York Round (Men)    Hereford Round (Women)
72 arrows at 100 yards    72 arrows at 80 yards
48 arrows at 80 yards    48 arrows at 60 yards
24 arrows at 60 yards    24 arrows at 50 yards
York and Hereford Rounds shot at a 122 cm / 48 in. multicolor face; the scoring is 9,7,5,3,1
American Round (both Men and Women)
30 arrows at 60 yards
30 arrows at 50 yards
30 arrows at 40 yards
American Round shot at a 122 cm / 48 in. multicolor face; the scoring is 9,7,5,3,1
Clout Round
36 arrows at 165 meters (Men)   36 arrows at 125 meters (Women)
Clout shot at a set of 5 concentric circles marked on the ground, each scoring band measuring 1.5 meters in width and with the outer most circle measuring 15 meters in diameter; the scoring is 5-4-3-2-1



Equipment and Shooting Rules

1) Equipment divisions include:
a) "traditional" all-wood British longbows/American flatbows without arrow rests/shelves;
b) longbows made with fiberglass or other "modern" man-made materials and other longbows with arrow rests or shelves.
c) traditional recurve bows with wood handles/risers

2) All longbow competitors must shoot wood arrows.
3) Binoculars and spotting scopes are not permitted.
-there will be awards for each competitive round (York, American and Clout) as well as overall championship awards based on the combined scores from each round;
-there will be separate awards for foreign visitors (non-U.S. citizens);
-the York Round awards should be based on the traditional British Longbow Society (BLBS) system (most hits, highest score (of those who did not achieve most hits), and most golds (of those who did not achieve most hits or highest score)); the American and Clout round and overall championship awards will be based on total score and will be made for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each division;

-equipment rules for the divisions are as follows:

A. General Rules

1. Longbow - is defined as a wood bow without recurve
in the limb tips, (i.e., the string must not rest on the upper or lower limb but rather must contact the bow only at the string nocks.)

2. Stabilizers or counterweights, or bows built up to serve the same function will not be allowed.

3. Protruding bow sights will not be allowed. However a movable band/"O-ring" or rubber band on the bow limbs will be permitted as long as this band is no larger than 1/8 inch wide or high. An alternative allowed sighting method is the moveable "Point-of-Aim" on the ground. This cannot exceed a height of 6" above the ground or be larger than 3" in diameter.

4. No cushion plungers or similar mechanical or metal apparatus shall be used. However, the side of the bow where the arrow comes in contact with it may be built out slightly with a leather pad.

5. Arrows will be of wood and fletched with feathers. Points shall be of a type that will not inflict undue damage to target faces or buttresses. Arrows shall be identical in length, weight and color, except for normal wear. Point weight may be of any value and is not restricted to 125 grains.

6. Finger Protection in the form of finger stalls or tips, gloves, shooting tab or tape (plaster) is allowed to draw, hold back and release the string, provided it does not incorporate any device to help in holding, drawing and releasing the string. (For example, mechanical releases or hooks are not permitted.) A separator between the fingers to prevent pinching the arrow may be used. On the bow hand an ordinary glove, mitten or similar item, may be worn.

B. Traditional Longbow Division Rules:

1. British Longbow or American flat all wood bows without arrow rests, shelves or center shot cut shelves are used in this division. The bow may be laminated, but no man-made materials, (beyond glue) may be used as backing or in other layers of the laminate.

2. Horn string nocks are not required.

3. Fast flight or other similar newer type (limited stretch) strings (except dacron) are not allowed.

C. IBO and NFAA "Modern" Longbow Division Rules:

1. Longbows made with fiberglass laminates or other "modern"  man-made materials are allowed in this division.

2. Arrow rests, shelves and center shot cut shelves are also allowed.

D. Traditional Recurve Division Rules:

1. Recurve bows with wood handles or risers are allowed in this division. Limbs may be wood or laminated with fiberglass or other "modern" man-made materials.
2. Arrow rests, shelves and center shot cut shelves are also allowed.


Traditional Recurve Rule Changes (adopted March 2006 by NAA BOG)

The Traditional Recurve must have a wooden riser and can be either a one piece bow or a take down. No carbon limb composites or foam limbs, just wooden core limbs with glass overlays.

Arrows may either be wood or aluminum but may not be carbon or aluminum carbon composites. Arrows must have feather fletching.

Bow sights are allowed that are either wood, steel or aluminum construction (no carbon) using a single adjustable sight aperture with no magnification or level and must be directly attached to the bow with no extensions. A point of aim marker may also be used but not in the combination with a bow sight.

Bow stabilizers may also be used, but must be no longer than 10 inches in length and constructed either of wood , steel, brass, copper or aluminum. Rubber may be incorporated in the stabilizer but no carbon.

The use of a draw check mirror, level, string peep, clicker or other draw checking devices will not be permitted.

Bow string material will be limited to Dacron.

Arrow rests should not be used with a cushion plunger or Burger button. Flipper rests or duel prong rests will not be permitted. Arrow rests to be used are the Hoyt Super Pro Rest or equivalent or the Bear brush rest or equivalent.

For more information, contact Norm Graham, Chair of the NAA Traditional Target Archery Committee.)

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