Article VII

A.        Terms:

1.         Round – A type of game.  Freeman, NFAA Indoor round, Vegas 450 Indoor round.

2.         End – Five arrows shot consecutively by an archer during his/her turn to score for the Freeman and NFAA Indoor rounds.  Three arrows shot consecutively by and archer during his/her turn to score for the Vegas 450 round.

3.         Game – The divisions of a round.  Four ends of five arrows for the Freeman and NFAA Indoor rounds.  Five ends of three arrows for the Vegas 450 Indoor round.

4.         Series – Three games shot in a round.

5.         League – A number of teams competing against one another in a match play.

6.         Team – The basic unit of a league composed of two or more archers and a permissible limit of alternate members.

7.         League Period – Total number of weeks a league will be in competition.

8.         Scratch Score – An archer’s actual score before it has been adjusted by a handicap.

9.         Average – An archer’s average is computed from the average of scores of the last six games.

10.       Handicap or Match Score – An archer’s score after it has been adjusted by his handicap.

11.       Absentee Score – A score shot prior to a league match to an anticipated absence. Absentee scores may not exceed the archer’s average.

12.       Blind Score – A score used for a missing member(s). Blind scores are computed by subtracting five points from the archer’s average score.

13.       Team Average – The combined averages of all archers on a team.

14.       Team Points – Points a team earns by game and series wins. In league play a team earns one point for each game won. In addition, one point is awarded the team having the highest series total score.

B.         League Sanction:

1.         Any NFAA chartered association; club or archery lane may apply for the Indoor Archery League Program.

2.         League sanction will be granted provided:

2.1       The league sessions will be conducted on an NFAA approved range.

2.2       Official NFAA targets are used in official NFAA rounds.

2.3       A league sanction fee of $5.00 per archer is submitted to NFAA Headquarters.

3.         The NFAA, in granting league sanction, will furnish:

3.1       League Sanction Certificate.

3.2       League Secretary instruction guide.

3.3       League forms including team score sheets, team standing forms, team shooting schedules and individual archer handicap or game record cards.

3.4       Individual progression awards.

C.         League Formation, Officers and Duties:

1.         A temporary chairman should be appointed by the association, club or manager of a commercial archery lane desiring to establish the Indoor Archery League. This chairman will conduct an election of league officers at the initial meeting of league archers. After the election of officers, decisions must be made regarding:

1.1       Number of archers on a team.

1.2       Type of round, NFAA Indoor, Freeman or Vegas 450 Indoor..

1.3       Type of handicap, Team or Individual.

1.4       Substitution rules, Absentee and Blind Scoring.

1.5       Awards, trophies, point money, etc.

1.6       Shooting fees, sanction fees and manner of payment.

2.         Management of the leagues shall be vested in a Board of Directors, composed of team captains chosen by the respective members of their teams, and the elected officers of President, Vice-President, and Secretary. The Board shall decide any disputes or protests occurring between individuals or teams in league play, and shall render final decisions in regard to interpretation of league regulations.

3.         President:

The President shall preside at all meetings and shall act as Range Captain during league sessions. He/she shall have the authority to regulate practice shooting and competition in accordance with official rules and customs, and to maintain safety conditions. He/she will be the final authority in scoring doubtful arrows when requested by a target captain.

4.         Vice-President:

The Vice-President will act in the absence of the President.

5.         Secretary:

The Secretary is responsible for the proper conduct of the league and shall guarantee league functions in the manner as required by the NFAA; shall collect team shooting fees and keep complete records of league finances; shall compile individual and team scores and compute averages and/or handicaps as required; shall post a record of team standing; shall administer the NFAA awards program; shall post team schedules and make lane and target assignments for each session; shall collect and remit sanction fees to the NFAA; and shall perform such other duties as may be requested of him/her by the President or required by the rules governing the league.

D.        League Regulations:

1.         League Sanction: Is provided for a continuous league period. Individual archers or teams may be added after the league has started, provided applicable forms and sanction fees are submitted.

2.         Eligibility: League shooting will be open to all archers. Individual membership requirements may be imposed by the host organization in accordance with regulations of the state association to which it is affiliated.

3.         Targets: The official NFAA Indoor League target shall be used in all league sessions.

4.         Teams: The number of archers on a team will be decided by the league membership at the initial league meeting. An archer may transfer to another team with approval of both team captains and the Board of Directors.

5.         Late Joining Teams: If necessary, teams may be added. However, in team standing, new teams will be scored as losing all previous series.

6.         Handicap Systems: Either team or individual handicap may be selected by preference of the league membership.

6.1       Team handicap will be computed at 80% of the difference in the average scores of any two teams that will compete against each other in a league series. These handicap points will be given to the lower scoring team before the series begins.

6.2       Individual handicap will be computed at 80% of the difference between an archer’s average scratch score and perfect. These handicap points will be given to each individual before a series begins.

7.         Team Points: In league play there are four possible points to be won in a three game series. One point is earned for each game won and a team having the higher series total wins one point. When two teams have tie scores for a game, each team wins ½ point.

8.         Average: An archer’s average will be computed weekly from the average of the last six games shot. During the initial league series each archer’s high game and low game will be discarded and the remaining score used as the average in determining team points. The same procedure will be used during the second league series, but thereafter will revert to a six game average.

9.         Late Joiners or Alternate: Averages for late joiners or alternates without established averages will be computed in the same manner as described in paragraph 8, above.

10.       Handicap: An archer’s handicap will be computed weekly from the average of the last six games shot. 80% of the difference between 100 and the six game average will be the handicap. During the initial league series the high game and low game will be discarded and the remaining score will be used as the average in computing the handicap. The same procedure will be used during the second league series and for averages for late joiners or alternates without established handicaps.

11.       Absent Team Members: A certain number of team members must be present to compete. Having fewer than the minimum required will result in forfeiting the series.  The minimum of archers present for four member teams will be two; for three member teams, one; and for two member teams, one.

12.       League Alternates: Several alternate or substitute archer procedures may be employed. The system selected is left to the preference of the league membership. Once the league has adopted a system there must be no variation unless the league Board of Directors has voted a change.

12.1      A list of league alternates may be on file with the league secretary. Any archer so listed will be eligible to fill in vacancies on any team in the league.

12.2      Each team may carry an additional team member as an alternate. In this instance, the alternate may shoot only if vacancies exist on his team.

12.3      A league may elect not to allow any type of alternate rule.

13.       Absentee Score: A league may elect to allow absentee scores in lieu of or in addition to its alternate rule. An absentee score must be witnessed and may not exceed the archer’s average. Points above his average will be dropped.

14.       Blind Scores: A blind score may be used for a missing order. It will be determined by subtracting five points from the archer’s average score. This blind score will be used for each game in the current series. Blind scores should not be used for computing future averages.

15.       Late Arrival: A team member arriving before the second game has started may participate in the balance of the game but their score for the first game will revert to blind score procedure. Arrival after the second game has started will disqualify them and blind score procedure will be used for his series.

16.       Divisions of a League: The league period will be divided into first and second halves. All teams will start the second half with zero wins and losses. Individual averages and/or handicaps will be carried into the second half.

17.       League Championship: A shoot-off, one three-game series, between the winner of the first half and the winner of the second half shall decide the League Championship.

18.       Final Event Ties: Teams which are tied at the end of the last night of the league, and first and second half winner teams will shoot off the tie in a normal four end game of twenty arrows. If the tie is not broken, shooting will continue until one team shoots a better end (five arrows) in sudden death. Averages and/or handicaps will not be re-computed for the purpose of shooting off ties.

E.         Shooting Rules:

1.         Team Captain: Each team will select a team captain from its members. The team captain shall be responsible for the attendance of the members of their team and for their behavior at all league sessions. They will collect all shooting fees, including those of tardy members, and submit them to the league secretary. They will direct the shooting order of their team; appoint an archer to score and pull the opposing team’s arrows and another to record the scores. They shall check and initial score sheets at the end of each session and submit them to the league secretary.

2.         Target Order: The score sheets will indicate which butt and lane (left or right) where each team will shoot. The first two left lane archers will shoot the top left targets and the last two will shoot the lower left targets. The first two right lane shooters will shoot the top right targets and the last two, the lower right targets. Lane assignments will be changed each week to insure a fair rotation.

3.         Alternation of Shooters: After the completion of six ends, teams shall change lanes and targets. Archers who shot top targets on one side will shoot bottom targets on the other side, etc.

4.         Target Captain: Team captains shall each act as a target captain on the opposing team’s shooting lane and score all doubtful arrows. Their decision will be final unless immediately appealed to the Range Captain.

F.         Awards:

1.         Individual Achievement Awards:

1.1       All archers who shoot in a sanctioned NFAA Indoor League will be eligible for individual achievement awards as follows:

120 patch          240 patch

140 patch          260 patch

160 patch          270 patch

180 patch          280 patch

200 patch          290 patch

220 patch          300 patch

1.2       Vegas 450 Indoor round:

200 patch          300 patch          420 patch

225 patch          325 patch          430 patch

250 patch          350 patch          440 patch

275 patch          400 patch          450 patch

The first three individual achievement awards won by an archer during a league period will be presented by the NFAA free of charge. Additional awards may be won but a charge to cover the cost of the awards will be assumed by the league sponsor or recipient of the award.

2.         A League Championship Pin will be presented to each member of a league championship team.

3.         Individual achievement awards are available for presentation to all state association sanctioned indoor tournaments. A charge to cover the cost of the awards will be assumed by the tournament host.

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