The upcoming season of the Indoor Archery World Series, the international mass-participation circuit running from November to February, will combine both online and smaller live events in a change from the usual format.
Starting in November, archers around the world will be able to participate in a free monthly online event, shooting at their clubs, in local tournaments or from home ranges.
Scores will be collected live or delayed through a scorekeeper application. These results will contribute to the series’ open ranking. There will be no individual elite ranking for 2021 – however, an updated version of the team event will run.
Teams will have to shoot their scores at competitions registered in the World Archery calendar, there will be a small entry fee and prize money, and the winners will be decided in a live, remote final – broadcast across World Archery’s digital platforms – held in late February 2021.
None of the traditional live stages of the Indoor Archery World Series will be run before the start of 2021.
National federations will be encouraged to run live tournaments during each weekend of the online event so that, where possible, archers can compete in an official setting.
World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said:
“The ongoing travel restrictions make holding on-site mass participation events difficult but we’ve learned from the countless virtual archery tournaments run throughout 2020.”
“Harnessing that ingenuity and everyone’s enthusiasm to return to competition, we aim to bring our worldwide community together this winter in the largest online archery event ever held.”
All that’s required for an archer to submit a score is an 18-metre range (indoors or outdoors) and a 40cm target face (vertical or triangular triple-spot or single-spot). Archers that shoot at unofficial venues will have to submit a photo of their target face(s) and scoresheet signed by two witnesses.
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