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To better meet the needs of the 3D and bow hunter archers, the following changes are proposed.
A. Bow Hunter Division
a. Rules Target and 3-D:
● 70# limit (tournament director or judge will enforce level drawing rule).
● Arrow must weigh at least five (5) grains per pound of draw weight (example 70# = 350 grain arrow weight) or must be under 300 feet per second.
● A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with or without sights.
● Sight pins - For indoor, outdoor and 3D archers may have more than five fixed pins. No lens or magnification are allowed on the sights. Pins must be fixed.
● The sight CAN NOT be adjusted after the first scoring arrow is shot for that day or entering the 3D range. It may only be moved during practice and when non scoring arrows will be shot for practice.
● If circle style pins are used, all circles must be the same size.
● A sight may have a rear aperture (i.e., peep sight or fixed rifle type sight).
● Only one (1) forward stabilizer may be used. The stabilizer shall be no more than twelve (12) inches long, and extend no more than twelve (12) inches from the point of attachment to the riser of the bow. (For the purposes of this rule, any device adding length or weight to the stabilizer shall be considered part of the stabilizer and shall be subject to the 12-inch rule.)
● Back bars are allowed in the Bowhunter Division. Maximum total length of the back bar is unlimited.
● Points - Indoor, Outdoor and 3D - any style of points with the exception of broad heads. Broad heads are not allowed.
● Un-weighted vibration dampeners are not considered to be stabilizers; however, un-weighted vibration dampeners attached to the stabilizer are measured as a part of the stabilizer and are subject to the 12-inch rule above.
● Equipment in this class may be shot with finger tab, shooting glove or release. No electrical or computerized release may be used.
a. Additional Rules for 3D only:
● No range finders of any kind are permitted on the Unmarked 3D coarse. Rangefinders may be used on the Marked 3D coarse.
· Binoculars of any power are allowed. Binoculars can’t have range finding capabilities.
B. 3D USIAC
3D USIACs shall serve as the 3D National Championship of the USCA, during which National Titles shall be earned and bestowed. It is the only event that an archer can earn a 3D Collegiate Championship title in 3D archery.
USCA Clubs can expect a general announcement in the fall confirming the dates, location and accommodations and registration deadlines. A registration packet will be available to the clubs in mid-August.
USCA Clubs are not limited as to the number of participants. USCA Clubs can register as many athletes as desired.
● Twenty (20) targets marked yardage.
● Twenty (20) targets unmarked yardage.
· Maximum distance for both is Men’s and Women’s Compound, 50 yards, Men’s and Women’s Bowhunter, 40 yards, Recurve, 30 yards
· Marked range will be set using either a tape measure or one laser rangefinder. Practice range will also be set using the same tape measure or laser rangefinder.
· Binoculars of any power are allowed. Binoculars can’t have range finding capabilities.
A coach must be a USCA member for a minimum of 2 years before being qualified for election to the board in any position or appointed to the at-large position. Many coaches do not understand that USCA is composed of athletes and that they are here to assist the athletes, rather than rule them or in some way dominate the athletes. As most of the membership is composed of clubs and most athletes prefer to have a fair say in how their affairs are handled, requiring a minimum 2 years encourages coaches to understand their role within the USCA system and understand the unique situation of the athlete driven atmosphere that composes USCA.
Relevance: I contend that those who are exposed for a number of years to any system learn it best before they attempt to exercise control of the system. Two years feels like a short time frame, but any longer might be unreasonable. This proposal is relevant to USCA as new clubs join by the month and that means new coaches who do not understand USCA’s past and who may wish to volunteer without fully understanding US Collegiate Archery. As such ensuring that the coaches understand the environment is extremely relevant to the interests of USCA.
We propose that the board membership tenure be increased from the current 2 years to 3 or 4 years for the coach members who serve on the board and to 2 years for the athletes who serve on the board. We further propose that athlete representatives be elected in an alternating cycle so that there is not a loss of information when both athletes are retired. We propose that athletes be elected along gender lines, as is presently done, or by combining regions into north/east, and south/west.
Relevance: As USCA grows and the board has more issues to deal with, it has been noted that the board often cannot fully address issues and ensure they implement corrections before their spot is up for election. By increasing the tenure of elected positions, USCA ensures that the board can fully register issues with decisions it makes, overview implementation of said decisions, and ensure that the decisions are carried out with the vision the board had in mind at the time of making its decision.
At present the regional elections appear to serve no meaning. Those who are elected as athlete representatives most likely will not be elected to the national board and have no formal responsibilities within their region. As such the elected position is meaningless.
Relevance: 75% of the regional athletes are not elected to the board (kind of an obvious fact, but just throwing it out there). The regional elections do not appear to serve much meaning aside from a distraction from the national board elections. It is more efficient for clubs to nominate someone to the national board and let the full nation of members vote to determine who is most suitable for the position, rather then the current tiered system.
As USCA has made it clear that it will begin embracing 3D events and has included a bowhunting division, it is proposed that USCA permit 3D to be represented on the board in the same fashion as the at-large board position.
Relevance: Other organizations have selected board members that represent direct interests of the athletes, and with 3D, it is felt that someone with experience and understanding of IBO, NFAA, and other 3D organizations, requirements, and technology be on the board to represent those who choose to participate. Some clubs seem to be against 3D and bowhunting and therefore some clubs feel that there is potentially an issue of anti-bowhunting/3D board members were elected. Adding a 3D representation supports USCA's mission and vision as an inclusive organization.
Much as US Archery Association has a committee that approves nominations for board positions, college archery should consider a similar move. At present any individual may throw their hat in the ring, but may lack the experience or credentials to serve on the board, or may not support the mission and vision of US College Archery. As such a nominating committee would be capable of interviewing and determining who best would serve US College Archery and then put forth the nominations for the membership to vote on their preferred candidates. The committee would be appointed for 3 years at a time by the USCA board, in a rotating shift, such that only a third of the committee is replaced on a yearly cycle, rather than the entire committee being replaced entirely. Additionally, the committee would be known only to the Board and employees of USCA who must interact with the committee, in order to prevent individuals nominated for the board from attempting to maneuver themselves to advantageously good graces with members of the committee.
Relevance: This form of committee exists within US Archery Association, which has had recent financial stability and shown extremely reserved board members who do not act in a way that damages their organization. It is felt that USCA would benefit from this model.
It is proposed that USCA begin supporting the mission and vision of the Wounded Warrior Project and considering including disabled athletes at collegiate competitions. This would not only grow the sport but it would assist veterans who are returning home from war in finding something to put their energy into and finding a social outlet. College athletics can help American veterans who have returned home and are attending colleges and universities across the nation.
Relevance: Many organizations currently support the wounded warrior foundation and many archery shops hold fundraisers and discount equipment to assist those seeking some way to recover from the trauma they have experienced. This is an opportunity for college archery to assist those suffering from war.
USCA begin working with military academies to recruit athletes for competitions and USCA membership. Many such institutions are attended by athletes who are not aware of opportunities that exist to compete and it is proposed that USCA contact and attempt to work with such institutions to help grow the sport.
Allow denim and camouflage acceptable at USCA events, while making faded (such as faded denim) one of the colors/styles unacceptable for events. Many denim products are professional looking, present regional or state culture in a manner that is not disrespectful to the sport of archery, and in many cases are viewed as suitable attire for all but FITA/USCA officials. Camouflage is largely a color scheme that is enjoyed by bowhunters and those who participate in hunting activities, and as USCA has moved to include the bowhunter division in mainstream activities, then it is proposed that so long as the athlete does not dress inappropriately or in a manner deemed disrespectful to officials, USCA, or FITA, camouflage be accepted. Additionally, if USCA works with military academies, camouflage is part of their attire and should be respected as official uniform.
Relevance: In recent years FITA has relaxed the rules on uniforms and appropriate clothing options. In previous decades FITA required all athletes wear white clothing, then moved towards embracing alternative color options. This simply allows for American athletes to wear clothing they feel has significance to them culturally and allows them to feel most comfortable while competing. Ripped, torn, or faded clothing will remain considered inappropriate.
Many athletes find it difficult to start campus clubs or gain university approve. Rather than be affiliated with an on-campus club, athletes would be able to pay a larger fee than the average membership and compete as non-voting members within USCA events. Should a club be formed on campus the non-voting member would be required to join the campus club in order to continue competing.
Relevance: Many members do not wish to grow archery but would rather compete individually. In recognition that clubs pay additional fees to USCA, along with their individual membership fees, we propose that USCA require a higher fee of athletes who opt to not build a club at their university. This would apply to single athletes only. If 2 or more students compete at the same university, an official club would be required.