Rule Interpretations

This page is dedicated to answering a few of those well argued Rule questions. These interpretations have been officially released from the 3D AAA Committee therefore if a complaint has been made this interpretation can be used by the host club to help with any conflicts. 


Range Finders on the Course or around the Top Ten area. 

    C1. An integral part of 3DAAA competition is the archer’s ability to judge yardage without the assistance of range-finding devices or assistance from others. Therefore, cameras, rangefinders or any other devices that may be used to calculate yardage to the target are prohibited. Known Class Shooters are exempt this rule in accordance with Rule Section 5 B1. An archer may not use parts of his/her body, the bow, or any other accessories or equipment to calculate yardage. Any mark on otherwise legal binoculars that could be construed as a reference point for range finding is prohibited. Archers using adjustable sights may not adjust their sight elevation after drawing the bow and sighting the target.


  • C.1.1 Range finders or any similar device that may be used to estimate or verify the distance shall not be carried or used on any competitive target range or in proximity to the Top 10 area. They may be carried and/or used on all the practice ranges, both 3D and target and in the car park and camping area for the purposes of checking target distances and practising range estimates Any person found in possession of a rangefinder in a prohibited area shall be guilty of acting in an unsportsmanlike manner and dealt with under rule F.4.
  • Section 5 B1. Known Class (KC)
    A compound, recurve, or longbow shot with no restrictions on sights, stabilisers, or style of release. Known Class archers will shoot from the BLUE stake; maximum 50 yards. Known Class Archers will be allowed to carry a Rangefinder onto the course but must STRICTLY ADHEAR to rule F.4.5 Communicating to another archer the yardage of a particular target that the archer has not yet shot, this will be grounds for disqualification and/or suspension from Membership for all members of the group. 
  1. The interpretation from the committee is, anyone in the top 10 area, that is if you are watching the top 10 event and you have a rangefinder you are in violation of this rule.  Should a competitor lodge a protest, the offender will be found guilty. 
  2. The interpretation of the committee for Known Class shooters to carry a range finder is ONLY to be used from their 50 yrd Blue Shoot peg. Should the Known class shooter move to any another peg and range the target to share information they are in violation of the Rules of shoot under Un-sportsman like conduct. It is reminded to Unknown division archers that this division has been added as an Australian Shoot class as it is not supported by the IBO rules of shoot. Do not spoil it for those that are following the rules. 

Claiming 100, 200, 300 and 500 awards

  • Claiming a “100” shall be completed by Shooting Ten scoring arrows in the 10 or 11 score zone only. You must verify on your score card that Zero 8s have been shot on the selected range. Any arrows scoring an 8 will void the 100 claim on that range. This rule follows this same rule when claiming 200,300 for Saturday scores, and the 500 for Saturday and Sunday Total score.
  1. The committees Interpretation is if you shoot an arrow out of the 10 ring your 100 score whilst a great achievement does not allow the 100 Claim of the award, which aligns to the award before 11’s were in play. 

Arrows released or dropped accidentally

  • B2.8 An arrow released or dropped accidentally will be scored a zero (0) unless the archer is able to retrieve it while touching the stake using only your personal equipment and re-shoot it within that archer’s two (2) minute period
  1. The committees Interpretation is. you are not allowed to borrow 5 stabilisers and screw them together to retrieve your arrow. You are not allowed to grab the 3M long branch to retrieve your arrow. you must stay in contact with the peg at all times and retrieve the arrow by your self. 

Score Cards and Scoring 

  • B.1.4 If the two score keepers for a group mistakenly record different scores; the inconsistent scores must be corrected as agreed upon by the majority of the group. The error must be circled and initialled by both score keepers and the correct score recorded or otherwise clearly marked. If agreement by the majority
    of the group is NOT possible, the shooter will receive the higher of the two (2) scores
  • B.1.5 Score cards must be legible, complete and signed by the archer to be accepted No score card may be changed by a competitor or score keeper after submitting it to a Range Official. All score cards and check score cards MUST match and be signed by both the archer and scorer. Unsigned score/check score cards will not be recognised and all scores for the archer concerned shall be forfeited. The score of zero will be recorded for all ranges shot that day. Any records shot or 100’s claimed will not be recognised.
  • B.1.6 Score cards will be verified at the end of each days shooting. Each archer’s score cards must be handed to the designated Official by the competing archer whose name appears on the score card. The archer will then sign off as accepting the days score as indicated on both score cards.
  1. The committees interpretation is, If the score recorder can not read you’re card you lose the points.
  2. If you have changed a score and both scoring archers have not signed the amended score the archer with the amended scorecard will be disqualified. If this is proven to have been done intentionally further disciplinary action will be carried out by he committee. 
  3. You must provide the score cards to the score recorders as a group. This is for your safety as much as the rules of shoot.