2017 Regions Archery Pro/AM Rules - 3j. CLASS DEFINITIONS

CLASS DEFINITIONS

* Open Classes:May use any compound or recurve bow, sight, release, stabilizer or equipment unless specifically prohibited in the shooters specific class, or by a ruling of the Competition Committee. Overdraws do not designate shoot class or shooting style. Sight type and/or release type is the determining factors for all non-Open classes.

* Fixed Pin Classes:No pin limit. Stabilizer Rule: A front stabilizer (or system including quick releases and/or enhancers) may be used, but must be contained within twelve inch (12”) sphere from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of the riser provided by the manufacturer. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a maximum of two extensions, but may not extend further than a six inch (6”) sphere as measured from either: (1) the point of attachment on the rear of the riser provided by the manufacturer, or (2) if there is no rear point of attachment the system may not extend further than a six inch (6”) sphere from the rear point of connection or from the bottom of the back of the grip even if connected to an extension off the front of the bow..

* The Modern Bowhunter class: 330 speed limit, 45 yd max.

Any commercially available fixed pin or adjustable sight may be used (you must use the same sight for ALL three dimensions of competition as well as the shoot off). Magnification is allowed.

Stabilizer Rule:

A front stabilizer (or system including quick releases and/or enhancers) may be used, but must be contained within a eighteen inch (18”) sphere from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of the riser provided by the manufacturer. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a maximum of two extensions, but must be contained within a fifteen inch (15”) sphere as measured from either: (1) the point of attachment on the rear of the riser provided by the manufacturer, or (2) if there is no rear point of attachment the system may not extend further than a fifteen inch (15”) sphere beyond the back of the bottom of the grip including quick connectors and weights.

* A shooter may shoot in the Modern Bowhunter class AND one other competition class at each Regions Archery event. The other competition class must be shot with the equipment rules of that class.

* Regions reserves the right to review any and all equipment or accessories and determine its legality for competition. The following equipment and accessories are prohibited for all competition classes: (1) broadheads or any tip not intended for target use; (2) mechanisms which allow the bow to be mechanically held in the drawn position (except crossbows); (3) laser sights or pointers; (4) devices (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting. (Regions Archery reserves the right to waive certain restrictions or shooting rules under specific circumstances for physically challenged competitors.)

* Bow Hunter class may use fixed pin sights, slider or open class equipment.

*Age Requirement:

* Seniors - Senior classes will be based on the age of the shooter as of December 31st of the current competition year.

* Youth - In all Young Adult, Youth and Eagle classes the age is based on the competitor’s age as of March 1st of the competition year. Anyone in Young Adult must be in high school at the start of the season, but may graduate during the current season.

CLASSES:

All earnings requirements for classes are based on a shooters Regions Archery Pro/Am earnings and year-end bonuses from their individual class competition. Paybacks and bonuses exclude the Pro/Am Team competition.

All classes below reflect maximum arrow speed and recommended maximum yardage.

Regions reserves the right at any time to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the competitor’s prior archery experience, performance in other archery competitions, or the individual’s established competition level in another organization. If, for example, someone shooting Regions for the first time feels that they are entitled to compete in the Open class, but their previous archery experience or competition status in another organization confirms that they are not an open class shooter, then Regions reserves the right to require that individual to compete in a higher Open class. Anyone who competes using a compound bow as a professional or semi-professional in other nationally sanctioned 3-D, indoor or field events must compete in the appropriate Regions Professional, Semi-Pro or Known 50 class. In addition, anyone who receives sponsor support that exceeds $2,000.00 per year in products, equipment, services, or cash is required to shoot in semi-pro or pro. Anyone who has earned more than $5,000.00 in career Pro/Am earnings must compete in Semi-Pro or Pro. Anyone who has won their way out of a Regions class may not return to that class unless approved by the Competition Committee. Any requests for consideration for reassignment to a lower class must be submitted in writing no less than thirty days prior to competition for review by the Competition Committee.

PROFESSIONAL -Pros may roll back to Known 50 or highest amateur class if they earned less than $500.00 in the previous two years. Competitors in all other Pro Classes that have not won any prize money in their most recent year of competition may request to be considered for the highest amateur class available for their equipment setup subject to the submission and approval of a written request to the Competition Committee.

Open Pro - No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown.Gold stake

Pro Known 50 – No restrictions on age or sex. 50 Yds max, 315 FPS. All Known. Gold stake.

Pro Exhibition – Pros can shoot at lower cost to practice. 50 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown. No pay back. Gold stake.

Senior Pro – 50 years old. No restriction on sex. 50 yds max, 315 FPS, all unknown Gold stake.

Women’s Pro - 50 yard max, 300 FPS all unknown.Gold stake.

AMATEUR –Open to Regions members in good standing.

Semi Pro - No restriction age or sex. Unknown distance only, 50 yds max, 315 FPS.Gold Stake

Any amateur eligible to compete in Open, Hunter or lower may compete in the Known 45 class. Anyone in Known 45 who had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of Pro/Am competition must compete in Advanced Open, Known 50 or higher.

Advanced Open - No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown. Gold stake

Anyone in Advanced Open that had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of Pro/Am competition must compete in Semi-Pro or higher. Any Open B Class shooter who won more than $400 in prize money and had at least two top-Ten finishes in their most recent year of Pro/Am competition must shoot Advanced Open . Anyone who won $200 or more in Advanced Open during their most recent year of competition may not move down. in class.

Any amateur eligible to compete in Advanced Open or lower may compete in the Known 45 class. Anyone in Known 45 who had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of Pro/Am competition must compete in Advanced Open , Known 50 or higher

Known 50 Open – No restriction on age or sex. Known distance only. 50 yard max, 315 FPS. All known. Gold stake. Anyone required to compete in semi-pro or above may compete in this class.

Known 45 Open – No restrictions on age or sex. Known distance only. 45 yard max, 315 FPS. All known.White Stake

Open B -45 yard max, 315 FPS. All known.White Stake

Senior Open - Age 50* and over. 45 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown. White Stake

Senior Known - Age 50* and over. 45 yard max, 315 FPS. All known yardage. White Stake

Super Senior  - Age 60* and over. 40 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown.

Hunter Elite   - Any Bow no restrictions, fixed pins no limit on number, with mag, 45 yards max, 315 FPS all unknown.

Men’s Hunter -Release, fixed pins with magnification allowed. Fixed pin stabilizer rule applies. 40 yard max, 300 FPS. Known/Unknown. Red stake.

This class is open to anyone who did not compete in Open A (or higher), win more than $200 in prize money in Known 45 or Open B (previous yr.), or win more than $400.00 and had two top ten finishes in Hunter during their most recent year of Regions Pro/Am competition. Their most recent competition in any class that competes at 40 yards or less. At any point during the season that a competitor in known 40 earns more than $300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of hunter, limited to a higher class. Red stake.

Bow Hunter (old bowhunter novice)- Release, fixed pins w/no magnification allowed. Any stabilizer. 30 yard  max, 300 FPS. All known. Blue stake.

This class is reserved for participants who shoot in the novice pins class at the state level, or that win more than $300.00  in prize money in in this class in their most recent year of Pro/AM competiotion. At any point during the season that a competitor in this class earns more than $300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of Hunter, or other higher class for the remainder of the season. 

Senior Hunter -Age 50 and over. Release, fixed pins with magnification allowed. Fixed pin stabilizer rule applies. 40 yard max, 315 FPS. All unknown. Red stake.

This class is open to anyone who did not compete in Advanced open (or Higher) win more than $200 in prize money in, Known 45 or Open B, or win more than $400.00 and had two top ten finishes in Hunter during their most recent year of Regions Pro/Am competition.

Master Hunter Class -Fixed Pins, Release, with mag, stabilizer rule applies, 35 yards, 315 FPS.

Modern Bow Hunter–No restrictions age or sex. 45 yard max. 330 FPS. White stake.

This class is intended to allow the use of the newest technology and most popular bows being sold in the current market. The rules are set to allow for the average shooter to compete in a fair professional format and environment allowing the shooter who proves to be the most competent to win – 330 fps, 45 yd max, fixed or slider w/side or rear adjust, single or multiple pins, lighted or plain, no projected light, magnification allowed, 18” forward and 15” rear max stabilizers, nibs or screw in points, no broadheads. The same sight must be used in all 3 dimensions and shoot down. Regions scoring format applies, Three (3) fifteen target rounds consist of 1 round of stationary 3d targets, one round of stationary 3d targets from simulated hunting scenery. Highest (6) scores qualify for shoot down round to be shot in an elimination format. All other rules apply.

Crossbow - Male & Female any age, any bow, with mag, 45 yards, 330 FP White stake.

Women’s Open – Open to female competitors only. 45 yard max, 280 FPS, Half known & half unknown. White Stake

Women’s Known - Known distance, female competitors only. 40 yard max, 280 FPS. Red stake.

Senior Women’s Open -Age 50* and over, female competitors only. 40 yard max, 280 FPS. Half known and half unknown. Red stake.

Women's Hunter -Release, fixed pins, no magnification, Fixed pin stabilizer rule applies. Female competitors only. 30 yard max, 280 FPS. all known. Blue stake.

This class is reserved for Pro/Am participants who have won less than $300.00 in prize money and had less than two top ten finishes in any class, or any year, of Pro/Am competition.

High School – 9th-12th age 15-18

HS Open Male  –40 yard max. 300 FPS. Half Known and half unknown. Red stake.

HS Open Female  –40 yard max. 300 FPS. Half Known and half unknown. Red stake.

HS Pins Male -30 yard max. 300 FPS. All known. Blue stake.

HS Pins Male -30 yard max. 300 FPS. All known. Blue stake.

Middle School – 6th-8th age 12-14

MS Open Male –30 yard max. 280 FPS. Half known and half unknown. Blue stake.

MS Open Female –30 yard max. 280 FPS. Half known and half unknown. Blue stake.

MS Pins Male -30 yard max. 280 FPS. All known. Blue stake.

MS Pins Female -30 yard max. 280 FPS. All known. Blue stake.

Elementary School: 3rd-5th age 9-11

ES Open Male - Parental supervision required. 25 yard max, 280 FPS. All known. Yellow stake.

ES Open Female - Parental supervision required. 25 yard max, 280 FPS. All known. Yellow stake.

ES Pins Male - Parental supervision required. 20 yard max, 280 FPS. All known. Green stake.

ES Pins Female - Parental supervision required. 20 yard max, 280 FPS. All known Green stake.

Youth Traditional - up to age 16. 20 yard max.280 FPS. All known. Green stake.

Junior eagle - Ages 6-9*, Parental supervision required. 15 yard max, 230 FPS. All known. Orange stake.

In the interest of safety and the well being of our youth class competitors, all Young Adult and Cub shooters must be able to draw their bow under control and without undue difficulty. If in the opinion of the Range Official the competitor is having difficulty drawing and controlling the bow, the competitor shall be required to decrease the poundage to allow them to properly draw and shoot the bow regardless of arrow speed.

Recurve - No sight or release. Any arrow type. 25 yard max, 280 FPS All unknown. Yellow stake.

Long Bow - No sight or release. Any arrow type. 25 yard max, 280 FPS All unknown. Yellow stake.