Archery isn’t only fun to do, it’s fun to watch! Besides being entertaining, watching this sport is a great way to study the best athletes’ form and learn about competitive archery. It’s also easier than ever to be an archery fan and watch the world’s best archers compete. Here’s your spectator guide to 2017’s biggest archery tournaments.
World Archery Championships
The World Archery Championships are Oct. 15-22 in Mexico City. The best compound and recurve target archers face off in this biennial event to be crowned world champs. The tournament begins with a 72-arrow ranking round that seeds the archers for match play. During match play, archers shoot single-elimination head-to-head matches in a bracket format. Watch the World Archery Championships on a live feed on World Archery’s YouTube page.
Archery World Cup
World Cup tournaments match elite archers in head-to-head competition in the world’s most beautiful venues. From turquoise waters to the Eiffel Tower’s shadow, the World Cup circuit amazes audiences with great archery in memorable venues. Host cities for this year’s World Cup events are Shanghai, Antalya, Salt Lake City, Berlin and Rome. The World Cup follows the same format as the World Championship: a 72-arrow ranking round followed by match play. To watch the World Cup, tune in World Archery’s YouTube channel. Or if you’re near Salt Lake City, watch the World Cup in person.
The World Games are a multi-sport event sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. The Games feature field archery and compound target archery. In field archery, the competitors walk a course and shoot at different targets. Barebow archery and recurve archery are the two disciplines in field archery, while compound target archery follows the same format used in the World Cup and World Archery Championships. The 2017 World Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland. To follow the action, check the World Archery website for scores and the World Archery YouTube for video.
Western Classic Trail Shoot
The Western Classic Trail Shoot is often referred to as “Redding,” the host city. Redding is one of America’s most popular tournaments. Most 3-D tournaments require archers to estimate the target’s distance, but the distances at Redding’s 3-D tournament are posted. The 3-D course features scenic northern California countryside and some long-distance shots at unique targets. One of Redding’s most iconic targets is Bigfoot, a 101-yard shot at a huge Bigfoot target that requires a ladder to remove arrows. To follow the Western Classic Trail Shoot, check out the NFAA’s social media.
USA Archery USAT Qualifier Series and National Championship
The USAT Qualifier Series features four tournaments of extreme importance to U.S. target archers. USAT events dictate national rankings, the U.S. Archery Team and World Cup team selection. The tournament format for USAT events is a 72-arrow ranking round followed by match-play competition.
The National Championship is the largest outdoor target event on USA Archery’s schedule. Archers of all ages and equipment disciplines compete for the National Champion title in their respective divisions. The national champion is determined by the cumulative 144-arrow score. The U.S. Open takes place after the 144-arrow National Championship. The U.S. Open is a match-play tournament that uses the 144-arrow round as a ranking round. To follow the USAT Qualifier Series and National Championship, follow USA Archery’s social media and YouTube accounts.
IBO World Championship
The IBO World Championship will be held at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. The Seven Springs Resort is a ski lodge, and the tournament takes place on the mountain. Archers ride the chairlift to the mountaintop and shoot a 3-D Course all the way down. Steep hillsides make for a challenging course that tests these top-flight archers. BowJunky Media social media and YouTube cover these 3-D archery tournaments.
The ASA Classic is the championship for the Archery Shooters Association, and takes place in Cullman, Alabama, Aug. 3-6. The ASA Classic is a 3-D tournament circuit known for its exciting shoot-down format. After shooting a 40-target 3-D course, the top five archers advance to the shoot-down. During the shoot-down, the lead changes often, and one arrow often determines the outcome. The shoot-down events are spectator-friendly. If you live near Cullman you can watch the tournament live. The event also features many vendors and opportunities to meet the world’s best 3-D archers. To follow the action from home, check out BowJunky Media on YouTube and social media.
As you can see, a lot is happening in competitive archery this year. With social media, live scoring and YouTube, you have many ways to follow tournaments in the United States and around the world.
And if you want to shoot like these top competitors, visit your local archery shop for gear and coaching. Who knows. We might be watching you someday.