What are Pin Shoots and how do they work?
Good question. A pin shoot is how an archer earns the JOAD Achievement Awards, or basically a short version of a tournament.
In an indoor pin shoot archers will shoot 30 arrows (10 ends of 3 arrows) at 9 or 18 meters at a 40cm target face for compound or 60cm target face for recurve for a maximum score of 300 points. Depending on which color pin you are trying to earn there is a point requirement to get that pin.
Outdoor pin shoots are a little more complicated: everyone shoots 36 arrows (6 ends of 6 arrows) for a maximum score of 360 points. The color of the pin you are trying to earn determines the distance, the size of the target you shoot and how many points you need to score to earn your achievement pin.
Pin shoot scoring is done exactly like you would during a tournament. Each archer will have two score cards, 'official' and 'unofficial'. At the end of the scoring rounds archers will turn in the 'official' score card to the organizers and keep the 'unofficial' score cards for their own records. Both score cards must match and be signed by the archers and the score keepers.
If this sounds kind of intimidating, don't worry. The club puts on these pin shoots to help archers get acquainted with tournament formats and there is always people available to help if there any questions. Pin shoots are a great chance to track your progress and dip your toes in the world of archery competitions. If you're curious to try them we encourage you to try.
What if I go to a pin shoot or tournament somewhere else?
If you are a member of Tripp County Range Robins JOAD you can still earn your pins from events at other locations as long as they fulfill the requirements to earn that pin (i.e. and official scoring round at the distance and target size required). After the scoring event, notify one of our club officers and turn in your score card from the tournament for verification and we will get your well deserved pin to you.
Archers participating in the JOAD Achievement Award Programs will not be asked to re-earn any pins they have already been awarded.
Archers should earn pins one at a time, in consecutive order.
Archers progressing through the scoring matrices should use the new scoring guidelines starting with the next pin they are working toward.
If an award level has more than one distance/target size, the club leader will choose what target face to have the archer positioned at based on the skill level and experience of the archer.
To earn an a JOAD Olympian Award the archer will be required to shoot the distance and target face that corresponds to their JOAD Class at National Events (i.e. Bowman, Cub, Cadet, Junior).
Information courtesy of Yankton Area Archers
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