3DA - UK National Series - Style & Class Rules 2019
GENERAL RULES FOR 3DA UK NATIONAL SERIES PRO/AM EVENTS AND COMPETITIONS:
2017 NEW RULING - You can now enter into more than one class and style.
For example if you want to shoot Traditional in the Unmarked Distance Competition (UDC) and Open Pro compound in the Known Distance Competition (KDC) you can.
Shooting Styles, Class Definitions, Age Restrictions and Rules:
"Styles" refers to the type of equipment you plan to shoot. "Class" refers to level at which you intend to compete, ie Professional or Amateur. Other restrictions include Known or Unknown Distance Competitions. There will be a Male and Female section for every style.
Open: May use any compound bow, stabilizers, arrow rest, peep sight, sight and scope (which must NOT project an image onto the target), release aid (NOT electronic), Lights on Scopes Pins and Spirit Levels are permitted, etc. Open Style Consists of the following Classes: Open Pro, Open A and Super Senior Classes.
Olympic Recurve: May use any recurve bow, non magnified sight, clicker, stabilizers, finger tab (but not Release Aid), Pressure Button, Arrow Rest. However Spirit Levels are NOT permitted.
Fixed Pin: May use any compound bow with a Sight which will have fixed pins with no pin limit. Movable sights may be used, but must be locked down into a fixed position that will be verified by the group prior to competing. Magnification is permitted. Clarifiers or verifiers in the Peep and Lights on Sight Pins and Spirit Levels are permitted. Release Aids (not electronic) may be used. Stabilizer Rule: A front stabilizer or a system including quick releases, enhancers and/or weights may be used, but may not exceed twelve inches (12”) in total length from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of the riser provided by the manufacturer. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a maximum of two extensions.
Barebow Compound: A compound bow with No Sight and must be shot off the fingers (Release Aids are not permitted). Stabilizer Rule: A front stabilizer or a system including quick releases, enhancers and/or weights may be used. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a maximum of two extensions. No marks on the sight window or belly of the bow, string, or bow to use as an aiming or judging reference. String and Face Walking is permitted. Clickers and draw checks are permitted.
Barebow Recurve: A Recurve bow with No sight and must be shot off your fingers (Release Aids are not permitted). Stabilizer Rule: A front stabilizer or a system including quick releases, enhancers and/or weights may be used, attached on the front of the riser provided by the manufacturer. Side and Rear Stabilizers are not Permitted. No marks on the sight window or belly of the bow, string, or bow to use as an aiming or judging reference. String and Face Walking is permitted. Clickers and draw checks are permitted.
Bowhunter: The Bow must either a Recurve, Flatbow, Longbow or of a Historical design, without wheels or cams. Release aid, sights and draw checks are not permitted. One Front Stabilizer under 12" may be used. Arrows must be shot off the shelf or arrow rest. Plunger buttons may be used. One finger must touch the arrow nock and must use one consistent anchor point on draw. No marks on the sight window, string, or bow to be used as an aiming or judging reference. All arrows can be made from Carbon, Aluminium or Wood with a Plastic or Feather Fletch and must be identical in size, weight and construction.
Traditional: The Bow must be of a predominantly wooden construction based on either a Recurve, Flatbow, Longbow or Historical design, without wheels or cams. Release aid, sights, stabilizers and draw checks are not permitted. Arrows must be shot off the hand or shelf, no arrow rests or plunger buttons to be used. One finger must touch the arrow nock and must use one consistent anchor point on draw. No marks on the sight window, string, or bow to be used as an aiming or judging reference. All arrows must be wooden with a Feather Fletch and must be identical in size, weight and construction.
Historical: The Bow must be of a predominantlywooden construction based on either and English Longbow or bow of Historical design, such as a Horse Bow, without wheels or cams. Release aid, sights, stabilizers and draw checks are not permitted. Arrows must be shot off the hand, no arrow shelves or supports, and no arrow rests or plunger buttons to be used. One finger must touch the arrow nock and must use one consistent anchor point on draw (however when shooting a horse bow a thumb ring can be used, but is still subject to all of the above rules). No marks on the sight window, string or bow to be used as an aiming or judging reference. All arrows must be wooden with a Feather Fletch and must be identical in size, weight and construction.
Crossbow: The bow must be in compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Scopes up to 6x power may be used and may be equipped with lines or mill dots, but no light or image may be projected and there may be no range finding capability - Zooms and Parallax adjustments may not be moved. Crossbows may only be shot in a standing position and the use of any device or outside agency (including a prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm or to steady the bow is prohibited, but the use of the forward elbow against the ribcage or side is permitted. Bolts must be identical in size and weight with a minimum of three (3) vanes. Crossbows may only be cocked and loaded while the shooter is at the stake, and while loaded it must remain pointed down range at all times. Cocking aids are permitted.
NASP - UK Style and 3D Development Style: Genesis Bow to be shot based on NASP Rules. ie: Barebow, no sights, stabilizers, release aids, etc. But with one consistent anchor point and finger position on the string.
NASP and Development Styles may not be available at every 3DA UK National Series Event. Please check the Official Website for further info.
Defines the level of competition at which you have entered to compete.
The Professional Class is only available for Archers in the Open Style and will be called "Open Pro". All other Styles will be assigned an Amateur Status.
3DA reserves the right at any time to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the competitor’s prior archery experience, performance in other archery competitions, or the individual’s established competition level in another organization and or lack of competitors in their own class at an event then 3DA reserves the right to require that individual to compete in a higher class.
Class Move-Up Rule: Any competitor in Open A class will be required to move up at the completion of the season to a higher class (Open Pro and or Known 50) when meeting either or both of the following criteria:
1. Finishing in the top 2 Positions in Shooter of the Year Championship.
2. Finishing in the 3 top three positions in that Season's National Series Pro/Am Events.
Anyone who has won their way out of the Open A Class and into the Pro Class in 3DA may not return to that class unless approved by the Competition Committee.
PROFESSIONAL Class - Only for those competing in the Open Style. As a certified professional or semi-professional in other nationally sanctioned 3-D, target, indoor or field events must compete in the appropriate 3DA Professional Class. In addition, anyone who receives sponsor support that exceeds £1500.00 per year in products, equipment, services, or cash is required to shoot in Professional Class. Anyone who has earned more than £1,500.00 in archery competition earnings in the previous calendar year must compete in Professional Class unless a waiver has been granted by the Competition Committee. Professional Class Shooters may roll back to the Open A Class if they finish in the bottom 3 positions in 3 or more 3DA events in the previous season. Or the bottom 2 positions in the "Shooter of the Year Championship" in their previous season.
Super Senior Class - Only for those competing in the open style as an Amateur and aged 55 or over.
Amateur Class - All archers not competing in the Pro Class will compete in the Amateur Class. They will compete solely for trophies/medals and not for financial gain in the Main Known and Unknown Open Competitions. However prize money will be available to them in the ancillary competitions, such as the TAC Known Competition.
KNOWN DISTANCE AND UNKOWN DISTANCE COMPETITIONS - All Styles and Classes will be available for both Known and Unknown Distance Competitions.
Junior Classes and Age Restrictions:
* Junior archers are defined as under the age of 16. All Junior competitors require adult supervision, no matter what class/style they are competing in. Juniors may compete in adult classes when appropriate, however they still are required to have adult supervision. It is not the responsibility of 3DA to supply this supervision.
** In the interests of safety and the well-being of all Junior Shooters, they must be able to draw their bow under control and without undue difficulty. If in the opinion of the Range Official the competitor is having difficulty drawing and controlling the bow, the competitor shall be required to decrease the poundage to allow them to properly draw and shoot the bow regardless of arrow speed.
Please refer to the Style and Class Tables for age restrictions. Any class with an age restriction or requirement will be determined by the participant’s age reached on or before December 31st of the calendar year of competition.