How To Shoot a 900 Round
The 900 Round is a long to medium-distance competition that usually can be completed in about two and a half hours. It is shot over three separate distances (60, 50 & 40 yards). It consists of ninety total arrows, thirty at each distance, each worth a maximum of ten points. The maximum score is 10×90=900 points, which is where the name of the round is derived.
The 900 Round is a Target Round (i.e. not a Field Archery Round) meaning an archer shoots at only one target for the entire round and shoots from level ground. Multiple archers will shoot at the same 122cm target during a 900 Round.
A 900 Round consists of 5 ends of 6 arrows shot at three different distances for a total of 90 arrows at a standard 122cm 10-ring target: (5 ends x 6 arrows = 30 arrows) x 3 distances = 90 arrows. The three distances are 60 yards, 50 yards and 40 yards. A perfect score of 90 arrows all hitting the 10 ring would be 900 points.
There is a 3 minute time limit for each end — which is plenty of time to shoot slowly with proper control. There’s no need to rush.
Standard archery whistle commands are used to signal the start and end of the shooting time. Disobeying the whistle commands can result in disqualification, and a zero for your score, so stay safe.
The target face for the 900 Round is a 5 color FITA target face. At all three distances, this target should be 122cm in diameter.
For scoring, each ring from the outside is worth one additional point, except the innermost gold ring. This means that the rings are worth:
White 1 & 2 Points
Black 3 & 4 Points
Blue 5 & 6 Points
Red 7 & 8 Points
Gold 9 & 10 Points
There are some peculiarities with the innermost gold ring (called the “X” ring). “X”s or Spiders, as they as sometimes called, are used for tie-breaking purposes. It is written on the scorecard as “X”, and is counted as 10 points. If two competing archers attain the same score at the end of the tournament, the victor is decided by who has more “X”s.
See the main Scoring Etiquette section.
The ground is relatively flat, no trees or landscaping should obstruct the target in the shooting lane.
A note about Divisions: “Senior” in archery means adult (18-49), not “Senior Citizen”. The Division for archers 50 or older is called the “Masters” division. Please reference the USA Archery Age Guidelines to correctly determine your age group.
900 Round @ the PRA
On the 1st Sunday of each month, PRA hosts a 900 Round. Archers wishing to participate in the 900 Round meet at Target Bale# 22 on the Southern portion of the range. Official scoring starts at 8:00A, but archers are encouraged to arrive no later than 7:30A to Set-Up, Sight-In and Practice the different distances, if so desired. Once the tournament commences, there are no further allowances for “Practice/Sight-In” at the various distances.
A 900 Round consists of 5 ends of 6 arrows shot at three different distances for a total of 90 arrows at a standard 122cm 10-ring target: (5 ends x 6 arrows = 30 arrows) x 3 distances = 90 arrows. The three distances are 60 yards, 50 yards and 40 yards. A perfect score of 90 arrows all hitting the 10 ring would be 900 points. Archers begin shooting at 60 yards, then after shooting 5 ends of 6 arrows, they move to 50 yards, shoot another 30 arrows and finally move up to 40 yards to shoot the final 30 arrows.
Junior archers shoot at reduced distances, set according to their age group.
PRA members who complete at least three 900 Rounds per year are eligible to win Annual PRA trophies and awards. Archers may shoot with any bow style as long as they accurately mark on the scorecard which NFAA bow category and age group they are shooting. To be eligible for awards for 900 Round tournaments, however, at least three complete rounds must be shot per bow style (per year).
Additionally, scorecards must be filled out correctly, completely and legibly including name, bow category, age division, scores, totals and be signed by 3 individual archers (2 scorekeepers and a witness) any one of which can be the archer to whom the scorecard belongs.
PRA members wishing to submit a score to be considered for awards, MUST complete the round witnessed by 2 additional archers and have said witnesses sign their scorecards before submission. Scorecards submitted by competitors who shoot and score alone without the necessary verification, will NOT be accepted.