Press Release from COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado:
USA Archery is excited to offer an exciting and tournament-packed indoor season. With 13 locations for the 47th U.S. National Indoor and 2016 JOAD National Indoor Championships over 4 weekends, plus increased divisions and prize money, participation is more convenient and inclusive than ever before!
The indoor season will kick off with the U.S. Team Trials for the 2016 World Archery Indoor Championships in Mason, Michigan, December 18-20. The Trials event will select archers who will represent the U.S. in Ankara, Turkey, March 1-6, 2016.
Then, the U.S. National Indoor Championships events begin Feb. 12-14 in Michigan, then Feb. 19-21 in Massachusetts, New Mexico, Florida and Southern California, before Feb. 26-28 in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Northern California. March 4-6 there are events in Texas and Minnesota before wrapping up March 11-13 in Georgia, Virginia and Utah.
For the first time ever, USA Archery is giving prize money to the top finishers of the senior male and female, recurve and compound divisions at U.S. National Indoor Championships. $2,000 will be awarded for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third.
USA Archery, with the consideration and approval of the JOAD Committee, is making changes for the JOAD National Indoor Championships format. Compound Cub and Bowman will now score using the inner 10-ring. This change will make the scoring for these two age classes the same as what they shoot in the National Indoor Championships. Additionally, Barebow has been added to the National Indoor program as a developmental division.
USA Archery is also releasing an update on Camo. Early in 2015, World Archery published an updated by-law to the rules governing Camo clothing and equipment. Camo is a pattern including colors traditionally found in nature: blacks, greys, greens, sand, beige, and whites (forest or desert situations). These new by-laws, which apply to World Archery events from World Ranking tournaments to multi-sport games, Continental Championships, World Championships and Olympic/Paralympic Games, state the following:
Book 3 Target – Chapter 11 – Article 11.3.3: Athlete equipment shall not include camouflage colors of any kind.
Book 3 Target – Chapter 20 – Article 20.1.1: No demin, jeans or camouflage clothes and equipment may be worn, no any oversize or baggy type pants or shorts.
Book 4 Field and 3D – Chapter 33 – Article 33.3: Clothing and equipment shall not be camouflage.
USA Archery has determined that we will allow camo patterned equipment at all sanctioned events. Camo clothing is still not allowed. This new by-law will impact any archer who plans on attending the 2016 Arizona Cup because it is World Ranking Event for both able-body and Para athletes.
For questions related to the indoor events schedule and registration, please contact National Events Manager Sheri Rhodes.
For more information on USA Archery and the 2016 tournaments, check out these resources: