal their completion of the target by standing five (5) steps inside the shooting stake toward the target. They will remain there until: (1) the groups on each side are finished and have also moved forward under "Free Pull"; or (2) the range official announces “pull” and they may then proceed to the target. Any group proceeding to the target too soon will receive a warning for the first offense with the penalty for any subsequent offense being a score of zero for the entire group. The following rules will be monitored, judged and adhered to by each group among themselves during each day’s competitions.
G. Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption, each shooter must straddle, or touch with either foot, the appropriate “shooting stake” for their class. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for failure to straddle or touch the stake on the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five points from target score, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero. Anyone that deliberately does not attempt to shoot from the designated shooting stake, or that deliberately stands on or bends the shooting stake, shall not only receive a score of zero for that target but will be in violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1 “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” and will be referred to the Competition Committee for action including suspension.
H. In consideration of time, no shooter may glass the target from the shooting stake after taking their shot. Shooters may glass the target prior to shooting, but are reminded of the time restriction after assuming their position at the stake. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five points from target score, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
I. As a courtesy to fellow competitors there will be no talking to spectators or other groups while other competitors in the group are shooting.
J. Cell/Mobile phones or other electronic devices are to be turned off and their use is prohibited unless approved for use by the Tournament Director, or by prior arrangement with the Range Official and their shooting group due to a personal situation. The use of cell phones or any other personal communication devices for any form of communication is prohibited during competition. A shooter will be immediately disqualified from the competition and referred to the Competition Committee if they use a device for obtaining yardages or for receiving coaching during their round.
K. After you set your sights and draw your bow, you cannot reset your sights after a letdown. Penalty: A score of zero for that target.
L. Shooters with movable sites are required to keep their distance indicator covered before and after setting. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five points, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
M. For safety considerations, and to insure a timely competition, no archer will go behind a target to look for a lost arrow or for any other reason except to retrieve an arrow that is visible to the group. Shooters are expected to carry enough arrows to complete the round. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five points, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
N. A group or individual may not approach the next shooting stake until the group occupying that stake has fully cleared the area. Anyone advancing to the competitor’s area of any other stake and/or interfering with another group will receive a score of zero for that target. Anyone found examining or touching the equipment of another shooter without permission shall be in violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1 “Unsportsmanlike Conduct.”
O. Only one arrow, per shooter, per target will be shot from the stake. Anyone shooting the wrong target, or from the wrong stake, will receive a “0” for the target which should have been shot regardless of the actual stake that the shot was made from. A dropped arrow that falls while being nocked onto the string in preparation for a shot may be picked up and shot with no penalty. If in the process of letting down an arrow that drops off the bow, or is jarred off by hand contact with bow, may be picked up and shot with no penalty. The shooter is responsible for maintaining control of the arrow at all times and the arrow must not be released or otherwise propelled by the string or it will be scored as a zero. In addition, releasing an arrow by pointing the bow at the ground in front of the shooter is dangerous and if an arrow is intentionally released at the ground, the shooter shall not only receive a score of zero for that Pro/Am competition, but they will be in violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1 “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” and will be referred to the Competition Committee for possible further disciplinary action.
P. Shooters are permitted to receive assistance from only one shooter in their group. Assistance will be limited to holding a cap, or a single standard or golf-style umbrella.
Q. Binoculars are allowed and there are no magnification limits. They may be checked at random by a tournament official if requested by another competitor. If the official determines that any markings are inappropriate, the glasses will be confiscated and presented to the Competition Committee under the Shooting Rule on range finding. In addition, any binoculars that are pre-marked by the factory, but are being used by the shooter as a mechanical device for range finding will be confiscated and presented for review to the Competition Committee.
R. The projection of a light or reference point, either directly or by reflection, onto a target is prohibited. This prohibition includes lighted nocks which may be used but which must go dark prior to the next shooter assuming the stake. Anyone in violation of this prohibition will receive a score of zero for that round.
S. Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption the use of any device or outside agency (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting is prohibited. Anyone in violation of this rule shall receive a score of zero for each target where the violation occurred.
SHOOTING TIME ALLOWED:
A. Each twenty (20) target UDC and KDC round will be shot in a maximum of three hours and thirty-minutes. However, it shall be the final determination of the Tournament Director to cancel, postpone, delay tournament activities, and / or determine the appropriate time frame for completion of the round in the case of inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances.
B. Each group will be responsible for monitoring and adhering to the following pace of shooting:
Upon commencement of the round by a verbal announcement by the range official the first shooter at each target will be allowed two minutes to shoot his arrow.
Each remaining member of the group will be allocated one minute to shoot.
Each group will be permitted four minutes to score the target, pull arrows and reach the next stake at which point the time allotment procedure repeats.
Any shooter who fails to adhere to their specified time limit will receive a warning from the group or range official for the first offense. The penalty for a subsequent offense is a deduction of five points from target score. Any further offenses will result in the disqualification of the shooter.
C. After the allotted time the range official will call time and shooters may complete the target being shot. Further shooting will cease and scores will be totalled on targets completed and a zero recorded for each incomplete target.
The following are the only conditions under which a shooter may leave the range and return to receive credit for the day’s competition. The shooter will be allocated additional time to make up targets missed in the presence of two scorers designated by the range official, or by the range official, who will be responsible for scoring and completing the shooter’s score card.
D. Equipment failure need not be visible, but must be reported to a tournament official. If the equipment failure occurs during the act of shooting, the arrow will be scored as shot. The shooter will have up to forty-five (45) minutes from the time the shooter is picked up for equipment replacement or repair. Each shooter is limited to one (1) repair or replacement of equipment per tournament, and a shooter with a second breakdown will be allowed to repair or replace their equipment, but will not be allowed to make up missed targets.
E. Any shooter leaving the range for a personal time-out must first check-in with the range official, and must then check back with the official within five minutes and complete the round.