World Records Explained

We regularly receive queries from individuals to find out if their scores qualify for World or Regional records.

Although the IFAA By-Laws Article III section F mentions what records are recognized, it is often not clearly understood why some record scores are recognized while others are not.

The principle behind recognizing a record is quite simple:

  1. The archer who shoots the record must be a member in good standing with the IFAA member association.

It goes without saying that “guest” archers cannot shoot IFAA records.

  1. 2. The tournament must be IFAA sanctioned.

Qualifying for World records currently are:

  1. The Field Rounds and Hunter Rounds of the World Field Archery Championships
  2. The World Indoor Archery and Regional Indoor Championships
  3. The Field Rounds and Hunter Rounds of the Regional Field Archery Championships

The principle of giving IFAA sanction to a tournament is that the tournament must be an international tournament, meaning that at least two member associations compete. However such tournament does not necessary qualify for breaking World records as such qualification also depends on the type and quality of the ranges, the number of nations competing, the type and quality of technical control and others.

  1. 3. Conditions other than climatic conditions and topography must be the same for each Round.

Even though the Field and Hunter rounds differ greatly in degree of difficulty and endurance from region to region, country to country and even from range to range, they all have regulated fixed distances with regulated fixed target sizes with fixed dimensions of the various score areas.

Indoor Rounds do not differ at all and are the same everywhere.

This however does not apply to the Marked Animal round.

Shooting distances are only defined by a maximum distance and a minimum distance which varies 20 yards in distance in the Group 1 faces and 10 yards in the Group 4 faces.

Although the “Kill” area is defined for each group, the size of the printed animal is not defined which allows for a great variation in the “Wound” area.

In fact, measurements have shown that the ratio between “Kill” area and “Wound” area can vary over 100% between targets of the same group.

This anomaly influences the score greatly, especially in the various unsighted styles.

Scoring conditions therefore differ from range to range depending on the brand of target faces that are used.

A similar problem exists with unmarked Rounds where unmarked shooting distances result in one more anomaly than the marked rounds.

The IFAA therefor does not recognize World or Regional records for these types of rounds. There is simply too much variation that allows a tournament organizer to set up a very difficult or a very easy range by simply manipulating target sizes and distances.

We therefore can only speak of “Best” score, not “World Record”.

The only recognition by the IFAA for these rounds is for the “Perfect” score of 560. Fair to say that those scores in the unmarked rounds so not happen that often and can be seen as a real achievement.

IFAA President