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3D Archery

World Archery 3D championships are being held as per the Rules in Book 2, Article 4.5.7, which is being described below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below various FAQ in view of the WA 3D Rules.
FAQ on 3D Archery (Last update: 11 July 2013)

During World Championships the following bows are used:

  • Barebow
  • Compound
  • Instinctive Bow
  • Longbow
For Barebow, Instinctive Bow and Longbow divisions the unmarked distances may have a maximum of 30 m distance from the shooting peg to the 3D animal target.

For the Compound division the distance may be a maximum of 45 m.

The archers must judge the distance between shooting peg and the 3D-animal target and also consider the surroundings e.g. an uphill or downhill shooting and the effects of the gravity in calculating how to shoot the arrow.

The 3D animal targets have 4 scoring zones: an 11, a 10, an 8 and a 5.

The archer must also know what to carry onto the competition field in respect of clothing, food or drinks during the competition-rounds, as he is not allowed to leave the competition field during the competition.

Individual competition in each of the 4 bow classes

2 Qualification rounds of 24 3D animal targets each.

The 16 best archers of the added up scores of the 2 qualification rounds, in each category,go to the 1st Elimination round, where they shoot 12 3D animal targets. After that the 8 best archers, in each category,shoot the 2nd Elimination round, 8 3D animal targets.

The best 4 archers, in each category, shoot then matches (1:4, 2:3) on 4 targets. The winners, in each category, shoot 4 targets for the gold medal, and the losers shoot 4 targets for the bronze medal.

Team competition

A team consists of one archer of the Compound and Longbow classes and either a Barebow or Instinctive Bow Class.

A Nation’s team-ranking is made based on the highest scores in the 2 added qualification rounds of each Federation’s best archer in the Compound and Longbow classes and either the Barebow or Instinctive Bow Class.

The best 8 teams shoot an elimination round at a course of 8 3D animal targets. Each team member shoots 1 arrow (3 arrows per team).

After that the best 4 teams shoot semi-finals (1:4 and 2:3) on 4 3D targets followed by finals also on 4 targets where the winners of the semi-finals shoot for the gold medal and the losers of the semi-finals shoot for the bronze medal.

The first World 3D World Championships were held in Sully-sur-Loire, France in 2003, followed by the 2nd in Genoa, Italy in 2005 and the 3rd World Championships in 2007 in Sopron, Hungary. In 2009 the 4th World Championships took place in Latina, Italy. In 2011 the 5th World Championships took place in Donnersbach, Austria.

3D Archery Coordinator
1 April 2012

3D Archery Rules

Valid as of 1 April 2012
Book 2, Article 4.5.7

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