SABA: South African Bow Hunters Association



SABA 3D competition rules

Rules and Regulations

New rules for 2015

On the AGM it was decided to test a new class and scoring system. The first change is due to the few juniors participating, and we will be accommodating the juniors in the senior classes now. The age for cubs has also been dropped to 10 years. So all hunters 11 years and above are now shooting in the same age class. Female and male classes, and broad head vs mechanical vs field points will still be used. However, all traditional archers will shoot in only one class; all cubs, all open, all crossbows, and all vintage hunters alike. The Open class will now include all bows with a stabilizer longer than 12".There is zero restriction regarding the bow's axle to axle measurement. Cubs and Vintage hunters may shoot in the "hunter" class by choice. This sounds radical, however if you read the next change it will make more sense. The more fundamanetal change is that a class will no longer be allocated to shoot from a specific peg. Instead everybody can shoot from any peg! Except for cubs and traditional hunters, the scoring will work like this: The killzone will have one value. The hart will no longer have a higher value than the lungs. We will have the area just above the hart (where you cut off the Aorta and other arteries and vanes) marked and that will earn you an additional X. On the peg closest tot the target, you will score only 1 point for a kill. On the furthest peg you will score 5 points for a kill. There will be 5 pegs with scores 1 to 5 respectively. For a miss you will score -2, and a wound -1. Cubs and traditional archers may also shoot now from any peg. However they will get 3 to 7 points (2 more) per peg for a kill. For a body shot they will score 2 points, and a miss 0. The reasoning is of course to rationalize the classes, and to provide a better hunt simulation. You can now select a peg more appropriate to your accuracy, and not be forced to shoot from a non-ethical distance. Your are now in control. Chances of a tie will be less, but we will resolve ties with the least wounds, then the most X shots, and then the furthest kill. We will require you to fill in the score on the row with the same number as the target for this purpose, meaning that if you shoot target 5 you fill the score in on row 5. Since you can now again score full points for a lung shot - full score as per peg, we will be putting the 5-peg more frequently at 45 to 55y. For cubs to shoot 80%, they will have to shoot all kills from the 2nd peg! Likewise for traditional hunters. For everybody else you will of course have to shoot all kills from the 4th peg. It also means your final score reflects not just your accuracy, but also your judgement thereof. SABA now expects you to make decisions... We believe this will create a very dynamic and more interesting experience.
General rules 2015 1. The participant must touch the peg when shooting. 2. Only the first shot is scored. 3. No practice shots are allowed. 4. You may not walk up to the target before shooting. 5. Participants may not modify any features on the course, e.g. moving of branches. 6. The arrow's shaft must cut the inside of the line to score. 7. The participant can chose from which peg to shoot. Peg value from 1-5 points (Compound Bows) 3-7(Trad Bows) 8. No alcoholic drinks before/on the course. 9.1 Broadheads must be at least 18 mm. 9.2 Mechanicals must have more than 65 ft-lbs. (Practice blades may be used.) 10. Non-members and field points qualify for all prizes, except hunting prizes. 11. You are not allowed to skip targets. (Follow the course, as you will upset the flow) 12. Wait at the Yellow markers for the team in front to clear, before entering the shooting area. 13. No loud talking while the team in front is shooting. (Give them that respect) SCORE CARDS MUST BE FILLED IN CORRECTLY - NO CHANGES WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER SUBMISSION. Disclaimer: Targets are not always ethical for all. This is to educate hunters as what is, personal ethical limit. The course and the placement of the kill zones are at the discretion of the course officer alone.