Join us at the 75th annual NFAA Outdoor National Field Championships in Darrington, WA, July 24-26 2020. This 3–day tournament features 1 field, 1 hunter, and 1 animal round. Participants are required to shoot one of each round.
Range Address: 312 Sauk Ave, Darrington, WA 98241
All participants, regardless of ability, must adhere to NFAA competition rules. The rules printed in this document are not the complete rules established by the NFAA, they are condensed by necessity. They are not to be considered final; there could be other rules that may apply to your situation. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the NFAA rules of competition. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for verifying you are in the correct Division and Style of Shooting prior to the beginning of competition.
SAFETY. A few simple safety rules need to be observed:
- Make sure all your equipment is in safe working order, you are responsible for the damage your equipment may cause should a “malfunction”occur.
- Never exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation matching arrow spine to bow weight.
- When drawing your bow, the arrow should always remain in a horizontal position pointed at the target. If you can only draw your bow with the arrow pointed upward, you are over bowed and tournament officials may request a change.
- Always be sure no one or nothing is in your line of “fire” when releasing an arrow, remember you are ultimately responsible for the destination of your arrow.
EQUIPMENT. It is your responsibility to know if your equipment is legal for NFAA competition. Simply because your equipment was “legal” in your state or club competition does not necessarily mean it is legal as described by NFAA rules of competition. If you are unsure about the legality of your equipment ask a tournament official. If, at any time, it is deemed your equipment is not meeting NFAA equipment standards, you will be disqualified.
Maximum Peak Bow Weight allowed in NFAA Competition is 80 pounds, maximum speed of 300 FPS with a variance of 3%.
GENERAL SHOOTING RULES for FIELD – HUNTER – ANIMAL.
- Archers shoot in groups of not less than 3 or more than 6; 4 to be the preferred number. No group of less than 3 shall turn in an official score.
- By mutual agreement each group of archers shall decide which two shall shoot from which side of the shooting stake. On targets 1 and 15 the archers shall change their order of shooting. Those who shot first shall shoot last and those who shot last shall shoot first. Those archers who had been shooting from the right side shall shoot from the left side and those who had been shooting from the left side shall shoot from the right side. If you shot bottom targets you will switch to the top and if you shot top you will switch to the bottom. Example: The archers beginning on target #8 will maintain their shooting position through target #14. On target #15, they will change shooting positions and continue through #28. At target #1 the archers will resume their original positions and finish the course through target #7. The archer must straddle an imaginary shooting line, which is marked by the distance stake and parallel to the target face, while shooting the required arrows. No archer may advance to the target until all arrows have been shot by the group, except for yardages that are 32 yards or less and when there are more than four archers in a group on 35cm targets or smaller.
- When shooting at butts with multiple target faces, the first 2 archers will shoot the bottom target faces. When target faces are placed side by side (i.e. 50 cm) the archer on the left will shoot the left target face; the archer on the right will shoot the right target face. On fan positions the same applies, except each archer will shoot one arrow from each position, two arrows at each target. Any arrow striking the wrong target shall be considered a miss and may not be re-shot. 20 cm targets will be shot vertically. The shooter may elect to shoot top to bottom in order or bottom to top in order. Each archer must choose one column of four target faces on his or her side of the shooting stakes. An archer must not shoot at a column that has already been shot by another archer.
- Two or more archers shall shoot at the same time to prevent delays. One group shall not hold up the following groups for any reason including looking for lost arrows. Enough arrows shall be carried so that each archer may continue shooting, and return later to find any missing arrows. If one or more open targets in front and two or more groups back up, the delaying group shall allow the backed up groups to shoot through.
- Archers may not practice on any course to be used for tournament competition later the same day, however, the first target of each day’s competition will be used as practice at the discretion of the tournament chairman. This will be determined and announced prior to each day’s round. Practice arrows shall not be counted as score. The maximum number of practice arrows allowable will be determined by the round being shot.
- An archer leaving the range for any reason other than an emergency or an equipment failure may be privileged to return to his/her group and complete unfinished round or subsequent rounds. He/She will not be privileged to make up any missed targets in the interim. If deemed an emergency, or an equipment failure, then in the presence of the tournament official he/she will be allowed to shoot and score missed targets.
- In the case of an equipment failure, the archer may have the needed time, as granted by a tournament official, for equipment repair or replacement and may shoot arrows required to assure that the proper sight settings are accurate, within the 45 minute maximum time limit. Then, in the presence of the tournament official, be allowed to shoot and score the targets missed. This occurrence of repair or replacement is allowed only once in any tournament day.
- No archer may shoot (compete) in any one tournament more than one time. No dual registration is allowed.
- In case of inclement weather, the tournament shall continue unless the range has becomes unsafe as determined by the Tournament Chairman or appointed Tournament Officials. A pre-determined signal will be sounded to halt competition. An archer leaving the range without approval shall be subject to rule #6 above.
- No alcoholic beverages may be carried or consumed on any range or practice area during shooting hours at National or Sectional tournaments. Anyone caught breaking this rule will be immediately disqualified and not be allowed to complete the tournament.
- Tripods for spotting scopes and/or binoculars shall not be permitted.
- A (3) three-letdown rule will be applied per arrow. A fourth letdown will be counted as a shot arrow. There will be a shooting time limit. Your scorecard must be turned in by the announced deadline for that day’s score to be recorded.
- The targets must be shot in numerical sequence. Archers are not allowed to intentionally skip a target(s) and return later to shoot and score the skipped target(s). An intentionally skipped target(s) may not be re-shot and shall be scored as a zero.
- Archers must complete the prescribed number of targets for the tournament to be eligible for an award. No award can be won with an incomplete score, except in the case of emergency.
- All arrows must remain in the target butt, untouched, until all arrows are scored. In all NFAA Rounds, an arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value.
- The status of all arrows shall be determined and recorded before touching or withdrawing any arrows from the target butt.
- The target group will select a score caller, two scorekeepers, and a target captain. The target captain shall be the judge of disputed arrows on his/her target. When a captains arrows are in question, the majority of the group shall decide the status of Target Captains arrows. When a line judge has been appointed by the tournament director and an appeal is made to the line judge, the line judge’s call will be final.
- Off-ground skids or glances into the target shall not be counted. Arrows striking objects over the shooting lane may be re-shot.
- Arrows passing through the face, but still in the butt, may be pushed back and scored as hits in the circles through which they passed. Any arrows deflected by a foreign object or miss fired will be scored where it lies. Any arrow embedded in the nock of another arrow (generally known as a “Robin Hood”) will be scored the same as the arrow it struck and skewered.
- Arrows believed to have passed through the target may be re-shot with marked arrows, which will not be scored if the doubtful arrows are found in the butt.
- Unsuspected pass through: In any instance where arrows are found to have obviously passed through in such a manner they cannot be properly scored and their location and the condition of the butt convince the target captain that the arrows did indeed pass through a scoring area, the archer may return and re-shoot from the obvious distances or furthest distances involved.
- Witnessed bounce outs, believed to have hit the target in the scoring area, will be re-shot.
- Ties for 1st in Championship Flights will be broken by a shoot off. Ties for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Professional divisions will be broken by shoot off. All shoot offs for ties will take place at the practice range, on the longest yardage commensurate with age. Field or Hunter faces may be used at the discretion of the tournament director. Score, Spots & X’s will be used. After one end, if still tied, repeat the end.
- An archer who shoots arrows in excess of the prescribed number shall lose the arrow or arrows of higher value. A penalty of one point will be assessed for each arrow shot over the prescribed number.
- Any arrow(s) shot from other than a pre-designated position in the designated order shall be scored as “0” (zero).
- A dropped arrow is one which falls while being transferred from the quiver to be nocked on the string or in preparation for a shot or which falls from the string during a controlled letdown. A dropped arrow may be re-shot.
- Scorecards must be signed as correct by the scorekeeper and the archer. Once submitted, a scorecard cannot be retrieved for purposes of changing totals. An archer who has signed and submitted a scorecard as correct which has incorrect total(s) may be disqualified.
Scoring: The scoring is 5 points for the spot, 4 for two white circles and 3 for outside black rings. In all NFAA rounds, an arrow need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value. Shooting Rules: Each archer shall shoot 4 arrows at each of the 28-targets in a round.
a) 1 stake – shoot 4 arrows from the same stake.
b) 4 stakes – shoot 1 arrow from each stake.
Scoring is 5 points for the spot, 4 for center ring, and 3 for the outer ring. In all NFAA rounds, an arrow need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value. Shooting Rules: In shooting the Hunter Round the archer will observe the following shooting positions:
a) 1 stake – shoot 4 arrows from the same stake.
b) 2 stakes – shoot 2 arrows from each stake.
c) 4 stakes – shoot 1 arrow from each stake.
1. Scoring: 21, 20 or 18 for the first arrow; 17, 16 or 14 for the second arrow; 13, 12 or 10 for the third arrow
In all NFAA Rounds, an arrow shaft need only touch the line to be counted in the area of next higher value. 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. A bonus dot (valued one point) is located in the middle of the high scoring area and colored white on dark targets and black on light targets. Shooting Rules: A maximum of three marked arrows may be shot, in successive order, and the first scoring arrow will count. 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. No archer shall advance to the target and then return to the stake to shoot again in the event of a missed arrow.
If multiple target faces are presented on a target butt, they must all be the same design. If targets are different, the archers should contact a range official to change the targets to the same design before shooting or scoring that target.
The NFAA tournament officials reserve the right to:
- Disqualify anyone for any reason deemed appropriate (a written protest by a competitor is not necessary for a disqualification).
- Change a posted score to reflect a “proper score”.
- Be the final authority in all matters concerning the tournament.
- Inspect any archery equipment they feel necessary during the tournament.
Any individual wishing to file a protest against another archer must inform that individual in the presence of a tournament official that a protest will be filed. Both individuals have the right to be present at the meeting of the protest committee. All protests must be submitted in writing, within one hour after the end of the day’s shooting is finished. No protest that is filed after the time limit will be considered, or acted on. A $50 cash protest fee must accompany the written protest. This will be refunded if the protest is upheld.
Professional Scoring- Field Round:
In non-Professional Divisions, the X-Ring is used for tiebreakers only as determined by the Tournament Chairman.
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 back rings. Archers will track X’s in a separate column, i.e., 20 with 3X,which will carry over to a final column and would be totaled as 23.
Professional Scoring- Hunter Round:
In non-Professional Divisions, the X-ring is used for tiebreakers only as determined by the Tournament Chairman.
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 back rings. Archers will track X’s in a separate column, i.e., 20 with 3X, which will carry over to a final column and