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The Vegas Shoot

February 08 - 10, 2019

Join us on the first leg of the 19th Annual 3-Star Tour; February 8-10, 2019. The Vegas Shoot, known as the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament in the World, attracts over 3,500 novice to Olympic archers from around the Globe and includes 3-intense days of no error competition. The weekend competition includes the traditional 3-spot 20-yard “Vegas Round” that made this tournament famous. The Vegas Shoot offers the World’s largest indoor purse with a 2017 payout of $403,000 in cash and scholarships.

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2018 Rules

OFFICIAL VEGAS ROUND 

Target: All Championship (including Championship Young Adult) Divisions and Adult Flight Divisions will shoot on either the 40 cm Vegas three-spot target face with gold – red– blue (10-9-8-7-6) scoring areas or the 40 cm single-spot face with 10 through 1 scoring. The x-ring of the 40 cm Indoor Vegas Face will be used for tiebreaks in the Flights divisions and for 4th place or below in the Championship divisions.  After the fifth end of competition, target faces are changed from bottom to top or vice versa.

Non-Championship Cub, Youth, and Young Adult recurve divisions will shoot on the 60 cm Indoor Face with 10 through 1 scoring. Cub, Youth and Young Adult compound divisions will use the standard single-spot 40 cm Indoor Vegas Face or the Vegas three-spot target face .

New in 2018! Archers using the dual face Vegas target can switch target faces (single-spot or three-spot) at any time during practice rounds and competition.

Distance for all Divisions: 20 Yards

Rounds: Each round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will consist of ten ends; 3 arrows per end. The Junior (Non-Championship) Divisions will shoot only two rounds; one each on Friday and Saturday.

OFFICIAL VEGAS ROUND RULES

You may enter either a Championship division, Flight division, or a Junior Division. Archers may only register in ONE division and style and will remain in the same division all three days. The number of entries in that division will determine the number of places offered in each division. Based on last year’s registration, the number of places offered this year would be as listed. The tournament guarantees the first three places for each division will not change; however, subsequent places may change based on attendance. This may be different than the published awards.

Non-English Speaking Competitors: Every effort will be made to contact those archers who require assistance to understand the equipment divisions, scoring procedures, tournament rules, etc.  Please notify a tournament staff person if language or other circumstances may cause communication problems.

Flights: Flight placements will be determined at the discretion of the tournament management. The method or methods used for determining the flights can be any combination of all three days of competition.

Junior Divisions:  There will be two Junior divisions open to all archers, 17 years of age or younger; Compound and Recurve. Each division will offer three age groups in Male and Female categories; Cub (11 and under), Youth (12-14) and Young Adult (15-17). The archer must be the appropriate age at the start of competition and remains in that category even if they celebrate a birthday during the competition.

Junior Divisions will shoot only two rounds; one each on Friday and Saturday. Archers may only register in ONE style and division and will remain in the same division both days of competition. Vegas Shoot scholarships will be presented to the top 3 place winners in each Junior Flight Division.

Championship Young Adults Divisions: There will be two Championship Young Adult divisions available to archers 15-17 years of age; Compound and Recurve. Championship Young Adult divisions will compete for cash prizes in a male/female-combined division. Participants must be between the ages of 15-17 at the start of the tournament to compete in these divisions.

Championship Young Adult divisions will shoot three rounds of competition; one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ties: Championship division (including Championship Young Adult) ties for first, second and third place will be determined by the highest total score from all three days of competition, not counting x’s. All competitors tied with the same high score at the end of the third day will compete in a shoot off to determine final places. The shoot off will include one practice-end followed by end-by-end sudden death. The first end will be scored with regular scoring followed by scoring where only the x ring scores 10 points. After each end, only those still tied with the highest score will continue in the shoot off. All archers’ placement in the tournament (other than first, second or third) will be determined by the order in which they drop out of the shoot off. If more than one archer drops out of the shoot off in the same end, those archers will be placed based on their total score and x-count of all three days, including the score and x’s accumulated in the shoot off.

All other ties (Flight and Championship) will be broken by the highest score and highest x count. Ties remaining after x count, will equally split the combined payout of the tied positions.

All Junior Division ties will be decided by the highest score in the following sequence 1) total x’s 2) 1st round score 3) 2nd round score 4) 1st end through 20th end score.

Shooting Rules:

  1. Each end (time period to shoot three arrows) shall be 2 minutes.
  2. Archers shooting first will shoot the lower target face positions.
  3. An archer shooting before the whistle signaling a 2-minute end or after the time has lapsed will lose their highest scoring arrow or arrows equaling the number of errant arrows shot.
  4. New in 2018! For Championship & Young Adult Championship divisions only: one arrow is allowed per spot on a three-spot target face. If there is more than one arrow in a single spot, you will lose your highest scoring arrow or arrows in that spot.
  5. If more than 3 arrows are shot during an end, only the lowest 3 arrows will be scored.  A penalty of one point will be assessed for each additional arrow shot. Misses or zeros will be counted as lowest arrows.
  6. Updated in 2018! If an archer shoots less than three arrows in one end and retires from the line, he/she may shoot the remaining arrows if the omission is discovered before the end is officially completed and the line has not been cleared; otherwise they shall be scored as misses.
  7. An archer who purposely disfigures a target face to improve aiming or for any other reason, may be disqualified.  Arrow holes may be repaired, provided there is no delay to the round.
  8. New in 2018! For Championship divisions, targets must be replaced with a new face after the 5th end.
  9. Any archer conducting himself in an unsportsmanlike manner will be IMMEDIATELY disqualified and removed from the site.
  10. Peak compound bow draw weight shall not exceed 80 lbs.
  11. Maximum arrow shaft diameter allowed will be 0.422 inches, with a point diameter not to exceed 0.425 inches. The shaft diameter will in­clude any wrap placed on the arrow and will include the size of the nock and the nock insert.
  12. Any equipment that impairs the hearing of the competitor will not be allowed on the shooting line.
  13. Any archer that is hearing impaired must notify officials prior to shooting.

Scoring:  Updated in 2018! Ianseo is the official electronic system for scoring.  Archers are assigned their a,b,c or d placement by Ianseo which determines the order for scoring.  When scoring, archers identify who is the caller, scorer and target captain for their bale.  The Captain helps to settle the final call on an arrow.  If the group can’t determine a final score, then a line judge is called. A,b,c,d Physical Target Face placement is first come first serve.  Archers will be responsible for understanding the scoring procedures and verifying their scores.  Free access will be provided to an Official Vegas Shoot Scoring link and application where scores will be available on smart phones, kiosks and monitors throughout the venue.

New in 2018! All scoring on the official scorecard must be completed in ink. Any changes on the official scorecard must be agreed upon and initialed by all archers in the scoring group.

Scoring Rules:

  1. A judge will make all decisions on scoring questionable arrows; their decisions are final.
  2. All arrows must remain in the target, untouched, until scoring is completed.
  3. Any archer intentionally touching any questionable arrow or any part of the target assembly (including other arrows, faces, pins, mat or stand) will result in the questionable arrow being scored in the lower scoring area. If it happens more than once, then the archer will be disqualified.
  4. The three-spot target face is scored on the gold (10,9), red (8,7), and blue (6) rings. The target face must be placed on the mat in an upright position.
  5. Arrows must touch the line to be in the next highest scoring area.
  6. Any arrow that passes beyond the shooting line a distance greater than 10 feet as measured to the closest part of the arrow, will be considered a shot arrow. See mark on the floor.
  7. If an arrow is embedded in the target beyond the nock, a judge must be called and the arrow should not be touched. If the arrow is touched before the judge arrives, then the arrow is not scored. If a judge cannot determine the value of that arrow, it will be considered a pass through, and will be re-shot. NO ARROWS WILL BE PUSHED BACK.
  8. Each competitor must complete and sign his own scorecard. Both scorers must also sign it. When there is a difference on the two cards, the lowest score must be taken. All score cards must be turned in within one hour of final end. ANY ARCHER TURNING IN AN INCORRECT SCORE CARD WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
  9. Bounce outs can be shot again at the end of regulation shooting.

Protests:  Any incident requiring immediate decision must be brought to the attention of a judge.  All protests must be submitted in writing to the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR within one hour of the conclusion of the round where the incident occurred, accompanied by $50 USD. The Tournament Rules Committee will convene approximately 1 hour after the last scoring end of each day to decide the outcome of each protest. All decisions of the Tournament Rules Committee will be final. The $50 protest fee will be returned if the Tournament Rules Committee rules in favor of the protest. No protests are allowed during shoot offs, judges decisions are final.

Equipment Failure: In the event of equipment failure, step back from the shooting line and raise your bow above your head.  A judge will come to your assistance.  The archer will have 15 minutes repair time without holding up the tournament. One practice end will be allowed.  The archer shall be allowed to shoot any arrows missed during the 15 minutes.  All make-up arrows will be shot at the end of the round. Equipment failure is not allowed during championship shoot offs, judges decisions are final.

Updated in 2018! Dress Code: All Professional members of the NFAA and anyone participating in a Championship Shoot Off or Awards Podium are required to meet the following dress code standards. It is suggested that all Championship divisions adhere to the following dress code.

Archers shall present themselves in clean and neat attire, acceptable to public view.  Blue jeans/denim and any bottoms with holes, tears, or frayed material are not allowed. Archers shall wear pants, shorts or skirts. Shorts and skirt hems should approximately meet fingertip length. Shirts/tops shall be of a collared design. Archers may also wear uniforms provided by sponsors or their national team. Shirts must have a standard collar, Henley collar or mock collar. T-shirts, swimming suits, cut-offs and obscene or vulgar slogans or pictures on clothing are prohibited. Open toed shoes/flip flops/sandals are unacceptable while competing. Dress code is not required during practice.
 
Doping: All Championship Compound Open, Championship Compound Female, Championship Recurve Male & Championship Recurve Female participants may be subject to testing in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules. Failure to comply with the Anti-Doping rules shall result in disqualification and forfeiture of any cash prizes.

All archers that place in the top 3 of their Championship divisions will be subject to testing in accordance with WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code and the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules. All other participants may be chosen at random. Seniors, Young Adults and Barebow competitors are exempt. For details, visit worldarchery.org/Clean-Sport.

$2,500 GUARANTEE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP 900 SCORES

All Championship Division archers shooting a score of 900 will be guaranteed a minimum prize of $2,500.

 
“LUCKY DOG” SHOOT OFF

Any archer in the Championship Compound Open Division that shoots a 3-day total cumulative score of 899 will be eligible to shoot off for one spot with the 900’s in the Championship shoot off. The 899 shoot off will be held Sunday, time to be determined.  It will be a 1-arrow/end sudden death shoot off (1st arrow counting the X as a 10, then for each subsequent end counting the X as 10 scored inside out- no practice ends). All qualified archers must turn their scorecards in at the podium within 10 minutes of the conclusion of the regular round.  The “Lucky Dog” can be the “Vegas Champion” by winning the 900’s shoot off or will place at the top of the 899’s in the regular ranking placement.

Smoking is Prohibited in the Shooting Halls. Smoking Allowed in Designated Areas Only. Please Obey all No Smoking Signs.

Doping

The National Field Archery Association Foundation (NFAAF), host of The Vegas Shoot, has implemented a doping policy for 2017 and beyond. All Championship Compound Open, Championship Compound Female, Championship Recurve Male & Championship Recurve Female participants may be subject to testing in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules. Failure to comply with the Anti-Doping rules shall result in disqualification and forfeiture of any cash prizes.

All archers that place in the top 3 of their Championship divisions will be subject to testing in accordance with WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code and the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules. All other participants may be chosen at random. Seniors, Young Adults and Barebow competitors are exempt. For details, visit worldarchery.org/Clean-Sport.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will handle the doping administration for The Vegas Shoot, including Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) and testing.  Please see the important links below for more information.

Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
TUE FAQ
Global DRO
Additional USADA Resources

For questions regarding the anti-doping process at The Vegas Shoot, please contact USADA by phone at 866.601.2632 or by email at usada@usada.org.

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