Equipment Inspection



It is routinely expected that, at World Archery Registered Tournaments or Registered Open Tournaments, Judges will conduct Equipment Inspections. Each competitor’s equipment is checked.

Judges may choose to carry out the Equipment Inspection before or during the event. Judges may also carry out spot checks.

The Rules do not specifically require that the athlete has to show all the items he/she might be using, but it is his/her responsibility to use legal equipment.

It is the athlete’s responsibility to use equipment that complies with the Rules. 

It should be remembered that World Archery Rules (generally) detail what is allowed to be used for recurve equipment and what is not allowed for compound equipment; as most equipment is allowed in the compound division.

Equipment Inspection 

Equipment Inspection time should be advertised on the entry form or program and you will need to bring all the equipment you intend to use that day for inspection.

You will be asked to present your equipment in a manner which allows the Judge to hold the equipment with both hands, with the stabilisers pointing down, as demonstrated in the photo below.



The Judge will check the overall appearance of the bow but never hold the bow by the grip. (Hands may be greasy from sunscreen and they do not wish to leave traces on the bow grip.)

Recurve bow 

1. Check the string and attachments with focus on the possibility of finding additional sighting aids including marks on the string. They may check the height of the centre serving to ensure the end does not come within the archer's vision when at full draw; this could be used as a rear sight.

Attachments such as a kisser button and up to two nocking points are permitted.

2. Check the sight; in particular the sight pins, hoods, tubes etc. which limits the length to a maximum of 2 cm in the horizontal level from the archer towards the target. This limitation in size is to avoid using the sight to level the bow.

The Judge will also check the optic fibre (if being used) The overall length of the fibre optic sight pin is considered to be a separate unit which may be a max of 2 cm in a straight line. The housing supporting the fibre optic pin may be a max

of 2 cm in length. The housing and fibre optic sight pin are measured independently.

3. Check the arrow rest, plunger button and draw check indicator.

4. Check the pressure point of the arrow rest (the point at which the arrow makes contact with the rest) in relationship to the pivot point (deepest part) of the bow handle, this distance must not exceed 4 cm.

5. Check that no items are electric or electronic.

6. Check the tab or glove for stiffening, hinges or hooks.

Compound bow 

To all intents and purposes the compound bow and its accessories are unlimited, but with the following restrictions:

1. In all classes, the bows peak draw weight does not exceed 60 lbs.

This will be checked with equipment provided by the Judges. If the bow is over weight the defence of "My scales gives a different reading" is not acceptable. The Judge's scale is final and you will be asked to reduce the peak weight of your bow.

Be aware if this happens to you the Judge may also conduct spot checks during the competition.

Suggestion to avoid this from happening, always set up your bow to about 57 lb and you will rarely get caught out.

2. Check accessories to determine there are no electronics on the bow, sight, arrow rest or release aid.

3. Check the pressure point of the arrow rest (the point at which the arrow makes contact with the rest) in relationship to the pivot point (deepest part) of the bow handle, this distance must not exceed 6 cm.


1. Check the arrows for initials, name or other identification marks (cresting).

The name or initials must be on the shaft and clearly visible, not using a black pen on a black shaft. If using wraps the name may be printed on the wrap.

The name of initials can not be written on the vanes.

2. Check the diameter of the shafts; there is a restriction on the maximum diameter of 9.3 mm and the point may be 0.1 mm larger (9.4 mm). 

Arrow wraps causing the shaft to exceed 9.3 mm diameter are permitted, so long as they do not extend further than 22cm toward the point of the arrow when measured from the throat of the nock where the string sits to the end of the wrap.

NOTE - Arrows must be all the same for each end of shooting; i.e. the same colour, with the same colour nock and fletches (vanes).


During the course of the competition, if you change equipment and it has not been inspected, you can call a Judge and have it inspected prior to use.


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