BDC-8-1980 Clarification, “The written word and not the intent be used to interpret the Constitution and By-laws items.”


1984 Definition:            The NFAA Directors asked the Council to define residence and the following is the definition that they agreed upon.  “Resident, as applies to NFAA Membership, shall be declared by individual applying for membership in the NFAA.”


1999:  Additions or Amendments to the Policy Section

All additions or amendments to the POLICY SECTION will require a SIMPLE MAJORITY WEIGHTED VOTE.


2000: The NFAA will provide liability coverage for all Officers, Councilmen, Directors and/or their designees; for any action while acting in their capacity for NFAA.


2000: The NFAA recognizes the rights of other organizations and recommends that our members learn the rules and regulations for the organization that they intend to shoot in.


2001:  When changes are made to the NFAA Constitution and By-Laws, a black vertical line will be placed in the column adjacent to the item being added, revised or deleted.  The line will be placed in the Constitution and By-Laws for one edition.


2005:  Uniform Line Judging and Shooting Rules

1.    During competition for cash purses at NFAA or other WAF tournaments, there will be two or more line judges present during scoring of the final shoot off.

2.    At the time a shooter completes his application to compete, they will be given a printed list of rules regarding shooting and scoring of arrows.  Prior to the shooting event, a line judge will go over the rules applicable to the shoot.

3.    All NFAA rules will apply to all shoots.


2006:  Accounting for National Tournaments.  Every National Tournament will have a detailed financial accounting for each tournament; i.e., expense costs, profit items (including registration), sale of items, and vendor expense costs and profit.  This information will be sent to each Councilman and Director within 30 to 90 days after the tournament ends.


2006:  At National and Sectional Outdoor Tournaments, spectators may be allowed with a shooting group at the pleasure and permission of the entire group.


2006:  It should be understood that effective 2006, it will be the NFAA’s policy that at any NFAA hosted Championship Tournament, NFAA rules and only NFAA rules and styles will be recognized.  This means no separate score cards or targets for other countries or organizations, or scoring methods will be allowed or recognized.


2012:  Archery Magazine.  On the renewal notice, ask the members if they would prefer to receive an e-mail notification that a new copy of the Archery magazine is available on the NFAA website as opposed to receiving a printed copy.  If they answer “yes”, they must provide an e-mail address.


2013:  The President is authorized, in consultation with the Council, to appoint representatives to participate with representatives of USA Archery and Easton Foundation on an exploratory committee to propose an integrated umbrella organization for the marketing, management and development of archery in the United States.


2014:  NFAA Tournament Officials Program

3 Levels of Certification:  Certified Judge, Advanced Judge, National Judge

Advanced Judge or National Judge can teach Certified Judge.  On-line course with a test to also become a Certified Judge.  To become an Advanced Judge, you must be observed by a National Judge who will approve your advancement.  The NFAA Council will appoint the initial National Judges and a National Judges Committee.  Once formed, it will be the responsibility of this committee to promote Advanced Judges to National Judges.  All Judges will have a uniform shirt purchased from the NFAA.  Anyone Judging will use NFAA supplies (magnifiers, whistle, lights, shirts, etc.)  Costs:  $25 for the Course plus the cost of supplies.  NFAA Judges will be required to be present at National Indoor Tournaments.  To advance to Advanced Judge or National Judge, you will also be required to pass a written test.  The fee for the test will be $15.


RIC 2020-1.  RIC is upheld.

During an Indoor tournament in December of 2019, the Illinois NFAA Director was

approached by a competitor who asked the following question: “Since the NFAA Board

of Directors passed Agenda Item IL-3 at the July 29, 2019 NFAA Board of Directors

Meeting that prohibited “Arrow Twirling”, what is the definition of an “Arrow Twirl?”

NFAA By-Laws, Page 30, Article II (NFAA Shooting Styles and Equipment Rules),

Section A, Paragraph 11: “No arrow twirling or handling of arrows in an unsafe way.

Every attempt should be made by the archer to keep arrow pointed toward the ground

or target at all times. A warning will be given on the first instance. Second instance will

require removal of archer from the event”.

The NFAA Director from Illinois stated, “Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Dictionary,

(Newest Edition, 2016)” defines “Twirling” as “to revolve rapidly, to cause to rotate

rapidly”. For example, “to twirl a baton”. The Illinois NFAA Director ruled that the

definition of “Arrow Twirling” is as follows: “The spinning or rotation of an arrow, greater

than 360 degrees, from the time the arrow is in the competitor’s quiver until the time

the arrow is nocked on the bowstring”.


The RIC Committee reviewed the decision by the Illinois NFAA Director, the applicable

NFAA Equipment Rules as stated in the 2019 NFAA Constitution & By-Laws (Effective

November 1, 2019) and prior RIC Rulings.

The RIC Committee respectfully agrees with the decision of the Illinois Director.

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