Lausanne – 23 August 2010
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 FITA 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, FITA 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, FITA Judges Committee Chairman
6. Archer’s Equipment
When introducing new equipment to an archer, the coach has a certain responsibility regarding the legality of such equipment, as it could be quite disastrous for an archer if they have to correct their equipment at an event.
It could also be a huge disadvantage for the archer if they need to change their technique to abide by the rules of shooting.
First of all, you must be aware that equipment “for sale on the open market” is not necessarily legal in FITA archery events. What is legal is explained in the FITA rules. It is worthwhile to note some of the more common rules that seem to cause most confusion are mentioned below:
a) Equipment specified as being legal is explained in the rules; any other equipment is consequently not legal.
b) The archer is responsible for ensuring their equipment is legal.
The rules also state that if an archer is in doubt of the legality of their equipment, they should ask a judge for clarification. The judge will certainly help, but the legality question is still the responsibility of the archer (a judge making a mistake does not change the rules, etc). To be quite sure of the legality of the equipment being used, a request for interpretation, or clarification, should be sent to the FITA office in Lausanne, Switzerland by the national federation.
Legality of the bows in the compound category is actually the easiest to confirm, as most “items” are legal. The limitation is basically the following: the bow can have a maximum peak weight of 60 lbs (be aware of varying tolerances on specific weigh scales, the archers cannot claim a weight more than 60.0 lbs). The “overdraw” cannot exceed 6cm, there shall be no electrics or electronics on the equipment and there cannot be more than one aiming point.
It is advisable to set the peak weight of the bow a little less than the maximum permitted to avoid a need for this to be adjusted at a tournament.
For recurve (and barebow, instinctive and longbow) the rules are more specific and have to be studied carefully).
For field or 3D tournaments the equipment must not be modified in any way that would give any aid in estimating distances. This rule also applies to the compound bow category.
If the archer uses illegal equipment, there are basically three courses of action that the officials can take:
a) The archer will be asked to adjust their equipment to make it legal, but no further action is taken because it is not considered to have given any advantage (so far).
b) The archer’s scores may be disqualified up to the point of the equipment adjustment, but they may continue to shoot and record a score from the point of the equipment correction.
c) The archer’s scores may be disqualified completely (this action may be used if the archer is considered to be knowingly cheating).
World Archery Communication (http://www.archery.org/)