OPA Format Information & General Rules

  • Known distance from 4-80 yards.
  • 1 arrow per target.
  • Colored rings for 12 and 14 (12 is orange and 14 is pink).
  • 3d scoring 14…12…10…8…5…. etc. No NFAA Regulation dots…. Rings will be as they are originally on the target but they will be visually colored different depending on worth.
  • Each shooter will shoot 20 Targets Friday & 20 Targets Saturday if weather permits
  • Shooters will randomly be given shoot times (tee times) starting at 8AM and the last group will go out at 2:40PM
  • After day 1 at least the top 5 groups will be peered by the score in which they shot.
  • The top 5 shooters from each of the 3 Pro classes after 40 targets will go to a 5 target shoot off for the final standings.
  • Each shooter that makes the final 5 will carry their total 40 target score over into the shoot off.
  • Bonus ring are the 12 & 14 and are colored.
  • Shooter must call his shot if going for a 14.
  • If 14 is called the shooter cannot score a 10 or 12
  • 2 cards per shooter.
  • 2 scorers per group.
  • 2 callers per group.
  • Max of 5 shooters per group.
  • No shooter is allowed an arrow with a diameter larger than a 2312 .
  • There is a speed limit of 299 Fps Max, no leniency. Each shooter is subject to be checked at any time. If they are found guilty of the speed limit violation then they will be disqualified.  To be clear 299 is a legal speed and 300 will be disqualified.
  • Shooters are allowed 2 let downs per target and each shooter has to fire on 3rd draw.
  • There will be no reshot arrows (if arrow is projected by string past certain line). Only one arrow, per shooter, per target will be shot from the stake. Anyone shooting the wrong target, or from the wrong stake, will receive a “0” for the target which should have been shot regardless of the actual stake that the shot was made from.
  • The projection of a light or reference point, either directly or by reflection, onto a target is prohibited. This prohibition includes lighted nocks which may be used but which must go dark prior to the next shooter assuming the stake.  Anyone in violation of this prohibition will receive a score of zero for that round.
  • The use of any device or outside agency (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting is prohibited. Anyone in violation of this rule shall receive a score of zero for each target where the violation occurred.
  • The OPA will be Invitation only up until 2 months prior to start date. At that point we will either open registration up to an alternate list or open registration on a first come first served basis until all spots are filled. This is a pre-register only event and at 2 weeks prior to the event registration will be closed. There will be no refunds on entry registration unless the OPA is unable to hold shoot due to bad weather.
  • 200 Men, 100 Women, 100 Senior Men will be invited via website. This is the max number of shooters allowed for each class.
  • Each shooter is granted one breakdown per weekend. He/she will have 1hour to resolve the problem and fall back in with their group. Make ups will be done after that day’s round with entire group present. Equipment failure need not be visible, but must be reported to a tournament official. If the equipment failure occurs during the act of shooting, the arrow will be scored as shot.
  • When calling arrows the bonus rings will be scored by whether or not the arrow is touching the line. Not by the paint of the target. On all other rings the arrow will be scored in or out by the outside of the line on that ring. The arrows will be scored by the integrity of the lines. No pulled or mangled lines will be called in if the arrow would be out, taking the integrity of that line into consideration. If there is a disagreement between the group on a call, only the shooter of the arrow in question can call an official challenge. If that official rules in favor of the shooter then he/she maintains possession of their challenge. If the official rules against the shooter, he or she loses their challenge for that day. Each shooter is allotted one challenge per day. Each group will designate two members of their group as “Scorekeepers” who will record all scores for the group. Three individuals will be designated as “Scorers” but no one will be allowed to score their own arrow. In groups of four the third scorer will be alternated between the scorekeepers for the other scorekeeper’s arrow. If 2 shooters call the arrow in and 2 shooters call the arrow out then the tie will go to the shooter.
  • The completed official colored scorecard must be reviewed and signed as correct by the Scorekeeper and the shooter.
  • The Scorekeepers for each shooting group will turn in the official scorecards for the group together except when a shooter is permitted to make-up targets due to an equipment failure or other approved leave.  Shooters assume full responsibility for the accuracy of the information and scores on their cards. Any group that does not turn in their scorecards together before leaving the range will be subject to receiving a score of zero for that round
  • All arrows must remain in the target until all arrows are scored. The status of any doubtful arrows must be determined before drawing any arrow from the target. The score is based on the status of the arrow while all other arrows remain in the target. Arrows may not be removed until a scoring judgment has been made and no changes may be made to the score after removal of any arrow. Targets may not be moved or dislodged for scoring purposes, and shall be returned to their proper upright position upon removal of the arrows.
  • Target “Pass Through” or “Rebound” without striking another arrow: (1) Arrows passing through the front of, but still in, the target will be pushed back and scored; (2) If the group agrees that an arrow passed through the target’s insert seam the shooter will be given a score based on the point of pass through not to exceed eight (8) points; (3) If the group agrees and confirms that the arrow actually passed through the target due to the high number of arrows that had been shot at the target, the range official is to be notified and the shooter will be allowed to take the score where the “pass-through” occurred as determined by the group up to a maximum score of 10 points, or (4) If the group agrees that the arrow rebounded out of the target, or deflected off of a plastic leg, without striking another arrow the shooter will be allowed to take the score where the rebound occurred up to a maximum of ten (10) points. Special Note: A score of 12 will not be permitted under sections 2, 3 or 4 of this rule.
    Any arrow embedded (“Robin Hood”) in the nock of another arrow will be scored the same as the arrow it is embedded in. Also, any arrow rebounded off another Arrow (a “Robin Hood” that strikes and damages another arrow and does not proceed toward the target, but bounces back) will be scored the same as the arrow it struck, provided the damaged arrow can be identified. Any arrow deflected by contact with another arrow already in the target and still proceeding toward the target will be scored as the greater of: (1) where it lies in the target; or (2) a maximum of five (5) points if it is not in the target.
  • The first shooter will have 2 minutes to fire his/her arrow. Each shooter after that will have 1 minute to fire their arrow. The first shooters time starts when He/she steps in the shooter-box. The following shooters time will start when the previous shooter steps out of the box. If a person is in question and is found guilty of violating the time rule He/she will be docked 2 points per violation. Only an official can make this call. Each shooter will be given one warning before any points are docked. Every shooter that is up next he/she will stand in the on-deck box where they can figure cuts etc….
  • OPA holds the right to delay or cancel a tournament day in case of bad weather. If a round is delayed, all shooters and spectators must leave the range immediately. In the interest of safety all arrows are to be left in the target and are not to be scored or pulled. All scorekeepers shall retain the scorecards in their possession and no shooter is to have possession of their own card. Only the OPA President will have the right s to decide on a weather delay. He will have two hours to exercise one of the following options based upon the weather (a) resume shooting that day if it is feasible to complete the round that day, (b) complete the round the next day (c) cancel the round completely. Should a round be cancelled, all competitors that post a score for the other completed round will receive 200 points for the cancelled round; no refunds will be made; and all results and paybacks will be based on the round of twenty (20) targets completed by the class. No competitions may be decided solely on the results of a partially completed round.
  • Each shooter must pre-register via the OPA website in order to compete. He or she once present at tournament site must proceed to OPA card pickup to receive their shoot times and score cards. Each shooter is responsible for having their scorecard with them, and shooting at the time, and range designated unless instructed otherwise by a tournament official.  Failure to have your scorecard, failure to shoot your designated time, or shooting the incorrect range for your designated class will result in a score of zero for that day. Each shooter must be present at Target #1 15 minutes prior to their assigned shoot time to assist in an on-time schedule.
  • No shooter will compete while under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance(s) under penalty of disqualification. Each shooter will refrain from alcoholic beverages until after they have completed that days round.
  • Littering on the tournament grounds will not be tolerated.  Anyone littering will be subject to disqualification from the tournament.
  • No one may practice on any target to be used for tournament shooting.  Anyone shooting in non-designated areas, including parking areas, will be subject to disqualification.

Dress Code

  • Men and women are required to wear upper garments covering the front and back of the body and covering the midriff when at full draw.
  • Shirts with collars are mandatory. OPA’s sponsor’s staff shooters may wear factory issued competition clothing, which may include Henley style collars or mock turtlenecks.
  • Due to safety considerations it is recommended that all shooters wear shoes that fully cover the entire foot. Bare feet or flip-flops are not allowed while competing on the ranges.
  • At no time will any shooters wear any article bearing any image or language to be considered vulgar or offensive. If they do not have a shirt to change into they will be required to turn the offensive shirt inside out if they wish to remain on the premises or they will be required to leave.
  • Shooters are prohibited to wear any of the following articles of clothing while competing. Gym shorts, jogging pants or shorts, cut off jeans, or tank tops.

Spectators & Guests

  • Spectators are only allowed to watch shooters from specific locations, which will be designated by the OPA officials before tournament shooting commences. At these specific locations spectators will be watching the best in the world shoot at the most challenging targets on the range. Spectators will have a roped off section to sit or stand and if at any time a spectator is found crossing these ropes or designated area they will be asked to leave. If they do not cooperate they will be escorted off the premises.
  • Providing information or coaching to a shooter is strictly prohibited.
  • We encourage our spectators to cheer for their favorite shooters but we do ask them to refrain from heckling or badgering shooters at anytime.
  • Video and digital image cameras are not allowed on tournament ranges without prior approval from OPA. Still photography is allowed, but the use of flash equipment during competitions is prohibited. Special exceptions may be made for the working press or film production crews.

Acknowledgments, Release, & Waivers

  • As a participant in the OPA, all shooters and spectators (hereinafter referred to as Releasor) acknowledge they are VOLUNTARILY participating or attending.  Releasor should be aware that an archery tournament creates the risk of serious personal injury or death.  By participating, they realize they may experience loss or damage to personal property.  Releasors assume all risk of injury, death, and loss of personal property that may result from their participation in these archery tournaments.  By registering to participate and thereby agreeing to abide by the rules herein, Releasor releases and discharges the Organization of Professional Archery, LLC, tournament sponsors, host organizations, property owners, and the tournament staff and volunteers (herein collectively referred to as “Releasees”) from liabilities or injuries, damages, or other loss sustained by the shooter as a result of negligence or strict liability of the released parties.
  • Liability Release: Releasor, being of lawful age, (or, in the case of a minor, through his/her parent or guardian) in consideration of being permitted to participate in various shooting disciplines and activities, either as a member or guest, do for themselves, their spouse, legal representatives, heirs, assigns and subrogors, hereby release, waive and forever discharge Releasees from any and all liability for any and all losses and damages of any type or kind, and from any and all claims, suits, demands, actions or rights of actions, of whatever kind, either in law or equity, arising from or by reason of death, personal injury known or unknown, or property damage resulting from any incident which may occur during Releasor’s presence at the Facility, and/or participation in any activity, whether caused in whole or in part by the Releasees or any other person or thing at the host while Releasor is present.  Releasor, and his/her parent or guardian in the event Releasor is a minor, agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold Releasees harmless for all Releasor’s actions or omissions while at the host.  There is no limit to this indemnity. Releasor assumes full responsibility for the risk of bodily injury, death or property damage due to the negligence of the Releasees or any other third party or thing while at the Releasees Facility, and while competing, officiating, working, spectating, or for any purpose at the Releasees Facility. Releasor fully and completely releases the Releasees and any of its related parties or and from all liability to Releasor and to anyone or any entity claiming by, through or under Releasor, by subrogation or otherwise, it being Releasor’s intent to fully waive and release all subrogation rights. Releasor agrees that this Release Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by law and that if any portion hereof is held invalid, the balance hereof will continue in full force and effect. Releasor agrees that this release constitutes the entire agreement between Releasor and Releasees and the terms of this release are contractual and not a mere recital, and the same shall continue in full force and be applicable to any and all activities Releasor attends while at the Releasees facility.  Releasor has carefully read this release and understands all of its terms.  Releasor accepts the same voluntarily and with full knowledge of its content and significance as a condition of competing.
  • Participant Agreement: OPA Invitational events are sanctioned sporting events governed by rules.  The OPA Tournament Director shall settle all disputes, and all decisions will be final and without legal appeal.  OPA reserves the right to restrict or deny entry into any event by any individual.
  • Photo Release: By registering to participate in an OPA Tournament, shooters acknowledge and agree that photographs or videotape of them may be taken while participating in OPA Tournaments and/or tournament related activities.  Shooters further agree that the Tournament Director, Sponsors, or the Press without royalties or prior consent to help promote OPA and the sport of archery may use photographs and videotape. This is not a release for specific product endorsements without the shooter’s prior consent.

Classes

  • Expert Sr Mens
  • Expert Mens
  • Expert Womens
  • Sr.Men (ages50 & Up)
  • Mens Open
  • Womens Opens
  • Young Adult Male (ages14-17)
  • Young Adult Female (ages14-17)
  • Youth (Combined) (13 and Under)
  • Manufactures Bowl Comes with Title, Gold, & Silver sponsorship, the manufacturer can enter up to 5 shooters as a team competing against only other manufactures Teams.