Northern Ireland Field
Archery Association
SHOOTING RULES

INDEX
    SHOOTING RULES:
  1. ARTICLE IV - General Rules for Field Archery Games
  2. ARTICLE V - Official Rounds
  3. ARTICLE VI – Course Lay-Out Requirements
  4. ARTICLE X - Safety Policy
  5. ARTICLE XI - Shooting Etiquette
    PROCEDURES:
  1. Membership Cards
  2. Qualifications and Status for Representative Shooting
  3. Tournament Standards
  4. National Records
  5. Incentives
  6. NIFAA and IFAA Classifications
  7. Juniors and Cubs
  8. Range Charter
  9. Insurance
  10. Miscellaneous
  11. Protest Procedure

SHOOTING RULES

The NIFAA adopts the following By-Laws of the IFAA (2009/2010 Edition):

ARTICLE IV – GENERAL RULES FOR FIELD ARCHERY GAMES

ARTICLE V – OFFICIAL ROUNDS

ARTICLE VI – COURSE LAY-OUT REQUIREMENTS

ARTICLE VII – CLASSIFICATION

ARTICLE VIII – JUNIOR DIVISION

ARTICLE IX – CUB DIVISION

with the following deletions, additions and amendments.
Ammendments come into effect 30 days after notification to all NIFAA membership

1. ARTICLE IV - GENERAL RULES FOR FIELD ARCHERY GAMES

E. Shooting Styles

  Bow Styles in IFAA  

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DELETE 7. Longbow – (L.B.) and

REPLACE WITH: -

7. English Longbow - (E.L.B.)

i) The bow shall be of "D" section through its entire length and shall be made entirely of wood or laminations of wood. Nocks may be of any other material.

ii) There shall be no sight window or arrow rest allowed. Arrows must be shot off the hand.

iii) The length between nocks shall not be less than 5 feet for arrows up to 26 inches in length, and not less than 5 feet 6 inches for arrows over 26 inches in length.

iv) The limb thickness from belly to back is at no point to be less than 3/5ths the overall width of the limb at any point.

v) No device of any type that may be used for sighting shall be permitted, either on the bow or attached to the archer‟s equipment.

vi) The following are NOT permitted; Clickers, draw-checks, levels, stabilisers and devices for lengthening or shortening the draw length of an archer.

vii) Laminations, artificial marks or blemishes may NOT appear on the upper limb in the field of vision at full draw.

viii) String shall be of ONE colour only, with a single nocking point. A serving of any ONE colour may be used. Any marks, ties or string attachments (except brush buttons properly located or silencers less than 12” from the nocking point) are NOT permitted.

ix) One anchor point only is permitted (i.e. no face walking).

x) An archer shall hold the string when shooting in the traditional manner, i.e. index finger above the nock and middle finger below the nock, except in cases of physical deformity or handicap for which special dispensation may be made (apply to General Secretary).

xi) Arrows shall be made of wood. Piles must be of such diameter as not to cause excessive damage to target faces. Fletch must be feather. All arrows shall be identical in length, weight, diameter and fletching with allowance for wear and tear. Arrows, which do not conform to the permitted specification, must NOT be included in, or carried with the archer‟s equipment during competition; exceptions are arrows found during the shoot and damaged arrows accepted for the convenience of carrying.

xii) There shall be no restriction placed on the bow draw weight.

ADD –

9. American Flat Bow (AFB)

i) A one-piece straight-ended bow of any material.

ii) The belly must be free of any marks or blemishes that can be used as sighting aids.

iii) The bow may contain a window and an arrow shelf.

iv) Only one nocking point is allowed on the string.

v) Arrows must be of wood, fletched with natural feather, and must be of the same length, fletch and pile without regard for colour.

vi) Nocks may be of any material; any weight of pile may be used.

vii) The bow must be shot with the „Mediterranean‟ loose.

viii) One consistent anchor point must be used.

10. Hunting Style Division (HS)

i) No device of any type that may be used for sighting may be used or attached to the archer‟s equipment.

ii) There shall be no device, mechanical or otherwise, in the sight window, except the arrow rest and adjustable pressure button where used.

iii) The following are NOT permitted; Clickers, Draw Checks, Levels, Stabilisers and devices for lengthening or shortening the draw length of an archer.

iv) Laminations, artificial marks or blemishes may not appear on the upper limb in the field of vision at full draw. A sight window that is altered from standard configuration and not offered as a standard option without charge by the manufacturer is NOT acceptable.

v) String shall be of ONE colour only, with a single nocking point. A serving of any ONE colour may be used. Any marks, ties or string attachments (except brush buttons properly located or silencers less than 12” from the nocking point) are NOT permitted.

vi) One anchor point only is permitted (i.e. no face walking).

vii) An archer shall hold the string when shooting in the traditional manner, i.e. index finger above the nock and middle finger below the nock, except in cases of physical deformity or handicap for which special dispensation may be given (apply to General Secretary).

viii) Arrows shall be made of wood. Piles must be of such dimension as not to cause excessive damage to the target faces. Fletch must be feather. All arrows shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, and fletching with allowance for wear and tear. Arrows, which do not conform to the permitted specification, must not be included in or carried with the archer‟s equipment during competition; exceptions are arrows found during the shoot and damaged arrows accepted for convenience of carrying.

ix) A bow quiver installed on the opposite side of the sight window, with no part of the quiver visible in the sight window, is permitted.

x) There shall be no restriction placed on the bow draw weight.

xi) Compound bows shall not be permitted in this division.

F. Divisions of Competition

2. Amateur – Adults, Veterans, Juniors and Cubs. Veteran Men and Women:

For NIFAA Tournaments:-

a)..NIFAA recognises the Veteran Men and Women divisions.
b)..NIFAA recognises National, Regional and International records shot by NIFAA Veteran members providing they are properly entered in the relevant division.
c)..Veteran members may shoot in either division but NOT both.

Cubs, boys and girls (under 13 years of age):

For NIFAA Tournaments, Cubs may also shoot Bowhunter Recurve, Bowhunter Compound, Bowhunter Limited, English Longbow, American Flat Bow and Hunting Style.

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2. ARTICLE V - OFFICIAL ROUNDS

J. IFAA Indoor Round

AMEND –

NIFAA adopts and amends the IFAA Indoor Round as its PAA Round except:

i) The standard unit shall consist of 12 ends of five arrows shot from a distance of 20 yards (Adults, Juniors and Cubs).

ii) Shooting Rules. One face shall be used for each archer shooting. Archers shall stand with their leading foot behind the 20-yard shooting line. Arrows shall be withdrawn after each end.

iii) Although a personal record may be kept on the archer‟s membership card, the round is not recognised for classification purposes.

ADD

K. New Marked Forester Round

i) The standard unit shall consist of the following 14 shots:

3 x 4 arrows shot on a face with a 4” spot with all markers set between 40 and 60 yards. Markers are to be no further than 5 yards apart.

4 x 3 arrows shot on a face with a 3” spot with all markers set between 30 and 40 yards. Markers are to be no further than 4 yards apart.

4 x 2 arrows shot on a face with a 2” spot with both markers set between 15 and 30 yards. Markers are to be no further than 3 yards apart.

3 x 1 arrow shot on a face with a 1” spot with the marker set between 20 and 30 feet.

ii) Faces Faces used shall be Bengston Bowhunter faces, as follows:

Face

10 Ring Size

Spot Size

Spot Colour

Stag

Black Bear

Wild Boar

12”

12”

12”

4”

4”

4”

Black

Yellow

Black

Wolverine

Lynx

Wolf

Roe Deer

9”

9”

9”

9”

3”

3”

3”

3”

Yellow

Black

Black

Yellow

Hare

Black Grouse

Fox

Wood Grouse

Coon

Owl

6”

6”

6”

6”

6”

6”

2”

2”

2”

2”

2”

2”

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Black

Cock Pheasant

Marten

Rabbit

Squirrel

Woodcock

Jay

Jack Rabbit

3”

3”

3”

3”

3”

3”

3”

1”

1”

1”

1”

1”

1”

1”

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow

iii) It is recommended for each 1” spot face that two 1” spot faces be used to minimise arrow damage.

iv) Shooting Rules. One arrow is to be shot from each marker. Multi marker shots can be walk-ups or fans with the width to be no more than 5 yards overall.

v) Scoring.

Scoring shall be:

Aiming spot 15 points

Inner ring 10 points

Wound area 5 points.

vi) Cubs.

Cubs will shoot from black markers and the unit shall consist of the following shots:

Distance to be Shot

Number of Shots

Size of Spot

As adult

As adult

As adult

10 yds

10 yds

15 yds

15 yds

20 yds

20 yds

20 yds

20 yds

25 yds

30 yds

15-20-25-30 yds

1

1

1

2

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

4

4

4

1”

1”

1”

2”

2”

2”

2”

3”

3”

3”

3”

4”

4”

4”

vii) Juniors.

Juniors shall shoot the adult markers except on the four shot (4” spot) face where they shall shoot from two special blue markers set between 40 and 50 yards. Two arrows will be shot from each marker.

viii) It is recommended that green markers be used for the New Marked Forester round to distinguish them from those other rounds on the same course.

ix) A round shall consist of two units and shall be recognised for record purposes, but cannot be used for classification purposes. The score may be recorded on the back of an archer‟s classification card.

ADD

L. Marked 3D Forester

All rules as for K. New Marked Forester Round detailed above, save as noted below.

i) The standard unit shall consist of the following 14 shots:

3 x 4 arrows shot on a 3D Group 1 target with all markers set between 40 and 60 yards. Markers are to be no further than 5 yards apart.

4 x 3 arrows shot on a 3D Group 2 target with all markers set between 30 and 40 yards. Markers are to be no further than 4 yards apart.

4 x 2 arrows shot on a 3D Group 3 target with both markers set between 15 and 30 yards. Markers are to be no further than 3 yards apart.

3 x 1 arrow shot on a 3D Group 4 target with the marker set between 20 and 30 feet. 3D Targets may be any IFAA recognised 3D Targets.

ii) Delete K ii) above.

iii) It is recommended for each 3D Group 4 target that two 3D Group 4 targets be used to minimise arrow damage.

iv) Scoring. Delete wording in K v) above and replace with: -

Inner kill 15 points,

Outer kill 10 points,

Wound area 5 points.

ADD

M. Marked 3D Round

i) The standard unit shall consist of the following 14 shots:

Number of 3D Targets

Number and Type of Shot (yellow pegs)

Maximum Distance

Minimum Distance

3 Group 1

3 Group 2

4 Group 3

4 Group 4

3 x 5 yd walk up

3 x 3 yd walk up

4 x 1 distance

4 x 1 distance

60 yards

45 yards

35 yards

20 yards

40 yards

30 yards

20 yards

10 yards

ii) Examples of Targets.

Group 1 3D Animals: Large Deer, Standing Bear and Dall Ram.

Group 2 3D Animals: Small Bear, Cougar, Boar and Pronghorn.

Group 3 3D Animals: Strutting Turkey, Coyote, Javelina and Small Deer.

Group 4 3D Animals: Turkey and Rock Rascals.

Targets may be any IFAA recognised 3D targets.

iii) Shooting Positions.

A maximum of three arrows is allowed, but an archer shoots only until a scoring hit is made. If the first arrow hits the scoring area no more arrows need be shot. An archer may not return to shoot the other arrows if he has moved towards the target. An archer‟s arrows must be clearly defined by rings, arrows to be shot in ascending order. If an archer accidentally shoots the wrong arrow sequence, he must declare the fact to the Target Captain. The shooting sequence shall rotate at each target face according to the scorecard order.

iv) Juniors and Cubs

Juniors shall shoot from adult pegs except at Group 1 targets when they shoot from the closest marker on the walk-ups for adults. Cubs shall shoot Group 1 targets from 30 yds, Group 2 targets from 25 yds, Group 3 targets from 20 yds and Group 4 targets from 10 yds.

v) Scoring.

Scoring shall be as the IFAA Animal Round (1st arrow 20 (kill)/18 (wound), 2nd arrow 16/14 and 3rd arrow 12/10).

vi) A round shall consist of two units and shall be recognised for record purposes, but cannot be used for classification purposes. The score may be recorded on the back of an archer‟s classification card.

ADD

N. Marked 3D Precision Round

i) Targets

3D targets as recognised by IFAA.

ii) Standard Unit

The standard unit is 28 targets

iii) Shooting Positions

a) There are two markers, coloured red, at each target. One arrow is to be shot from each marker. Both arrows are to score the same value.

b) The markers are set at specific distances relative to the appropriate Group of the target. The unit shall contain:

6 Group 1 targets

8 Group 2 targets

8 Group 3 targets

6 Group 4 targets

The specific distances in yards (save as otherwise stated) are as below:
GROUP ADULT JUNIOR CUB
1 45 43 36 34 25
1 48 46 39 37 25
1 53 52 44 43 30
1 55 52 46 43 30
1 56 54 47 45 30
1 59 56 50 48 25
2 30 26 Adult 20
2 32 29 Adult 20
2 34 32 Adult 20
2 39 35 Adult 20
2 39 38 Adult 20
2 41 36 Adult 20
2 41 38 Adult 20
2 45 42 Adult 20
3 22 21 Adult 15
3 23 21 Adult 15
3 25 23 Adult 15
3 27 25 Adult 15
3 28 24 Adult 10
3 32 29 Adult 15
3 31 29 Adult 10
3 34 30 Adult 15
4 25ft 23ft Adult 20ft
4 15 14 Adult 20 ft
4 16 12 Adult 10
4 16 15 Adult 10
4 17 14 Adult 10
4 19 16 Adult 10

iv) Scoring

Score values for each arrow shall be:
INNER KILL OUTER KILL WOUND
1st Arrow 10 8 5
2nd Arrow 10 8 5

v) A round shall consist of one unit and shall be recognised for record purposes, but cannot be used for classification purposes. The score may be recorded on the back of an archer‟s classification card.

ADD

O. Shooting Rules for all Unmarked Rounds (New Forester, 3D Forester, Animal and 3D)

The rules governing all unmarked rounds are identical with those above governing the equivalent marked distance round, except in the following particulars: -

i) Rotation. Archers shall rotate the shooting order. (IFAA By-Law Article V C 3 e).

ii) Record Status. A standard unit cannot be shot twice if a record is to be claimed.

iii) Distances. The distance from any peg to the target shall not be shown. Nor shall archers carry pictures of the target (faces or 3D) or advise fellow competitors of arrow fall.

iv) Equipment. At no time shall any device be used that would in any way be an aid in establishing the distance of the shot.

v) Shooting Positions. The sequence of the shooting positions shall be indicated on the markers.

vi) Course Layout. Lanes may be such that an archer can be required to modify his shooting posture to obtain an un-interrupted flight path to the target or to avoid obstruction to his bow or its action.

vii) Eligibility. Any person(s) involved in chartering the course or in setting out the targets is deemed to know the target distances and cannot shoot the round competitively.

viii) Chartering. For unmarked rounds use should not be made of existing shooting lanes, as some archers will be familiar with those distances. Accordingly organisers are encouraged to set up unmarked rounds at new locations on their grounds using canes to identify the approximate peg and target locations to permit chartering by the NIFAA charter officer or his deputy in advance of the shoot.

ix) Cubs. Cub peg distances shall be between:

GROUP MAXIMUM DISTANCE MINIMUM DISTANCE
1 30Yds 25Yds
2 25Yds 20Yds
3 20Yds 15Yds
4 10Yds 7Yds

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3. ARTICLE VI – COURSE LAY-OUT REQUIREMENTS

ADD

D. Other Rounds

i) Any round other than those listed may be shot under NIFAA rules, as long as the safety regulations are adhered to, including any novelty faces that clubs may care to devise. A chartered range must be used.

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4. ARTICLE X - SAFETY POLICY

ADD

i) It is the policy of NIFAA that any club affiliated to the Association shall carry out risk assessments as a matter of course relevant to the club‟s circumstances. This shall be displayed on the club grounds in a prominent place with unrestricted access. It is also the policy of NIFAA that each club will have to submit proof of current risk assessments to the Range Charter Officer to qualify as a chartered range suitable for NIFAA activities.

ii) Each club shall retain an accident book that will be available for inspection or review at any time. The Range Charter Officer should be responsible for an annual review of the accident books or as requested.

iii) It is recommended that a First Aid Kit be readily accessible, and that its whereabouts be made known by prominent signs.

iv) No archer may draw or point an arrow in a dangerous manner.

v) It must be recognised that the success of the safety policy demands the full co-operation of all members of NIFAA to follow accepted rules and codes of practice.

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5. ARTICLE XI - SHOOTING ETIQUETTE

ADD

All shooting activities during competition should be conducted with good manners and consideration to other archers following NIFAA Course Etiquette and in accordance with the IFAA Code of Conduct.

NIFAA Course Etiquette will be defined and maintained by the Committee, published periodically in the Field Archer and also be distributed as part of the coaching process and manual.

i) Groups out on the course should not make contact with groups in front or behind unless at a tea, comfort or smoke stop.

ii) If the next target is not clear, the group should stay at the target they are scoring until the next becomes available.

iii) Archers are expected not to move from the peg they are shooting until the archer they are shooting with has shot. This also applies to walk ups and fans.

iv) Consideration should be shown for other archers in the group just prior to and at full draw.

v) The same consideration as above should be shown to other groups when in close contact.

vi) Within the shooting group, archers not scoring should help to pull arrows.

These points are not intended to take the fun or humour out of shooting but to help with concentration at major shoots and may be added to if needed at a later date.

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NORTHERN IRELAND FIELD ARCHERY ASSOCIATION PROCEDURES

1. MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Membership cards shall be produced at classifications and tournaments. In the event of an archer needing a new card because he has “filled up” the old one, he shall return his old card to the Membership Secretary, who will then issue a new one at no charge.

In the event of an archer losing his card, a replacement will be issued by the Membership Secretary on receipt of a replacement fee (determined from time to time by the Committee). This fee should be submitted together with a written statement from the archer‟s club secretary of the archer‟s class. If this statement is not submitted a new card will be issued, but the archer will have to reclassify in the normal manner.

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2. QUALIFICATIONS AND STATUS FOR REPRESENTATIVE SHOOTING

a) National Level

To represent Northern Ireland a team member shall comply with IFAA By-Law Article II E.

b) Club Level

To represent his Club a team member shall: -

i) be a current NIFAA member, and

ii) be primarily affiliated as a member of the Club in question (i.e. that Club name will appear on his NIFAA membership card), and

iii) not have shot as a member of another Club‟s team in the same calendar year as any specific match.

3. TOURNAMENT STANDARDS

The following standards have been accepted as the minimum for tournaments run directly by NIFAA, namely National Championships. However, they may be of general interest to all organisers.

a) One individual shall be in overall charge of the event and they must ensure that the “host” club are in possession of these “standards” and are making arrangements in accordance with these. They must ensure that reception and catering arrangements are in hand, the proposed range has been “chartered” and that awards have been obtained.

b) The Range Charter Officer (or a senior appointed deputy) shall inspect and approve the proposed range at least two weeks prior to the event, to allow any necessary modifications to be made. (This is not necessary if all the ranges involved are already chartered.)

c) The Tournaments Officer shall notify holders of challenge trophies, at least three weeks prior to the event, and shall ensure the return of the trophies, in suitable condition for re-presentation. The Officer shall also make a record of the winners of such trophies at the event.

d) Equipment that will be used by competitors in all divisions shall be inspected and once inspected may be marked. The inspecting official(s) shall have a complete list of competitors to record the outcome of the said inspection. Inspection shall be completed before competitors depart to commence the competition.

e) Entry forms should show; Tournament Title, Date, Venue, Round(s), Time of Shoot start, Entry Fees, Late Entry Fee (if any) and/or last date for entries, to whom cheques should be made payable, Classes and Divisions to be catered for, Team Awards (if any), Refreshment details, Camping/Overnight details (if applicable).

f) Competitors shall present their Membership Cards at Registration and the organisers shall retain them, if applicable, for score marking.

g) The Field Captain shall not shoot in the event.

h) On the first day of a tournament shooting groups can, at the discretion of the Tournaments Officer, be of mixed styles and abilities. On the second day shooting groups shall be arranged, as far as possible, to shoot “against the head”, i.e. by class and division to shoot against those of near equal score.

i) Double scoring shall be used, the second and third members of each group acting as scorers.

j) A list of groups shall be displayed in the assembly area to show each archer‟s starting target number and the previous day‟s score (if applicable).

k) Groups shall gather in the assembly area to be addressed by the Field Captain.

l) Suitable arrangements shall be made to enable groups to find their starting targets; sign posts, range maps, marshals etc.

m) Determination of winners should be done as quickly and efficiently as possible which will require a number of helpers. One or two are insufficient for this task.

n) The prize giving should be organised in a dignified manner in keeping with the event. Suitable ceremony, presentation platform and the use of a public address system should be considered. Awards to Champions or other winners should be made after lesser awards.

o) At all NIFAA National Tournaments, overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd shall receive awards depending on division entries; i.e. 1 for 1, 2 for 4 and 3 for 6 or more.

p) A Champion is to be the highest scorer in any division contested by two or more archers. In any division contested by a sole archer, that archer must be classified before the Tournament in that style to be Champion. Tiebreaks will be decided on spots.

q) At all NIFAA National Tournaments, the “A” class is considered open and competitors are only competing for Champion awards, i.e. no class award in “A” class. 1st Place in “B” and “C” classes will receive a patch.

r) NIFAA does not recognise any "status" difference between divisions and the award order should depend on the number of competitors in each division - those with the highest number of entrants being awarded last.

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4. NATIONAL RECORDS

NIFAA maintains records of the highest scores shot by members in each recognised division for each of the official rounds. The record lists are compiled by the Classification and Incentives Officer from returns made by shoot organisers.

An archer breaking a record is advised to ensure that the shoot organiser knows of the claim that a record has been broken. The archer shall make a note of his claim on his scorecards along with his address and the signatures of the other archers in the group for submission along with the shoot return.

In the event of a record claim being omitted from the shoot return, the archer who broke the record may make their own return to the Classification and Incentives Officer which should be accompanied by the relevant addressed and signed scorecards.

NIFAA records can only be set up or broken at a National, Regional or World Tournament where an NIFAA or IFAA Shoot Certificate has been issued, where there was a proper equipment inspection and where double scoring was in operation. All records will be published by NIFAA from time to time.

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5. INCENTIVES

During an NIFAA or IFAA sanctioned tournament the following incentives can be earned. Claims should be forwarded to the Classification and Incentives Officer and must be accompanied by the archer‟s signed scorecard, clearly indicating the award(s) claimed and showing the archer‟s address. Where a charge is made for an award, the appropriate remittance must accompany the claim.

a) Spot Pins All archers are able to claim „spot pins‟ for shooting specific numbers of spots on Field, Hunter and Combination rounds. Spot pins can be claimed in increments of 5, starting at a base of 10. The archer must pay for the spot pin.

b) Robin Hood Patch If an archer destroys his own arrow that is in the spot, a Robin Hood patch can be claimed. The scorers shall confirm the destruction of the archer‟s arrow by their signatures on the scorecard. (Damaging a nock is not destruction of the arrow). The archer must pay for the Robin Hood Patch.

c) Sherwood Forester Patch If an archer shooting wooden arrows scores four spots on one face a Sherwood Forester Patch can be claimed. The scorers shall confirm this achievement by their signatures on the scorecard. The archer must pay for the Sherwood Forester Patch.

d) Field Master Patch An Adult or Junior archer will earn the title "Field Master", “Grand Field Master” or "Supreme Field Master" when he achieves a certain score over 28 Field or 28 Hunter or 28 Combination targets and will be awarded with an FM, GFM or SFM Patch, as appropriate, free of charge by NIFAA to mark this achievement. The required scores are as detailed below. If a higher award is achieved, a lesser award cannot later be claimed. To claim an SFM award, the required score must be attained twice in any 12-month period.

FM, GFM and SFM SCORES
GENTS
HS LB/AFB BHr BBr FSr BHc BBc FSc BL BU FU
FM 315 265 385 410 455 395 415 460 460 485 505
GFM 340 295 405 425 465 430 450 485 485 500 520
SFM 365 330 420 440 480 470 480 505 505 520 530
LADIES
HS LB/AFB BHr BBr FSr BHc BBc FSc BL BU FU
FM 305 260 380 405 455 385 410 455 455 480 505
GFM 325 280 395 415 460 410 430 470 470 490 510
SFM 345 305 405 430 470 440 455 490 490 505 520
JUNIORS
HS LB/AFB BHr BBr FSr BHc BBc FSc BL BU FU
FM 305 260 380 405 455 385 410 455 455 480 505
GFM 320 270 390 410 460 405 425 465 465 490 510
SFM 335 290 400 420 465 420 440 480 480 495 515

FORMULAE FOR CALCULATING FM, GFM and SFM AWARDS

X% of (max. score minus A class cut-off) plus A class cut-off. All scores are to be rounded to the nearest 5 points. Where the calculation gives 2.5 points, this shall be rounded up to the nearest 5 points.

The “X“ percentages used are:
GENTS % LADIES % JUNIORS %
COMPOUNDS
FM 10 5 5
GFM 30 20 15
SFM 50 35 25
RECURVES - INCLUDING HS AND LB/AFB
FM 5 2.5 2.5
GFM 15 10 7.5
SFM 25 17.5 12.5

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6. NIFAA AND IFAA CLASSIFICATIONS

All divisions recognised by the IFAA have classifications laid down in the IFAA rules. HS, English Longbow and AFB classes are unique to Northern Ireland and the NIFAA has laid down the following classifications;

a) NIFAA CLASS CLASSIFICATIONS

Gents, Ladies and Juniors.

There are no classes for Cubs.
HS ELB/AFB
A 300+ 250+
B 200-299 150-249
C 0-199 0-149

b) IFAA CLASS CLASSIFICATIONS

Gents, Ladies and Juniors.

There are no classes for Cubs.

FSr/c FU BBr/c BL BU BHr/c LB
A 450+ 500+ 400+ 450+ 475+ 375+ 250+
B 350-449 400-499 300-399 300-449 325-474 225-374 150-249
C 0-349 0-399 0-299 0-299 0-324 0-224 0-149

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7. JUNIORS and CUBS

a) Juniors

IFAA By-Law Article VIII is added to as follows for NIFAA domestic tournaments.

A parent or guardian, nominated by the parent, who is a full member of NIFAA, shall be responsible for a junior whilst that junior is attending a club shooting ground for practice or to take part in a tournament or classification.

b) Cubs

IFAA By-Law Article IX is amended and added to as follows for NIFAA domestic tournaments.

i) A parent or guardian, nominated by the parent, who is a full member of NIFAA, shall be responsible for a cub whilst that cub is attending a club shooting ground for practice or to take part in a tournament or classification.

ii) (Article IX B) A Cub may elect to shoot in the Junior Division with written parental consent if they are within 12 months of being a Junior, but having done so may not revert to being a Cub.

iii) A Cub wishing to change to the Junior Division must return his classification card to the Membership Secretary for replacement together with the parental letter of consent.

iv) (Article IX E) A Cub may elect to shoot in Barebow Recurve, Barebow Compound, Freestyle Recurve, Freestyle Compound, Bowhunter Recurve, Bowhunter Compound, Bowhunter Limited, English Longbow, American Flat Bow and Hunting Style Divisions.

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8. RANGE CHARTER

a) A chartered range may be of permanent or semi-permanent construction. (Semi-permanent means that provision is made for rebuilding the range exactly as it was, should it be dismantled.)

b) Range Charter provides the basis for a form of standardisation, so that all scores are directly comparable, enabling each individual, through the classification scheme, to watch their progress by their record of scores shot.

c) A range must be chartered if it is to be used for any event run directly by the NIFAA or under the auspices of the IFAA.

d) To obtain charter, a range must be inspected initially by the Range Charter Officer, or his appointed deputy, who must ensure that the range complies with the safety and course layout rules. In subsequent years, a responsible official of the club concerned must re-inspect the range and certify in writing to the Range Charter Officer that no modifications have been made and the safety and course layout rules are still being complied with. However, the Range Charter Officer, or his appointed deputy, may, at their discretion, re-inspect any range and in the event of non-compliance with the safety and course layout rules shall immediately withdraw the charter.

e) To apply for charter, form RC1, obtainable from the Range Charter Officer, must be completed in triplicate. Initially all copies are forwarded to the Range Charter Officer who will organise inspection. After inspection, one complete copy will be kept by the Range Charter Officer, one by the inspecting official and one by the club in question.

f) For approval the range must be in shootable condition, complete with faces. The inspecting official may shoot the range, or any part of it, if he so wishes.

g) The inspecting official‟s travelling expenses shall be paid by NIFAA.

h) The approval will last for a period from either January 1st or the date of the initial inspection, until December 31st of that year, or such period at the discretion of the Range Charter Officer.

i) The Charter Fee is collected at the time of inspection and is levied on each 14-target unit chartered.

j) Charter of a temporary range for one particular event may be given at the Range Charter Officer‟s discretion. The inspection fee shall be half the permanent charter fee per 14-target unit.

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9. INSURANCE

a) NIFAA holds Public Liability Insurance of a third party nature to provide cover for NIFAA members undertaking all activities recognised by NIFAA.

b) Photostat copies of the schedule are available on request from the General Secretary.

c) NIFAA requires the presence and supervision of a certified NIFAA instructor at beginner‟s courses and at „have-a-go‟ events.

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10. MISCELLANEOUS

a) All scores should be recorded on the Shoot Certificate and the Shoot Certificate shall be returned to the Classification and Incentives Officer.

b) The rounds to be shot at the two day National Championships are to be a Field round and a Hunter round.

c) The rounds to be shot at the two day Spring Shoot will be a Hunter followed by either a Marked Animal round or a New Marked Forester round at the discretion of the host club.

d) The NIFAA indoor championships will be double PAA rounds and are open to all recognised NIFAA styles. There will be no class awards.

e) The rounds to be shot at the two day Bowhunter championship will be an IFAA 3D Standard round - 2 arrow (faces or 3Ds to be used) and an unmarked Animal round - up to 3 arrows (faces or 3Ds to be used).

f) NIFAA has the option to select white shirts with red writing as well as the existing colour of black with red writing on garments for UK and World competitions.

f) The signing of classification and tournament scorecards by archers and scorers is encouraged.

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11. PROTEST PROCEDURE

a) At NIFAA National Tournaments, a Protest Committee will consider and rule on all disputes concerning Shooting Rules submitted at those tournaments.

b) Protests shall be submitted in writing no later than 30 minutes after completion of the day's shooting. Notice of intention to hear a protest will be made immediately after the archer filing such protest has completed the day's shooting. All particulars of the protest, witnesses to the incident, reason for the protest being filed, will be contained in the written protest.

c) A protest fee of £25 is required that will be returned if the protest is upheld.

d) COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Protest Committee will consist of three persons:

Chairman: NIFAA Major Tournaments Officer or Representative

Members: One NIFAA Elected Committee member

One member of the host club.

The nominated Committee Chairman may appoint an alternative member to the Committee as the availability and suitability of personn


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