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Outdoor Target Archery

Source Material: FITA , Merlin Archery Centre

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Outdoor target archery is the most popular type of archery dicipline practiced in the UK. It is shot outdoors on an open flat field in both Recurve and Compound divisions. Target archery is the only form of archery accepted in the Olympic Games and probably archerys most recognised form..

There is great diversity in the types of rounds shot (See table) but the standard format used around the world is known as the FITA and has been detailed below.

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INDIVIDUAL FITA COMPETITION

Qualification round

The athletes shoot 36 arrows at each of the following distances:

    Men: 90, 70, 50 and 30 meters
    Women: 70, 60, 50 and 30 meters
This means that, in total, 144 arrows are shot. This round is shot during the first 2 days of competition to select the top 64 men and top 64 women in each division and the top 16 men's and women's team in each division. At the 2 long distances (90m and 70m for men, 70m and 60m for women), each archer will shoot 6 arrows within 4 minutes on a 122cm face. At the short distances (50m and 30m), each archer will shoot 3 arrows in 2 minutes on a 80cm face.

The top 64 men and top 64 women in each division of the qualification round will proceed to the Elimination Rounds.


Elimination and Final rounds

The archers (top 64 men and top 64 women) will be placed on a single Elimination Pairing Chart according to their standing at the end of the Qualification Round. The other numbers show how the winners would progress if the higher-ranked archer won each match. From this stage on, the only distance is 70 meters for both men and women. The archers shoot 3 ends of 6 arrows: in total 18 arrows on a 122cm face. They have 4 minutes to do so for each end.

The eight winning archers will go on to the Final Round. Each athlete will shoot 4 ends of 3 arrows (12 arrows) on a separate target. All finals matches will be shot with the archers alternating their shots. Each archer will have up to 40 seconds to shoot one arrow.


TEAM COMPETITION

The top 16 men's and women's teams in each bow division will be selected using the combined top three scores from the Individual Qualification Round. All members of a team must be of the same gender, same bow division and from the same country. If less than 17 teams are available in any division or class, then only the top 8 teams will go to the Elimination Matches. The target will be 122cm at 70 meters for both men and women.

One match consists of 27 arrows: 3 ends of 9 arrows per end. Each team member shoots 3 arrows per end (3 arrows x 3 archers x 3 ends = 27 arrows). All 3 archers on a team will be required to finish shooting before the prescribed time limit (currently: 3 minutes). The archers may shoot in any sequence and may shoot 1, 2 or 3 arrows each time they are on the shooting line.

The Finals Round starts with the semi-final competition. The losers of the semi-finals shoot for the Bronze and the winners for the Gold and Silver Medals.

FITA Rounds
Round
No. of arrows / distance
Face Size
No. of arrows / end
Maximum score
Age
FITA Men
36 at 90 meters
36 at 70 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
1440
Adult
FITA Women
36 at 70 meters
36 at 60 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
1440
Adult
FITA Metric 900
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
900
Adult
FITA Junior Metric 900
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
900
Adult
FITA Metric 1
36 at 70 meters
36 at 60 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Metric 2
36 at 60 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Metric 3
36 at 50 meters
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
36 at 20 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Metric 4
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
36 at 20 meters
36 at 10 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric Gentlemen
36 at 90 meters
36 at 70 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric Ladies
36 at 70 meters
36 at 60 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Short Metric
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric 1
36 at 70 meters
36 at 60 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric 2
36 at 60 meters
36 at 50 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric 3
36 at 50 meters
36 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Long Metric 4
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Short Metric 1
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Short Metric 2
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Short Metric 3
36 at 30 meters
36 at 20 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA Short Metric 4
36 at 20 meters
36 at 10 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
FITA I Indoor
60 at 18 meters
40 cm
3
600
Adult
FITA II Indoor
60 at 25 meters
60 cm
3
600
Adult
FITA Combined Indoor
60 at 18 meters
60 at 25 meters
40 cm
60 cm
3
1200
Adult
FITA Modified Indoor
30 at 18 meters
80 cm
3
300
14-18
GNAS Rounds
Round
No. of arrows / distance
Face Size
No. of arrows / end
Maximum score
Age
York
72 at 100 yards
48 at 80 yards
24 at 60 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Hereford
72 at 80 yards
48 at 60 yards
24 at 50 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bristol 1
72 at 80 yards
48 at 60 yards
24 at 50 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bristol 2
72 at 60 yards
48 at 50 yards
24 at 40 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bristol 3
72 at 50 yards
48 at 40 yards
24 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bristol 4
72 at 40 yards
48 at 30 yards
24 at 20 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
St. George
36 at 100 yards
36 at 80 yards
36 at 60 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Albion
36 at 80 yards
36 at 60 yards
36 at 50 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Windsor
36 at 60 yards
36 at 50 yards
36 at 40 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Short Windsor
36 at 50 yards
36 at 40 yards
36 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Junior Windsor
36 at 40 yards
36 at 30 yards
36 at 20 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
New Western
48 at 100 yards
48 at 80 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Long Western
48 at 80 yards
48 at 60 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Western
48 at 60 yards
48 at 50 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Short Western
48 at 50 yards
48 at 40 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Junior Western
48 at 40 yards
48 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Short Junior Western
48 at 30 yards
48 at 20 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
American
30 at 60 yards
30 at 50 yards
30 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
122 com
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
St. Nicholas
48 at 40 yards
36 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
New National
48 at 100 yards
24 at 80 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Long National
48 at 80 yards
24 at 60 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
National
48 at 60 yards
24 at 50 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Short National
48 at 50 yards
24 at 40 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Junior National
48 at 40 yards
24 at 30 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Short Junior National
48 at 30 yards
24 at 20 yards
122 cm
122 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bray 1 Indoor
30 at 18 meters
40 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Bray 2 Indoor
30 at 25 meters
60 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Portsmouth Indoor
60 at 20 yards
60 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Stafford Indoor
72 at 30 meters
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
Worcester Indoor
60 at 20 yards
16 inch (special face target (5,4,3,2,1))
6 (shot 3-3)
Adult
American Rounds
Round
No. of arrows / distance
Face Size
No. of arrows / end
Maximum score
Age
Metric Easton 600
20 at 60 meters
20 at 50 meters
20 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
5
5
5
600
Adult
Metric Collegiate 600
20 at 50 meters
20 at 40 meters
20 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
5
5
5
600
Adult
American
30 at 60 yards
30 at 50 yards
30 at 40 yards
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
6
6
6
810
Adult
Columbia
24 at 50 yards
24 at 40 yards
24 at 30 yards
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
6
6
6
648
Adult
"720" Collegiate
24 at 50 meters
24 at 40 meters
24 at 30 meters
80 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
720
Adult
Junior Metric 900
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
12-15
Cadet Metric 900
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
30 at 20 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
under 12
Interscolastic Metric
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
80 cm
6
6
720
14-18
Modified Collegiate, Boys
20 at 50 meters
20 at 40 meters
20 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
5
5
5
600
14-18
Modified Collegiate, Girls
20 at 40 meters
20 at 30 meters
20 at 20 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
5
5
5
600
14-18
Junior Metric
36 at 60 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 40 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
1440
12-15
Cadet Metric
36 at 45 meters
36 at 35 meters
36 at 25 meters
36 at 15 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
6 (shot 3-3)
1440
under 12
Junior American
30 at 50 yards
30 at 40 yards
30 at 30 yards
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
6
6
6
810
12-15
Cadet American
30 at 40 yards
30 at 30 yards
30 at 20 yards
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
6
6
6
810
under 12
Junior Columbia
24 at 40 yards
24 at 30 yards
24 at 20 yards
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
48" (9,6,3,1)
6
6
6
648
Under 12
NAA 300 Indoor
60 at 20 yards
16 inch (5,3,1)
5
300
Adult
Chicago Indoor
96 at 20 yards
16 inch (9,6,5,3,1)
6
864
Adult
Australian Rounds
Round
No. of arrows / distance
Face Size
No. of arrows / end
Maximum score
Age
Fremantle
36 at 90 meters
36 at 70 meters
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1440
Intermediate
36 at 55 meters
36 at 45 meters
36 at 35 meters
36 at 25 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1440
Horsham
36 at 40 meters
36 at 35 meters
36 at 30 meters
36 at 25 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1440
Sydney
30 at 70 meters
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
6
1200
Brisbane
30 at 70 meters
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1200
Adelaide
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1200
Short Adelaide
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
30 at 20 meters
122 cm
122 cm
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
6
6
1200
Hobart
30 at 90 meters
30 at 70 meters
30 at 50 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
Perth
30 at 70 meters
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
Canberra
30 at 60 meters
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
Short Canberra
30 at 50 meters
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
Junior Canberra
30 at 40 meters
30 at 30 meters
30 at 20 meters
122 cm
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
6
900
Melbourne
90 at 50 meters
122 cm
6
900
Darwin
90 at 40 meters
122 cm
6
900
Geelong
90 at 30 meters
122 cm
6
900
Newcastle
90 at 20 meters
122 cm
6
900
Holt
90 at 50 meters
80 cm
6
900
Drake
90 at 30 meters
80 cm
6
900
Wollongong
36 at 90 meters
36 at 70 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
720
Townsville
36 at 70 meters
36 at 60 meters
122 cm
122 cm
6
6
720
Launceston
36 at 50 meters
36 at 30 meters
80 cm
80 cm
6
6
720

 

 

 
 
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