Irish Field Archery Federation

The home of Field Archery in Ireland

Procedures for the easing of covid-19 restrictions

Procedures for returning to archery

General

  1. Duration of our recommendations: Until end of calendar year 2020, with a possibility to extend.
  2. All our existing safety rules and regulations continue to apply. Our COVID-19 regulations are in addition.
  3. All HSE/Government rules/recommendations to apply. Our recommendations are in addition. If our recommendations are in conflict with HSE/Government rules/regulations: HSE/Government guidance over-rule our recommendations.
  4. Do not travel to a venue or event if you do not feel well, or if you know that you were in contact with a Covid infected person in the last 14 days.
  5. Maximum group size: 4 archers, unless all of them are living in the same household. Minimum group of archers: 2
  6. Archers should bring a portable disinfectant hand wash with them in their quiver.
    1. If for any reason it is necessary to touch another archers equipment it is important to wash your hands before and immediately after.
  7. Always maintain social distancing of a minimum of 2 meters between archers
  8. Anyone found to act in an unsafe manner, including Government/HSE regulations, our standard safety procedures and/or COVID-19 regulations can be ordered by the local safety officer or their deputy to leave the venue immediately. Any fees etc. paid will not be refunded.

Travel to venues

  1. Only members of the same household should be travelling in the same car.
  2. Adhere to minimum distancing rules if travelling by public transport
  3. Anyone planning to attend an archery event must take responsibility for confirming their accommodation adheres to Covid-19 regulations.
  4. All attendees must adhere to the travel distances stipulated in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Businesses

Training

Outdoors

Phase 1 18, May. If living 5km from the venue.

Phase 2 – 8th, June. If living 5-20km from the venue.

  1. Archers should bring a portable disinfectant hand wash with them in their quiver.
  2. If for any reason it is necessary to touch another archers equipment it is important to wash your hands before and immediately after.
  3. Individuals in the group should maintain the 2m distance between them at all times
  4. 1 archer shooting at the peg at a time.
  5. Archers should pull their own arrows and only handle their own equipment.
  6. If an archer needs to brace a target to remove their arrows, they should avoid using their hands, place your knee/foot or elbow against the target.
  7. If searching for arrows, when an arrow is found call the owner over to pick it up.

Indoors Phase five – 10 August 

  1. A method of controlling the number of people in the venue needs to be implemented.
    • It is the event organisers responsibility to ensure that maximum numbers of groups gathering indoors are not exceeded the HSE recommendations. Follow HSE/Government regulations closely!
    • prior reservation and invite approval is essential. Do not travel to an event if you don’t have confirmation by the organiser that you can shoot at the event.
  2. Only utilise a venue if social distancing can be maintained.
  3. Doors necessary for access should be locked in an open position so archers do not need to use the handle.
  4. Disinfectant should be available in wash areas ( kitchen/bathrooms)
  5. Archers should pull their own arrows and only handle their own equipment
  6. If an archer needs to brace a target to remove their arrows, they should avoid using their hands, place your knee/foot/elbow against the target.

Competition

Phase three – 29 June (outdoor competitions only)

  • Archers should bring a portable disinfectant hand wash with them in their quiver.
  • If for any reason it is necessary to touch another archers equipment it is important to wash your hands before and immediately after.

Start of a competition

  1. No muster should be used at the start of a competition
  2. Utilise a rolling start for competitions. Once a group of 4 are ready they should be sent out on the course. Provide the group with any necessary safety information.
  3. Groups where possible should be made up of people that traveled together.

On the course

  1. Individuals in the group should maintain the 2m distance between them at all times
  2. 1 archer shooting at the peg at a time
  3. Archers should pull their own arrows and only handle their own equipment
  4. If an archer needs to brace a target to remove their arrows, they should avoid using their hands, place your knee/foot/elbow against the target.
  5. If searching for arrows, when an arrow is found call the owner over to pick it up.

Scoring

Only the scorers should touch the score cards, Archers sign off is not required for the time being.

Lunch

  • Rolling lunches should be used.
  • No more than 2 groups should be having lunch together.
  • Social distancing will still be observed.
  • Archers should bring their own drinks and food. If archers want a hot tea/coffee they need to bring a flask with them to the venue
  • Only cups that the archers have brought with them should be used.

End of the shoot.

  1. Both scorers should hand in Score cards individually at the end of a shoot.
  2. Person collecting the score cards should wear gloves when handling them.
  3. Once score cards are handed in archers should leave the venue.

Results

  1. Results will be sent to PRO@ifaf.ie and posted online
  2. Medals will not be given out.