Competitive Barebow Archery Continues to Expand
A push to promote recurve barebow archery at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic seems to be spreading across the globe.
World Archery, National Field Archery Association and Archery Shooters Association all recently announced new opportunities for recurve barebow archers at 2018-19 tournaments.
World Archery on Sept. 15 opened entries for its 2018 Indoor Archery World Series events. This is a series of six indoor, 18-meter tournaments held in different locations around the world in late 2018 and early 2019.
Formerly known as World Cup tournaments, these competitions previously required archers to be part of a national team in order to enter. World Archery has changed that rule this year to allow any archer to enter, and at least one of the competitions will feature recurve barebow classes. None of the events previously had barebow divisions.
The Roma Trophy tournament, scheduled for Dec. 14-16 in Rome, has competition classes for recurve barebow archers. Barebow archers are hoping the same classes will be added to the World Series event attached to The Vegas Shoot, though they had not as of late September.
Run by NFAA, The Vegas Shoot Feb. 8-10 in Las Vegas will feature for the first time Recurve Barebow Flights. Rules for that division will mirror World Archery’s barebow guidelines.
NFAA has always had Championship Barebow at The Vegas Shoot, but that barebow division differs from World Archery barebow in that the bows that are allowed can be recurve or compound, and the use of stabilizers and draw checks are permitted. A draw check is a device that allows an archer to know exactly how far they have drawn their bow in order to release arrows from a consistent point in the draw cycle.
World Archery barebow is limited to recurve bows that must fit through a narrow ring, which basically eliminates the use of stabilizers, but does allow for additional weights to be added to the riser. Draw checks cannot be used in World Archery barebow competitions.
Neither organization allows the use of sights in its barebow divisions.
ASA has added two new classes to its slate of competition divisions - Barebow Recurve and Olympic Recurve. Both follow the USA Archery rules for these classes - which mirror World Archery's - to support the participation of USA Archery college teams in 3-D tournaments. The move also facilitates the International 3-D Championship qualifying event that will be part of the ASA Kentucky Pro/AM scheduled for June 20-23, 2019.
All of these new recurve barebow opportunities follow changes made to the barebow division at the 2018 Lancaster Archery Classic. After noticing an exciting growth in interest in recurve barebow archery, Classic organizers increased the prize money and added new trophies awarded to archers competing in the barebow division at the 2018 event. They also changed the equipment rules so that the Classic barebow rules mirror World Archery’s.
With the tournament changes in place, registration among barebow archers doubled from the 2017 Classic to 2018.