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www.cornerarchery.com - Calendar Button for shoot dates



Archery Tournament Preparation

Compiled from various sources.  Please verify information since it could change at any time.


  1. Know your child’s age, class (Bowman, Cub, etc.), and discipline (Compound, Olympic Recurve or Barebow).

USA Archery has different classes than the NFAA,  and IBO/ASA have their own class and disciplines for 3D.

  1. Know what time and dates the tournament falls into. Calendars of events can be found at the CornerArchery.com , and usaarizonajoad.org.

Be early. Some tournaments allow staking of territory a day or two before the tournament starts, e.g. Easton JOAD Nationals. Eazy up shades and chairs can typically be left on-site.

  1. Have your membership card(s).

USA Archery can audit registrants. Have a copy of your membership card available if needed.

  1. Pay on time and know what types of payments are accepted. Most events today are online registration, with online payment.
  2. USA Archery reserves the right to drug test ANY archer. (Practical rule – you won’t see this unless you’re at a National or World Ranking event AND are one of the top archers)


  1. Know the basics of your child’s equipment.

Bow brand and model.

Draw weight.

Draw length.

Arrow length, type, nocks, and point weight.

  1. Have enough arrows. Minimum of 4 for indoor (recommended 6). Minimum of 8 for outdoor (recommended 12).

Outdoor arrows are generally skinnier.

Indoor arrows are generally thicker.

Arrows cannot exceed 23/64 ths of an inch, or 9.3mm in diameter for World Archery/USA Archery based events.

Arrows cannot exceed 27/64 ths of an inch in diameter for NFAA events.

ASA/IBO/USA Archery have a weight class and speed limit. Know your chrono speeds for certain 3D events.

Mark your initials on the SHAFT of the arrows with a Sharpie or paint pen

You may need arrow lube and a puller for firm targets.

  1. Single pin sights for USA Archery/World Archery events.

State associations may allow multiple pin sights, but if a state, national, or international record occurs, the record may be null and void.

Single pin sights can put you into a harder class in some 3D tournaments

  1. Multiple pin sights are allowed for 3D tournaments, but are not allowed on Unmarked days at Field Archery Events.
  2. USA Archery and World Archery do NOT allow any electronics on the bow, in your quiver, or on the line. (Practical rule – if you have a cell phone, mute it and keep it in your pocket.)
  3. ASA/IBO allow external lighting devices to light up sight pins.
  4. Have Spares.

 Keep a small amount of spare nocks and target points on hand.

For higher level archers – consider a spare bow.

Dress code:

  1. Know the dress code.

USA Archery/World Archery has different dress code requirements than ASA/IBO or NFAA. Wear items that are comfortable.

  1. Most event flyers will state if there is some type of dress code in effect.
  2. No overtly obscene wording nor oversized advertising.

Parent Roles:

  1. Fluids, Food, Shelter, Seating.
  2. Water – some tournaments do not provide water.
  3. Food – know the schedule. Sometimes you may have to bring food. Some tournaments do NOT provide food on site.
  4. Some tournaments only provide 30 minutes for a meal break. Check the schedule and plan accordingly.
  5. Shelter – Some outdoor tournaments do not have shade. You may have to bring your own.
  6. Seating - Some tournaments do not provide enough seating. Bring your own.
  7. Have your archer drink water or other fluids every couple of ends. Basic rule of thumb, if you’re not going to the bathroom after every 10 ends, you’re not drinking enough.
  8. Archers should eat snacks. Archer’s bodies are using energy. Eat a snack every two ends.
  9. Sunscreen, Check expiration date of sunscreen. Expired sunscreen can cause more harm than good.

Choosing a tournament:

  1. Ask a coach about events that you are considering.
  2. It is important to plan out tournaments that match with the skill level of the archer.
  3. Pick the class you’re going to shoot. You can shoot up an age class, but cannot shoot down a class.


  1. Get your equipment ready: Strings, cables, releases, arrows and bow should be tuned.
  2. Coach / instructor will work with you to ensure that your equipment is ready to go.

Other recommended equipment:

  1. Binoculars or Spotting Scope.

Some distances are out to 90 meters. A good 10x magnification at a minimum is recommended.

  1. Assorted pens. Very Fine Sharpies in multiple colors (red, black, silver recommended).  

Ball point pens should be kept in archers quiver.

Sight marks:

  1. Know your distances to be shot in the event. Have sight marks for each distance.
  2. Work with your coach/instructor to help set sight marck

Timers/arrows per end:

  1. Know how many arrows per end you’re shooting. Indoor – 3 arrows per end/40 seconds per arrow, Outdoor – generally 6 arrows per end/40 seconds per arrow. 3D – 1 arrow at a time, and generally time is not measured.
  2. Be familiar with whistle commands.  

2 = come to the shooting line

1 = shoot

3 = shooting ends, score and retrieve arrows

4+ = emergency,  let bow down, don’t shoot

Tournament day:

Parent role:

  1. Supports archer.
  2. Do not pass equipment line unless event staff has ask for helpers, and you have been approved to proceed down range.
  3. Bring $50 cash in case of protests.
  4. Work with team coaches/instructors.  Help events with setup / cleanup.  Most events are put on by volunteers, and help is greatly appreciated.

Archer role:

  1.  HAVE FUN!
  2. Take the time to properly Add your scorecard correctly. Use a calculator if you have to. DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO FORCE YOU TO DO IT FAST!!!!
  3. If in doubt about arrow score, call a judge. DO NOT GIVE IN!!!

Do not touch your arrows prior to scoring all arrows on the target.

Judges arrow calls are final.  Do not argue with the Judge.

Score all the other arrows first, then call a judge over for any arrow calls.


  1. Your coach or instructor is your advocate. Plead your case and then let the coach/instructor follow from there.
  2. Arrow Bounce out – step back from the shooting line, raise your hand and get the attention of a judge.
  3. Hanging arrow – step back from the shooting line, raise your hand and get the attention of a judge.
  4. Equipment malfunction – step back from the shooting line, raise your hand and get the attention of a judge.
  5. Mark your arrow holes prior to pulling arrows from the target.

Coaches/Instructors role:

  1.  Support ALL archers from the team.
  2. Acts as an intermediary between the tournament officials and the archers.
  3. If a situation is particularly egregious, will file a protest and force a jury of appeals to convene.
  4. Know the rules in the rulebook.
  5. Will work on the bow if you have a malfunction.

Archer Agents:

  1. Are third party people assigned to help archers on the bale.
  2. Are allowed to cross out into the field.
  3. Are generally a neutral party.
  4. Paralympic, visually impaired, and younger archers are generally assigned archer agents to their bale.


  1. Are assigned to run tournaments smoothly.
  2. Decisions are final.
  3. State, regional, national, and world tournaments use more experienced Judges.
  4. Knows the rules in the rulebook Archer Equipment Information Form:

Archer Tournament Checklist:

  1. USA Archery Membership Card
  2. Bow
  3. Sight
  4. Arrows
  5. Release
  6. Quiver
  7. Arrow lube and puller
  8. Water
  9. Food/snacks
  10. Binoculars/Spotting Scope
  11. Shade/Shelter/Seating
  12. Pens
  13. Basic first aid (Band Aids, Ibuprofen, etc.)
  14. Spares (arrows, nocks, etc.)
  15. Camera

What age bracket does my child compete in?


This question alone can sometimes be confusing to answer.  Depending on the type of tournament you are attending, this can change.  Keep in mind kids can always compete in a higher age class, but they can not shoot down in a lower age bracket.

In order to determine the proper age bracket you need to know how the event is being run. Typically the event webpage or flyer will let you know what rules the event is being run by.

There are a few Governing Bodies that set up age brackets for competition.  Below is a brief description and links to help you find the proper age bracket.

USA Archery (World Archery) www.usarchery.org - has rules for Target, Field, and 3D shooting events.  USA archery has several age brackets, and they use the Age that you will be on December 31 of current year.  

Yeoman 8-9,

Bowman 10-12,

Cub 13-14,

Cadet 15-17,

Junior 18-20.

National Field Archery Association (NFAA) - The NFAA has rules for Target, Field and 3D events.  Their age brackets are decided by what age you were on the date the shooting event starts.

Cub Under 12

Youth 12-14

Young Adult 15-17

Adult  18 and older

Senior = 55 and older

ASA / International Bowhunter Organization (IBO) - The ASA and IBO both create rules for 3D events.  Many of the local 3D's will use these rules, but this is not guaranteed.  You will want to check with the host of the event prior to registering.  Age brackets can change at the whim of the event host. The age brackets can also change based on the type of equipment being shot.

(Click here for a link to the IBO Website.)




  3. Shorts, Skirts, Skorts,  must be down to your thumb level when your hands are down
  4. Closed toed shoes encompassing the whole foot
  5. No Midriff showing when your hands are up
  6. When in doubt, wear your team/shop shirt
  7. Sporting type clothing allowed.


  1. Jeans are allowed
  2. All other rules apply from above


  1. Jeans are allowed unless you are signed up as an NFAA Pro with your Pro Card
  2. Pro Card holders MUST wear collared shirt and Khaki’s or other neat looking slacks
  3. Closed toed shoes


  1. Depends on the sanctioning body.  Nice shirt, jeans/shorts and closed toed shoes recommended.



  1. 18 meters is the norm.

Some tournaments are 25 meters

  1. Compound

Target choices - 40cm Single, 40cm 3 Spot Triangle, 40cm 3 Spot Vertical

  1. Recurve

Target choices - 60cm Single, 40cm 3 Spot Triangle, 40cm 3 Spot Vertical

  1. 300 round

10 ends, 3 arrows per end

  1. 600 round

two sets of 300 rounds

  1. Scoring

Compound - Inner 10 (X ring = 10, remainder yellow = 9)

Recurve - Outer 10 - (X ring and 10 ring = 10)

Tiebreakers are 10 and 9 counts


  1. 20 yard distance for ALL AGES
  2. 10 ring 40cm target or 40cm 3 spot triangle target used for all compound
  3. Recurve Cub, Youth, Young Adult divisions use 60cm 10 ring
  4. Scoring for ALL divisions - Outer 10 (X and 10 rings = 10, and so on)
  5. Tiebreakers are X count


  1. Distance varies on age division

Maximum distance: generally 90 meters for male recurve, 70 meters for female recurve, 50 meters for compound

  1. Targets used can be 122cm 10 ring, to 80cm 6 ring
  2. 36 arrow round.  6 arrows per end, 6 ends.  70 arrow round is two separate 36 arrow rounds
  3. Ranking round determines rank for head to head elimination.  Ranking round is generally either one or two 72 arrow rounds
  4. Some tournaments can use a 4 distance format where you shoot 4 different distances.  Most tournaments are single distance.
  5. Olympic rounds: head to head elimination.  Single elimination format.  Compound uses cumulative score.  Recurve uses set system
  6. Team rounds can occur.  Teams are either mixed gender or same gender, mixed discipline (compound or recurve) or identical discipline.
  7. In World Archery based tournaments, Cadet (15-17 year old division) is the youngest recognized.  In USA Archery, Bowman is the youngest recognized (9-12 years old)  In USA Archery Arizona, Yeoman is the youngest recognized (8 and under)


  1. Scoring and Yardages depend on the sanctioning body


  1. USA Archery/World Archery

No bigger than 9.3 mm in diameter (Aluminum 2317)

  1. NFAA

No bigger than 27/64 of an inch



Compound cannot be more than 60 pounds

  1. NFAA

Compounds cannot be more than 70 pounds


  1. Turn you scorecards in within 30 minutes once the tournament is complete