Target Archery FAQ

Last-modified: December 12, 1997
Written by: Stephan Melin <Stephan.Melin@neuss.netsurf.de>

With some helpful comments and infos from:


Contents


Target archery (mainly recurve) section of the FAQ for alt.archery
Last updated: 16 September 1993

Equipment:

In this section I will deal mainly with the type of equipment one would use for a FITA tournament.

The limbs are usually:

Selecting the correct arrow and tuning ==> look into the arrow selection and tuning FAQ (http://www.student.utwente.nl/~sagi/artikel/faq/tuning.shtml).

NEVER TRY TO SHOOT AN ARROW WITH A DAMAGED NOCK

Now to the controversial subject of glueing nocks: insert type nocks (like the Easton ACE nocks or the Beiter nocks) could be shot without glueing them to the arrow, one might like to use a little glue to prevent them from rotating within the arrow tube. The other type of nocks (like the "Bjorn nocks" for example) are usually glued to the arrow. Some people only push them very hard onto the cone and twist them - if one has glued a nock onto the cone before this method will not work since the rough structure of the cone is now filled with the remains of the glue.
Personally I feel a little uneasy (to say at least) about this technique and recommend that (at least the not so experienced) archers should glue the nocks. But glueing should also be done very carefully: one should only use glue with non-aggressive solvent. The solvent of many glues causes structural damage to the nocks (for non opaque nocks one can see this with a magnifying glass, if the structure is damaged one will see many tiny little lines (fractures!)).

One note about string materials:
Due to the low stretch of Fastflight, Dyneema and Kevlar most manufacturers do not recommend shooting these strings with bows with wooden risers, they could just break. If the bow is not tuned properly, shot with carbons and these string materials even new (high quality) limbs can be damaged after a short time - so if one wants to use these new string materials, check whether the bow is up to this stuff or stay with Dacron. As a rule of thumb: any bow currently in production, which does not have a wooden riser could be shot with these materials, bows from the pre-carbon and Fastflight era should be shot with dacron (or maybe Kevlar, if they are up to it).

                      /short rod
                     /
     long rod       |  ###
     ===============|==### riser     and between v-bar and riser the
                    |  ###           v-bar extender
               v-bar \
                      \

Some newer stabilizing systems do not require the use of Torque Flight Compensators (TFCs) for the short rods. And it is questionable whether one needs TFCs at all, except for adding weight...

Competitions:

Target:

The target face consists of ten rings made out of five different colours The scoring is 10,9 (gold), 8,7 (red), 6,5 (blue), 4,3 (black), 2,1 (white) from inner to outer. The rings all have the same thickness (except for the compound competitions where the ten is made smaller). Some rounds also use the so called 5 zone scoring which counts all of the gold as 9, the red as 7, the blue as 5, the black as 3 and the white as 1. The FITA awards so called stars if an archer reaches or exceeds a certain score at an official FITA tournament for the first time; they are:

1000 (only a star - should be possible if one is really serious about archery)
1100 (star on black badge - also possible with lots of practise...)
1200 (star on blue badge - that's what most FITA archers (including me) are
      dreaming about ;-)
1300 (star on red badge - worldclass)
1400 (Congratulations! Either you have made some mistake in your score, or
      you have set a new world record! Maybe the ladies might be able
      to shoot more than 1400 by the end of the millenium...)

Rounds

(as taken from the GNAS 1986 handicap and classification tables, and from my memory)
Tables give number of arrows on each distance

Outdoor - metric rounds (10 zone scoring)

                                122cm face               80cm face
                          90m 70m 60m 50m 40m 30m | 50m 40m 30m 20m 10m
FITA (Gentlemen)        | 36  36                  | 36      36
FITA (Ladies)           |     36  36              | 36      36
Metric 1                |     36  36              | 36      36
Metric 2                |         36  36          |     36  36
Metric 3                |             36  36      |         36  36
Metric 4                |                 36  36  |             36  36
Long Metric (Gentlemen) | 36  36                  |
Long Metric (Ladies)    |     36  36              |
Short Metric            |                         | 36      36
Long Metric 1           |     36  36              |
Long Metric 2           |         36  36          |
Long Metric 3           |             36  36      |
Long Metric 4           |                 36  36  |
Short Metric 1          |                         | 36      36
Short Metric 2          |                         |     36  36
Short Metric 3          |                         |         36  36
Short Metric 4          |                         |             36  36
FITA 900                |         30  30  30      |

Indoor (10 zone scoring)

FITA 18m       60 at 18m, 40cm face
FITA 25m       60 at 25m, 60cm face
Combined FITA  60 at 25m, 60cm face and 60 at 18m, 40cm face
Bray 1         30 at 18m, 40cm face
Bray 2         30 at 25m, 60cm face
Portsmouth     60 at 20yd, 60cm face
Stafford       72 at 30m, 80cm face
?????          30 at 25m, 60cm face and 30 at 18, 40cm face

Outdoor - GNAS rounds (5 zone scoring)

only on 122cm face

                       100yd 80yd 60yd 50yd 40yd 30yd 20yd
York                  | 72   48   24
Hereford              |      72   48   24
Bristol 1             |      72   48   24
Bristol 2             |           72   48   24
Bristol 3             |                72   48   24
Bristol 4             |                     72   48   24
St. George            | 36   36   36
Albion                |      36   36   36
Windsor               |           36   36   36
Short Windsor         |                36   36   36
Junior Windsor        |                     36   36   36
New Western           | 48   48
Long Western          |      48   48
Western               |           48   48
Short Western         |                48   48
Junior Western        |                     48   48
Short Junior Western  |                          48   48
American              |           30   30   30
St. Nicholas          |                     48   36
New National          | 48   24
Long National         |      48   24
National              |           48   24
Short National        |                48   24
Junior National       |                     48   24
Short Junior National |                          48   24

Indoor rounds - specials

Worcester 60 at 20yd, 16in special face scoring 5,4,3,2,1 from inner white

Vegas     60 at 18m, special face scoring 10,9,8,7,6 (actually this is the
          40cm face with the 5 inner rings, three of these are on one target
          face, on each of those the archer shoots only one arrow per run)

Field:

Here I only have the FITA arrowhead round (I just started practising for field archery...)
The target face is a five zone face. The scoring from inner to outer is: 5 (white), 4 (black), 3 (grey), 2 (black), 1 (grey). The thickness of the rings is different for each one the relative sizes are: 2:3:4:5:6 (from inner to outer).
An arrowhead round consists of 36 arrows on unknown distances and 36 arrows on known distances. There are also awards from the FITA, the so called arrowheads. The get one, one has to add the scores of two complete arrowhead rounds shot in a certain timespan (a few weeks I think). The score one has to get, can be changed from year to year, currently the scores for the lowest (green arrowhead) are 340 (ladies) or 390 (gentlemen). On each target one shoots 3 arrows, for each face size there are three targets. Freestyle means the usual FITA target recurve bow.

Distance ranges (unknown distances)

       barebow     freestyle   compound
20cm |  5m - 10m | 10m - 15m | 15m - 20m 
40cm | 10m - 20m | 15m - 25m | 20m - 30m 
60cm | 15m - 30m | 20m - 35m | 25m - 40m 
80cm | 30m - 45m | 35m - 55m | 40m - 60m 

totalling 36 arrows

Distances (known distances)

       barebow           freestyle         compound
20cm |  5m & 10m & 15m | 10m & 15m & 20m | 15m & 20m & 25m 
40cm | 15m & 20m & 25m | 20m & 25m & 30m | 25m & 30m & 35m 
60cm | 30m & 35m & 40m | 35m & 40m & 45m | 40m & 45m & 50m
80cm | 45m & 50m & 55m | 50m & 55m & 60m | 55m & 60m & 65m 

totalling 36 arrows


Angus Duggan, Harlequin Ltd., Barrington Hall,  | INET: angus@harlequin.co.uk
Barrington, Cambridge CB2 5RG, U.K.             | PHONE: +44(0)1223 873838

Outdoor

- American metric rounds (10 zone scoring)

                                 122cm face               80cm face
                           90m 70m 60m 50m 40m 30m 20m | 50m 40m 30m 20m 10m
 FITA 900                |         30  30  30          |
 Junior Metric 900       |             30  30  30      |
 Cadet Metric 900        |                 30  30  30  |
 Metric Easton 600       |         20  20  20          |
 Metric Collegiate 600   |             20  20  20      |
 Boys Modified Collegiate|             20  20          |         20
 Girls Mod. Collegiate   |                 20  20      |             20
 Boys Collegiate         |             20  20          |         20
 "720" Collegiate        |                             | 24  24  24

Also:

                                 122cm face               80cm face
                         |               45m 35m       |           25m 15m
 Cadet Metric            |               36  36        |           36  36

Indoor (10 zone scoring)

  FITA 18m       60 at 18m, 40cm face
  FITA 25m       60 at 25m, 60cm face


Outdoor

- American rounds (5 zone scoring, only on 122cm face)

                        100yd 80yd 60yd 50yd 40yd 30yd 20yd
 Junior American       |                30   30   30
 Cadet American        |                     30   30   30
 Columbia              |                24   24   24
 Junior Columbia       |                     24   24   24

Indoor

- American rounds

 NAA 300 Indoor        50 at 20yd, 16in face scoring 5,4,3,2,1
 Chigaco Indoor        96 at 20yd, 16in face scoring 9,7,5,3,1


Suggested reading:

This book is very good for the experienced archer, teaches you how to think about your shooting and how to find the parts of your shooting style which prevent you from shooting better.

Although intended for an instructor for a beginners class, it is very useful for intermediate and advanced archers. It covers the basic things to learn for archery and if one has severe problems one should have a look at the basic shooting technique first.

Addresses

(everything in alphabetical order):

FITA members:

Anyone got the international access code for the US????
The international access code for the US is 1.

>>>> PLEASE SEND IN THE ADDRESSES OF YOUR NATIONAL BRANCH OF THE FITA <<<<
There are a lot more countries in the world..........

Others (ripped off from an Easton catalogue):

Anyone got the international access code for Canada????

There are a lot more on the back of this catalogue, but I'm fed up with typing...
So I apologize if I have forgotten to list your society/organization/ association. Everyone who has got more addresses (but not of individual clubs of course) should send me Email (Stephan.Melin@neuss.netsurf.de), I will include them. Also please check the addresses and numbers I have listed (typos, outdated, etc.).


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