Scottish Target and Field Archery Association - History

STAFAA - Archery for All

Why STAFAA?

Sport Scotland has always said they would prefer if Scottish archery was under one umbrella, the problem since two bodies exist one for target, another for field, it was envisaged that both parties should amalgamate, a joining which could have proved advantageous to both associations and been welcomed by Sport Scotland and grant aid bodies whose workload on archery matters could have been halved - this proposal was turned down.

It might have remained there forever but in 2011 the Field archery was hit by a major upset, a radical turnaround in which every detail of the original Association was reviewed and rewritten in a manner which convinced many long term and experience archers to consider a change. With people whose safety and skill levels were unaccountable the insurance risks became unacceptable, it was felt that democracy was stifled by dogmatic new untenable legislation. "STAFAA, the Scottish Target and Field Archery Association, was born" attracting folk from all walks of life who find that they can shoot target and field under a single insurance and be members of clubs which have clear and positive aims and objectives while retaining control of their own affairs with a representative from each club on the STAFAA Committee.

STAFAA's intention is not to undermine either of the other Organisations just simply to provide pleasant and enjoyable archery, in both target and field without the stress caused by imposed unwelcome rules or regulations

Origin and Development of Field Archery

In the 1920's a small group of Americans revived the ancient sport of big game shooting with the bow and arrow. As a prelude to the hunting season they practiced with a series of varied targets, set out in typical rough wooded terrain which game would frequent.

Many saw this target practice as an intriguing sport in its own right and in 1939 they founded the National Field Archery Association of America.

Today's sport holds to the original ideas with the added boost to accuracy which came with new shooting techniques and high efficiency equipment, thanks to American inventiveness.Archers young and old male and female can choose which style, or division the prefer, using either recurved composite bows or multi wheel compounds which are easier to hold at full draw because of their greater mechanical leverage.

The basic divisions are freestyle, bowhunter and barebow also recurve and compound with sub division in both categories.

Three main competition disciplines, or rounds are shot, namely Field, Hunter and Animal.

Each round consists of shooting around 28 targets, set out at distances of from 20ft (6.1mtr) up to 80yds (73.2mtr) on varied sizes of target faces Adults shoot the maximum distances of 80yds. Juniors (those aged 13 to 16 years shoot only up to 50 yards, and cubs (aged 13 and under ) up to 30yds. A system of internationally adopted colour codes are used to signify the round and whether the distance indicator is for Adult Junior or Cub. Marker stakes bearing these colours indicate the point from which the shot must be made.

Walk-up, Fan, 2x2, and 4x1, are terms for variations of shooting disciplines used keep concentration and awareness at high levels. A walk-up shot allows one shot from a coded marker the walking up to shoot a second arrow, then forward to a third and so on. A Fan is shot left to right latterly, with four markers at one common distance, one shot from each. Field and Hunter faces are roundels, with scoring values of 5 for centre 4 for inner and 3 for outer zone. Face sizes are 65cm 50cm 35cm 20cm.

Bow Hunting is forbidden within the United Kingdom and in field archery the only memory of it remains in the Animal round, in which lithographed animal facsimiles are shot at.

Each 28 range will take up to 112 archers, shooting in foursomes. Play is as in golf "tee-off" score, and move on to the next station. This ensures everyone shoots each target in turn, with a score of a possible 560 points per round.