Information to Coaches
In 2009 there were many competitions where archers were either confused or just did not know the rules or regulations currently in place. This resulted in many delays being encountered during competitions which caused frustration to the competitors and organisers alike. Because of this the World Archery (WA) Judges and Coaches Committees have agreed it would be useful to introduce some "drops" on issues concerning coaches, procedures and rules, and make judges procedures understandable to them, and not least, so the coaches know what to expect from the judges.
Ken BEARMAN, WA Coaches Committee Chairman
We hereby intend to start a series of small inputs in order to be helpful to coaches and enhance their knowledge on rules and procedures to avoid extraordinary stress on their archers. We are of course also open to questions that might be asked.
Morten B. WILMANN, WA Judges Committee Chairman
13. Some Rules and Rule Changes in 3D Archery
From 1 April 2012 there has been some rule changes relating to the World Archery 3D regulations of which coaches and archers need to be aware. This information is necessary to avoid critical adjustments at 3D events or championships.
Recent rule changes:
a) In general the archer will now have to be behind or to the side (within a certain distance) from the shooting peg – which is similar to Field Archery.
b) In the Instinctive Division you are no longer allowed to have any form of stabiliser.
c) In the Instinctive Division there has been changes regarding material of which the bow is made – check the rules and interpretations thoroughly.
d) In the Instinctive and Longbow Divisions you may now use either the "Mediterranean type of grip on the string" (one finger above the arrow, the other below the arrow) or you may use the technique with three fingers below the arrow. But you can only use one of these methods! You cannot switch between them during a competition. If you use all the fingers below the arrow, be aware that your index finger can be no more than 2mm away from the arrow (nock) and your tab must be without any split, it must have a continuous surface.
Confirmation of some current rules:
a) In the Barebow Division, if weights are added to the bow, they must be mounted directly onto the bow, not via any type of rod (which is then classed as a stabiliser), even if the rod is very short.
b) In the Longbow Division you may use the bow’s natural shelf as an arrow rest, and you may cover it with a kind of soft material to avoid wear of the bow itself. However, you are not allowed to put such material on the shelf in order to make any kind of rest, pressure point or for aiming purposes. If you glue the soft material to the vertical part of the riser (the bow window) it should cover all of it, or not reach further up the window than the width of the arrow – this is to avoid the suspicion of having an aiming line where the material ends.
World Archery Communication