The National Field Archery Association is excited to announce the 2021 National Field League.
The League will run for 12 weeks at local NFAA field courses across the country, providing members the opportunity to compete at a national level from their hometown shop or club.
Archers can shoot their National Field League rounds anytime from May 31, 2021 to August 22, 2021. Only the archer’s top 10 scores will be counted toward National League final placement. Scores and scorecards may be submitted each week by the archer via an online form, and online results will be updated each week.
NFAA National League Champion belt buckles will be awarded to the top finisher in the Championship flight for each division.
Host locations with a current NFAA club charter or shop license and current NFAA field certification will be eligible for rebates.
All NFAA divisions are welcome to participate and will be flighted as necessary. Archers must be an NFAA member in good standing. Registration is open and ongoing through the duration of the League. Archers may register in more than one discipline.
All cancellation requests must be received in writing by August 20, 2021. All cancellations will be charged a $15 administration fee. After the cancellation deadline, no refunds will be issued due to scheduling conflicts, illness, or other personal issues.
Thank you for your interest in hosting the NFAA National Field League. You are welcome to promote the National League alongside your local league and encourage archers to sign up for both. Best of all, there are no requirements to being a host location, provided the course follows the round rules as set form in the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws.
We made it easy for you to promote your league locally. Just follow these links for various marketing materials to help spread the word!
Fillable Poster – Customize this poster with your local league information.
Informational Poster – Display this poster to provide an overview of the league.
Facebook Post – Post this image on your Facebook page and provide your local details in the body of your post.
Instagram Post – Post this image on your Instagram page and provide your local details in the body of your post.
You can also create a Facebook event on your club Facebook page. Click HERE for instructions on how to create a Facebook event.
The NFAA is offering rebates to host clubs in the amount of $25/adult and $20/junior. No form needs to be completed by the host to receive this rebate. Rebate checks will be mailed to the address on file within 2 weeks of the National Field League completion. Hosting clubs may also charge their own fee to the archer to further aid in covering expenses.
For a host to be automatically eligible for these rebates, all of the following must be true:
- The archer declares the location as his/her home range on the scorecard submission form
- The shop/club has an active NFAA charter/license through the duration of the League
- The shop/club has an active NFAA Field Range Certification through the duration of the League. Please note that this is a separate designation from the charter/license.
There is no required schedule to follow for the National Field League. Archers can shoot their rounds in any order they wish throughout the League. See below for a proposed 12-week League schedule.
- Week 1: Field
- Week 2: Hunter
- Week 3: Field
- Week 4: Hunter
- Week 5: Animal
- Week 6: Field
- Week 7: Hunter
- Week 8: Field
- Week 9: Hunter
- Week 10: Animal
- Week 11: Field
- Week 12: Hunter
Format and Rules
LEAGUE FORMAT & SCORECARD SUBMISSION
The National League will consist of 12 weeks, with the archer’s best 10 scores (i.e., 4 best Field, 4 best Hunter, 2 best Animal) counting toward their final placement. All scores must be recorded between May 31, 2021, and August 22, 2021.
Archers will shoot their rounds at any NFAA field course around the country, provided the course follows the round rules as set form in the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws (see Round and Shooting Rules below). If an archer’s “home” club, as designated on his/her scorecard submission form, holds a current NFAA charter and current NFAA field course certification, that club will be eligible to receive a rebate. Read more on the Host Information tab.
Each Field and Hunter Round will consist of 14 targets with 4 arrows per target. Animal Rounds will consist of 28 targets with 1-3 arrows per target (see Scoring Rules below). There is no required schedule that a hosting club must follow.
Archers are responsible for submitting their scorecards via the online form linked HERE. All scorecards must be submitted no later than August 22, 2021. Archers are encouraged to submit their scorecards as their rounds are completed during the League. Updated placements based on each archer’s average round scores will be posted weekly. Actual scores will not be posted until the League has been completed and all scores have been submitted.
IMPORTANT!!!! Once the scorecard form is completed for the first time, the archer will receive a confirmation email. The link provided in this confirmation email must be used to edit that same form for subsequent scorecard submissions. Please use the same form for the duration of the League and DO NOT create multiple forms.
ROUND & SHOOTING RULES
All rounds will follow NFAA rules as stated in the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws. General Field Archery rules can be found in Article I of the By-Laws and rules regarding target sizes, yardage distances, shooting positions, and other rules can be found in Article VI, Sections A-C. A PDF version of the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws is available HERE.
Longbow archers will shoot from the Youth stakes for the National Field League.
Any standard Field/Hunter/Animal scorecard can be used to record arrow values. Archers are also able to print off the sample scorecards provided at the link HERE.
For all NFAA rounds, an arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value.
- Scoring is 5 points for the spot, 4 for two white circles and 3 outside black rings. Xs count for tiebreakers in all non-Professional divisions. In all Professional Divisions, scoring is 1 bonus point for the X (total 6), five points for the spot, four for the two white rings, and three points for the outside black rings.
- Scoring is 5 points for the spot, 4 for center ring, and 3 for the outer ring. Xs count for tiebreakers in all non-Professional divisions. In all Professional Divisions, scoring is 1 bonus point for the X (total 6), five points for the spot, four for center ring, and three for the outer rings.
- The scoring area is divided into two parts. The high scoring area is oblong while the low scoring area is the area between the high scoring area and the “hide and hair” line or “feathers”, as the case may be. The area between the “hide and hair” line to the outside of the carcass is considered a non-scoring area.
- Bonus dots are NOT in play for the National League.
- A maximum of 3 marked arrows may be shot, in successive order, and the highest scoring arrow will count. If there is a possibility that the first arrow did not score, the archer may shoot the second arrow. If the second arrow may not have scored, the archer may shoot the third arrow. In the case of walk-up targets the first arrow must be shot from the farthest stake, the second arrow from the middle stake, and the third arrow from the nearest stake, in order to be scored. There is no penalty for shooting more arrows than necessary, however no archer shall advance to the target and then return to the stake to shoot again in the event of a missed arrow. Scores should be recorded as follows:
- 20 or 18 for the first arrow
- 16 or 14 for the second arrow
- 12 or 10 for the third arrow
All rounds will follow NFAA rules as stated in the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws. All shooting styles and equipment rules can be found in Article II of the By-Laws. A PDF version of the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws is available HERE.
Awards and Achievement Prizes
National Field League Champion belt buckles will be awarded to the top finisher in each Championship Flight. 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the Championship Flights will be given National Field League medals. Awards will also be given to the top 3 finishers in each subsequent flight.
Field and Hunter Round keychains and scoring achievement charms are available for purchase during the League or after its completion. To purchase, visit the NFAA store linked HERE.
Where can I shoot rounds for the NFAA National Field League?
You can shoot rounds for the National Field League at any NFAA field course around the United States provided the course follows the Field Archery rules as set form in the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws. General Field Archery rules can be found in Article I of the By-Laws and rules regarding target sizes, yardage distances, shooting positions, and other rules can be found in Article VI, Sections A-C. A PDF version of the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws is available HERE.
How can my club/shop earn rebates for League archers?
All NFAA clubs and shops are eligible for rebates as long as their Club Charter/Shop License AND their Field Range Certification is valid no later than August 22, 2021. The club/shop will automatically receive a rebate for each archer who designates the location as his/her home range on the scorecard submission form. No form or additional work is required from the club/shop. For more details, please visit the Host Information tab.
What are the maximum distances?
The maximum distance for Cubs is 30 yards and Youth is 50 yards. All other archers shoot at distances up to 80 yards with the exception of Longbow archers who shoot at the Youth maximum of 50 yards.
How do I submit my scores and scorecards?
You can submit scorecards at any time at the link HERE. Once the form is completed the first time, you will be sent a confirmation email. The link provided in that email will enable you to return to the SAME form and update it throughout the League with your scorecards. Please use the link in this email to update your form and do NOT create a new form each time you upload your scores.
What if I can’t submit my scores every week?
Archers are not required to submit scores during the League, but their name will not appear on the results every week if no scores are submitted. The deadline for all scores to be submitted is August 22, 2021. Any scores received after this date will not count toward the archer’s National League ranking.
What if no one else in my area wants to shoot the NFAA National Field League?
That is okay! There is no shooting group size requirement to participate in the National Field League. Go out, shoot some arrows, and have FUN!!
Where do I find a scorecard to use when shooting my rounds?
Any standardized NFAA field/hunter/animal scorecard can be used to record scores. For your convenience, you can download and print sample scorecards HERE.
Do bonus dots on the animals count for an extra point?
No, the bonus dots are not in play for the National Field League.
Can I register in more than one discipline?
Yes! Archers may compete in multiple divisions throughout the League as long as they are registered in each.
How many targets do I shoot for each round?
Archers will submit 4 Field rounds (14 targets each), 4 Hunter rounds (14 targets each), and 2 Animal Rounds (28 targets each) to count toward their final standings.
For additional questions, please email Outreach Project Manager, Erika Jones – firstname.lastname@example.org.