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Chapter IV

Tournaments
Part 1 of 7

When you are considering holding a regulation archery tournament, regardless of size, your first step should be to write to the National Archery Association, Old South Building, Boston, Massa­chusetts, sending a stamped envelope for the return of a copy of the Constitution. I do not give a copy of this because it is in the process of being changed at the time this book is going to press. It is also well to keep the name of your school on the mailing list of the Association and to subscribe to the "Bulletin. " This will keep you in touch with all the archers in the United States and tell you what they are doing.

You can have a regulation tournament with only four archers, if you want, or you can increase the number as much as space, targets and equipment will permit. The tournament method described below is that of the National Archery Tournament as held every summer. You can use all or any part of this ourna­ment that you wish, depending upon the time at your disposal. A Columbia or an American Round can be shot off in part of an afternoon. You can shorten the time required for shooting by permitting two archers on the line at once for each target. It is not well to crowd too many events into one day and, in my estima­tion, not over one hundred and eighty arrows should be shot on the same day as otherwise the shooting will be hurried and the resulting scores low.

THE FIELD

A polo field has been found to be the best location for holding the National Tournament and many other tournaments are held on the same kind of grounds. A football, baseball or hockey field will also serve the purpose.

The Tournament Field
The Tournament Field
A section of a tournament field, as laid out both for men and women. Usually a wide alley separates the two sections. The field may be as wide as occasion requires.