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Changes in the 3D Rules

posted Jul 10, 2012, 10:31 PM by Webmaster USCAA

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).

      Arrows must have at least three (3) feathers or vanes no less than 1.75" in length for indoor and outdoor events, with the exception of 3D.  (See 3D notes below)

      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.

      Archers may not have more than 4 fixed pins

      A sight shall have no more than five (5) fixed, cross hair, or circle style pins without lens or magnification. 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.

·         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.

a.       FORMAT

      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.