Style Classifications

You will shoot in competitions according to the style of bow you shoot and the extra equipment you use in your archery. The complete list of styles and details about extra equipment can be found in the IFAA and SANIFAA rules but here is the basic breakdown:
(Correct as of January 2014, as per SANIFAA Website)

ALL Style requirements:

  • Any kind of bow, having two flexible limbs, except a crossbow or bow incorporating a mechanical drawing device. Optical spotting aids are permitted.
  • The archer shall support both the mass weight and the holding weight of the bow without any assistance from any external aid, other than those defined in the relevant styles.
  • Arrow speed shall not exceed 300FPS

Barebow COMPOUND

  • An adjustable arrow rest may be used to control the space between the arrow and the face of the bow window.
  • The use of stabilisers shall be permitted (All sizes).
  • One permanent nocking point only is permitted which may be marked by one or two nock locators.
  • No mechanical device will be permitted other than one non adjustable draw check and/or level mounted on the bow, neither of which may extend above the arrow. (Sights must be locked and may not be adjusted when competing)
  • All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletching and nocks, without regard to colour.

 

Barebow RECURVE

  • An adjustable arrow rest may be used to control the space between the arrow and the face of the bow window.
  • The use of stabilisers shall be permitted.
  • One permanent nocking point only is permitted which may be marked by one or two nock locators.
  • No mechanical device will be permitted other than one non adjustable draw check and/or level mounted on the bow, neither of which may extend above the arrow. (Sights must be locked and may not be adjusted when competing)
  • All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletching and nocks.

 

Bowhunter COMPOUND

  • Bows, arrows, string and accessories shall be free from sight marks, blemishes and/ or laminations which could be use for aiming.
  • A levelling device is not permitted.
  • No device of any type that may be used for sighting may be attached to the archer’s equipment.
  • No clicker will be permitted.
  • One permanent nocking point only, is allowed on the string. Nocking point may be marked by one or two nock locators.
  • One consistent anchor point only is permitted.
  • An archer shall touch the arrow when nocked with the index finger against the nock. Finger position may not be changed during competition. In cases of physical deformity or handicap special dispensation shall be made.
  • All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletchings and nocks, without regard for colour.
  • Brush buttons in their proper places at the recurve tip of the bow, string silencers no closer than twelve inch above or below the nocking point and bow quiver installed on the opposite side of the sight window with no part of the quiver visible in the bow window is permitted.
  • One straight stabiliser, coupling device included, if used, not exceeding twelve inch as measured from the back of the bow may be used. No forked stabiliser or any counter balance will be legal. The plunger (where the stabiliser is screwed in) is part of the stabiliser.
  • Bow weight shall not be adjusted during any one round.

 

Bowhunter LIMITED

  • Any type of bow and release aid recognised by the IFAA World Council is permitted. A sight with 4 or 5 fixed reference points will be allowed and neither the sight nor any reference point shall be moved during a round.
  • Pin sights are to be of straight stock from point of anchor to sighting points with only one sighting reference possible from each pin or reference point Hooded pins or scope sights are not permitted.
  • Release aids are NOT permitted.
  • A kisser button or string peep sight will be permitted but not both. No form of magnifying device may be incorporated in, or attached to, the peep sight.
  • Pin guards/ brush guards may be used provided that the distance between the bottom of the top guard and the top pin must be greater than the distance between the top pin and the next highest pin. The same clearance as for the top sight pin applies also to the bottom pin and the bottom guard.
  • All other rules for the Bowhunter style will apply.

 

Bowhunter UNLIMITED

  • Any type of bow and release aid recognised by the IFAA World Council is permitted. A sight with 4 or 5 fixed reference points will be allowed and neither the sight nor any reference point shall be moved during a round.
  • Pin sights are to be of straight stock from point of anchor to sighting points with only one sighting reference possible from each pin or reference point Hooded pins or scope sights are not permitted.
  • Release aids are permitted.
  • A kisser button or string peep sight will be permitted but not both. No form of magnifying device may be incorporated in, or attached to, the peep sight.
  • Pin guards/ brush guards may be used provided that the distance between the bottom of the top guard and the top pin must be greater than the distance between the top pin and the next highest pin. The same clearance as for the top sight pin applies also to the bottom pin and the bottom guard.
  • All other rules for the Bowhunter style will apply.

 

Bowhunter RECURVE

  • Bows, arrows, string and accessories shall be free from sight marks, blemishes and/ or laminations which could be use for aiming.
  • A levelling device is not permitted.
  • No device of any type that may be used for sighting may be attached to the archer’s equipment.
  • No clicker will be permitted.
  • One permanent nocking point only, is allowed on the string. Nocking point may be marked by one or two nock locators.
  • One consistent anchor point only is permitted.
  • Release aids are NOT permitted.
  • An archer shall touch the arrow when nocked with the index finger against the nock. Finger position may not be changed during competition. In cases of physical deformity or handicap special dispensation shall be made.
  • All arrows used shall be identical in length, weight, diameter, fletchings and nocks.
  • Brush buttons in their proper places at the recurve tip of the bow, string silencers no closer than twelve inch above or below the nocking point and bow quiver installed on the opposite side of the sight window with no part of the quiver visible in the bow window is permitted.
  • One straight stabiliser, coupling device included, if used, not exceeding twelve inch as measured from the back of the bow may be used. No forked stabiliser or any counter balance will be legal. The plunger (where the stabiliser is screwed in) is part of the stabiliser.
  • Bow weight shall not be adjusted during any one round.

 

COMPOUND Freestyle Limited

  • Any type of sight is permitted.
  • Release aids are not permitted.

 

COMPOUND Freestyle Unlimited

  • Any type of bow, sight, release aid recognised by the I.F.A.A. Committee is permitted.

 

Freestyle Unlimited RECURVE

  • Any type of sight is permitted.
  • Release aids are permitted.

 

Freestyle Limited RECURVE

  • Any type of sight is permitted.
  • Release aids are not permitted.

 

HISTORICAL Bow

  • The recognition of the classic bow (also called historical or primitive bow) shall be based on the accepted design and usage during the period preceding the year 1900.
  • There shall be no distinction between the different configurations of bow designs or of materials used.
  • Only the adult division shall be recognised and there shall be no class grades.
  • The bow shall be either a self wood or composite bow.
  • The inclusion of a form of arrow rest or shelf as well as a sight window cut-in shall be permitted, provided such meet the classic configuration of the bow which has established historical precedence.
  • The bow shall be constructed of wood or materials that were used during the period of the bow�s historical usage. Modern materials such as carbon, glass fibre and epoxy may not be used.
  • The standard bowstring material shall be polyester. Historical (such as flax or sinew) and/or modern bowstring materials (such as Kevlar, etc) may not be used.
  • Arrow shafts shall be made of wood and shall be fletched with natural feathers. Modern arrow points or piles as well as modern nocks shall be permitted. Nocks that are cut into the shaft are only permitted when these are strengthened with appropriate materials.
  • Accessories such as woven nocking point indicators and thumb rings shall be permitted, provided that such accessory was used during the historic use of the bow.
  • The onus shall rest with the archer to ensure that all the equipment that is used for the tournament is historically correct. The shooter shall show documented proof of the correctness of the equipment if so asked by the technical controllers at the tournament.

 

LONGBOW

  • A one piece straight ended bow of any material, which when strung displays one continued unidirectional curve, which is measured as follows: When the strung bow is placed with the bowstring in a vertical position, the angle as measured between the tangent of any point on the limb and an imaginary horizontal line must always decrease as this point is moved further away from the bow grip.

    Where there is any doubt as to the continuing curve of the limb then a stringline laid from the end of the riser fade out to the commencement of the tip overlays (or if there are no overlays then the point at which the bow string is held in the nock groove) on the back of the strung bow shall show no gaps between the string line and the bow limb.

  • The tip reinforcing may not exceed 20mm in height, measured from the surface of the back of the bow limb and may not exceed 50mm in length, measured from the centre of the string groove towards the bow grip.
  • The bow may contain a window and an arrow shelf. The side of the window shall be slanted over the full length of the window and rounded off at the point where the window intersects with the top bow limb. The window cut may not exceed the centre of the bow.
  • The belly, bow grip, the window and the arrow shelf shall be free of any marks or blemishes that may be used as sighting aids.
  • Any additions to the bow for the purpose of stabilisation, levelling, draw-weight reduction, sighting and/or draw checking are not permitted
  • Only one nocking point shall be allowed on the string, which may be marked by either one or two nocking point locators. If resting nocks are used -such as ball nocks -only one locator may be used. String silencers no closer than 30 cm above or below the nocking point are allowed.
  • Arrows shall be of wood, fletched with natural feather, and must be of the same length, fletch and pile, without regard for colour. The arrow must be free of any marks or blemishes that can be used as sighting aids. Nocks may be of any material and any weight of pile may be used.
  • The bow must be shot with the “Mediterranean” loose. In cases of physical deformity or handicap special dispensation shall be made.
  • Entries that do not comply with the above rules shall be classified in the recurve bowhunter style or in the shooting style the equipment is allowed and possible to use.