COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - FITA announced Tuesday that it will use a set system for all eliminations and finals in recurve and compound competitions starting April 1, 2010, which will include all World Cup events, Grand Prix, European Championships, University Championships and other major events. The 2010 events will use a 70m qualification round followed by match play using sets at 70m for both divisions.
For the 2010 Archery World Cup stages, FITA will use the 50m finals with hit and miss in the televised events for individuals. Depending upon TV scheduling, teams will compete under the same format. The 2010 World Cup Final in Edinburgh, Scotland will have 50m hit and miss system for compound archers and a 70m for recurve.
Starting April 1, 2011, FITA will introduce the 50m compound round for qualifications, eliminations and finals. At the 2011 World Championships the compound division will shoot a 50m qualification round while recurve archers will shoot the four-distance FITA round.
"The USA Archery Board of Directors will be reviewing the new format at their November meeting and will determine whether we will adopt the new rules for national events in 2010," said Denise Parker, USA Archery CEO. "We definitely don't want to fall behind the other countries in preparing our athletes for international competition. But with so little information about this rounds future, we also don't want to jump in too soon and create issues for all our organizers and athletes that may all be for nothing if FITA Council does not end up adopting the changes permanently. It is important that we take the time to plan and think about both scenarios."
USA Archery will post the Board of Directors' decision upon the conclusion of the November meeting. The FITA Set System Description is below.
FITA Set System Summary
Set System valid as of April 1, 2010 for all Outdoor Competitions
7.6.5 Set system
184.108.40.206 The winner of a set is the archer which has the highest score of the arrows shot for that set. The winner of the set gets two(2) points, If the score is tied both will receive one (1) point.
220.127.116.11 For events depending on the number of arrows per set, there is a maximum number
It is intended that for 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 there will be 6 arrow sets. From the 1/4 finals there will be 3 arrow sets. For Olympics it will be always 3 arrow sets.
For the best of three sets you can have the following scenarios (in bold when the match is finished)
This motion will come into effect on 1 April 2011 to give teams enough time to prepare for it. It will be shot during the medal events of the 2010 World Cup to familiarise all teams with the event. This also gives enough lead in time for the target manufacturers.
18.104.22.168 The Compound Round which consist of:
The size of the hit/miss zone is 10cm.
Further bylaws to implement this motion will be accepted at the FITA Council meeting in November 2009.