Rules of Shoot 2018


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Rule Section 4
B.1.6 Score cards will be verified at the end of each days shooting. Each archer’s score cards must be handed to the designated Official by the competing archer whose name appears on the score card. The archer will then sign off as accepting the days score as indicated on both score cards. EACH ARCHER MUST HAND IN AND SIGN FOR THEIR OWN SCORE CARDS. ALL ARCHERS IN THE SHOOT GROUP MUST PRESENT THEIR SCORE CARDS TO THE DESIGNATED OFFICIAL AT THE SAME TIME.

Rule Section 4
E.1      At the 3DAAA National Championships competitors’ qualifying with the top three (3)
scores for “Shooter of the Year” (or the top six (6) shooters if the group is comprised of
five (5) shooters) in all adult classes and YMR15/17 will be peer grouped. If an archer
is placed in a peer group and does not shoot in the group they will be ineligible to win
“Shooter of the Year”. Additional archers or peer groups may be added at the discretion of
the National Committee.
E.2      All peer groups will be allocated start times with the commencement of a day’s shoot
and the order in which the ranges are to be attempted. Failure to adhere to the allocated
start time or order of ranges without the approval of the Tournament Director AND the Score
Recorder will result in the Peer Group being penalised at the discretion of the shoot officials.
Penalties may include, but are not limited to, loss of points for a target or the entire range.
E.3      Upon arrival at the first range of the day Peer Groups are responsible for checking
whether there are other Peer Groups with an earlier start time present/waiting for the use of
the range. The group/s with the earliest start times has preference on the range. The correct
starting order should be determined by the groups to ensure each Peer Group starts as
close as possible to their allocated time. Peer Groups who knowingly shoot before another
group/s with an earlier start time may be subject to penalties such as, but not limited to,
loss of points for a target or an entire range at the discretion of the shoot officials.

Rule Section 4

F.4   Unsportsmanlike conduct will NOT be tolerated. Any action considered unsportsmanlike by the Host Club or the 3DAAA National Committee will be grounds for disqualification and/or suspension from Membership. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but are not limited to the following:
F.4.1 Shooting more than one arrow from a shooting peg, whether aimed at the target or not.
F.4.2 Shooting anywhere at a venue other than the designated practice range or shooting stake.
F.4.3 Projecting any illuminated aiming point onto a target;
F.4.4 Littering or improper disposal of rubbish. Leaving drink cans or other rubbish at the shooting stakes is considered littering. If you take it onto the range it is your responsibility to remove it from the range.
F.4.5 Communicating to another archer the yardage of a particular target that the archer has not yet shot;
F.4.6 Using a mobile phone on the shooting range. Mobile phones are only to be used when the group decides there is an emergency requiring such use. Upon entering a course or range all mobile phones are to be switched “OFF”;
F.4.7 Disobeying or disregarding the orders of a Range Official or Shoot Official;
F.4.8 Using offensive, indecent or obscene language.
F.4.9 Any otherwise listed rule violation which does not carry a specific penalty.

Rule Section 6
B.1     At all 3DAAA Sanctioned Events, an archer, upon the ‘good faith belief’ of a rule, may file a protest with the Protest Committee. The Protest Committee will be made up of at least three (3) 3DAAA committee members or if the 3DAAA committee are not available, one (1) host club range official, and two (2) independent members (from independent clubs, not from the club of the member/s involved in the protest or appeal) in good standing of 3DAAA. Must have at least 2 years continuous membership with 3DAAA and have a good understanding of 3DAAA rules and policies. No protest will be heard by the Protest Committee unless the protest is accompanied by $50.00 and a written request for consideration that clearly outlines the basis for the protest. Protests must be turned in no later than one (1) hour after the close of shooting ranges for the day. The Protest Committee, in its sole discretion, may consider the protest solely on the written submission or may require testimony of available witnesses. Decisions of the Protest Committee will be made prior to the conclusion of the event, and awards may be issued at the conclusion of the event based on the Committee’s decision. The Protest Committee shall preserve all documents submitted. Written documentation for the basis of the decision, along with all documents shall be forwarded to the Secretary of 3DAAA.

Rule Section 3
A.4   3DAAA recommends that archers do not exceed manufacturer’s recommended limits on
arrow weight and draw length.

Rule Section 4
C.2    Hand held binoculars are allowed without magnification limitations.

Rule Section 4
A.5.4     In order to support the two minute time limitation, an archer at the shooting stake may not let down more than three times. Let down is defined as drawing to anchor, then letting down and not taking the shot.  If an archer lets down more than three times, he or she shall receive a score of zero for that target.  
All shooting groups shall enforce this scoring, and failure to do so will be considered falsification of a score and subject the group to those penalties described in paragraph B.1.9 under Scorecards. Repeated violation of an archer’s two (2) minute time limit is considered to be unsportsmanlike conduct.

Rule Section 4
D.1.3   Once an archer begins a shooting course, they may not exchange equipment unless there is an equipment failure as set out in rule D.2.

Rule Section 3
C.5      An  archer  using  new  or  unusual  equipment  not  addressed  by  class  definitions  or elsewhere in these Rules, will be required to shoot in one of the open classes until the 3DAAA National Committee makes a ruling on the proper class for the equipment.

Rule Section 3
A.1       Arrows must weigh at least five (5) grains per pound of the bow’s maximum shooting weight unless the archer’s equipment qualifies for the exception, as set out in Paragraph A.2 below.  Shooting weight is defined as the bow’s maximum draw or thrust weight, as set up at the time of competition. A variance of five (5) grains or two (2) pounds of draw weight shall be allowed for scale variation (not both). For example; you will not be allowed to have a bow two (2) pounds heavy with an arrow five (5) grains light for the weight you thought you had (295 grain arrow and a 62 pound bow weight). Equipment qualifying in this Paragraph A.1, shall have no limit on arrow speed.
A.2      In the case where an archer’s equipment, when shot at five (5) grains per pound does not generate 290 feet per second (fps), that archer may shoot arrows weighing less than five (5) grains per pound. However, equipment qualifying in this Paragraph A.2, shall not exceed an arrow speed of 290 fps. A variance of 3% will be allowed for chronograph variation.

Rule Section 4
A.1    Shooting groups shall not consist solely of family and/or team members. Such groups shall be “busted” by including at least one (1) outsider who will keep score. Such groups must be aware that good sportsmanship requires an additional competitor/scorekeeper be added to their group. Failing to do so is unsportsmanlike conduct.
Shooting groups are to consist of no less than three (3) archers  including a minimum of two archers eligible to keep score and  no  more  than  five  (5)  archers. Cubs may not accompany a group unless that group has at least one person 18 years of age or older. If a group has less than three (3) archers they must join the group behind providing that group does not exceed five (5) shooters. If this is the case the archers are to split into groups following. If a  group  has  more  than  five  (5) archers  then  this  group  needs  to break into two (2) groups.
Groups of less than 3 archers are permissible provided they are accompanied by a non-shooting tournament official.

Rule Section 4
A.5.3   After shooting, the shooter should immediately clear the stake for the next shooter. Using binoculars from the shooting stake after the shot is prohibited. Repeated violations of this Rule will result in a five (5) point deduction of the shooter’s score for each violation.

Rule Section 4
D.2 Equipment Failures
D.2.1 Equipment failures must be visible and agreed upon by the majority of the group. The procedure for dealing with equipment failures shall be as follows:
• The score keepers for the group shall write “equipment failure” on the score card of the archer with the equipment failure and initial the score card; an arrow shot during equipment failure shall be scored where it lies.
• The score keepers will tabulate the archer’s score to that point and initial the cards appropriately;
• The archer with the equipment failure shall then cautiously proceed forward through the course and notify a Range Official ASAP on the day;
• If three (3) or more archers remain in the group, they may continue shooting. If two (2) or less remain, they must join the following group (so long as it does not result in a group of six (6) or more), or step aside and wait for a Range Official before proceeding. If Range Officials are not readily available then the group should proceed through the range to the administration area;
• The archer will be given a time by a Range Official within which the repair must be completed.
Rule Section 7- Indoor Rounds
B.2            PRO ROUND
B.2.1       The Delta ASA Indoor Round target will be used for this round.
B.2.2       10 ends of 3 arrows each end (total 30 arrows)
B.2.3       11 ring not in play and will be scored as a 10
B.2.4       14 ring is in play and the “Penny ring” counts as a14x but can only be scored once(Except cub divisions)
B.2.5       14x count will be used to break ties
B.2.6       12 rings are in play and the “Penny ring” counts as a12x but each one can only be scored once (Except cub divisions)
B.2.7       12x count will be used to break ties
B.2.8       Multiple 10 and 8 scores are allowed
B.2.9       Shooting time – 2 minutes (all arrows must be shot in this time including additional arrows shot under rule A.2.15)

Rule Section 7- Indoor Rounds
B.1           STANDARD ROUND
B.1.1       The Delta ASA Indoor Round target will be used for this round.
B.1.2       An optional 3 spot target will be available for this round only, at an additional cost to the competitor.
B.1.3       For the optional 3 spot target, only one arrow per face will be scored. Where
more than one arrow is embedded in a single face, the lowest value arrow will be scored.
B.1.4       10 ends of 3 arrows each end (total 30 arrows)
B.1.5       14 ring is not is play and will be scored as an 8
B.1.6       12 rings are not is play and will be scored as a 10
B.1.7       11 ring is in play and the “Penny” circle counts as an 11X
B.1.8       11x count will be used to break ties
B.1.9       Shooting time – 2 minutes (all arrows must be shot in this time including additional arrows shot under rule A.2.15)

Rule Section 7- Indoor General
A.2.3        All archers must comply with the Range Official’s commands immediately.
A.2.4        An archer’s front foot must be in contact with the shooting line. Failure to comply will result in the loss of the highest scoring arrow in the target at the completion of that end.
A.2.5       At the completion of shooting, the archer will immediately step back behind the waiting line and not interfere with archers still shooting.
A.2.11     Shooters may change out damaged targets throughout the event only with the
Range Official’s permission and at the archer’s cost.
A.2.12     Archers will be allocated a target lane. If more than one archer is allocated to the same lane, they will decide who shoots first. If there is no agreement, the Range Official will make that decision.
A.2.13     If more than one archer is shooting in a lane, they swap over after 5 ends
A.2.14     The Range Official will determine which target is shot first based upon the range lighting. eg if the range is lit from above, then the bottom target is shot first so that no shadow falls across the top target.
A.2.16     Arrows which bounce or fall out of the target will be made up at the completion of the round. A time of 30 seconds will be allowed per makeup arrow.
A.2.17     An archer must carry sufficient arrows to complete an end. No allowance will be made in time if an archer has insufficient arrows to complete the end.
A.2.21     Two practice ends will be allowed before scoring commences.
A.3.1      Targets are to be set at a minimum height of 1 metre from the ground to the centre of the lower target with any additional targets in the same shooting lane located directly above or beside that target.

Rule Section 7- Indoor Scoring
A.2.1        Where the archer and scorer cannot agree on an arrow’s score, a Range
Official shall be called to decide the arrow value.
A.2.2       Arrows shot on the wrong target score a 0
A.2.9       Archers will share the scoring with the competitor in the next lane. A running total MUST be calculated, compared and agree between scorecards after scoring each end and before the arrows are pulled. In the event that the status of a doubtful arrow must be determined, both scorers must reach an agreement on the arrow’s score before removing the arrow.  In the event that an agreement cannot be reached a range official shall be called.  The Range Official’s decision regarding doubtful arrows will be final. 
A.2.15      If an arrow is released and any part of it extends beyond a line 3 metres from the shooting line, it is considered shot and will score a 0. If no part of the arrow is beyond the line then it is not considered shot and another may be shot in its place. If another arrow is shot and later the original arrow is found to be over the line, then the archer loses the highest scoring arrow in the target.
A.2.18      If an arrow is release after the completion of the shooting time, the archer loses the score of the highest arrow irrespective of where the arrow is imbedded in the target.
A.2.20     Where more than the required number of arrows are shot in a single end, the competitor will lose the arrow scores for those arrows shot in excess of the required number. (This will include arrows that miss the face)
A.2.22    At the end of the shoot the official score card and the check score card are to be checked for inconsistencies by both shooters. If the correct score cannot be agreed upon by both archers, then both archers may be penalised the loss of their highest scoring arrow for the end in dispute.

Rule Section 7- Indoor Competition
A.1    An indoor range is considered to be similar to an outdoor 3D course in that the rules which apply to the outdoor course apply to the indoor course where relevant. These include but are not limited to:
  •  Influence of alcohol or drugs
  •  Scoring arrows
  •  Obeying range official directions
  •  Un-sportsman like conduct
  •  Competition divisions
  •  Protests
  •  Safety consideration
  •  Use of score cards
  •  Arrow sizes, draw weights, grains per pound restrictions
Rule Section 4
D.1.2     When possible, in the case of inclement weather, a siren or other warning system shall be implemented, indicating that a potential emergency exists, and all shooting and practice ranges are immediately closed.
When this warning has been sounded, all shooting activity must cease, and everyone should seek appropriate shelter.  Archers shall use the utmost
caution to ensure the safety of all persons involved.
Archers may only resume shooting activity after being instructed by the Range Officials on the proper manner to re-enter the competition ranges once the emergency has passed and the ranges have been re-opened. Due to the severe risk to oneself or other shooters and/or range personnel in a potential emergency situation, any attempt to circumvent these safety warnings and    continue shooting will be viewed as unsportsmanlike conduct, and will be grounds for immediate disqualification.

Rule Section 3

C.3   A sight used in a fixed pin class may not be adjusted once the archer enters the shooting course.

Rule Section 2
B.4  An arrow embedded in the horn of an animal, not touching body colour, is considered a miss and is scored as a zero. Targets with legs or hooves of a different colour than the main body will still be considered as body colour for scoring. 


Rule Section 4
B.2.5     An arrow that passes through a target may be scored if witnessed and agreed upon by the majority of archers in the group. A pass through is an arrow passing completely through the target with material 360 degrees around the arrow, leaving a separate entrance and exit hole. If the pass  through was  witnessed by a member  of  the group other than the shooter, and the group  cannot agree, the archer may re-shoot  the target before the  group advances to score the target; without adjustment of equipment.

Rule Section 4
B.1.1   At all 3DAAA Sanctioned  Events, two (2) official score cards must be completed for each archer. Score cards must have the archer’s name, 3DAAA Membership Number, and the 3DAAA Membership number of each score keeper.

Rule Section 4
D.1.1  Once an archer begins a shooting course they must finish with their group unless given permission to leave by a Range Official, or in the event of equipment failure. Any archer or group that leaves a range without the authorisation of a Range Official will not be allowed to continue.

Rule Section 4

A.5.3  After shooting, the shooter should immediately clear the stake for the next shooter. Using binoculars from the shooting stake after the shot is prohibited. Repeated violations of this Rule will result in a five (5) point deduction of the shooter’s score for each violation. 

Rule Section 4
B.2.6   All whole arrows, or partial arrows that include the point, that are sticking in the target shall be scored where they penetrate the target.
An arrow embedded into the nock end of an arrow embedded in the target shall be scored the same as the embedded arrow. An arrow that hits another arrow(with the 'struck' arrow showing visable damage) and does not stick into the TARGET shall be given the score of the 'struck' arrow. The majority of the group must agree that:(1) a particular arrow was struck, and (2) that striking the arrow prevented the arrow from sticking into the target. If this is not agreed to by the majority of the group the arrow shall be scored as a miss.

Rule Section 4

A.7   No more than one (1) umbrella may be used to assist a shooter at the stake. The maximum size for an umbrella used on a range shall be “golf sized”.

Rule Section 4
B.2.8   An arrow released or dropped accidentally will be scored a zero (0) unless the archer is able to retrieve it while touching the stake and re-shoot it within the archer's two (2) minute period.

Rule Section 4
A.11   While there is no restriction on individual items of camouflage clothing at least one item of non-camouflage or high visibility clothing must be worn to ensure that the archer can be clearly and safely seen by other archers.

Rule Section 4
A.10   All adult and youth archers must carry a whistle when on the range. In an emergency one (1) long blast of the whistle is to be sounded. All shooting must stop immediately (if at full draw the archer must let down and replace the arrow in their quiver) until further directed by a shoot official.

Rule Section 3
A.3   Draw weight shall not be adjusted after entering the shooting range. Adjustments can be made only after equipment is checked at the conclusion of a course. Doing so will be considered poor sportsmanship and subject to disqualification.

Rule Section 4
A.3   In a group that contains archers shooting from different stakes, the archer/s shooting from the farther stakes must shoot first. Except for instances of equipment failure (Rule D.2) no archer or spectator shall approach a target prior to the entire group shooting.

Rule Section 4
F.2   No alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs may be carried or comsumed on any shooting course, range, or practice area by anyone during shooting hours. If in the opinion of a range offical, an archer who is under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs attempts to enter a course, range, or practice area, the archer will not be allowed to shoot and will be suspended from that competition. Repeated violations may result in a revocation of their 3DAAA membership.
Using performance enhancing drugs: 3DAAA has developed its anti-doping policy (2004) which outlines the associations stance on drugs in sport.

Rule Section 4
B.1.2   Score cards must be split between two (2) score keepers (Cubs are NOT permitted to score), so that each score keeper has one (1) card for each archer. Both score keepers must agree on a score, compare and record the score before arrows are pulled from the target.

Rule Section 4
C.3   Binoculars shall not be used at the stake after the shot has been taken. An archer with an adjustable sight may not adjust their sight after they have used their binoculars at the shooting stake. Archers may utilize binoculars additionally to view the target, while waiting their turn at the shooting stake or from an "on deck" area behind a group that is in the process of shooting a target.

Rule Section 3
A.7   The 3DAAA committee and or the host club range officals reserves the right to check and enforce that competitor's equipment complies with all sections of the rule book at any time they see fit to do so. Any person found to be in breach of any section of the rule book maybe penalised and or disqualified from the event.

Rule Section 1
Class Advancement by Age
B.1   Cub & Youth archers will progress in class standing on December 1st of each calendar year. Regardless of actual birthdays they will maintain class standing (cub/youth) until the following December 1st.
B.2    Adult archers may register at any event, for any class the archer is eligible, based on their age on the day or registration.

Rule Section 4

A.6   There shall be no discussion of yardage until all arrows have been scored. Discussion of yardage is permitted only among archers who have shot the subject target and must be done in a manner to ensure that other archers who have yet to shoot the target will not be assisted.

Rule Section 3
C.6   A verifier or clarifier style peep sight will be allowed in all classes that permit the use of sights

Rule Section 2
B.4   An arrow embedded in the horn of an animal, not touching body colour, is consided a miss and is scored as a zero. Targets with legs or hooves of a different colour then the main body will still be considered as body colour for scoring.
B.5  Some targets have material surrounding the actual outline of a target animal. This additional material will NOT be counted for score.

**NEW RULE FOR 2016**
Rule Section 4
B.1.6   Score cards will be verified at the end of each days shooting. Each archer’s score cards must be handed to the designated Official by the competing archer whose name appears on the score card. The archer will then sign off as accepting the days score as indicated on both score cards.

Rule Section 4
A.3 In a group that contains archers shooting from different stakes, the archer/s shooting from the farther stakes must shoot first. Except for instance of equipment failure(rule D.2). No archer or spectator shall approach a target prior to the entire group shooting.

Rule Section 4
F.5 Children under the age of eleven(11)  must not carry their arrows while on the course, range or practice area. Arrows must be carried by a person 18 years of age or older.

Rule Section 4
Lost Arrows
A.12  When searching for lost arrows behind targets at least one archer from the group must remain in front of the target for safety, to warn any following group of the hold up. Arrows not found within 2 minutes must be left. The archer may return after the days shooting is complete to look for missing arrows.

Rule Section 3
B.1 Maximum Draw Weight
The maximum draw weight for each class shall be as follows
B.1.1       Cub classes = 40 pounds
B.1.2       All Female and Youth classes = 60 pounds
B.1.3       All Male and Traditional classes = 80 pounds