Tournament Rules

Tournament Rules

Last updated on January 9, 2021.

Day 1 & 2 Qualifier Rounds
All Money divisions will shoot on either the 40 cm Vegas 3 spot target face with gold - red (11-10-9-8-7) scoring areas or the 40 cm single-spot face with 11 through 1 scoring. The x-ring of the 40 cm face will score as 11. After the 5th end of the competition, target faces are changed from bottom to top or vice versa. There will be 2 practice ends prior to the start of scoring each round.

Cub division will use the standard single-spot 40 cm Indoor Vegas Face. Archers can change to clean target faces (single-spot or 3-spot) at any time during practice rounds and competition. All Money Classes must change target face at the mid-point following the 5th end.

The round will consist of 10 ends of 3 arrows shot at 20 yards. 2 minutes will be allowed for each end. We will shoot two lines with the bottom line shooting first followed by the top line. Archers shooting a 3-spot MUST shoot 1 arrow in each scoring face. Archers starting their first scoring round on either the 3-spot or Single Spot face must shoot all remaining scoring rounds on that face.

Shoot-Up Rounds
All Pro, Amateur Open, Senior Open, Amateur Bowhunter & Young Adult will shoot the 40cm Vertical 3-Spot Compound Target. Amateur Barebow & Recurve Class will shoot the 40cm Vertical 3-Spot Recurve Target. Shoot-Up will consist of 4 scoring ends with practice available prior to the first Shoot-Up Round. Each Round Following will not have practice from the shooting podiums & will begin scoring on the first shot arrow.

Distance for all Divisions: 20 Yards

Round Rules
You may enter either a Money or Trophy Division. Archers may only register in ONE division and style and will remain in the same division for the duration of the event.

Shoot-Up Rules
Each Archer Competing in Shoot-Off will have 30 seconds to shoot each arrow. The Higher Qualified archer will have choice of shooting right or left bale, as well as first or second. Highest Scoring Archer after each round will be given choice to shoot first or second. Archers tied at the end of 4 ends will compete under Lancaster Archery Classic Sudden Death Scoring. First & Second arrow for score & Third arrow closest to center.

Money division ties not advancing to shoot-up & Trophy Divisions will use 11 count from both days for tiebreakers. If tie still exists after total 11 count, day 2 score in order backwards from last scoring arrow, first score below 11 will break ties in order of scored arrows on scorecard.

Shooting Rules
  1. Day 1 & 2 - Each end (time period to shoot three arrows) shall be 2 minutes.
  2. Archers shooting first will shoot the lower target face positions.
  3. An archer shooting before the whistle signaling the time has lapsed will lose their highest scoring arrow or arrows equaling the number of errant arrows shot.
  4. For Money & Trophy Divisions, (excluding Barebow/Recurve/Cub) only one arrow is allowed per spot on the three-spot. If there is more than one arrow in a single spot, you will lose your highest scoring arrow or arrows in that spot.
  5. If more than the prescribed number of arrows are shot during an end, only the lowest arrows will be scored. A penalty of one point will be assessed for each additional arrow shot. Misses or zeros will be counted as the lowest arrows.
  6. If an archer shoots less than the prescribed arrows in one end and retires from the line, he/she may shoot the remaining arrows if the omission is discovered before the end is officially completed and the line has not been cleared; otherwise they shall be scored as misses.
  7. An archer who purposely disfigures a target face to improve aiming or for any other reason may be disqualified. Arrow holes may be repaired, provided there is no delay to the round.
  8. For Money divisions, targets must be replaced with a new face after the 5th end.
  9. Any archer conducting themselves in an unsportsmanlike manner will be immediately disqualified and removed from the site.
  10. Peak compound bow draw weight shall not exceed 80 lbs.
  11. Maximum arrow shaft diameter allowed will be 0.422 inches, with a point diameter not to exceed 0.425 inches. The shaft diameter will include any wrap placed on the arrow and will include the size of the nock and the nock insert.
  12. If the arrow wrap, nock, or nock adapter exceed 0.422 inches and are embedded in the scoring area, the arrow shall NOT be scored and will be reshot.
  13. Any equipment that impairs the hearing of the competitor will not be allowed on the shooting line.
  14. Any archer that is hearing impaired must notify officials prior to shooting.
  15. Arrow twirling will be permitted as long as it is not disruptive or dangerous to other archers or the event. A warning may be given by a tournament official if the twirling or handling of an arrow is deemed as disruptive or dangerous. Repeated violations may result in the removal of the archer from the competition at the tournament official's discretion.
Any incident requiring an immediate decision must be brought to the attention of a judge. All protests must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director within one hour of the conclusion of the round where the incident occurred, accompanied by $50 USD. The Tournament Rules Committee will convene approximately 1 hour after the last scoring end of each day to decide the outcome of each protest. All decisions of the Tournament Rules Committee will be final. The $50 protest fee will be returned if the Tournament Rules Committee rules in favor of the protest. No protests are allowed during shoot-offs, judges decisions are final.

Equipment Failure
In the event of equipment failure, step back from the shooting line and raise your bow above your head. A judge will come to your assistance. The archer will have 15 minutes of repair time without holding up the tournament. One practice end will be allowed. The archer shall be allowed to shoot any arrows missed during the 15 minutes. All make-up arrows will be shot at the end of the round. Equipment failure is not allowed during championship shoot-offs, judges decisions are final. There will be no allowance for equipment failure in shoot-offs.

Dress Code
All Professional Archers and anyone participating in a Money Class & Shoot-Off are required to meet the following dress code standards. It is suggested that all Championship divisions adhere to the following dress code.

Archers shall present themselves in clean and neat attire, acceptable to public view. All Archers shall wear clean denim, colored pants, shorts or skirts. Shorts and skirt hems should approximately meet fingertip length. Shirts/tops shall be of a collared design. Archers may also wear uniforms provided by sponsors or their national team. Shirts must have a standard collar, Henley collar or mock collar. T-shirts, swimming suits, cut-offs and obscene or vulgar slogans or pictures on clothing are prohibited. Open-toed shoes/flip flops/sandals are unacceptable while competing. Dress code is not required during practice.

Scoring Rules
  1. Each Bale shall have 2 score keepers & 1 score caller. All arrows shall be scored & recorded correctly within the group for time constraints. A judge will make all decisions on scoring questionable arrows; their decisions are final.
  2. All arrows must remain in the target, untouched, until scoring is completed.
  3. Any archer intentionally touching any questionable arrow or any part of the target assembly (including other arrows, faces, pins, mat or stand) will result in the questionable arrow being scored in the lower scoring area. If it happens more than once, then the archer will be disqualified.
  4. The target face must be placed on the mat in an upright position.
  5. Arrows must touch the line to be in the next highest scoring area.
  6. Any arrow that passes beyond the shooting line a distance greater than 10 feet as measured to the closest part of the arrow, will be considered a shot arrow. See mark on the floor.
  7. If an arrow is embedded in the target beyond the nock, a judge must be called and the arrow should not be touched. If the arrow is touched before the judge arrives, then the arrow is not scored. If a judge cannot determine the value of that arrow, it will be considered a pass-through and will be re-shot. No arrows will be pushed back.
  8. Bounce outs can be shot again at the end of regulation shooting.
  9. Each competitor must complete and sign his own scorecard. Both scorers must also sign it. When there is a difference on the two cards, the lowest score must be taken. Paper scorecards must be turned in at the scoring table immediately following shooting. To be considered valid, scorecards must be turned in within one hour of the final end.
  10. All scoring on the official scorecard must be completed in ink. Any changes on the official scorecard must be agreed upon and initialed by all archers in the scoring group. Any archery turning in an incorrect scorecard will be subject to disqualification.
Equipment Rules
All divisions will follow the same equipment rules as The Vegas Shoot w/ the following exceptions: Due to unknown size of registered archers, BAREBOW CLASS will include COMPOUND & RECURVE equipment. Amateurs Classes will include both female & male competitors. Click here to view the breakdown by division under the Equipment Rules section.