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Shooting
Part 3 of 4
Tournaments

Rules for different tournaments vary. In archery, the term "round" signifies the number of arrows shot at a 4-ft. target at a given distance, and are classified as follows:

York Round - 72 arrows at 100 yds., 48 arrows at 80 yds., 24 arrows at 60 yds., a total of 144 arrows.
Metropolitan Round - 30 arrows at 100 yds., 30 arrows at 80 yds., 30 arrows at 60 yds., 30 arrows at 50 yds., 30 arrows at 40 yds., a total of 150 arrows.
American Round - 30 arrows at 60 yds., 30 arrows at 50 yds., 30 arrows at 40 yds., a total of 90 arrows.
Columbia Round - 24 arrows at 50 yds., 24 arrows at 40 yds., 24 arrows at 30 yds., a total of 72 arrows.
Junior American Round - 30 arrows at 50 yds., 30 arrows at 40 yds., 30 arrows at 30 yds., a total of 90 arrows.
Junior Columbia Round - 24 arrows at 40 yds., 24 arrows at 30 yds., 24 arrows at 20 yds., a total of 72 arrows.

Archery Golf

This is a very pleasant game which can be played with no casualties to the stock of arrows. To play it, one should have a couple of flight arrows, a putting arrow and a cloth ball about 5 in. in diameter filled with straw or excelsior. The putting arrow should be a birch arrow with a pointed nail in the end, which prevents the arrow from skipping or snaking in the green. The game is played over a regular golf course, the flight arrow being used for the drives and the putting arrow is naturally used for putting. Take a good golfer along as an opponent. When near the green or cup, place the cloth ball about a foot or two over to one side of the cup and shoot at it. The golfer will putt for the cup. If the arrow hits less than a bow length from the ball, there is no need to shoot again - just call it a stroke or shot.

It is always best to ask the attendant of the golf course for permission to use the bow and arrows, and it is well to play when no one is playing in front of the archers.


Flight Shooting

Flight shooting is one of the events of a tournament. Each archer usually having a bow especially built for this purpose. The contestants shoot from three to six arrows each. The archers in this event are separated into 3 classes - men, women, and juniors. The measuring is done with a tapeline.

One of the requirements for a merit badge for archery in scout work, is to shoot an arrow a prescribed distance. For this purpose, flight arrows are used. To get the most distance out of an arrow, the elevation should be about 45 deg. As a flight arrow is a rather delicate affair, choose a level field, preferably a golf course where the ground is not too hard or stony. Be careful not to overdraw the bow. it may not be able to take it.

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