Bowmen of Skelmersdale

206. Longbow

(a) Bow. The bow shall be the traditional longbow made from wood, either “self”, “backed”, or “laminated” with cambered (stacked) belly and horn nocks. With the exception of the “self” bow, each limb of the bow shall form a single simple curve from the handle to the nock when at full draw. The bow shall be not less than five feet in length for an arrow of less than 27 inches and; not less than five feet six inches in length for a 27” or longer arrow, this being measured along the back between the string nocks. At no point shall the depth of the bow, measured from back to belly, be less than 5/8 (five eighths) of the width of the bow at the same section. The bow may carry no support for the arrow. Bows of bamboo, constructed in conformity with the above, shall be permitted.

(b) String. The string may be of either natural or man-made substance, and may, if desired, embody a “kisser” at any point as required to facilitate a consistent draw position, but for no other purpose.

(c) Sights and Ground Markers. A sight, as such, is not permitted but one of the following may be used:

(i) A mark on the bow limb.

(ii) A rubber band of no more than 1/8” in depth and thickness.

(iii) A ground marker of any design provided it does not exceed a height from the ground of 6 inches or a diameter of 3 inches or impede any other archer.

(d) Arrows. Arrows shall have wooden steles (shafts), shall be fitted with feather fletchings, and may have either horn-reinforced, self or applied nocks. There is no limit to the maximum shaft diameter. The pile shall not exceed the diameter of the shaft at the point of fitment. Shouldered piles, whilst not disallowed, should be avoided because of excess damage to targets. Arrows shall be properly marked, so that there shall be no difficulty in claiming them.

(e) Hand Protection

(i) Finger protection in the form of finger stalls or tips, gloves, or shooting tab or tape (plaster) to draw, hold back and release the string is permitted, provided that such protection does not incorporate any device to hold, draw and release the string.

(ii) A separator between the fingers to prevent pinching the arrow and/or a platform tab may be used. An extension so as to provide a greater angle, prior to release, other than that achieved by the use of a normal tab, glove or other form of finger protection, is not permitted.

(iii) On the bow hand an ordinary glove, mitten or similar item may be worn but shall not be attached to the grip.

602. Basis

(a) Hand bows only may be used and the bowhand must be unsupported.

(b) Competition for all classes and weight divisions may take place simultaneously.

(c) Archers may enter a maximum of 4 classes/weight divisions for which they are eligible.

(d) Classes and weight divisions will not be in direct competition with other classes and weight divisions.

(e) There may be ladies, gentlemen, junior ladies and junior gentlemen competitions in each class and weight division.

(f) The classes and weight divisions being shot will be at the discretion of the organiser and are to be identified on the entry form.

(g) (i) Compound target bows and compound flight bows shall be weighed immediately prior to the competition. Variable poundage adjustment mechanisms shall be sealed by the Range Captain at the time of qualifying. Breakage of this seal without permission from the Range Captain shall constitute disqualification.

(ii) All other bows shall be weighed on an ad hoc basis during the shoot. At least 25% of the bows used will be weighed.

(iii) All class winners will have their bows re-weighed at the end of the competition. The Range Captain will endorse their reports certifying that this has taken place. Any archer may ask to have their bow weighed during the course of the tournament.

603. Range Layout

(a) The Range Line, at right angles to the shooting line, shall be clearly marked at 150 yards then at 50 yard intervals to at least 50 yards beyond the existing longest distance shot in the U.K. within the classes being shot.

(b) Red warning flags shall be placed at each side of the range at 75 yards from the line of distance markers at a distance of 150 yards from the shooting line.

(c) Organizers must arrange a venue such that they can ensure no one enters the range area whilst the event is in progress.

604. General

(a) In the event of breakage a substitute bow or limbs may be used providing the Range Captain confirms that the bow still complies with the class/weight division. Any substitute bow must be shot in the appropriate division.

(b) Arrows must bear the following identification:

(i) Name or initials of contestant and a non-duplicated serial number affixed to the arrow shaft, and registered with the officials.

(ii) Stamp or code mark indication class, affixed by the officials.

(c) The term mechanical as applied to bows and equipment shall be taken to mean any method that embodies a plurality of interacting parts, whether such are individual pieces or spring co-joined parts capable of cooperatively acting to effect bow string release by a separating movement of at least one such part relative to another.

605. Shooting

(a) Competitors should be at least six feet apart, and must not advance their leading foot over the shooting line.

(b) Each competitor may have one assistant or advisor, who must keep at least one yard behind the shooting line.

(c) (i) At least one end of six arrows will be shot per bow class/division. Four ends will be the maximum arrows shot in a tournament.

(ii) If a competitor shoots more than six arrows at any one end, the longest shot arrows in excess of the six arrows allowed shall be disqualified.

(iii) No competitor shall be allowed to carry any arrows when moving forward of the shooting line. April 2012 6-3

(iv) After all classes have shot the first end, competitors and officials will go forward in groups of at least 2 persons to find and mark the arrows. The group, acting together, will place a marker with a label attached bearing the name of the archer and class/weight division at the measuring point (see Rule 607) of the archer’s furthest arrow. Arrows will then be withdrawn.

(v) Succeeding ends may then be shot and the process of finding and marking arrows repeated. If necessary, markers will be adjusted.

(vi) Lost arrows must be reported to the Range Captain and a record made of their identity before the next end is shot, If found during subsequent ends and showing no evidence of having been moved or disturbed, the arrow may be considered in the competition. No arrow may be measured after the Range Captain has declared the competition closed.

(d) A Flight event may be shot on the same day at the same venue as a Clout event without contravening Rule 304(j).

606. Control of Shooting There shall be a Range Captain in charge who may be assisted by assistant Range Captain/s. Their decision will be final. They will also be responsible for the safety of the event. Spectators must at all times, when shooting is in progress, be at least 10 yards behind the shooting line.

607. Measurements Measurement of distance shall be made with a steel tape, or other certified measure, along the range line. The distances shot shall be measured to that point on the range line at which a line at right angles to the range line passes the point where the arrow enters the ground. If the arrow is lying on the ground the line should pass through the pile end of the arrow.

608. Dress Although there are no specific dress regulations in Flight Shooting, it is recommended that all competitors, field party and officials, wear bright visible colours. Footwear that fully encloses the toes and front of the foot must be worn at all times when shooting.

Rule 206

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