CLASSES: PRO, SEMI-PRO & AMATEUR

The classes delineated below are offered at the Pro/Am level. Individual ASA State Federations and ASA Clubs have the option to combine and/or decline to offer certain classes. All earnings requirements for classes are based on a shooters ASA Pro/Am earnings and Shooter of the Year bonuses from their individual class competition. Paybacks exclude the Team and the Known Distance bonus competitions, as well as ASA Federation paybacks. The Classes listed reflect maximum arrow speed, maximum yardage, and a designation as either Known or Unknown. Any class with an age restriction or requirement will be determined by the participant’s age reached on or before December 31st of the calendar year of competition.

 

ASA reserves the right at any time to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the competitor’s prior archery experience, performance in other archery competitions, or the individual’s established competition level in another organization. If, for example, someone shooting ASA for the first time feels that they are entitled to compete in the Known 40 class, but their previous archery experience, or competition status in another organization, confirms that they are not a novice, then ASA reserves the right to require that individual to compete in a higher class.

 

Open Class Equipment Rules for Adult, Young Adult & Youth:
May use any compound or recurve bow, sight, release, stabilizer or equipment unless specifically prohibited in any other part of these rules or by a ruling of the Competition Committee. ASA reserves the right to review any equipment / accessories and determine its suitability for competition. The following equipment / accessories are prohibited in all classes: (1) broadheads or any other point or tip not intended for target use; (2) retaining mechanisms which allow the bow to be mechanically held in the drawn position (except crossbows); (3) laser sights or devices; (4) devices or any outside agency (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting or that allows for steadying the bow with any part of the body other than the bow hand. ASA retains the right to waive certain equipment restrictions or shooting rules under specific circumstances for physically challenged competitors.

Fixed Pin Class Equipment Rules for Adult, Young Adult & Youth:
Sights - fixed pins, no pin limit. Movable sights may be used, but must be locked down into a fixed position that will be verified by the group prior to competing. Magnification is not permitted in any 30 yard fixed pin class, but is permitted in all 40 yard pins classes. Clarifiers or verifiers in the peep are not considered magnification and are permitted.
Stabilizers - A front stabilizer or a system including quick releases, enhancers and/or weights may be used, but may not exceed twelve inches (12”) in total length from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of the riser provided by the manufacturer.  A rear stabilizer or a back bar system (V-bar) may be used with no restriction on bar length.

Professional:

Anyone who competes using a compound bow as a certified professional in other nationally sanctioned 3-D, indoor or field events must compete in the appropriate ASA Professional or Semi-Pro Class. Anyone who receives sponsor support that exceeds $4,000.00 per year in products, equipment, services, or direct cash support is required to shoot in Semi-Pro or higher. Anyone who has earned more than $10,000.00 in career ASA Pro/Am earnings must compete in Semi-Pro or higher unless a waiver has been granted by the Competition Committee. A competitor in a Pro Class who won less than $300.00 in their previous year of competition may participate in a semi-pro class. Moving back to an amateur class requires Competition Committee approval upon a written request.

Pro Classes: Open to ASA members in good standing and the payment of an annual ASA Pro Certification.

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown/Known
Open Pro   50 290 Unknown
Known Open Pro   50 290 Known
Senior Open Pro Age 50 and over 50 290 Unknown
Women's Open Pro Female Competitors Only 50 280 Unknown

Semi-Pro Classes:

Open to ASA members in good standing. ASA Membership is required and any competitor in a class designated with a (+) will be required to move up at the completion of the season to a pro higher class when meeting both of the following criteria:

  1. Earning an amount equal to 12 times their class entry fee in class winnings plus Shooter of the Year bonus.
  2. Having either two top ten finishes, or one top five finish.
ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Semi-Pro Open (+)   50 290 Unkown
Known 50 (+)   50 290 Known
Senior Known 50 Age 50 and Over 50 290 Known
Women's Known 45   45 280 Known
Crossbow 45  see below 45 330 Known

 

Crossbows must be in sound working condition with a functioning safety and maintained in compliance with the manufacturer’s specifications. No replacement or alteration of a manufacturer’s trigger assembly or safety mechanism shall be allowed. Scopes up to 6x power may be used and may be equipped with lines or mill dots, but no light or image may be projected and there may be no range finding capability. Except as may be required due to an approved medical exemption, crossbows may only be shot in a standing position and the use of any device or outside agency including quivers, added foregrips, brackets, slings, hooked butt-plates, palm rests, stabilizer bars, rails, supports, prop stick(s) or any device that adds weight or allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm or to steady the bow is prohibited; unless specified next.  Use of a manufacturer’s cocking/cranking device, one level, and one manufacture’s stirrup, weight(s) no larger than 2” in diameter and no more than 4” in combined totaled length and one set of limb vibration dampening devices shall be permitted if safely attached and not affecting the safe functioning of the crossbow. If a cocking/cranking device is attached to the bow, it must be utilized as the method of cocking the crossbow. Use of the forward elbow against the ribcage or side is permitted. Bolts/arrows must be identical in size and weight with a minimum of three (3) vanes with a maximum outer diameter of .366”/9.3mm. Crossbows may be cocked while at the on deck position and loaded only when the shooter is at the stake.  When loaded it must always remain pointed down range. A “let down” as referenced in Shooting Rule “L” with a crossbow is defined as moving to any position which allows the shooter to relieve weight of the crossbow in a resting position. With regard to Shooting Rule “H” there will be a three person committee of shooters on the range who will review any equipment issues.


Amateur:

Open to ASA members in good standing. For all 45 and 50 yard classes ASA Membership is required. Any competitor in an amateur class designated below with a (+) will be required to move up at the completion of the season to a higher class for their equipment type after earning an amount equal to 12 times their class entry fee in class winnings, plus any Shooter of the Year bonus, and having either two top ten finishes, or one top five finish.  

Anyone winning an amount less than four times the class entry fee during their last year of ASA competition may request to move down no less than two weeks prior to a competition, but anyone who has won their way out of an ASA class may not return to that class unless approved by the Competition Committee. Anyone shooting in a class higher than Bow Novice, Known 40 or Women’s Hunter may not return to those classes except for a special waiver request approved by the Competition Committee.

Men’s Open Classes:

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Open A (+)   50 290 Unknown
Open B (+)   45 280 Unknown
Open C (+)   40 280 Unknown
Known 45 (+)   45 280 Known
Known 40* See below 40 280

Known

 

*Known 40 is reserved for participants who shoot at an entry level with open equipment. At any point during the season that a competitor in Known 40 earns more than ten times the class entry fee in prize money in this class they will be required to compete in a higher Open class or Hunter.


Men's Senior Open Classes:

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Senior Open Age 50 and over 45 280 Unknown
Senior Known Age 50 and over 45 280 Known
Super Senior Open Age 60 and over 40 280 Unknown
Super Senior Known Age 60 and over 40 280 Known
Senior Masters Open Age 69 and over 40 280 Unknown
Senior Masters Known Age 69 and over 40 280 Known

 Men’s Fixed Pin Classes: See “Fixed Pin Class Rules”

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Men's Hunter Elite No stabilizer restrictions. 40 280 Unknown
Men's Hunter (+)   40 280 Known
Senior Hunter Age 50 and Over 40 280 Known
Men's Bow Novice*   30 280 Known

*Bow Novice is reserved for participants new to ASA competition, or won less than ten times the class entry fee in prize money in this class in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition.  At any point during the season that a competitor earns more than ten times the class entry fee in prize money in this class they are required to compete in a higher class.


ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Crossbow 40 See Semi-Pro Crossbow 45 Rules above 40 330 Known

 Women's Classes: FEMALE competitors ONLY 

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Women's Open A (+)   45 280 Unknown
Women's Open B (+)   40 280 Unknown
Women's Known 40 (+)   40 280 Known
Senior Women's Known Age 50* and over. 40 280 Known
Women's Hunter Elite See "Fixed Pin Class Rules" 40 280 Known
Women's Hunter (+) See "Fixed Pin Class Rules" 30 260 Known

Traditional:
Bow must be either recurve or longbow without wheels or cams.  No release aid, no sights, a single stabilizer up to 12” in length measured from the point of attachment, no overdraws, no draw checks, must have one finger touching the arrow nock, and must use one consistent anchor point.  No marks on the sight window, string, or bow to use as an aiming or judging reference. All arrows must be identical in size, weight and construction.

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Traditional   25 280 Unknown

Olympic Recurve:
Bows must conform to the World Archery definition of a Recurve Bow as found in the World Archery Rules, Book 4 (Field and 3D Archery), Chapter 22, Sections 22.1 thru 22.1.10.1

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Olympic Recurve   30 280

Known


 Barebow Recurve:
Bows must conform to the World Archery definition of a Barebow as found in World Archery Rules, Book 4 (Field and 3D Archery), Chapter 22, Sections 22.3 thru 22.3.10.1

ClassNoteYardsFPSUnknown /Known
Barebow Recurve   30 280 Known