Irish Field Archery Federation

The home of Field Archery in Ireland

Competing at the UK and Ireland Field Championships

The essential information for those competing at the UK and Ireland Field Championships

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About UKIFAC

UKIFAC OVERVIEW

  • UKIFAC is an annual, two day competition comprising of a 1×28 IFAA FIELD and a 1×28 HUNTER round
  • 3 x 14 target courses are also permissible (2 units give the 28 targets)
  • UKIFAC is generally held the first weekend in July
  • The tournament is open to all members of EFAA, IFAF, NIFAA, SFAA and WFAA.
  • Members of IFAA affiliate nations may compete as ‘guests’ at the discretion of the host nation

TIMETABLE

  • FRIDAY
    • Registration & Bow-check open
    • Practice Range open
  • SATURDAY
    • Registration & Bow-check open
    • Practice Range open
    • Safety briefing
    • Day 1 of the competition
  • SUNDAY
    • Practice Range open
    • Safety briefing
    • Day 2 of the competition
    • Awards Ceremony

General Information

COMPETITOR PREREQUISITS

  • IFAA affiliation
    • Is your IFAF membership paid-up?
  • Do you have a Classification Card?
    • Every archer, including those whose category does not have Classifications, must have at least TWO scores for Field &/or Hunter rounds to demonstrate experience of the rounds
    • For styles with Classifications (A, B or C), scores are valid for two years
    • For styles requiring classifications, archers without a valid classification are deemed ‘Unclassified’ meaning they default into A class.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

  • Passport / National ID Card
    • Is your travel document in date?
  • E111 Card & Travel Insurance
    • Apply for an E111 card online
    • Purchase travel insurance
  • Flight vs. Ferry logistics comparison
  • Accommodation booked
  • Car hire vs. Public transport
    • Do you have a FULL driving licence?
    • Is there transport to the shoot site?

Registration & Bow-check

PAPERWORK TO PRESENT

  • Documents
    • IFAF Membership card
    • Classification-Scorecard
      • IFAF’s Classification cards are issued by the Treasurer (treasurer@ifaf.ie)
Classification-Scorecard
•Classification-Scorecard

EQUIPMENT TO PRESENT

  • Bow
    • Compounds will be speed-checked
    • Marks considered sighting aids will be covered by the bow checkers
    • Bows / bow-styles must comply with IFAA rules (e.g. IFAF Trad will not be recognised, this category will be converted to IFAA Trad)
  • Arrows
    • Arrows must be numbered 1, 2, 3 & 4 using rings near to the fletches
  • Tabs
    • No marks to aid shooting allowed
  • Binoculars
    • Binoculars do not need to be inspected. They can have range-finding functions because rounds are marked-distance

IFAA Rounds: Field

Scoring

The Scoring is five for the spot, four for the inner ring and three for the outer ring

Field target scoring

Markers

All markers for the Veteran, Adult and Young Adult distances shall be coloured white

For shooting distances where archers in the Junior division do not shoot from the adult marker position (65cm faces), these markers shall be coloured blue

The markers for the cub devision shall be coloured black

Field target faces
Field Round Distances in yards
Field round distances metric

IFAA Rounds: Hunter

Scoring

The Scoring is five for the spot, four for the inner ring and three for the outer ring

Hunter target scoring

Markers

All markers for the Veteran, Adult and Young Adult distances shall be coloured red

For shooting distances where archers in the Junior division do not shoot from the adult marker position (65cm faces), these markers shall be coloured blue. In the event of a course with multiple Rounds these markers shall be coloured red and blue

The markers for the cub devision shall be coloured black

Hunter target faces
Hunter round distances - yards
Hunter round distances metric

On the Range

WHAT TO BRING

  • Scorecards
    • Bring the correct scorecard for the round being shot
  • Equipment
    • Bow, arrows, quiver, binoculars
  • Essentials
    • Clothing for all seasons, hat, portable seat, sun cream, bug-spray!
  • Money
    • Lunch is usually a ‘rolling stop’. Food/drink can be purchased at catering, if offered at the venue
  • Refreshments
    • Bring a bag with food and drink in it… you may be hungry/thirsty before you reach catering.
  • Smoking
    • Smoking, including  E-Cigarettes, is normally NOT ALLOWED on the course, only at designated food stops

RULES and ETIQUETTE

Group position/role assigned

  • The ordering of names in the group determines role (cannot be changed)
    • #1: Target Captain
    • #2: First Scorer
    • #3: Second Scorer
    • #4: Arrow Puller

Target Captain’s job

  • monitor shooting rotation
  • settle all local questions
  • manage back-logs/shoot throughs

Scoring disputes

In the case of a dispute, the majority opinion of the other archers in the group decides on the score. Period.

Pegs

  • All adults: Field – White, Hunter – Red
  • Juniors: Field & Hunter – Blue
  • Cubs: Field & Hunter – Black

Targets

At each target a notice board will provide details about the target:

Field Target info
Hunter Target info

Shooting

  • Archers MUST shoot in pairs
    • A/B: Target Captain / First Scorer
    • C/D: Second Scorer / Arrow Puller
  • Archers MUST rotate shoot order
    • Target 1 – 14: A/B pair then C/D pair
    • Target 15 – 28: C/D pair then A/B pair
  • Archers MUST rotate shoot position
    • Target 1 – 14: Left: A (C) / Right: B (D)
    • Target 15 – 28: Left: D (B) / Right: C (A)
  • Unclear/unsafe shot rule
    • You are entitled to shoot a target singly if you feel you do not have a clear shot of the target or your footing is not sound.
  • Foot placement rule
    • (1) Single marker lay-out: No archer shall shoot from in front of the appropriate marker. One foot shall not be more than six inches behind or a maximum of three feet to either side of such marker. For all Animal rounds, marked or unmarked, there shall be two markers.
    • (2) Double marker lay-out: No archer shall shoot from in front of the appropriate marker. One foot shall touch or not be more than six inches behind or to either side of such marker.
  • Sequence of arrows shot rule
    • Arrows can be shot in any order except for the 20 cm ‘bunny’ face.
    • The ‘bunny’ must be shot in a ‘Z-formation’ starting top left (arrow #1) and finishing bottom right (arrow #4).

Scoring

  • Marking scorecards with A-C / B-D, as shown, helps track shoot rotation
  • Rotation is by ‘unit’. Best practice is to start rotation on the starting target (e.g. #6) and continue A-C rotation until end of Unit 1 then switch to B-D rotation for all of Unit 2 (e.g. #15)
  • Arrows MUST arrow must cut through the line to score the higher value
  • DO NOT touch arrows in the target, to do so will forfeit your score
  • DO NOT pull arrows until scoring completed
  • DO pay attention to the score being called for you. It is hard to correct mistakes later
  • DO check your final scores match. It is much harder to later change results entered for you/signed-off by you
Scorecard example
scoring field target
Scoring hunter

Shooting Groups

  • Adults
    • Groups shall consist of no less than 3 and up to 6 adult archers.
  • Juniors
    • Groups shall consist of no less than 3 and up to 6 junior archers.
    • If there are not enough juniors to make a group of any combination of styles they must be grouped with a parent or shooting “guardian” who shall be agreed before shooting commences
  • Cubs
    • Unless cub minders are provided cubs shall shoot with a parent or a shooting “guardian” who shall be agreed before shooting commences. 
    • Groups must consist of at least 3 adult archers plus the cub/cubs.
    • Groups will be decided on the style of the parent or guardian not the cub. Cubs, therefore, may not be shooting head to head.
    • Cubs do not count as scorers in a group.
    • Multiple cub entries from one family will be split between the parents if possible

TEAM OF NATIONS

  • Team structure
    • x1 AMFU or AFFU
    • x1 AMBU or AFBU
    • x1 AMFS or AFFS (Recurve or Comp.)
    • x1 AMBB or AFBB (Recurve or Comp.)
    • x1 AMBH or AFBH (Recurve or Comp.)
    • x1 AMLB or AFLB

Note: Where t here are insufficient numbers to fill all styles archers can move-up a style (BHR to BB) but not down (FU to BU)

SUBMITTING A PROTEST

  • Protest Committee
    • A Protest Committee will consider and rule on all disputes and protests submitted at the tournament.
    • Protests must be submitted in writing, along with the appropriate fee as decided by the host, no later than one-hour after completion of that day’s shooting
    • The Protest Committee shall only consider protests in relation to the Rules of Shooting. All other matters will be referred to the tournament host.
    • Where the protest is upheld the protest fee shall be returned to the individual making the protest, if the protest is not upheld the fee shall be forfeit and shall go to the host nation of the tournament.
    • No person may submit a protest on behalf of another person. No cub may submit a protest.