IFAA Book of rules 2019

The International Field Archery Association (IFAA) sanctions a number of different Regional and World tournaments that are hosted in accordance with its rules . These tournaments all have their own specific rules and guidelines. Also included in the rules is the Constitution of the Association so you the archer will have a one stop rule book to gather and learn the information you need to participate and enjoy the shoots offered by the IFAA whether they are hosted in your country or in any one of our other member countries.

Please note that the English version of the Constitution and Rules are the official rules. All translated versions are for the benefit of archers who are not familiar enough with English to understand the rules.

These translations are made by our member countries and are not tested against the official English version by the IFAA. In the case of any incorrect translation, the official English version will rule !


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The 2017-2018 IFAA Book of Rules (Constitution) with all changes shown in Italic.

“The IFAA 2017/2018 edition of the “Book of Rules” shows changes to the 2015/2016 edition in Italic text. The new edition will be applied from 01 January 2017!

Archers must be aware that some changes are single words in the old text and they are therefore advised to take great care if these rules and regulations are translated into their home language.

Please make note that only the IFAA English version is the official version and that translated versions are simply to assist local archers to understand the rules better.

The 2017/2018 edition contains various major amendments to the 2015/2016 version, including but not limited to:

  • The introduction of the Tradition Recurve Style

  • The complete change in the Champion of Nations event, which now also applies to the WBHC.

  • The acceptance of the “bubble level” incorporated in the pin guard in the BU and BL shooting styles.

  • The complete rewording of the IFAA Official Rounds, including improved graphics, as well as the “rotation rule” for easier understanding. No changes were made in these rules.

·         A detailed explanation of the scoring rules under Annexure 3.”

The rest of the information is on : https://www.ifaa-archery.org/index.php/documents/rules/ifaa-book-of-rules-2017



General Rules of conduct

General Shooting Rules and Etiquette

Special Shooting Rules

Officer of the Day







Anniversary Tournament

Club Championship

Club Grade System

Club Coaching and Instructional Programme

Club Award Structure

Range Layout

            The Standard Club Round

            The Hunter Round

            Indoor Range

            Outdoor Range

Archery Rounds

Shooting Styles

Handicap Competition

The Spot Chart

Match play Archery


Hunting (see Hunting Rules Booklet)





  • These rules are a condition of the lease with Franklin District Council and cannot be removed; they can be amended or added to only.

  • All organized activities are under the jurisdiction of the Officer of the Day, namely the FIELD CAPTAIN, whose decision shall be final.

  • NO game or wildlife shall be shot at in or around the Club property at any time.

  • NO damage to flora or fauna

  • All rubbish to be placed in designated containers or taken away from the Club premises.

  • Smoking in DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY except when fire risk is high when further restrictions shall apply.

  • All shooting must be within DESIGNATED shooting areas only.

  • NO ALCOHOL permitted on the course.

  • BROADHEADS shall at no time be permitted on any shooting range

  • All persons must sign in and out in the register

  • All persons must use the designated walkways.

  • No full camouflage or full broken-colour clothing to be worn on the field course.

  • Parking in designated areas only.

  • Warning signs to be displayed during shooting and removed afterwards.

  • All Juniors must be accompanied by an ADULT.

  • All Cubs must be supervised by an accompanying PARENT or GAURDIAN.

  • All Club rules shall be observed at all times

  • Basic safety rules shall apply at all times.




  1. The night’s/day’s shooting is controlled but the Duty Officer (Field Captain) of the night/day. The Field Captains decisions are final.  Any queries are to be taken up with the Club Committee in writing.

  2. Normal archery shooting rules and etiquette are to apply at all times.

  3. While awaiting his/her turn to shoot, an archer must stand behind and well clear of the shooting position or behind the waiting line if one is provided.

  4. An archer must wait for a prior archer to finish and leave the shooting position or wait for the Field Captains signal instructions before advancing to the shooting line.

  5. No arrow is to be loaded on a box except on the shooting line.

  6. A drawn bow, whether loaded or not, must be aimed at nothing other than the appropriate target butt.

  7. In field, when shooting with more than one archer at the peg, the archer finishing first must await the other(s) to complete their shots before leaving the shooting position.

  8. At the Field Captains signal to halt, all archers must cease fire or hold immediately, irrespective of the status of the shot (even if they are about to release).

  9. NO-ONE shall touch or handle any other archer’s equipment without their express permission.

  10. SCORING –no arrows in the target or butt may be touched until all the arrows have been scored

    • Skids or glances off the ground into the target shall not be counted.

·         An archer who shoots arrows in excess of the prescribed number shall lose the score of the arrow (or arrows) of higher value.

·         In the event of a miss-shot arrow, the arrow may be re-shot providing the arrow can be reached with the bow from the archer’s position at the marker/line.

·         Arrows passing through the target face but retained in the butt may be pushed back by the target captain or deputy who did not shoot the arrow, and scored accordingly.

·         Arrows believed to have passed through the scoring area but not retained in the butt may be re-shot with a marked arrow.

·         An archer who shoots from the wrong marker or at the wrong face will loose the value of that arrow.  It may not be re-shot.

·         In rounds where IFAA rules are followed (Mainly Field and the IFAA Indoor round) the line is part of the lower score zone and therefore, to score the higher value, the arrow must cut through the line.

·         In rounds where FITA rules are being followed (Mainly Outdoor Target and some Indoor rounds) the line is part of the upper score zone and therefore only needs to be touched to score the higher value.


  1. During the club training and practice sessions consideration should be given to other archers with respect to noise and movement.

  2. During competition all noise and movement must be kept to a minimum.

  3. All visitors must check in with the Field Captain before advancing to the shooting line.

  4. All junior shooting activities must be under the supervision of an ADULT at all times

  5. ALL CUB activities must be under the supervision of a parent/guardian at all times.  During field activities the cub concerned must shoot in the parent’s group or be accompanied by the parent (in the case of a non-shooting parent) unless suitable arrangements have been made with another adult to act as guardian for that round and this is agreed upon by the rest of the shooting group concerned.  In any such case any arrangement must be communicated to the Field Captain of the day and acceptance is at his discretion.

  6. All members are expected to have paid all Club and shooting fees before taking part in Club activities.  Failure by a member to observe this rule could cause them to be censured by the Club Committee.




The shooting rules as recognized by the Club shall be those pertaining to the International, National or other body whose round is being shot at the time.  Copies of those rules shall be obtained from the appropriate bodies and they shall be made available to members when required.  At any shooting activity the Field Captain of the day shall ensure that the shooters are aware of the rules for that particular round before the event commences.



At all formal shooting occasions and events an Officer of the Day to be known as the Field Captain shall be rostered from within a list of the most experienced senior members of the Club.  The Club Committee will be responsible for making up this list.


The Field Captain shall have overall responsibility for ensuring the smooth operation of the day(s) events and will be the senior club member in charge of all the day(s) shooting activities. He/She may delegate responsibilities to other club members as they feel appropriate for each occasion.


The Field Captain shall adjudicate on all questions pertaining to the shooting events within his/her control.


The Field Captains decisions are final on the day.  Any Club member dissatisfied with any decision must express that dissatisfaction with any decision must express that dissatisfaction in writing to the Club Committee within 7 days of the event concerned.  The Club Committee will arbitrate the matter at its next full Committee Meeting.


Each Field Captain must make him/herself aware of all matters, rules. Regulations, etc, pertaining to the day(s) events prior to the occasion.  The Field Captain must ensure that the range/course concerned is correctly prepared for the event, the appropriate targets are available, score cards ready, made out and set up into shooting groups, rules and instructions given to shooters, the event got under way and supervised, cards collected and checked after the shoot, awards, prizes, etc, correctly organized for a prize-giving if applicable and results/information passed on to the appropriate Club officials for recording or publicity.


To help the Field Captains with these tasks, the Club will publish a handbook which will contain the necessary information and will ensure that there is available the latest information on the various rules and rounds published by the various International and National archery bodies, and shall ensure that any other equipment/information that from time to time may be of specific help is made available.





The equal weighting of the five activities described below may be altered at the discretion of the Committee to reflect the interest of the current Club membership, but in ay one year, each of the five activities must be available for member participation.



The Club shall erect and maintain a field course(s) at a suitable permanent location which shall become the Club’s head quarters.  This shall remain open at all times for the member’s use except during such times as the Club Committee for Range Captain, after consultation with the Club Committee, deem it necessary to close all or part of the course(s).



The Club shall erect and maintain an outdoor target range at a suitable permanent venue as close as possible to the Club Head Quarters.  If possible this shall remain open at all times for the member’s use except during such times as the Club Committee and Range Captain deem it necessary to close it.  At least one Sunday per month shall be set aside as a formal club competition day to be known as a “Card Shoot”.  Other competitions may be arranged at various times of the year as deemed appropriate by the Club Committee.



The Club shall erect and maintain an indoor target range at a suitable permanent venue within the Club’s locality.  At least one evening per month shall be set aside as a formal club competition to be known as a “Card Shoot”.  Other competitions may be arranged as deemed necessary by the Club Committee.



Although hunting is seen as an individual recreational activity, the Club will encourage those interested in hunting to participate regularly and help in the training of others.  The club will encourage those interested in hunting to participate regularly and help in the training of others.


The Club will also organize from time to time, group hunting activities open to all members who have demonstrated suitable competence in shooting skills and who have acquired the appropriate technical skills and knowledge of the ethics required.

Training programmes and rounds designed to test bow hunting shooting skills shall be made available to members from time to time but in any case at least twice per year.


The test rounds shall be set out over 20 targets with a maximum range of 30m and with targets that show the major kill zones set out appropriately.  These may be scored with points or a simple kill/wound designation, but in any case must require at least a 75% success rate.


The Hunts Master will be responsible for organizing at least three (3) Club hunting activities each year.



The Club Committee shall arrange at least two non-shooting social activities per year which are open to all Club Members.  These shall be such day or evening events as are deemed appropriate but he Club Committee at the time, keeping regard to overall cost and suitability to the majority of members, including families.




The Club shall hold an Annual Anniversary Tournament on the 2nd weekend in May.  This tournament shall be an unmarked animal round field tournament of at least 2 rounds duration.  If possible it shall be staged over two days with more than 2 rounds being shot.  An invitation shall be made to all clubs to attend this tournament and its festivities.


Awards in the form of pennants or cards shall be printed for presentation and a prize table made available to the first 3 place getters in each division of the tournament based on overall aggregate tournament scores.  A decision to restrict or extend the number of award placings may be made by the Club Committee according to the actual number of entries in each division.  In general there should be at least three entries in any one category for it to be treated as a separate division.



The divisions for this tournament shall be set as follows:

·          UNLIMITED:  Any type of freestyle equipment shot with a release aid

·          LIMITED:  Any type of freestyle equipment shot with fingers

·          UNSIGHTED:  Any type of bare-bow equipment

·          GRADED:  For all graded shooters including ladies and juniors.

·          LADIES:  For open lady shooters.

·          JUNIORS?CUBS:  For open juniors and clubs with the proviso that if numbers justify it a separate cub division shall be made available.

·          LONGBOW:  For traditional type equipment, i.e.:  Longbow with feather fletched wooden arrows.


It is important to the tradition of this tournament that an emphasis be generated towards fellowship of the bow, participation for its own sake and enjoyment by all aspects of the occasion.





The dates for the Club Championship and rounds to be shot shall be decided on by the Committee, taking into account the experience of the Club’s archers.


The Championship tournament shall include three separate disciplines; Outdoor Target, Indoor Target and Field.  The winners of each division in each discipline shall be presented with awards, in the form of certificates and any trophies which have been donated for such position.


Members within each division with the highest aggregate score taken over all three disciplines shall be recognized as the Club Champions and presented with certificates and an annual trophy.  Their name shall be added to the club honours board.


The Club Championship shall be contested in the following divisions; however, these may be adapted to suit the make up of the Club at any particular point in time.





OPEN:  Any type of equipment or style except crossbow.

FREESTYLE:  A sighted bow of any type except crossbow, shot with fingers.

BAREBOW:  Any type of bare bow or bow hunter style shot with fingers without sights, except a cross bow.

LADIES:  Lady Archers shooting any style or bow except a cross bow, and who are not classified as a graded shooter.

JUNIOR:  Open junior shooters between the ages of 13 and 16 inclusive.

CUB:  Un-graded juniors 12 years and under.

GRADE:  Graded Senior and Junior archers, male and female (exclusive of cubs), who have not yet attained open status.


All graded archers, juniors and cubs will shoot from their normal pegs or ranges during the Championships.


Only full club members are eligible to enter the Club Championships.


The Club may, at the discretion of the Club Committee, invite other archers to participate in this event however; such visitors may not take awards other than those special awards which may be established for that purpose.


Awards and trophies shall be presented at a social occasion.


Awards and trophies for the annual hunting competitions, and the competitions themselves shall also be timed to coincide with the Annual Championships, and be presented at the same occasion.






All members of the Club on first joining shall be appointed an appropriate shooting grade in each discipline according to their ability.  The grade system allows fair competition within the club while at the same time providing for astructured progression of each archer’s ability.


Established archers joining the Club shall be placed on an appropriate grade by the Registrar and Coaching Director according to their shooting record and their initial performance within the club.  New archers will automatically be placed in the novice grade and will progress form there according to their individual abilities.


The system shall have seven steps:


LEARNER:  The beginner/first time shooter.


NOVICE GRADES:  1 to 3:  The grade shooters progressing through the instructional programme.


OPEN GRADES C TO A:  The established archers having fully graduated from the novice grade programme.  They are graded according to predetermined score levels.  All archers, both senior and junior, participate in this programme.


CUBS:  Will be a grade in their own right, shooting from the equivalent Grade 1 positions.  Cubs of exceptional skill may be allowed to shoot as juniors in the overall programme and will be given three trials to test their skill.  After this if they continue outside their grade they must then remain as full juniors.


Each novice grade step shall have its own distance pegs or ranges to shoot from in any event in any of the disciplines with the exception of the FCA Hunter’s course and hunting qualification round.


Learners are first time archers learning the basics and should not be allowed to compete until placed in the grades by their coach.



Grade distances for both indoor and outdoor target shooting are calculated by deducting 20% off the preceding longest distance.  In other words begin with the open distance in each case and deduct 20% from each grade to fine the next.


Indoor Grades

                Distances:               Learner – 6m

                                                Grade 1 – 9.2m

                                                Grade 2 – 11.5m

                                                Grade 3 – 14.4m

                                                Open – 18m


In any round with other than a standard 18m rnage, the grade distance is determined as above.


Outdoor Grades/Target Grades

Distances:  The grade distance to be shot in each case is determined by calculating as above, beginning with the longest open distance in each case.  The maximum initial outdoor distance for learners is 10m then extending it to Grade 1 of the Club Grade Round.


The Collegiate Round and Club Grade Round:

                                                Cub and Grade 1 – 25.6m

                                                Grade 2 – 32m

                                                Grade 3 – 40m

                                                Open Grades -50m



Field Grades

Distances:  In unmarked animal rounds the four colour coded pegs are set out at the grade distances for each of the target sizes.  These are a set of maximum and minimum parameters within the Standard Club Round measurements (see Range Layout).


Learner:  Shoot on a fixed practice target butt, maximum initial range 10m then extended to Grade 1.

                Grade 1 and Cubs:  - From the Yellow Peg

                Grade 2 – from the Blue Peg

                Grade 3 – from the White Peg

                Open - from the Red peg using the normal sequences of pegs for the round


Grades 1 and Cubs shoot all arrows from the one peg.  In one or two arrow rounds that use closer pegs graded shooters must not use pegs beyond their normal shooting distances.  Graded shooters may change pegs in the closer rounds as long as both pegs lie within  their normal grade range.


In marked and unmarked IFAA rounds grades 1 and 2 and Cubs shall shoot form the IFAA Cub peg, Grades 3 and 4 and Juniors shall shoot from the IFAA Junior peg.


In FITA Field rounds Cubs and graded shooters use the peg which is placed in the appropriate sequence for their grade.


BECAUSE of their greater degree of difficulty it is not recommended that Graded Archers shoot IFAA or FITA rounds.


Grade archers, Juniors and Cubs may compete outside/beyond their grade only three times.  If they compete above their current grade for more than three competitive rounds they must stay in the anew grade from that point on.


To graduate from one grade to the next a grade archer must obtain score levels of 75% of the possible for the round being shot.  Only one grade score is needed to move from Grade 1.  Three 75% score levels must be achieved in each of the other grades.  The final decision to regrade is made by the Registrar after consultation with the Club Coach and Coaching Director.


In the event that an archer shoots his final grade score for a particular grade during a tournament that archer does not change grades until the tournament has been completed.  Graduation is not automatic on completion of the grade scores but is formalized but he Club Registrar.


Learner archers do not obtain grade scores as such bit are placed into the system, usually at Grade 1 stage, by the Club Coaching Director in consultation with the instructing coach, when it is felt that a suitable standard has been reached.


To qualify as grade scores all score cards must be witnessed by at least one other archer or adult and must be forwarded to the Club Registrar who keeps the Club record of all member’s progress and who will recommend the appropriate awards.


Score cards must contain the name of the archer, the witness, the date, the round, the archer’s current grade and the score, preferably kept by using a running total.


Novice and grade shooters are under the overall supervision of the Club Coaching Director who may at the request of a club coach or instructor hold an archer back of delay a grade if it is felt to be of ultimate benefit to that archer, even though the three grade scores may have been attained.




1.                   All members must carry their signed membership cards for presentation when required.

2.                   No member is to hunt or stalk on property without the permission of the owner or occupier.

3.                   No member is to carry a bow on Crown Lands or National Parks or any other reserves without a permit from the appropriate authority.

4.                   All members are to see that camp fires are properly extinguished, and are to observe the greatest caution against starting accidental fires.

5.                   All huts are their contents must be left in a clean and orderly condition and a plentiful supply of firewood should be left for the next occupier.  If possible liquid or gas fuels should be carried and used instead.  On leaving, perishable foods and scraps should be buried and not left to encourage vermin.  Any supplies found in a hut must not be used except in the case of an emergency.

6.                   Care must be taken not to disturb stock.  Members are requested to assist stock in distress.  In serious cases the owner should be notified.

7.                   Members should become familiar with boundaries so as to avoid trespassing on land for which consent has not been obtained.

8.                   All gates should be left as they are found, whether open or shut.

9.                   In the desire to be sportsmanlike, all members shall endeavor to obtain a quick, clean kill and refrain from using equipment not suited to the game being hunted.  In the same vain, members should ensure that they have the necessary shooting skills and accuracy before beginning to hunt.

10.               Any animal, which is wounded, must be hunted down and killed.  All members in the area must cease their own operations and give assistance.  Only after the most sincere efforts have been made to trace the wounded animal should the chase be abandoned.

11.               In the event of more than one member shooting an animal the first arrow to strike shall decide the claim.

12.               All members must abide but he judicial laws of New Zealand as they apply to bow hunting.






Only truly wild/feral animals that are not being held in a reserve, sanctuary or farm situation may be considered fair game and taken as part of the various hunting activities of the club.


Only animals taken and activities taking place in New Zealand will be considered for inclusion in the Club’s structure.


The Club’s rules of fair chase and hunting code of ethics must be adhered to at all times.


Hunting in general is an area of sensitive public debate and members should ensure that they uphold the highest possible standards and behaviour at all times so as not to bring either the Club or the sport into disrespect.




All game taken and claimed as part of the Club’s various hunting activities comes under the jurisdiction of the Club Hunts Master who has responsibility for the administration of the Club’s whole hunting structure.


Game taken must be claimed on the official Club claim forms. Click here to go the Game Claim Form These must be filled in accurately and correctly or they may be disallowed.  They must include full details of the person making the claim, the species taken, the area hunted, the date taken and any other relevant information.  Both the member making the claim, and a witness who can verify the game was in fact taken appropriately must sign all claim forms. In the case of big game claims, a photograph of the claimed game taken as soon as possible after the kill must also accompany the form.


In the case of junior members it must be noted that a senior club member must be with them at all times during hunting activities and that that senior member is solely responsible for the junior throughout the hunt and for ensuring that claims are made accurately and appropriately.


For all claims intended for entry in the Record Register an effort should also be made to provide an appropriate photograph.


The Hunts Master will present claims for new records to the Committee for verification and acceptance.


Claims must be made within 30 days of the kill.  They should be posted directly to the club’s contact address, with the postal date stamp providing the 30-day deadline.




1.                   Game must not be restricted in any way that gives the bow hunter an unfair advantage.  (EG:  Mud, snow)  Dogs may be used for small or large game as an indicator, but must not be used for holding bailing or restraining.


2.                   Big game shot with the use of projected artificial light can only be claimed as small game.


 3.                   Game, other than fish, must not be shot from a powered vehicle, boat or aircraft.


4.                   Game must not be taken through the use of herding, driving or directing.



5.                   Game must not be protected nor held in game reserves, sanctuaries or game farms.


6.                   Game shall not be taken by the use of poison, explosive arrowheads, tranquilizers or the direct assistance of firearms.



7.                   The code of ethics applies at all times.






Small Game Award

The Small Game Award structure will be based on the small game points table.  Members must shoot the required number of points to gain each award.


For each award, only 20 points maximum may be gained from any one species of animal, bird or fish.  Extra points may go towards the next awards.


The award will be in the form of a printed certificate showing a field head against a coloured background.

First Award (White)                              20 Points

Second Award (Black)  an additional      30 Points

Third Award (Blue)       an additional     50 Points

Forth Award (Red)        an additional      70 Points

Fifth Award (Gold)        an additional   100 Points


Big Game Award

The big game Award structure will be based on the species shown in the big game points table, however it will not be shot for on a points basis.  For a Big Game Award only one kill is needed however each award must be claimed on a different species.  Of the five species taken to gain the five awards at least two must be mammals.


The awards shall be colour coded in the same was as the certificates as the Small Game structure and take the form of a printed certificate showing a broad head against the appropriate coloured background.


First Kill Award

This award shall be in the form of a certificate depicting a silhouette of the species taken.  It shall be awarded on the first occasion that a member claims any particular species.


Trophy Award

This award shall be presented on each occasion a trophy class species is claimed which falls within the trophy criteria for that species.  This award may be won more than once.  It shall be in the form of a certificate bearing a set of antlers on a gold background.


This award may also be awarded to those members gaining entry to the club record register.

Trophy Criteria

(All points shall be as per the Douglas scoring system)

Annual Competition

There shall be three basic annual competitions for which appropriate annual trophies will be sought and presented.  The first 3 place getters will also receive annual certificates.


The Big Game Trophy

This will be competed for each year on a point’s basis according to the Big Game point’s table.  Only those species appearing on the point’s table are eligible for inclusion in the competition.  Any number of animals or species may be taken with the highest number of points winning.  In the case of a tie in points, the member taking the greatest range of species shall be deemed the winner.


The Small Game Trophy

This will be competed for each year on a point’s basis according to the Small Game point’s table.  Only those small game mammals and birds appearing on the point’s table will be eligible for the competition.  Any number of animals or species may be taken with the highest number of points winning.  In the case of a tie in points, the member taking the greatest range of species shall be deemed the winner.


The Fish Trophy

This shall be competed for each year on a point’s basis according to the Small Game Fish point’s table.  Only those species classed as small game fish appearing on the table will be eligible for the competition.  Any fish whose weight classes them as big game will not be counted in this competition but will be entered only in the Big Game Trophy.  Any number of fish or species may be taken with the highest number of points winning.  In the case of a tie in points the member taking the greatest range of species shall be deemed the winner.


Other species of fish 250mm and over 1 Point

Note:  Fisheries regulations for catch limits and minimum length apply at all times.


If you'd like to make contact with the club feel free to email or phone the below


President: Jannie de Vos - 021 028 67301

Treasurer: Lorna Robertson - 021 256 4045


Address: 22 Stone Rd, Bombay.

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