Indoor Tournament Rules
Officially there are two lines, although only one is marked. The actual shooting line is marked and needs to be straddled when shooting. An imaginary line is approximately three to four feet behind the shooting line. This is a waiting line, where archers must wait before being called to the shooting line.
Signals may be by whistle, verbal or by electronic device. Archers, waiting at the waiting line, are called to the shooting line by two signals. Archers step to the shooting line, they are allowed to knock an arrow, but not raise their bows. A single sound indicates that archers may start shooting. In a FITA event, three arrows are shot within a two minute time limit, five arrows must be shot in a four minute limit in an IFAA shoot. Visible count-down timing devices are used at official tournaments. Three sounds of the signal device indicate to stop shooting and proceed to the targets to score and retrieve the arrows. Bows are never taken to the targets but must be left on racks or personal stands behind the shooting line. Three signals are also used to stop shooting in case of an emergency. An arrow fallen off the bow may be retrieved by the archer if it can be reached with the bow without stepping off the shooting line. Another arrow may be shot if the fallen arrow is less than three meters from the shooting line. If it can not be retrieved or is more than three meters from the line it counts as having been shot. Signal summary:
Two sounds = step to the shooting line
One sound = start shooting
Three sounds = stop shooting, score and retrieve arrows
In the event that there are more archers than there is space on the butts, a second line is formed. Targets are placed above each other on the butt and the first line will shoot the lower targets. The audible signals will call the second line to the shooting line by two signals after all of the first line is finished shooting. Arrows are retrieved after both lines have finished shooting.
Etiquette on the Line
It is important not to interfere with other archers. Assure sufficient space is provided for the archers next to you. Talking is not allowed while others are at full draw. When finished shooting, do not step off the shooting line while your neighbor is at full draw.
Targets are 40 cm or 60 cm colored FITA or blue and white IFAA faces. The size of the faces and the distance from the shooting line depends on the age classification of the participant. Archers using the 40 cm face have the choice of using a single or three/five spot face. It is recommended for advanced archers using the multi spot face to prevent arrow damage.
An archer must have a minimum of 3 or 5 (depending on the type of tournament) matched arrows. It is advisable to have one or two matched spares.
It is mandatory that two archers mark down the scores on separate cards, it’s called double scoring, while another calls out the scores. Arrows may not be touched until both scorers have given the OK. Targets are scored as shown on the diagrams below. Prior to submitting the score cards they must be totaled, signed by the archer and one witness, usually one of the archers from the shooting group.
Three arrows are shot per each of 20 ends, for a total of 60 arrows. Arrows touching the line of the next higher ring will be scored to the next higher value of the two zones involved. If two arrows are shot into one of the three targets, a fourth arrow may be shot. The lower value arrow of the two in one target will be counted. If more than three arrows are shot into the single face, the three lowest value arrows will be counted.
Each individual arrow is scored on the score card. Scores are marked on the score card in the order from highest to the lowest left to right. All Xs count 10 as well but are marked X on the score card to be counted separately to act as possible tie breakers. A miss is marked ‘M’. A total per end and a running total are optional during scoring but must be done prior to turning in the score cards. (Note: the inner 10 applies only to certain equipment classes in high level competitions)
Five arrows are shot per each of 12 ends, for a total of 60 arrows. Arrows breaking the line of the next higher ring will be scored to the next higher value of the two zones involved. If two arrows are shot into one of the five targets, a sixth arrow may be shot. The lower value arrow of the two in one target will be counted. If more than five arrows are shot into the single face, the five lowest value arrows will be counted.
The sum of the scores of all five arrows is marked on the score card at each end. All Xs count 5 as well but are to be counted separately to act as possible tie breakers. A running total is optional during scoring but must be done prior to turning in the score cards.