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ASA FEDERATION TOUR RULES OF COMPETITION
These Federation Rules of Competition amend or modify certain ASA Pro/Am Rules of Competition. They take precedence and apply to all levels of ASA Federation Competition. All other ASA Pro/Am Rules of Competition will apply unless modified.
Only ASA Certified Clubs, with current ASA liability insurance will hold all ASA Federation Tour Qualifiers and State Championships.
Rangefinder use is allowed on known distance targets, so the host club is encouraged to set two (2) ranges of targets for Qualifiers and State Championship where the known distance component is used. One range for unknown distance and one for known distance.
During Federation Qualifier and State Championship tournaments all classes will compete using the Half Unknown/Half Known distance format except those classes that are designated as "all known distance" (Bow Novice, Women's Hunter, Known 45 and Women's Known 40). Known distance class competitors will be grouped together and may carry range finders over the entire course.
Start times may be casual with shooting groups "busted" (arranged by class or otherwise mixed) or shotgun with assigned shooting times and stakes. The host club or organization has the right and responsibility to delay or cancel a tournament in case of severe weather. In the event weather shortens the competition, results and awards will be based on a round of twenty (20) targets completed by the class or other fair means decided upon by the host organization's tournament staff. The method of determination will be announced prior to dismissal of competitors and any grievances will be filed in the form of a protest.
Clubs will set their own standards for appropriate clothing according to weather, terrain, and accepted club and area standards. ASA Pro/Am clothing guidelines are recommended, but not required.
Prior to the start of competition the host organization will provide shooters with any necessary information particular to the course before they proceed to their first target.
Slower groups must let faster groups pass them to maintain the pace of shooting. No group may hold up other groups during a tournament.
ASA FEDERATION QUALIFIERS:
All ASA certified clubs are guaranteed a minimum of one (1) Qualifier date. Clubs requesting dates for Qualifiers or the State Championship must submit their request to their respective State Director.
ASA State Directors will coordinate all club date requests with the Federation Director
ASA State Directors will notify clubs of approved date(s)
Federation State Qualifiers will consist of at least one (1) round of twenty (20) or more individual 3-D targets with individual competitors able to complete their round in one day. If the club has the facilities and targets to do so, they are encouraged to set half of the targets at unknown distances and half at known distances.
Clubs requesting multiple Qualifier dates will be awarded additional dates after all other clubs' first date requests have been awarded.
No qualifiers will be scheduled on the same date as any other club within a 100-mile radius of each other, regardless of state.
ASA FEDERATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:
There will be one (1) ASA State Championship per year for each state.
Federation State Championships will consist of one (1) round of thirty (30) individual McKenzie 3-D targets. The tournament will be conducted over a two-day period; however individual competitors will be allowed to complete their competition in one day. This is to allow the maximum number of competitors the opportunity to compete. The host club will set half of the targets at unknown distances and half at known distances.
Competitors must be current members of ASA to be eligible for trophies and prizes at an ASA State Championship.
All shooters eligible to participate in an ASA State Championship will have qualified by shooting in at least one state qualifier in that state. Life Members and State Qualifier Byes are exempt.
Shooters that qualify for, and compete in, an ASA Federation State Championship will automatically win a berth to the ASA Championship Classic.
ASA approved host club sites will be awarded State Championships on a rotational schedule. State Directors will be responsible for club site approval.
McKenzie targets are recommended for ASA Qualifiers that have 8, 10, 12 and 14 ring scoring areas, but are not mandatory. The 12 ring may be the ASA Pro-12 Ring or a ring in the "center" of the 10 ring which is scored as 12.
For ASA State Championship tournaments clubs must have McKenzie targets with ASA Pro-12 and 14 Ring scoring areas in the correct location.
The cut off for qualifying at each State Qualifier will be the greater of the top 10 shooters who have not previously qualified, or the top 50% in each class, whichever is greater. If the class has 20 or less people registered to compete, the first 10 shooters, who have not previously done so, will qualify including everyone who ties for 10th.
In case of an odd number of shooters in a class, the number will be rounded up to determine the number of qualified shooters.
If a shooter has previously qualified their name will be passed over and the next name in order of finish will count as qualified.
A shooter who competes in two (2) ASA State Qualifiers, regardless of finish will qualify for that State's Championship.
The host club will list shooters in each class; in the order they finished, and which shooters qualified.
During the awards ceremony for the tournament, the cut off score for qualifying will be announced for each class. The contact person must keep a qualified shooter list. A phone number for the contact person of the host club must be posted so shooters may call to determine if they qualified.
The ASA Office will only refer callers to the Point of Contact listed for the qualifier if competitors call the office for information. The ASA Office will post qualifier results on the ASA Web Site in a timely manner, depending on the Pro/Am schedule, AFTER receiving them from the host club. If there is any doubt, the host club should be contacted for results.
In order to participate in the state championship, you must qualify in that state.
Semi-pros may compete in ASA State Qualifiers and State Championships and qualify for the ASA Classic through the Federation Tour.
ASA Lifetime Members are automatically qualified to compete in any ASA State Championship.
ASA club and area representatives and state directors have the authority and responsibility to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the competitor's prior archery performance or experience, or the individual's established competition level in another organization. ASA Pro/Am and Federation earnings (if known) will be considered.
PROFESSIONAL - These classes may compete at the Federation Tournaments as guest shooters for a nominal fee at the discretion of the club. Pro competitors may not qualify for the ASA Championship Classic through the Federation Tour.
AMATEUR - These classes are open to shooters who are not otherwise deemed "Professional" by their competition status in the ASA or other archery organization.
YOUTH CLASSES - In the interests of safety and the well being of our youth, all competitors in the Youth and Eagle classes must be able to draw their bow under control and without undue difficulty. If in the opinion of the Range Official the competitor is having difficulty drawing the bow the competitor shall be required to decrease the poundage to allow them to properly draw and shoot the bow regardless of arrow speed
The Competition Committee will consist of five (5) members consisting of the ASA Federation and State Director (if present), and additional members appointed by the host club.
Any grievance or protest must be filed in writing with the Competition Committee within one (1) hour of completion of a round, along with a $20 protest fee.
In addition to ruling on grievances submitted by shooters, the committee will establish penalties and sanctions in keeping with the ASA Pro/Am Rules for conduct and repeat rule violations.
The ASA office will not make decisions concerning protests or club competition committee actions during tournaments. It is the host club's responsibility to convene a competition committee within the time limits allowed in the ASA Pro/Am Rules and decide upon those issues in a timely manner.
STATE FEDERATION SHOOTER OF THE YEAR:
Each ASA state may conduct a Shooter of the Year program if they conduct a minimum of six (6) qualifiers.
Competitors must compete in at least 3 of the scheduled qualifiers to be eligible for SOY awards.
The program must include all amateur classes recognized by the ASA. Classes must average at least 3 paying competitors per Qualifier to participate.
The ASA will provide Shooter of the Year plaques at the State Championship.
Points for Shooter of the Year are awarded using the following formula:
50 points for tournament participation
1 point for each competitor you beat
5 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place 1 point for 3rd place
Competitor places 3rd in a 15 person class: 50 (participate) + 1 (3rd place) + 12 (number shooter beat) = 63
Competitor places 2nd in a 5 person class: 50 (participate) + 3 (2nd place) + 3 (number shooters beat) = 56
Competitor places 1st in a 10 person class: 50 (participate) + 5 (1st place) + 9 (number shooters beat) = 64
ASA CLASS YARDAGE & SPEED LIMITS:
Class Stake Color Max Yds Speed Limit
Pro, Semi-Pro and Known 50 White 45yds 280 fps
Open "A" White 45yds 280 fps
Open "B" White 45yds 280 fps
Known 45 White 45yds 280 fps
Unlimited White 45yds 280 fps
Senior White 45yds 280 fps
Super Senior Red 40yds 280 fps
Limited Red 40yds 280 fps
Hunter Red 40yds 280 fps
Open "C" Red 40yds 280 fps
Women's Open Red 40yds 280 fps
Women's Known 40 Red 40yds 280 fps
Women's Senior Red 40yds 280 fps
Young Adult Red 40yds 280 fps
Women's Hunter Blue 30yds 260 fps
Bow Novice Blue 30yds 280 fps
Youth Boys Blue 30yds 240 fps
Youth Girls Blue 30yds 240 fps
Youth Pins Blue 30yds 240 fps
Traditional Yellow 25yds 280 fps
Senior Eagles Yellow 25yds 230 fps-bow control
Eagles Green 20yds 220 fps-bow control
Junior Eagles Orange 15yds 220 fps-bow control
2011 ASA Rules
ARCHERY SHOOTERS ASSOCIATION
2011 Rules of Competition
Each ASA Pro/Am tournament will consist of two (2) rounds of twenty (20) individual 3-D targets contested over a one
or two-day period as determined by the Tournament Director. Each round will be a "shotgun" start.
Severe Weather -ASA retains the right to delay or cancel a tournament day in case of severe weather. Should a
round be suspended, all shooters are to leave the range immediately and in the interests of safety all shot arrows are
to be left in the target and are not to be scored or pulled. All scorekeepers shall retain the score cards in their
possession and no shooter is to have possession of their own card. The Tournament Director will have two hours to
exercise one of the following options based upon the weather and the availability of ranges: (1) resume shooting that
day within two hours of that day.s suspension and subject to being able to complete the round that day, (2) complete
the round the next day if there are five or fewer targets for every group on the range to be shot, or (3) cancel the
round completely. Should a round be cancelled, all competitors that post a score for the other completed round will
receive 200 points for the cancelled round; no refunds will be made; and all results and paybacks will be based on the
round of twenty (20) targets completed by the class. No competitions may be decided solely on the results of a
partially completed round, unless the Tournament Director is proceeding under Shooting Time Allowed.
All competitive shooters are required to wear collared shirts, or may compete in an ASA sponsor.s factory issued
competition clothing that may include a Henley collar or mock turtle neck (no T-shirts.) Professionals and amateurs
will be allowed to compete while wearing shorts (men.s shorts must have a minimum inseam of six (6) inches.) All
competitive shooting classes are prohibited from competing in T-shirts, tank tops, cut-off jeans or short-shorts.
Each registered shooter will receive a Range Assignment Card with ASA Membership Number, Start Days, Start
Times, and Range & Target Assignments. Each shooter is responsible for having their Range Assignment Card with
them, and shooting at the time, target, and range designated unless instructed otherwise by a tournament or range
official. All times are on a first registered / first assigned basis by shooting class. Failure to have your assignment
card, failure to shoot your designated time, or shooting the incorrect range for your designated class will result in a
score of zero for that day.
Unless required by a rule in the "Classes" section herein, a shooter may change their shooting class only one time
during the tournament season. No points from a previous class will be carried forward toward the ASA Shooter of the
Year in the new class. Anyone who earned money in a class may only move up in class during the year.
No alcoholic beverages or controlled substances may be carried or consumed on the tournament grounds under
penalty of disqualification. No shooter will compete while under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled
substance(s) under penalty of disqualification.
Littering the grounds will not be tolerated. Anyone littering will be subject to disqualification from the tournament.
Prior to the start of competition on the first day, all shooters will be expected to attend a "Competitor Safety Meeting"
which should be considered mandatory. The meeting will cover information regarding the location of ranges, updates
from the Competition Committee on rulings and rules interpretations, and other special information. This meeting will
start thirty minutes prior to the start of each round, and will last approximately ten minutes. Anyone failing to act upon
information provided at this meeting may be disqualified from the tournament.
Unless approved by the Tournament Director no archer may compete in more than one class at a tournament.
Anyone found competing with another shooter.s Range Assignment Card will be disqualified.
No one may practice on any target to be used for tournament shooting. Anyone shooting in non-designated areas,
including parking areas, will be subject to disqualification.
Should a competitor be unable to participate, their entry fees may be transferred to another event at no charge. A
request for a refund will require a processing fee of $10.00 that will be deducted from any fees refunded. Entry fees
will not be refunded or credited if a competitor competes at any point in the event, leaves the competition early
because their shooting time was extended by the Tournament Director, or due to disqualification.
On all unknown distance competition ranges Shooters may not be on any range that they have been assigned to
shoot before they compete. Any shooter who is found to be in violation of this restriction will not be allowed to shoot
any competition range that they were on and will receive a score of zero for each range they visited. This restriction
does not apply to competitors or spectators that are on the ranges that are being used for a team competition, or for
parents of Eagle class competitors. Parents with their child are not allowed to leave the spectator viewing area.
Spectators & Guests:
Spectators are not allowed on the tournament ranges until the range official begins the competition.
Providing information or coaching to a shooter is strictly prohibited.
Spectators and guests are to avoid conversation while others are shooting as a courtesy. All cell phones and
pagers are to be turned off to avoid disturbing the competitors.
Each Pro/Am competition site establishes and enforces its own policy regarding pets. Should a site allow pets,
they shall be kept on leashes at all times. Pet owners shall be responsible for their pet.s behavior and for cleaning
up after them. Pets are not allowed to walk on competition ranges or on access routes to ranges at any time. Any
breach shall prohibit that pet from future ASA attendance.
Video and digital image cameras are not allowed on tournament ranges without prior approval from ASA. Still
photography is allowed, but the use of flash equipment during competitions is prohibited. (Special exceptions may
be made for the working press with official credentials.)
Spectators may not have range finders in their possession unless that range or competition area has been
designated for known distance competition. They will be required to surrender them or leave the range.
Spectators may assist by carrying items such as stools, umbrellas, ice chests, food, drinks, or other items for the
convenience of shooters, but must stay outside the shooting ropes at all times.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, RELEASES, AND WAIVERS:
As a participant in ASA Pro/Am events, all shooters and spectators (hereinafter referred to as Releasor) acknowledge
they are VOLUNTARILY participating or attending. Releasor should be aware that an archery tournament creates the risk
of serious personal injury or death. By participating, they realize they may experience loss or damage to personal
property. Releasors assume all risk of injury, death, and loss of personal property that may result from their participation
in these archery tournaments. By registering to participate and thereby agreeing to abide by the rules herein, Releasor
releases and discharges the Archery Shooters Association, LLC, tournament sponsors, host organizations, property
owners, and the tournament staff and volunteers (herein collectively referred to as "Releasees") from liabilities or injuries,
damages, or other loss sustained by the shooter as a result of negligence or strict liability of the released parties.
Liability Release: Releasor, being of lawful age, (or, in the case of a minor, through his/her parent or guardian) in
consideration of being permitted to participate in various shooting disciplines and activities, either as a member or
guest, do for themselves, their spouse, legal representatives, heirs, assigns and subrogors, hereby release, waive
and forever discharge Releasees from any and all liability for any and all losses and damages of any type or kind, and
from any and all claims, suits, demands, actions or rights of actions, of whatever kind, either in law or equity, arising
from or by reason of death, personal injury known or unknown, or property damage resulting from any incident which
may occur during Releasor.s presence at the Facility, and/or participation in any activity, whether caused in whole or
in part by the Releasees or any other person or thing at the host while Releasor is present. Releasor, and his/her
parent or guardian in the event Releasor is a minor, agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold Releasees harmless for
all Releasor.s actions or omissions while at the host. There is no limit to this indemnity. Releasor assumes full
responsibility for the risk of bodily injury, death or property damage due to the negligence of the Releasees or any
other third party or thing while at the Releasees Facility, and while competing, officiating, working, spectating, or for
any purpose at the Releasees Facility. Releasor fully and completely releases the Releasees and any of its related
parties or and from all liability to Releasor and to anyone or any entity claiming by, through or under Releasor, by
subrogation or otherwise, it being Releasor.s intent to fully waive and release all subrogation rights. Releasor agrees
that this Release Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law and that if any portion
hereof is held invalid, the balance hereof will continue in full force and effect. Releasor agrees that this release
constitutes the entire agreement between Releasor and Releasees and the terms of this release are contractual and
not a mere recital, and the same shall continue in full force and be applicable to any and all activities Releasor attends
while at the Releasees facility. Releasor has carefully read this release and understands all of its terms. Releasor
accepts the same voluntarily and with full knowledge of its content and significance as a condition of competing.
Participant Agreement: ASA Pro/Am events are sanctioned sporting events governed by rules. The ASA
Tournament Director and Competition Committee shall settle all disputes, and all decisions will be final and without
legal appeal. ASA reserves the right to restrict or deny entry into any event by any individual, and / or to designate
their competitive class.
Photo Release: By registering to participate in an ASA Tournament, shooters acknowledge and agree that
photographs or videotape of them may be taken while participating in ASA Tournaments and/or tournament related
activities. Shooters further agree that photographs and videotape may be used by the Tournament Director,
Sponsors, or the Press without royalties or prior consent to help promote ASA and the sport of archery. This is not a
release for specific product endorsements without the shooter.s prior consent.
The Competition Committee will consist of five (5) shooters, along with five (5) alternates. Members must commit to be in
attendance at every tournament. A maximum of three (3) members from the pro classes will be selected to serve on the
Committee, along with a minimum of two (2) amateurs or semi-pros. In addition to reviewing infractions and ruling on
grievances submitted by shooters, the committee will establish penalties that are not delineated in the ASA Rules, as well
as sanctions for conduct violations and repeat rules violators. They will also review general rules interpretations
submissions, and serve on the annual Rules Advisory Board.
Competition Committee will review all grievances and protests, as well as interpret the rules. All protests filed that
could affect the results of the competition must be resolved prior to the next round of competition, or prior to the
announcement of final results. All shooters agree to be bound by the decisions of the Competition Committee as final.
Any grievance or protest must be filed in writing with the Competition Committee within one (1) hour of completion of a
round, along with a $50.00 protest fee. If the Committee rules in favor of the protest, or the protest/grievance is
withdrawn, the fee will be returned. All decisions of the Committee will be final.
A general inquiry for an interpretation of a rule may be submitted in writing to the Competition Committee. The
Committee will review the submission at their earliest convenience, and a written response will be provided. No fee is
required for this review.
Unsportsmanlike conduct on the ranges or tournament grounds will not be tolerated.
Any incident of unsportsmanlike conduct will be reported to a tournament official who will file a report with the
Competition Committee immediately following the completion of the day.s competition. The first offense upheld
by the Committee will result in disqualification of the shooter from the event. A second offense will result in a
suspension for the remainder of the season with no refund of any entry fees already paid.
Verbal abuse directed at tournament officials, other shooters, or spectators will result in immediate disqualification
of the shooter from the tournament, along with a referral to the Competition Committee for further action.
The use of profanity is prohibited and violators are subject to disqualification.
ASA adheres to a maximum arrow speed in each competition class as measured by the official on-site chronographs,
with a three percent (3%) margin for differences between chronographs. Refer to the section "CLASSES" of these
rules for the maximum speed allowable in each class. Each competitor understands and agrees that they may be
required to shoot through the designated on-site chronograph. Any arrow required to be shot through the chronograph
during or after a tournament round that exceeds the maximum arrow speed for their class, plus three percent (3%) will
result in the disqualification of that round.s score.
All targets will be 3-D targets manufactured by McKenzie Targets that feature the ASA Pro 12-Ring.
and Pro 14Ring
set at distances, up to the maximum, as shown in the "CLASSES" section of these rules. ASA strives to
adhere to the maximum recommendation, but range conditions may create target positions that may exceed the
maximum. All targets will be placed vertical to the horizon and all groups are to insure that the targets are returned to
this position after removing their arrows. No target may be placed with the head of the target quartered toward the
shooter ("front-angled"), and the head of the target may not be quartered away ("rear-angled") from the shooter at an
angle greater than that which would promote damage to the target, or create glance-offs. The entire 8, 10, 12 & 14ring
scoring areas will be visible from the stake. Shooters may have a range official remove any limbs or debris that
blocks their view of these scoring areas on the target.
Arrows of any type may be used provided they subscribe to the accepted principle and meaning of the word arrow as
used in target archery, have not been altered from the manufacturer's original specifications (except cut to size), and
that these arrows do not cause undue damage to the 3-D targets. An arrow consists of a shaft with a field or glue-in
point, nock, fletching (which may only consist of individual vanes used to stabilize the arrow and which may not be
connected to each other by any means above the shaft) and, if desired, cresting. The maximum diameter of arrow
shafts will not exceed .422"; the field or glue-in point for these arrows may have a maximum diameter of .425".
Shooters are required to be on their assigned target fifteen (15) minutes before the shotgun start to provide range
officials sufficient time to insure that all participants are in groups of no less than three (3) shooters. Each group will
"draw lots" to determine who will shoot first, second, third, etc. The shooters will alternate being the first shooter at
each subsequent stake, with their shooting order maintained throughout the round. Any shooter who does not shoot
the first target with their assigned group (except as may be permitted in "Shooting Time Allowed Rule ?E.") will not be
allowed to shoot that round and will receive a score of zero.
It is recommended and desirable that groups have no more than five shooters, however, individual tournament
circumstances may require a maximum of six shooters on a stake. Groups must have a minimum of three shooters for
an official score. If a shooter in a group of three experiences a breakdown that leaves only two shooters in the group,
the range official will be the second scorer and accompany the group and score until the third shooter returns.
Prior to shooting, each range will be instructed to proceed under "Free Pull" or under the instruction of the Range
Official. In both procedures, each group will signal their completion of the target by standing five (5) steps inside the
shooting stake toward the target. They will remain there until: (1) the groups on each side are finished and have also
moved forward under "Free Pull"; or (2) the range official announces "pull" and they may then proceed to the target.
Any group proceeding to the target too soon will receive a warning for the first offense with the penalty for any
subsequent offense being a score of zero for the entire group.
The following rules will be monitored, judged and adhered to by each group among themselves during each
day's competitions. No warnings are required to be issued during a "Special Competition" that is being conducted by
ASA tournament officials.
Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption, each shooter must straddle, or touch with either
foot, the appropriate "shooting stake" for their class. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for failure to
straddle or touch the stake on the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five points from
target score, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero. Anyone that deliberately does not attempt to
shoot from the designated shooting stake, or that deliberately stands on or bends the shooting stake, shall not only
receive a score of zero for that target but will be in violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1
"Unsportsmanlike Conduct" and will be referred to the Competition Committee for action including suspension.
In consideration of time, no shooter may glass the target from the shooting stake after taking their shot. Shooters may
glass the target prior to shooting, but are reminded of the time restriction after assuming their position at the stake. A
shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction
of five points from target score, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
As a courtesy to fellow competitors there will be no talking to spectators or other groups while other competitors in the
group are shooting. The use of cell phones is prohibited during competition and cell phones and pagers are to be
turned off. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is
a deduction of five points from target score, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
After you set your sights and draw your bow, you cannot reset your sights after a letdown. Penalty: A score of zero
for that target.
Shooters with movable sites are required to keep their yardage indicator covered before and after setting. A shooter
will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense is a deduction of five
points, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
For safety considerations, and to insure a timely competition, no archer will go behind a target to look for a lost arrow
or for any other reason except to retrieve an arrow that is visible to the group. Shooters are expected to carry enough
arrows to complete the round. A shooter will receive a warning from the group for the first offense. The penalty for the
second offense is a deduction of five points, and each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
A group may not approach the next shooting stake until the group occupying that stake has fully cleared the area.
Anyone advancing to the next stake and interfering with the movement of the other group will receive a score of zero
for that target. Anyone found examining or touching the equipment of another shooter without permission shall be in
violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1 "Unsportsmanlike Conduct."
Only one arrow, per shooter, per target will be shot from the stake. A dropped arrow that falls while being nocked
onto the string in preparation for a shot may be picked up and shot with no penalty. If in the process of letting down
the arrow drops off the bow it may be picked up and shot with no penalty. However, the shooter is responsible for
maintaining control of the arrow at all times and the arrow must not be intentionally released, or in any way propelled
by the string, or it will be scored as a zero. In addition, pointing the bow at the ground in front of the shooter is
dangerous. If an arrow is intentionally released at the ground, the shooter shall not only receive a score of zero for
that Pro/Am competition, they will be in violation of Competition Committee Rules paragraph D-1 "Unsportsmanlike
Conduct" and will be referred to the Competition Committee for possible further disciplinary action.
Shooters are permitted to receive assistance from only one shooter in their group. Assistance will be limited to
holding a cap or a single standard golf-style umbrella.
Binoculars are allowed, but may be checked at random by a tournament official or if requested by another competitor.
If the official deems any markings as inappropriate, the glasses will be confiscated and presented to the Competition
Committee under the Shooting Rule on range finding. In addition, any binoculars that are pre-marked by the factory,
but are being used by the shooter as a mechanical device for range finding will be confiscated and presented for
review to the Competition Committee.
The projection of a light or reference point, either directly or by reflection, onto a target is prohibited. This prohibition
includes lighted nocks which may be used but which must go dark prior to the next shooter assuming the stake.
Anyone in violation of this prohibition will receive a score of zero for that round.
Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption, the use of any device or outside agency (including
stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting is
prohibited. Anyone violating this rule shall receive a score of zero for each target where the violation occurred.
Competitors in "Fixed Pin" classes may make one "gang adjustment" of their sight during competition without calling a
breakdown. The adjustment may be made following a shot and prior to proceeding to the next target, under the
following procedure: (1) inform the group, and (2) make the adjustment to the whole pin set in front of the group.
Individual pins may not be adjusted, and further adjustments must be made under Shooting Time Allowed, Rule "E-1".
Known Distance & Unknown Distance Competition: The Tournament Director shall have the option to designate
individual classes or ranges for Known Distance or Unknown Distance competition for either or both days.
Unknown Distance competitions only:
Range finding is prohibited. All distances will be judged by the naked eye. No equipment, including but not limited
to sights, binoculars, or spotting scopes will be used in a manner inconsistent with this prohibition. Using any part of
the shooter.s body is prohibited, which includes "gapping techniques" that may also use equipment, or the "stepping
off" of the distance to, or from, any target. Shooters may carry "target cards" reflecting a picture or rendering of the
specific targets being shot, but no marks or notations of any type may be made on these cards. In addition, the
prohibition on marks or notations includes carrying, or making, any additional notes about yardages or features of any
target on a competition range. Penalty: Any offense upheld by the Competition Committee will result in disqualification
of the shooter from the event, (with no refund of entry fees paid) and a minimum suspension for the remainder of the
season. The shooter will be required to submit a request for reinstatement that must be reviewed and approved by
the Competition Committee before the shooter will be permitted to compete in an ASA sanctioned event.
Exchanging target information with shooters in your group, spectators, or other groups while shooting is strictly
prohibited. This prohibition also includes the taking of notes on target distances which is prohibited under Rule "S" on
range finding. Violations will be referred to the Competition Committee. The first offense will result in disqualification
of the shooter from the event. A second offense will result in a suspension for the remainder of the tournament
season with no refund of any entry fees paid.
Known Distance competition only:
For ranges designated for Known Distance competition, yardages will be provided as measured within a one yard
tolerance based on the equipment used. Shooters may elect to use range finders, but may not delay the time allowed
and are required to share their information if requested by another competitor in their group. Using any part of the
shooter.s body is prohibited, which includes "gapping techniques" that may also use equipment, or the "stepping off"
of the distance to, or from, any target. Shooters may carry "target cards" reflecting a picture or rendering of the
specific targets being shot, but no marks or notations of any type may be made on these cards. In addition, the
prohibition on marks or notations includes carrying, or making, any additional notes about yardages or features of any
target on a competition range.
SHOOTING TIME ALLOWED:
Each twenty (20) target Unknown Distance round will be shot in three hours and thirty minutes. Each twenty (20)
target Known Distance round will be shot in three hours. However, it shall be the final determination of the
Tournament Director to cancel, postpone, delay tournament activities, and / or determine the appropriate time frame
for completion of the round in the case of inclement weather or extenuating circumstances.
Each group will be responsible for monitoring and adhering to the following pace of shooting:
Upon commencement of the round by a verbal announcement of the range official the first shooter at each target
will be allowed two minutes in Unknown Distance and one minute in Known Distance to shoot his arrow.
Each remaining member of the group will be allocated one minute to shoot.
Each group will be permitted four minutes to score the target, pull arrows and reach the next stake at which point
the time allotment procedure repeats.
Any shooter who fails to adhere to their specified time limit will receive a warning from the group or range official
for the first offense. The penalty for all subsequent offenses is a deduction of five points from target score, and
each subsequent offense will receive a score of zero.
The following are the only conditions under which a shooter may leave the range and return to receive credit for the
day.s competition. The shooter will be allocated additional time to complete any targets missed in the presence of two
scorers designated by the range official, or by the range official, who will be responsible for scoring and completing
the shooter.s score card.
Equipment failure need not be visible, but must be reported to a tournament official. If the equipment failure
occurs during the act of shooting, the arrow will be scored as shot. The shooter will have up to forty-five (45)
minutes from the time the shooter is picked up for equipment replacement or repair. Each shooter is limited to
one (1) repair or replacement of equipment per tournament. A shooter with a second breakdown will be allowed
to repair or replace their equipment, but will not be allowed to make up missed targets.
Any shooter leaving the range for a personal time-out must first check-in with the range official, and must then
check back with the official within five minutes and complete the round.
After the allotted time the range official will call time and shooters may complete the target being shot. Further
shooting will cease and scores will be totaled on targets completed and a zero recorded for each incomplete target.
Scorecards will be available at the entrance to each range. Shooters will pick up the official colored scorecard for that
day, along with one white "shooter.s copy" scorecard which is to be retained by the shooter for their record, at the
beginning of each round. The properly completed official colored scorecard must be turned in by the group within
fifteen minutes of completion of competition and prior to leaving the range to receive credit for that day.s competition.
All information on the scorecard must be accurate with all information completely and properly filled in.
Information blocks left blank, incomplete, or reflecting incorrect information will result in a deduction of ten points
from their score. Any changes must be initialed by the scorer and competitor.
If the number of 12 & 14 Rings.
is left blank it will be scored as zero.
No changes may be made to the official score card after the scorekeeper and shooter have signed the scorecard.
If a shooter changes his scorecard after it has been signed by the scorekeeper, the shooter will receive a score of
zero for that tournament (and toward Shooter of the Year rankings) and will be brought before the ASA
Competition Committee for further action.
Each group will designate two members of their group as "Scorers" and two as "Scorekeepers." If a group has only
three shooters, one will act as Scorer with the two Scorekeepers alternating as the second Scorer.
Scorers will judge and score each arrow and call out the results to be recorded on the respective shooter.s
scorecards by the Scorekeepers. (See Scoring Rule "C").
Scorekeepers will maintain one scorecard for each shooter and be responsible for recording each arrow. A
scorekeeper may not keep his or her own colored "official" card. Scorekeepers will record the total score and total
number of 12 & 14 Rings.
at the end of the round.
The completed official colored scorecard must be reviewed and signed as correct by the Scorekeeper and the
shooter. Any shooter serving as a scorekeeper must turn in the scored and signed "official" scorecard of the other
scorekeeper. Any shooter turning in an "official" card on which they are both the shooter and scorekeeper will
receive a score of zero for that day.
The Scorekeepers for each shooting group must turn in the official scorecards for the group together except when
a shooter is permitted to make-up targets due to an equipment failure or other approved leave. Shooters assume
full responsibility for the accuracy of the information and scores on their cards. Any group that does not turn in
their scorecards together before leaving the range will receive a score of zero for that day, as well as toward
qualification for the ASA World Championship Classic and Shooter of the Year rankings, if applicable.
All arrows must remain in the target until all arrows are scored. The arrow shaft must be touching a portion of the next
highest scoring line to be scored for the higher value. All scoring shall be done with the naked eye without the aid of
any special magnification with the exception of prescription glasses or contacts. The status of any doubtful arrows
must be determined before drawing any arrow from the target. The score is based on the status of the arrow while all
other arrows remain in the target. Arrows may not be removed until a scoring judgment has been made and no
changes may be made to the score after removal of any arrow. Targets may not be moved or dislodged for scoring
purposes, and shall be returned to their proper upright position upon removal of the arrows. If both Scorers are in
agreement, the score will stand. Should the Scorers be unable to reach an agreement, the Scorekeepers (except on
a call of their own arrow) will alternate the responsibility of making the final determination before any arrows are
removed. Groups will be responsible for calling their own arrows. ASA Range Officials will not make arrow calls
except when a group has only two shooters or during special competitions and shoot-offs.
Target "Pass Through" or "Rebound" without striking another arrow: (1) Arrows passing through the front of, but still in,
the target will be pushed back and scored, (2) If the group agrees and confirms that an arrow passed through at the
target.s "Insert Seam" the shooter will be given a score based on the point of pass through not to exceed eight points,
(3) If the group agrees and confirms that the arrow actually passed through the target due to the high number of
arrows that had been shot at the target, the range official is to be notified and the shooter will be allowed to take the
score where the "pass-through" occurred as determined by the group up to a maximum score of 10 points, or (4) If the
group agrees and confirms that the arrow "rebounded" off the target without striking another arrow the shooter will be
allowed to take the score where the "rebound" occurred as determined by the group up to a maximum score of 10
points. Special Note: A score of 12 or 14 points will not be permitted under sections 3 or 4 of this rule.
Any arrow embedded ("Robin Hood") in the nock of another arrow will be scored the same as the arrow it is
Any arrow rebounded off an Arrow (a "Robin Hood" that strikes and damages another arrow and does not proceed
toward the target, but bounces back) will be scored the same as the arrow it struck, provided the damaged arrow can
Any arrow deflected by contact with another arrow already in the target and still proceeding toward the target will be
scored as the greater of: (1) where it lies in the target; or (2) a maximum of five (5) points if it is not in the target.
Arrows in the corresponding area of the target will be scored with point values of 5, 8, 10, 12 or 14 as shown in the
diagram below. Each target will have two (2) 12-rings, but only one will be scored in each round as specified by the
Tournament Director. Knowing the correct 12-ring for that day.s competition is the responsibility of the shooter prior to
beginning the round. The use of the 14-ring will be determined by the Tournament Director for each round of
competition and will be announced at the Safety Meeting prior to the first round.
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The point of the arrow must be imbedded in the target to be scored except as provided for in rules "D", "E", and "F"
above, or the arrow will be scored as a zero.
In classes where a final Shoot Down is not conducted, scoring ties (including first place) will be broken by the number
of bonus rings. If a 1st place tie cannot be broken by bonus rings, and if time and weather permit at that tournament,
the "Closest-to-the-12" tie-break procedure which consists of each shooter shooting one arrow at a designated target
will be used. The arrow that is closest to the center of the lower twelve ring (regardless of actual score) will receive an
additional bonus ring added to their final score. If for any reason a shoot-off cannot be held, and for all other places
that are tied by bonus rings, the sum of the prize money for the tied places will be divided equally between the
shooters. Special rules apply to all ties for 1, 2, and 3places in classes designated for a final Shoot Down and
are addressed in the "Final Shoot Down Rule".
CLASS DEFINITIONS AND RULES:
All "Open" classes may use any compound or recurve bow, sight, release, stabilizer or equipment unless specifically
prohibited in any other part of these rules, or by a ruling of the Competition Committee. Overdraws do not designate shoot
class or shooting style. Sight type and/or release type is the determining factors for all non-Open classes. In Limited
classes, only gloves, tabs, or fingers are acceptable, or a chew strap (tab held by the teeth) may be used in place of
fingers. ASA reserves the right to review any equipment / accessories and determine its suitability for competition. The
following equipment / accessories are prohibited in all classes: (1) broadheads or any other point or tip not intended for
target use; (2) retaining mechanisms which allow the bow to be mechanically held in the drawn position (except
crossbows); (3) laser sights; (4) devices or any outside agency (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass
weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting. ASA retains the right to waive certain equipment
restrictions or shooting rules as they may apply under specific circumstances to physically challenged competitors.
All earnings requirements for classes are based on a shooters ASA Pro/Am earnings and year-end bonuses from their
individual class competition. Paybacks and bonuses exclude the Friday Team Shoot, Known Distance Shoot, and ASA
Federation paybacks. All classes shown include the maximum unmeasured yardage and arrow speed.
ASA reserves the right at any time to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the
competitor.s prior archery experience, performance in other archery competitions, or the individual.s established
competition level in another organization. If, for example, someone shooting ASA for the first time feels that they are
entitled to compete in the Open "C" class, but their previous archery experience, or competition status in another
organization confirms that they are not a novice, then ASA reserves the right to require that individual to compete in a
higher Open class. Anyone who competes using a compound bow as a professional or semi-professional in other
nationally sanctioned 3-D or field events must compete in the respective ASA Pro class if available. In addition, anyone
who receives sponsor support that exceeds $2,000.00 per year in products, equipment, services, or cash is required to
shoot in semi-pro or pro. Anyone who has earned more than $5,000.00 in career ASA Pro/Am earnings must compete in
Semi-Pro or Pro. Anyone who has won their way out of an ASA class may not return to that class unless approved by the
Competition Committee. Any requests for consideration for reassignment to a lower class must be submitted in writing no
less than two weeks prior to competition for review by the Competition Committee.
PROFESSIONAL -Open Pros may roll back to Semi-Pro if they earned less than $500.00 in the previous two years.
Competitors in all other Pro Classes that have not won any prize money in their most recent year of competition may
request to be considered for the highest amateur class available for their equipment setup subject to the submission
and approval of a written request to the Competition Committee. Competing in any Pro Class requires the payment of
an annual ASA Pro Certification.
Open Pro -No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
Women.s Open Pro - Open to female competitors only. 50 yards, 280 FPS
Senior Open Pro* -Age 50* and over, no restriction on sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
Semi-Pro -No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
Anyone who competed in the Semi-Pro class in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition, had at least
two top-ten finishes, and earned over $2,000.00 in ASA Pro/Am earnings must compete in Open Pro. Anyone that
won over $200.00 in Semi-Pro in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition, competed in a Pro Class
within the last two years, has career earnings over $5,000.00, receives sponsor support over $2,000.00 per year
in products, equipment, services or cash, or had two top ten finishes and more than $600.00 in ASA Pro/Am
earnings in Open A in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition is required to shoot in Semi-Pro or Pro.
ASA membership is required, Pro Certification optional.
Known 50 Open - No restrictions on age or sex. Known distance only. 50 yards, 280 FPS
Anyone required to compete in semi-pro or above must compete in the 50 yard class. ASA membership is
required, Pro Certification optional.
AMATEUR - Open to ASA members in good standing.
Open A -No restrictions on age or sex. 45 yards, 280 FPS
Anyone in Open A that had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of ASA
Pro/Am competition must compete in Semi-Pro or higher. Any Open B Class shooter who won more than $400 in
prize money and had at least two top-ten finishes in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition must shoot
Men.s Open A. Anyone who won $200 or more in Open A during their most recent year of competition may not
move down in class.
Men.s Open B 45 yards, 280 FPS
This class is open to any amateur who did not win more than $400 and have 2 top-ten finishes in Open B, or
$600.00 in Known 45, with at least two top-ten finishes, or won less than $200.00 in Open A, during their most
recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition.
Known 45 Open -No restrictions on age or sex. Known distance only. 45 yards, 280 FPS
Any amateur eligible to compete in Open A or lower may compete in the Known 45 class. Anyone in Known 45
that had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of ASA Pro/Am competition must
compete in Known 50 or Open A.
Senior Men.s Open Class -Age 50* and over. 45 yards, 280 FPS
Men.s Unlimited -Release, fixed pins with magnification, any stabilizer. 45 yards, 280 FPS
AMATEUR - The following classes may shoot in one event per year without a full membership.
Men.s Hunter 40 yards, 280 FPS
This class is open to anyone who did not compete in Open A (or higher), win more than $200 in prize money in
Unlimited or Open B, or win more than $400.00 in Hunter during their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am
competition. All other amateur classes are eligible. Release, fixed pins with magnification allowed. Stabilizer Rule
-A front stabilizer (or system including quick releases and/or enhancers) may be used, but may not exceed
twelve inches (12") in total length from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of
the riser provided by the manufacturer. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a
maximum of two extensions, but may not extend more than six inches (6") in length as measured from either: (1)
the point of attachment on the rear of the riser provided by the manufacturer, or (2) if there is no rear point of
attachment the system may not extend more than six inches (6") beyond the back of the grip.
Men's Open C 40 yards, 280 FPS
This class is reserved for participants who shoot at the novice level in the open equipment class in their state, or
that won less than $300.00 in prize money in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition in any class that
competes at 40 yards or less. At any point during the season that a competitor in Open C earns more than
$300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of Open B, Hunter, Limited or other higher class for the
remainder of the season. No Shooter of the Year will be awarded in this class.
Super Senior Men.s Open Class -Age 60* and over. 40 yards, 280 FPS
Master Senior Men.s Open Class -Age 69* and over. 40 yards, 280 FPS
Men.s Open Limited -Fingers with any sights. 40 yards, 280 FPS
Young Adult Male Open -Ages 15 -18*. 40 yards, 280 FPS
Traditional 25 yards, 280 FPS
Bow must be either recurve or longbow without wheels or cams. No release aid, no sights, a single stabilizer up
to 12" in length measured from the point of attachment, no overdraws, no draw checks, must have one finger
touching the arrow nock, and must use one consistent anchor point. No marks on the sight window, string, or
bow to use as an aiming or judging reference. All arrows must be identical in size, weight and construction.
Women.s Known 40 Open - Known distance only. 40 yards, 280 FPS
Anyone in Women.s Known 40 that had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $400.00 in their last year of
ASA Pro/Am competition must compete in Women.s Open or higher.
Women.s Open 45 yards, 280 FPS
10. Senior Women.s Open -Age 50* and over.
40 yards, 280 FPS
11. Women's Hunter -Fixed pins, no magnification, any release.
30 yards, 260 FPS
This class is reserved for ASA Pro/Am participants who have won less than $300.00 in prize money and had less
than two top ten finishes in any class, or year, of ASA Pro/Am competition. See "Hunter" above for stabilizer rules
12. Bow Novice -Fixed pins, no magnification, any release.
30 yards, 280 FPS
This class is reserved for participants who shoot in the novice pins class at the state level, or that won less than
$300.00 in prize money in this class in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition. At any point during the
season that a competitor in this class earns more than $300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of
Open C, Hunter, or other higher class for the remainder of the season. See "Hunter" above for stabilizer rules and
restrictions. No Shooter of the Year will be awarded in this class.
13. Youth Open Boy.s Ages 13-14*
30 yards, 240 FPS**
14. Youth Open Girl's Ages 13-14*
30 yards, 240 FPS**
15. Youth Pins
Ages 13-14* 30 yards, 240 FPS**
Fixed pins, no magnification, any release. See "Hunter" above for stabilizer rules and restrictions.
16. Senior Eagle Open Ages 11-12*, Parental supervision. 25 yards, 230 FPS**
17. Eagle Open
Ages 9-10*, Parental supervision. 20 yards, 220 FPS**
18. Junior Eagle Open Ages 6-8*, Parental supervision.
15 yards, 220 FPS**
* Senior Class age requirements are based on the age of the competitor as of December 31st of the current year.
All Youth classes (through age 18) are based on the competitors age as of March 1st. Anyone in Young Adult
must still be in high school, or have graduated during the current season.
** In the interests of safety and the well being of our youth class competitors, all Youth and Eagle class must be
able to draw their bow under control and without undue difficulty. If in the opinion of the Range Official the
competitor is having difficulty drawing and controlling the bow, the competitor shall be required to decrease the
poundage to allow them to properly draw and shoot the bow regardless of arrow speed.
Crossbows: All ASA Pro/Am Rules of Competition are in force except as may be modified or defined as follows:
Crossbows must be stock models (with the exception of strings and cables) with a maximum draw weight of 175
pounds. They must be in sound working condition with a working safety and no modifications except adjustments
for fit and alignment are allowed.
Scopes may be used and may be equipped with lines or mills dots. No light or image may be projected onto the
target, and there can be no range finding capability.
Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption, crossbows may only be shot while in a
standing position and the use of any device or outside agency including wrapping the sling around the arm,
hooked butt-plates, palm rests, stabilizer bars, or a prop stick that allows the mass weight of the bow to be
relieved from either arm or to steady the bow while shooting is prohibited. The use of the forward elbow against
the archer.s rib cage / side is permitted.
Arrows must be identical in size and weight with a minimum of three (3) vanes.
Crossbows may only be cocked and loaded while the Archer is at the stake. While the crossbow is loaded it must
remain pointed down range at all times.
Crossbow Hunter 40 yards, 300 fps
Scopes may be 4x or less, levels and stabilizers are not allowed.
Manufacturers Xbow 40 yards, 330 fps
Scopes may be 8x or less, levels and stabilizers are allowed.
CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING:
Professionals: Participate in three Pro/Am events, or win one Pro/Am event.
Semi-Pros and Amateurs: Participate in two Pro/Am events, win one Pro/Am event, or compete in their respective
ASA Federation State Championship.
ASA reserves the right to extend "at-large" invitations in all classes to shooters who are deemed worthy of competing,
but who may have been prevented from regular qualifying due to special circumstances.
SHOOTER OF THE YEAR:
Shooter of the Year will be based on a shooter.s five highest Pro/Am scores in the same class from the Pro/Am
season, plus their Classic score. A tie for first in any Pro Class not broken by bonus-rings will be broken by a Final
Shoot Down. Ties for any place in any Amateur Class not broken by bonus rings will be considered co-winners and
duplicate trophies will be issued, along with the sharing of any prize money. Anyone not competing at the Classic will
not be eligible for any Shooter of the Year consideration.
All Eagle Classes will be based on their best three Pro/Am scores, plus their Classic score.
No "Shooter of the Year" will be awarded in Open C, or Bow Novice.
FINAL SHOOTDOWN RULES:
Should time and weather permit upon completion of the Pro/Am competition the Tournament Director may designate
classes for a ShootDown to determine the final order of finish.
Designated classes may have up to five participants as determined by the Tournament Director. In case of a tie in
score and in bonus rings for the fifth spot the Tournament Director will use the "Closest-to-the-12" tie-break procedure
(see Scoring Rules "J") to determine the fifth position.
The initial round of a final Shoot Down will consist of one target for each of the up to five participants.
Prior to the start of their ShootDown, all competitors will be provided a ten-minute period to judge the initial five
targets. Anyone not present for any, or all, of the judging period forfeits this opportunity and will be required to adhere
to the Shoot Down pace without additional time for judging.
The first place Shooter will start on target one, second place on target two, and so forth.
The group will have one minute to shoot their respective target. Anyone not shooting within the allotted one minute
will be given a zero for that target.
Shooters will remain at their stake until their arrow is scored and then will proceed to the next target.
Shooters are responsible for having enough arrows to complete the initial five target ShootDown.
After the initial round all shooters within ten points of the leader will proceed to a Final Arrow with the lowest score
shooting first and proceeding to the leader.
Bonus rings may not break a tie for first place in the pro classes (except as provided for due to weather or time under
Scoring Rules "J".) Should a tie in total score exist for first place following the Final Arrow, the Shooters tied for first
will continue to shoot until the tie is broken by total score. The individual with the most bonus rings will select the order
of shooting. If tied, a coin toss will determine the order of shooting.
Due to manufacturer contingency programs there will be a clear second and third place order of finish. Should a tie
exist for second and/or third place that is not broken by total bonus-rings, the Tournament Director will use the
"Closest-to-the-12" tie-break procedure (see Scoring Rules "J") to break the tie. A coin toss will determine the order of