In accordance with the 3D Archery Competition Rules by Russian Federation 3D Archery committee
I. What is 3D Archery
II. General rules
IV. Competition committee
V. Shooting rules
VI. Shooting Timing
VII. Scoring rules
VIII. Health and safety
I. WHAT IS 3D ARCHERY
3D archery is a subset of field archery that focuses on shooting at life-size models of animals in a natural environment. Archers might shoot downwards from an elevated position, upwards, through obstacles and along slopes. The accuracy is assessed using the actually possible shooting areas on a hunted animal. The target areas are places at a most favourable angle for the competitors. The animal targets have the outlined areas worth 8, 10 and 11 points that cannot be clearly seen from the shooting peg, hitting anywhere else on the animal is worth 5 points.
The competitors are grouped according to their bow class and shooting style. The shooting distances will depend on the bow class. The groups will have 3-6 competitors. All groups start shooting on a signal at the same time, moving up to the next target with the next number up until completing the course. The starting shooting peg for the group is indicated on the scoring card. Two arrows per target, with the scores recorded after the group completes their shooting, before the arrows are taken out of the target. On finishing the rounds, all results are finalised.
II. GENERAL RULES
- 3D Archery competitions in the city of Ekaterinburg take place during the warm season with day temperatures above zero.
- There are two rounds of shooting several 3D targets from unmarked distances (the organisers reserve the right to change the number of targets, although this should be determined beforehand in the Grand Prix Official Charter). The shooting distances differ between the shooting pegs and courses. Each course includes a warm up practice and an official start by a most suitable means (e.g. Sound signal).
- The competition dates are set before the season starts and are published. The organisers reserve the right to change the dates but there should be at least two weeks’ notice before the initially announced date. The competition can be postponed or cancelled in case of extreme weather conditions.
- Each registered competitor receives a Scoring Card containing his/her name, shooting start date, shooting start time, shooting peg (colour) and the shooting peg number where s/he starts. Every competitor is responsible for getting their own Scoring Card and for starting to shoot at the appointed peg starting with the appointed target number, unless instructed otherwise by one of the organisers. The date and time on the Card refer to the start of the first round and first target of the competition. Failing to abide by the conditions in the Card results in disqualification from the competition.
- Before start of the competition all athletes are required to attend Health and Safety session. It provides information about the location of shooting pegs, rules and other specific information. This session takes place before shooting starts. After this, and following receipt of the Scoring Cards, the athletes sign the agreement. Failing doing the above, athletes are not allowed to take part.
- The warm up practice takes place on a special field, before shooting starts. Athletes can have additional shooting practice after seeking permission from the organisers. No competitor is allowed to practise on the actual course and targets.
- Spectators are not allowed to cross the shooting pegs boundaries. Pet owners are personally responsible for their animals, including cleaning after them. Pets are not allowed on the shooting range or on the access paths to them. Flash photography during shooting is not permitted.
- A competitor’s behaviour considered non-sportsmanship will result in disqualification till the end of the season without reimbursement of the entry or other fees. The organisers would appreciate reports about the non-sportsmanship behaviour.
- Competitors are asked to be dressed in sports or hunting gear. Partly dressed competitors or competitors with bare feet are not allowed on the shooting range. Not conforming with the dress code can result in suspension from the competition.
- All archers agree that they take part in the competition VOLUNTARILY. They realise that participation in the archery competition brings with it a chance of serious bodily harm. By agreeing to take part they also understand that they can get hurt or damage personal property. The competitors agree to the risk of loss of personal property, injuries and death that can result from their participation in the competition, they agree to this on registration and thus agreeing to the RULES of 3D Archery competition in the city of Ekaterinburg.
- The competitors agree to the fact that the organisers, Russian 3D Archery Committee, the sponsors, the location and property owners, the staff and volunteers are not liable for the damage, money and other losses suffered by the competitors due to their failure to follow Health and Safety rules, damage to the equipment or negligence. Signing the Scoring Card is considered a formal agreement to the above statement and confirms the athlete’s responsibility for its fulfilment. The parents/ guardians/ coaches of the underage contestants sign the Card and take responsibility as above.
- Agreement to photography: on registering for competition, athletes agree that they can be photographed or videoed with the view of being used by the organisers, sponsors or press without copyright fees or preliminary agreement, for promoting the sport and other non-commercial aims. The commercial involvement can result in the separate discussion of conditions and agreements
IV. COMPETITION COMMITTEE
- The competition Committee should comprise three members of Eurasia Archery Association (referred to as Association further down).
- The members of the Committee should be available for dealing with day-to-day issues arising during the tournament. In addition to dealing with issues concerning breaking the rules by any of the competitors, the Committee is responsible for fines that are not indicated in the Federal Rules as well non-sportsmanship sanctions.
- The Committee deals with suggestions and complaints and interprets the Rules. All competitors agree to accept the decisions taken by the Committee as final and non-disputable.
- The Committee involves volunteers to help with running the competition. All wishing to become a volunteer need to express their wish no later than three days before the opening of the competition. They might be involved in positioning the targets, marking the courses and marking the practice field. The maximum number of volunteers is four people. The volunteers are not required to pay the registration fee.
V. SHOOTING RULES
The following rules are to be followed by each group in the course of the competition.
- All competitors are grouped into teams of three-four people. The underage competitors are allowed to the shooting range only accompanied by their parents (guardians) or coach. Each group starts shooting with the target indicated in their scoring card. The groups might be mixed bow class to ensure equal time needed to complete the course by all groups. Otherwise the groups are formed by drawing lots. The group members are responsible for accurate recording of the points in their group, for their timing, etc.
- The targets at the tournament are 3D models of animals that have shooting areas indicated on them. The largest scoring area is worth 8 points, inside it – the is a 10 point area, and the smallest inside it is worth 11 points. Hitting any other part of the model , apart from horns and hooves, is worth 5 points. There are no points for hitting the surrounding area, i.e. stones, ground, grass or rubber base of the model. The main scoring area should be open for direct shooting from the shooting peg. The targets are positioned in unmarked and unknown to the competitors locations at unknown distances. All targets need to be positioned vertically, or, in case of shooting down or upwards, as close to perpendicular line in relation to the shooting direction; all groups should make sure they leave the targets in their initial position after taking their arrows out of them.
- Competitors are required to go to their target together with their group on the signal and to wait, at the meeting point flag, for the judge to give a signal to start shooting. Each group is divided into pairs that are indicated in their scoring cards. The first pair to start is coded AB, then CD. After getting to the next shooting peg, the order of shooting shift so that all pairs could take turn to shoot first. After the signal for the start of shooting, competitors and spectators should stay where they are.
- During shooting, every competitor should position themselves no further than one metre behind the appropriate shooting peg for his/ her bow class.
- To keep timings prompt, competitors are not supposed to use binoculars after shooting. They can do this before their turn taking time frame into consideration.
- Competitors are expected to be respectful to others by avoiding conversations with each other or with the spectators, while other athletes are still shooting. Use of mobile phones is not allowed in the duration of the rounds.
- For safety reasons and for time keeping, it is not allowed to go behind the target to look for missed arrows, unless the arrow is clearly visible from the target by other members of the group. It is understood that competitors should have enough arrows to complete the round.
- Groups should wait for the previous group to completely clear their positions at the shooting peg before approaching it. The waiting distance should be at least five steps from the meeting point of the previous group.
- Any competitor handling another competitor’s bow without owner’s permission is considered to have violated the Rules of the competition (Rules part II, article 8, non-sportsmanship behaviour).
- At every shooting peg, competitors should await their turn in the waiting zone, together with other members of the group, they should also return into the zone after finishing shooting. Competitors are not allowed to approach the shooting peg for any reason until it is their turn to shoot.
- In case of finding arrows lost by other competitors, athletes are requested to take them to the Committee,as well as in case of losing arrows, competitors are asked to check with the Committee first before starting their own search.
VI. SHOOTING TIMING
Each group is responsible for keeping shooting time as follows:
- After the sound signal to start shooting (or on announcement by one of the organisers), the first pair of competitors from each group should head for the shooting peg immediately.
- Each competitor has two minutes to make two shots. The next pair starts for the shooting peg as soon as possible after the first pair’s return. The time count begins when the pair leaves for the shooting peg. It is not allowed to delay leaving for the shooting peg for distance assessment, aim change, etc. In case of unavoidable delay/stop for any other reason, time count starts from that moment.
- Each group has four minutes to record their results, take arrows out and move on to the next target.
- Any competitor, leaving the shooting range for a comfort break, should ward their group. This break should be limited to five minutes after which the competitor should rejoin their group to complete the round. The group should wait for their member and can let the next group through to the shooting peg.
- In each group the code A and B members take on responsibilities of markers, while members C and D are responsible for counting scores. The marker assesses the arrow accuracy, calls the result, which is then recorded by the counters in the scoring cards.
- All arrows should stay in the targets until all the results are recorded. The arrow, touching the area of the target with greater scoring value with either the tip or the shaft, is considered as hitting that greater value area; the touch with the fletch is not considered as such. Any questionable hits should be resolved and decided upon before the arrow is taken out of the target.
VIII. HEALTH AND SAFETY
- The Tournament Committee representative may ask any competitor, whose technique is considered potentially dangerous for those around (upward draw of the bow, drawing whilst turning, changing direction, etc.), to change to a safer way. In case of the competitor’s refusal to do so, s/he should has to stop shooting immediately.
- Groups should ensure that the area between shooting peg and the target is free of people or animals before they start shooting.
- It is prohibited to draw a bow in the waiting zone, whilst on the move between shooting pegs and other places, apart from the shooting peg.
- If being suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, medicine or other substances, the competitor will be suspended from participation in the tournament by the Committee that further on acts depending on the clarification of the situation.