Bowmen of Skelmersdale

210. Crossbow

(a) A crossbow stock may be made from any safe material and must be fitted with a mechanical trigger. Prods, which may be made of any material except metal, shall not exceed 900mm in length when the crossbow is strung.

(b) The draw weight at the string latch shall be no more than 95lbs (43 kg). The draw weight and draw length must be clearly marked on the prod. The clean draw length, measured from the string to the string latch shall be no more than 300mm

(c) The bow must be fitted with a bolt retaining clip.

(d) A string may be made of any non-metallic material.

(e) Bolts may be made of any material and of such design as not to cause unreasonable damage to the target. Bolt length is minimum 12 inches, maximum 15 inches. Three fletchings, feather or plastic, shall be fitted.

(f) Telescopic or magnifying sights are not allowed.

(g) The following are permitted:

(i) Foot stirrups attached to the bow.

(ii) Stabilizers.

(iii) Palm rest.

(iv) A butt hook that does not rest directly on top of the shoulder and is no more than 150mm in length.

(h) The length between the back sight and the front sight shall not exceed 720mm.

(j) All crossbows must be drawn by hand. The use of cocking aids, gloves or fingerstalls is not permitted.

(k) Pistol crossbows are not permitted.

(l) Crossbow and the Law. When travelling on public transport or walking in a public thoroughfare it is essential that the prod be removed and the stock and prod be carried in a case or cover.

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.

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