High Drawing

Judges Guide Book

4.5.2 High draw  Judges must be concerned with safety aspects at all times during a competition. If, in the opinion of the Judge, an athlete is using a technique to draw back the string which could allow the arrow, if accidentally released, to fly beyond a safety zone or safety arrangements (overshoot area, net wall etc;), the athlete must be advised to change her/his technique. If an athlete persists in using such a technique after being informed of this irregularity, then in the interest of safety the athlete will be asked by the Chairperson of the Judges’ Commission and/or the DOS to stop shooting immediately and leave the field.  However, it is not always easy to determine what constitutes a high draw. It is not necessarily a high draw when an athlete is lifting the bow-arm above shoulder level. The safety issue is a factor only when there is a considerable pull on the string (or beyond the peak weight point of a compound bow).

The Judge must therefore consider the position of the bow arm and the direction of the arrow at the moment the string is pulled back. Besides, it is a fact that there is more reason to be concerned about compound athletes than recurve, as the latter has more control vis-à-vis an unintentional release. Another issue in this respect is if there is a safety issue at the specific venue. The background may be totally safe, irrespectively of how the athletes are drawing the bow.

During the last couple of years we have also seen that several athletes are pulling their bow sidewise, which especially in a Finals field means that the pull in fact is directed towards the spectators. This is of course not acceptable, and have to be picked up by the judges as early as possible.

Considering these parameters, there will always be wise to have more Judges to study the athlete in question, also involving the Chairperson.

World Archery Rule Book

12.9. The Director of Shooting shall be advised if an athlete, when drawing back the string of his bow uses any technique which, in the opinion of the Judges, could allow the arrow, if accidentally released, to fly beyond a safety zone or safety arrangements (overshoot area, net, wall etc.). If an athlete persists in using such a technique, he shall, in the interest of safety, be asked by the Chairperson of the Tournament Judge Commission or the Director of Shooting to stop shooting immediately and to leave the field.

15.1.8. An athlete who persists in using a dangerous method of drawing the string in the opinion of the Judges, shall be asked by the chairperson of the Tournament Judge Commission or the Director of Shooting to stop shooting immediately and shall be disqualified.

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