Shooting classes

This page has descriptions and definitions of the various shooting classes in the 3DAAA archery competitions. Most shooting categories are defined by the archers age, sex, or archery equipment used. It is important to read through this section before you purchase your equipment because your choices in equipment can limit the classes you are allowed to shoot in.
SECTION 5
SHOOTING CLASSES
A LEVEL ONE: ELIGIBLE FOR SHOOTER OF THE YEAR

A.1 Bowhunter Open (MBO)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on sights, stabilisers, or style of release. MBO archers will shoot from the ORANGE stake; maximum 50 yards.
A.2 Female Bowhunter Open (FBO)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on sights, stabilisers, or style of release. FBO archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum 45 yards.
A.3 Bowhunter Release (MBR)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on stabilisers, or style of release. A sight shall have fixed pin, cross hair, or circle style pins without a lens or magnification. If circle style pins are used, all circles must be the same size. Sights may not be adjusted after entering the shooting course. MBR archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum 45 yards.
A.4 Female Bowhunter Release (FBR)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on stabilisers, or style of release. A sight shall have fixed pin, cross hair, or circle style pins without a lens or magnification. If circle style pins are used, all circles must be the same size. Sights may not be adjusted after entering the shooting course. FBR archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum 45 yards.
A.5 Bowhunter Fingers (MBF)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restriction on sights or stabilisers. Must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. MBF archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum 45 yards.
A.6 Compound Unaided (MCU)
A compound shot with fingers directly contacting the bowstring using a glove, finger tab, or bare fingers. No sighting device of any kind may be used. A rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window of the bow. There shall be no markings on the bow or bowstring that could be construed as sighting marks. Archers must use the same nocking point and anchor point for each shot, and fingers must contact the string in the same place for each shot. Face and/or string walking are NOT permitted. MCU archers will shoot from the YELLOW stake; maximum 35 yards.
A.7 Recurve Un-Aided (RU)
A recurve or longbow without a sighting device. A rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window. A limb mounted draw check or clicker may only be used . There will be no markings on the bow or on the bowstring that could be construed as sighting marks. There may be only one (1) nocking point on the string. Must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers. The arrow shall be of the same material and in uniform length and weight. There shall be no restriction on stabilisers. RU will be shot from the WHITE stake; maximum of 30 yards. NOTE: STRING WALKING AND FACE WALKING WILL BE ALLOWED IN THIS CLASS.
A.8 Traditional (TRAD)
A recurve or longbow without a sighting device. Arrow should be shot from the shelf or hand with no elevated rest. Only a piece of leather or similar material 1/8 inch thick or less shall be allowed on the arrow shelf. There will be no markings on the bow or on the bowstring that could be construed as sighting marks. There will not be any type of draw check on the bow or string. There shall be a single (1) nocking point on the string, i.e. this single (1) nocking point may have two (2) nock point indicators on the string between which the arrow is nocked on the string. Must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers. No stabilisers or counter balances shall be allowed. The use of clickers, draw checks, mechanical or electronic devices shall be prohibited as a shooting aid. While shooting, the archer shall touch the arrow with the index finger against the nock, and using a single anchor point. Aluminum or carbon arrows must have screw-in field points; wood arrows may have glue-on points. All arrows must have at least three (3) feathers or vanes no less than four (4) inches long. No stabilizers, counterbalances, or weights of any kind may be attached or built into the bow, except a quiver clearly designed to hold arrows. Arrows shall be shot off the hand or shelf of the riser only. An arrow side plate (if used) may only extend one (1) inch above the arrow. Must be shot from the WHITE stake; maximum of 30 yards. NOTE: STRING WALKING & FACE WALKING ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS CLASS.
A.9 Master Senior Class (MSR)
MSR is an optional class for archers fifty (50) years of age or older. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on sights, stabilisers or style of release. MSR archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum of 45 yards.
A.10 Advanced Hunter Class (AHC)
A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with or without sights. A sight shall have fixed pins, cross hair, or circle style pins without lens or magnification. If circle style pins are used, all circles must be the same size. A sight may have a rear aperture (i.e. peep sight or fixed rifle type sight). Sights may not be adjusted after entering the shooting course. Arrows must have screw in points and at least three (3) feathers or vanes no less than two(2) inches long (measured minimum 1.75 inch). Only one (1) stabiliser may be used.  The stabiliser shall be no more than twelve (12) inches long, and extend no more than twelve (12) inches from the point of attachment to the bow. Additional Vbars, counter balances, or weighted attachments are prohibited. Un-weighted vibration dampers are not considered to be stabilisers. May be shot with a finger tab, shooting glove or release. HC archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum of 45 yards.
A.11 Youth Release, Ages 13-14 (YMR 13-14)
YMR 13-14 is for archers thirteen (13) to fourteen (14) years of age. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve or longbow shot with no restriction on sights, stabilisers, or style of release. YMR 13-14 archers will shoot from the YELLOW stake; maximum 35 yards.
A.12 Youth Male Fingers (YMF)
YMF is an optional class for archers thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years of age. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve or longbow shot with no restriction on sights or stabilisers. Must be shot with fingers directly contacting the bow string using a glove, finger tab or bare fingers, YMF archers will shoot from the YELLOW stake; maximum of 35 yards.
A.13 Youth Release, Ages 15-17 (YMR 15-17)
YMR 15-17 is for archers fifteen (15) to seventeen (17) years of age. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve or longbow shot with no restriction on sights, stabilisers, or style of release. YMR 15-17 archers will shoot from the GREEN stake; maximum of 45 yards.
A.14 Youth Female (YF)
YF is for female archers thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years of age. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restriction on sights, stabilisers or style of release. YF archers will shoot from the YELLOW stake; maximum of 35 yards.
B LEVEL TWO: ELIGIBLE FOR SHOOTER OF THE YEAR, NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

B.1 Female Bowhunter Fingers (FBF)
A compound, recurve or longbow with or without a sight. If a sight is used it must have fixed pins. Must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers. Cross hair style pins are allowed as fixed pin sights. Circle style pins are allowable (if circles are same size). Sights may not be adjusted while on the course during a tournament. FBF archers will shoot from the YELLOW stake; maximum of 35 yards.
B.2 Female Bowhunter Unaided (FBU)
A compound, recurve or longbow with no sighting device. A rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window. There will be no markings on the bow or bow string  that could be construed as sighting marks. Must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers. FU archers will shoot from the WHITE stake; maximum of 30 yards.
B.3 Youth Unaided (YU)
YU is for male and female archers thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years of age. Equipment shall consist of a compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no sighting device. A rest and plunger are all that may reside within the sight window. There will be no markings on the bow or bow string that could be construed as sighting marks. Maybe shot with a finger tab, glove or bare fingers. YU archers will shoot from the WHITE stake; maximum of 30 yards.
B.4 Cub Aided (CUBA) 0-12 Years Of Age
A bow with a sight; can be shot with a release aid, glove, finger tab or bare fingers. CUBA archers will shoot from the RED stake; maximum of 20 yards.
B.5 Cub Unaided (CUBU) 0-12 Years Of Age
A bow without a sight; must be shot with a glove, finger tab or bare fingers. CUBU archers will shoot from the RED stake; maximum of 20 yards.
B.6 Cub Female (CUBF) 0-12 Years Of Age
A bow with or without a sight; can be shot with a release aid, glove, finger tab or bare fingers. CUBF archers will shoot from the RED stake; maximum of 20 yards.
C LEVEL THREE: NON-COMPETITIVE

C.1 Special Non Competitive Classes
3DAAA may at its discretion, introduce a number of non-competitive divisions to promote participation at tournaments. These classes will be non competitive for 3DAAA Sanctioned Shoots, State Series, National Championships and Shooter of the Year. Entry fee is the same as any other age equivalent division. No records will be kept by the Association for these divisions. Competitors who are NOT full members of 3DAAA will shoot in these divisions. Competitors will be ineligible to compete in Top 10 shoot outs and Match Play shoot outs.
C.2 Non Competitive Class (NCC)
A compound, recurve or longbow with or without a sight. Any type of release aid, glove, finger tab or bare fingers may be used. A maximum of eighty (80) pounds peak weight is allowed. To be shot from whatever stake the archer feels comfortable with. Competitors will not be awarded a trophy at any 3DAAA Sanctioned Shoots. This division has been designed to cater for the novice archer who wishes to try the game, but is not confident shooting from the distance dictated by their normal equipment. The competitor is not confined to shooting a full round from the same stake, but can move between stakes depending on the difficulty of the individual shot.