#VegasShoot2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I register for The Vegas Shoot? How much is it?


1. To register to shoot the tournament, visit the Shooter Registration page. Entry details and costs are listed and searchable by division. Championship Divisions are $300-$500, Championship Young Adult $200, Flights $175, and Junior Divisions are $100. 2. Cancellations will be excepted until 1/20/2020. All cancellations will be charged a $25 administration fee. All cancellation requests must be received in writing on or before 1/20/2020. No refunds will be considered on or after 1/21/2020. After the cancellation deadline, we can not offer refunds due to scheduling conflicts, illness, or other personal issues. Please submit refund requests to info@nfaausa.com or by mail at 800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078. 3. For registration confirmation, visit the Registered Archers link.




Is there an early-bird registration discount?


Yes, all entries received prior to 1/21/2020 receive a $50 early registration discount. All published rates include the $50 discount. All late registration entries will pay an additional $50 on top of the published rates.




Why is the registration asking me for my equipment information?


This data is saved to your profile and only needs to be entered once. The information is used for shoot offs, media/news, and demographic studies. It is optional to participate in. You are allowed to type “N/A or None” if you do not want to share your information.




What happened to _____ Division? (example: Championship Male Freestyle)


In 2017, we updated our divisions to make the names more universal. You can view the old vs. new division names under the Equipment Rules section.




What division should I shoot in?


1. View shooting styles and equipment details under the Equipment Rules section. 2. View a full list of available divisions and entry guidelines on the Shooter Registration page. 3. If you need additional help determining which division is the correct one for you, contact your State Director or Councilman. They can provide specific direction regarding equipment and how to select your division. A contact list can be found here: https://www.nfaausa.com/sectional-representatives/




What if I want to enter in both the Compound Flight and the Championship Compound Open?


You may only enter in one division and style, so either the Compound Flight or the Championship Compound Open. An archer may enter either a Championship division, Flight division, or Junior Division and will remain in the same division all three days.




I registered for the wrong division! How do I change that?


Please submit a ticket via the Contact Us page. Include your full name, current division and the updated division. We will contact you if a refund or additional charge is necessary.




My child will be 15 on the second day of shooting, and wants to shoot in a Championship or Flight division. Are they able to move up to the adult divisions?


No, all participants competing for cash prizes must be 15 or older at the start of the event. The archer must be the appropriate age on the first day of the competition and remains in that category even if they celebrate a birthday during the competition. Special exceptions will be made for archers turning 15 during the calendar year that wish to participate in the Indoor World Series.




Can my 15 year old compete in a Championship division?


Yes. Anyone 15 and older can compete in a Championship or Flight division. However, your child must be 15 on the first day of shooting to qualify. Special exceptions will be made for archers turning 15 during the calendar year that wish to participate in the Indoor World Series.




Are there age restrictions on any divisions?


Yes, several divisions have age requirements. See age requirements for each division on the Shooter Registration page. Archers must meet the age requirements of the division on the first day of competition and will remain in that category even if they celebrate a birthday during the competition. All participants competing for cash prizes must be 15 or older at the start of the event. Special exceptions will be made for archers turning 15 during the calendar year that wish to participate in the Indoor World Series.




Can I cancel my entry and get a refund?


Refund requests will be excepted until 1/20/2020. All cancellations/refunds will be charged a $25 administration fee. All cancellation/refund requests must be received in writing on or before 1/21/2019. No refunds will be considered on or after 1/21/2020. After the cancellation deadline, we can not offer refunds due to scheduling conflicts, illness, or other personal issues. Please submit refund requests to info@nfaausa.com or by mail at 800 Archery Lane, Yankton, SD 57078.




How do I request a Visa letter?


Once you or your athletes have registered for the event, please submit a Visa Letter Request form. Event staff will verify your entries and provide a Visa letter via the email address provided. Please allow 2-3 days for processing. If you need additional assistance, please submit a Contact Us form after submitting your request for a Visa Letter.





General

What is The Vegas Shoot?


The most prestigious archery tournament in the world, offering over $500,000 in prizes and giveaways. The Vegas Shoot attracts novice to Olympic archers from around the Globe and includes 3- intense days of no error competition. The weekend competition includes the traditional 3-spot 20-yard “Vegas Round” that made this tournament famous. Attendance is expected to reach almost 4,000 archers and thousands more spectators.




How long has The Vegas Shoot been around?


The Vegas Shoot first took place in 1962 as the Colt-Sahara NFAA Championships. In 2016, we celebrated its 50th occurance. Through the years, The Vegas Shoot has had many names, locations, format changes, target faces, and champions. One thing has always remained the same; it is the most anticipated and iconic archery tournament of the year. To learn more about The Vegas Shoot (and its many other names!) visit the History page.




Where is The Vegas Shoot located?


The Vegas Shoot is currently held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The physical address is: 9777 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89183. The competition is located in the South Point Arena, and rooms are available at a special rate for registered archers. View Accommodation information.




Is there a discount code when booking the hotel?


Yes. The NFAA has reserved blocks at South Point Hotel & Casino and The Grandview Las Vegas. View details on the Accommodations page.




How do I get a schedule of events?


View the preliminary schedule of events on the Schedule page. You can view the onsite schedule on the official Vegas Shoot event app, available at no cost to IOS and Android users.




I am a vendor. Where do I go when I arrive to the event area?


Vendor Check-In will be located in the arena lobby, next to the registration area on Wednesday and Thursday. At the booth you will receive your badge and vendor information. To reserve your vendor spot at The Vegas Shoot, visit our Vendor Registration page.




I am with the media. How do I get my credentials?


Media Check-In will be located in the arena lobby, next to the registration area. At the booth you must show your media or photo ID and receive your media vest for special access during competition. Visit the Media Registation page to request your media badge.




I am an archer. Where do I go to Check-In?


The Vegas Shoot is located past the casino in the South Point arena. When you see the giant horse statue, follow the signs straight ahead. The registration area will be in the arena lobby, located at the top of the escalators. View the Schedule page for official check-in times.




What is bow storage?


Bow Storage is a convenient way for you to store your bow near the competition halls. South Point Hotel is large and can become crowded during our event. Bow storage gives you the option of leaving your equipment in a secure location while you check out the trade show, grab a meal, or play the tables. An Event Bow Storage Pass costs $15.00 for the entire weekend. Bow storage will be located at the bottom of the arena escalators, next to the arena elevator. Signs posted in front of the entrance door. You are not required to purchase a bow storage pass before arriving but it is recommended for express access.




When and where is practice located?


Open practice will be available on all competition areas, Thursday. View all available practice times on the Schedule page. 24-Hour Practice is located in the upstairs ballsrooms (just up the escalators from the Coronado Cafe) and will be open 24 hours a day, beginning Thursday at 6:00 PM. You must purchase a practice pass if you wish to practice in the 24 Hour Practice, but it is not required to shoot the tournament. Please budget plenty of time for warm-up as the practice area can be overcrowded during peak times! Don't want to purchase a practice pass? Each shooting line begins with two official practice ends.




What are the different practice passes available?


To access paid practice, you must purchase a practice pass. Passes can be purchased in advance or are available onsite at the registration desk. A 24-Hour Practice Pass is $25.00 and is valid all weekend. You can enter the 24-Hour Practice as many times as you want throughout the weekend and are provided practice targets at no additional cost. If you want to practice and don’t have a practice pass, the cost is $5.00 for a target and single entry. A 24-Hour Fast Pass is $50.00 and works just the same as a Disney World fast pass. With the FastPass, you get exclusive access to the FastPass line for shorter wait times. This is especially useful during peak times. This pass includes the same benefits as the 24-Hour Practice Pass. A VIP All Access Pass is $65. VIP All Access includes entry to the VIP practice & bow storage area + access to 24-hour practice and regular bow storage. VIP All Access is available to Championship divisions only and is included in the Championship Compound Open entry fee. A reminder that during competition each line begins with two official practice ends. Purchase of a practice pass is not required to shoot the tournament.




What and where is VIP Practice?


VIP Practice is a special practice area only open to archers in the Championship divisions. It is located in the practice arena, next to the Priefert Arenas. The cost is $65.00 for a VIP All Access Pass. This pass also functions like a 24 Hour Fast Pass, so if an archer wants to shoot in the Priefert Practice Pavilion he/she can. Bow storage is included in this price as well.




I paid for practice and/or bow storage but I don’t have it? It’s not on my badge?


Please report to the registration desk. Event staff can verify your registration and update your name badge. If available, bring your registration receipt (or show email copy).




What is Meet the Pros? How do I sign up? What time is it?


Meet the Pros is a free event open to archers 17 years and under. Located in the Championship Area (through the tradeshow), this event is an opportunity for kids to ask the pros for advice, tips, and autographs. View the event Schedule for details.




My line time is ___ today, but what about tomorrow? Or Sunday?


Shooting Group assignments for Day 1 and 2 will be posted the week prior to the event. Each archer will be assigned a Shooting Group. Each Shooting Group will have a scheduled shooting time for Day 1 and Day 2. In order to make the shooting times fair, the times will rotate. For example, if your Shooting Group is assigned the 7:00 AM line on Day 1; you will be assigned the 2:30 PM line on Day 2. Target assignments will stay the same for Day 1 and Day 2. View the Schedule page for details. Since Sunday assignments are based on results, they can not be completed until after the final shooting line is completed and verified on Saturday evening. Once the scores are collected and verified, the scoring team will flight and assign shooters based on division and score. This allows all archers to shoot next to their closest competitors. The process of flighting will take a few hours, due to the high volume of divisions and archers in the Vegas Shoot competition. Please be patient. Archers will be notified as soon as possible. There are several ways to find up-to-date information on your shooting time and target assignment: 1. In the week prior to the event, you will receive an email with your shooting time information. Double check your spam/junk folder, sometime these messages are automatically filtered. On Wednesday of the event, you will receive another email with your final shooting assignment and target number. You can use this information to practice on your exact target assignment, Thursday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, during open practice. 2. The scoring team publishes all assignments on the Live Results link and on the official Vegas Shoot mobile app. Archers can view shooting time and target assignments for all participants. These links also provide live updates on scoring. 3. Final shooting time and target assignments will be printed and posted on the announcement board located next to the registration desk. The announcement board will also hold daily results, announcements, and schedules.




What does it cost for me to watch the competition?


There is no fee for spectators- it is free to watch the tournament. Spectators should also take the chance to browse the trade show and attend our free seminars. See the Schedule page for details.




What are the hours for the tradeshow?


The trade show is open Thursday- Sunday. View the Schedule page for details. Download the official Vegas Shoot mobile app for a full listing of current vendors and sponsors. Plus view their websites, product categories, and booth location within the tradeshow.




Where can I find a list of vendors in the tradeshow?


Download the official Vegas Shoot mobile app for a full listing of current vendors and sponsors. Plus view their websites, product categories, and booth location within the tradeshow.




I scored ___ (260, 300, etc). How do I get my keychain with the score?


Keychain awards, for milestone scores (ranging from 200 to 300-30x), are available at the NFAA booth within the tradeshow. The cost is $5.00 per keychain. Please have a hard copy or e-copy of your score available for verification. Keychains are available while supplies last.




My child won an award, when and where is the ceremony?


The Junior Awards Ceremony is held prior to the World Series Finals, on Saturday evening, in the Championship Arena. The awards take place between 6:30 PM- 7:00 PM based on the event schedule. All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the Junior divisions should report to the seating on Championship Arena floor 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Photos will be taken by an event photographer and will be available upon request. Winners are encouraged, but not required, to attend the ceremony. If you are unable to attend, medals will be mailed to the registration address.




What is Archers Appreciation? Where is it?


Archers Appreciation Dinner is a free meal provided to archers and their guests. The celebration takes place prior to the World Series Finals on Saturday evening. The dinner is served on the concourse area of the Championship Arena. Evening activities also include over $20,000 in prizes and giveaways.




I booked my airline ticket and it conflicts with my assigned line time, what should I do?


We recommend that you attempt to change your airline flight. We understand that there is the possibility of several line times ranging from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, and it puts guesswork on what travel arrangements to make. Please not do assume that the time you were assigned last year will be the same this year. When making airline arrangements leave open the possibility of being assigned the earliest or latest line time each day. We cannot change your line time. We apologize for this inconvenience.




I lost _____ at the event. Is there a lost and found?


Lost and Found is located at the registration desk in the arena lobby. If you notice a fellow archer has left something behind, please bring it to the registration desk. We try to return all items to the rightful owner. At the end of the event, lost and found items are turned over to the hotel or packed on the NFAA trucks. The items will not be accessible until NFAA Indoor Nationals. Please visit the Contact Us page if you are missing a valuable item, we will do our best to assist you.




Is there a dress code during the event?


Archers should present themselves in attire acceptable to public view. Swimming suits, cut-offs and obscene or vulgar slogans or pictures on clothing are prohibited. Open toed shoes/flip flops/sandals are unacceptable while competing. All Professional members of the NFAA and anyone participating in a Championship Shoot Off or Awards Podium are required to meet the following dress code standards. It is suggested that all Championship divisions adhere to the following dress code. Blue jeans/denim and any bottoms with holes, tears, or frayed material are not allowed. Archers shall wear pants, shorts or skirts. Shorts and skirt hems should approximately meet fingertip length. Shirts/tops shall be of a collared design. Archers may also wear uniforms provided by sponsors or their national team. Shirts must have a standard collar, Henley collar or mock collar. Professional dress code is not required during practice.




Am I subject to Anti-Doping testing?


All Championship Compound Open, Championship Compound Female, Championship Recurve Male & Championship Recurve Female participants may be subject to testing in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Archery Anti-Doping Rules. Failure to comply with the Anti-Doping rules shall result in disqualification and forfeiture of any cash prizes. All other divisions are exempt from Anti-Doping testing. View full Anti-Doping Rules.





Competition

When will shooting take place?


Junior Divisions will shoot on Friday and Saturday. All other divisions will shoot Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.




How are the flights determined?


Flights are determined at the discretion of the tournament committee. The score used for determining flights can be any combination of all three days of competition. The number of archers per flight is based on total participation and ties.




I want to request my flight and target again this year like we could do in the past. How do I do that?


Due to the size and growth of the event, we are not able to accept shooting time and location requests. If you have special circumstances (i.e. severe health problems), please submit a Contact Us ticket and we will do our best to make accommodations.




What is the 3 Star Tour? How do I participate?


The 3 Star Tour is a series of three archery tournaments held annually in February- The Vegas Shoot, March- Indoor Nationals, and April- First Dakota Classic. To qualify for the 3 Star Tour Shoot-Off and for a chance to win $10,000 (professional) or $5,000 (amateur*) you must compete in all three competitions. The shoot-off is held at the First Dakota Classic in Yankton, SD. Archers participate in a single arrow shoot off at increasing distances, and the last archer standing takes home the prize. There is no special registration if you wish to participate in the 3 Star Tour. We keep record of who has participated in all three events and generate the Shoot-Off list at the end of the tour. *Amateur status refers to any archers that compete in the Adult, Senior, Flight, Junior or Young Adult Championships divisions. Archers 14 and under that have qualified for the shoot off are encouraged to participate but cannot qualify for a cash prize.




Where can I find Vegas Shoot Payout information?


Payout information is listed by division and can be found on the Awards & Payouts page. Payouts are based on the previous year’s registration. The tournament guarantees the first three places for each division will not change; however, subsequent places may change based on attendance. This may be different than the published awards.




How do I know my shooting time and target assignment?


There are several ways to find up-to-date information on your shooting time and target assignment: 1. In the week prior to the event, you will receive an email with your shooting time information. Double check your spam/junk folder, sometime these messages are automatically filtered. On Wednesday of the event, you will receive another email with your final shooting assignment and target number. You can use this information to practice on your exact target assignment, Thursday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, during open practice. 2. The scoring team publishes all assignments on the Live Results link and on the official Vegas Shoot mobile app. Archers can view shooting time and target assignments for all participants. These links also provide live updates on scoring. 3. Final shooting time and target assignments will be printed and posted on the announcement board located next to the registration desk. The announcement board will also hold daily results, announcements, and schedules.




Where can I see results?


There are several ways to find current results: 1. View the Live Results page for end-by-end results. 2. Download the official Vegas Shoot mobile app. Archers can live results and even follow and track their favorite archers. 3. Results will be printed and posted on the announcement board located next to the registration desk.




What is the Indoor World Series?


Following day two of the World famous Vegas Shoot, the top sixteen World Series (formerly World Cup) point earners from each category will shoot off in head-to-head competition in front of a roaring Vegas crowd. To qualify for the Las Vegas Indoor World Series Final, archers must participate in at least three of the stages scheduled, one of which must be The Vegas Shoot. The archers with the most accumulated points will compete at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday in the Indoor World Series Final. World Archery rules shall apply for the Indoor World Series Finals event. For additional information, please visit www.worldarchery.org.




I won a cash payout, how do I get my check?


On Sunday evening, after the conclusion of The Vegas Shoot and championship shoot-off, payout checks can be picked up at the registration desk. To pick up your check, you must present a government-issued photo ID or passport. We cannot release your check without valid ID. If you are under 18 do not have a license or passport, please have your parent or guardian bring their valid ID. If you are 21 or older and wish to cash your check immediately, you can do so at the South Point Casino cage with valid ID. If you cannot pick up your check on Sunday evening, they will be mailed from headquarters the following week to the address provided on your registration.




What happens if I can’t stay to claim my award or check?


That is not a problem. If you cannot pick up your check on Sunday evening, they will be mailed from headquarters the following week to the address provided on your registration.




I need a different line time assignment, how can I change it?


Due to the size and growth of the event, we are not able to accept shooting time requests. If you have special circumstances (i.e. severe health problems), please submit a Contact Us ticket and we will do our best to make accommodations. The earlier you request a change, the better chance you have at being assisted.
Sunday assignments are based on competition results and can not be changed. If you do not shoot at the time and place you are assigned, you will not be considered for awards or payouts.




What are the Flight divisions?


The Flight divisions are open to all archers, age 15 and up. For the first part of the event, participants in each equipment category compete together; no matter their age, skill level, or experience. The Vegas Shoot has Flight divisions for the following equipment categories: Compound, Recurve, Bowhunter, Recurve Barebow, Compound Limited, and Crossbow. After archers have shot for score, each Flight Division is split into a series of "flights". A "flight" is a grouping of archers within the Flight division, who are only competing against one another rather than the entire division. Each "flight" in the tournament consists of archers who are similar in skill level, based on their scores from that event. When the Flight divisions are broken into their "flights", it is at the discretion of the tournament committee. The score used for determining "flights" can be any combination of all three days of competition. The number of archers per "flight" is based on total participation and ties. It is most common to split the divisions into "flights" of 25-40 people, prior to day 3 of competition. This is not guaranteed, and the scores used to determine the "flights" varies. For example, scores from day 1 and 2 may be combined OR they may extract ends 1-5 of only day 2. The possibilities are endless! This varies so archers are not prone to fixing their scores to enter a certain "flight". Once archers are in their "flight", they can only move positions within their flight. If you post an awesome or poor score after the "flights" are created, you can not move up or down "flights". After day 3, cash prizes are awarded to places 1-8 in every "flight". Click here to view the current payouts for each Flight division.




Is there an award ceremony for the Flight or Championship divisions?


1. The award ceremony for the Championship divisions will take place directly following the Championship Shoot Off on Sunday evening. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for all Championship divisions (not participating in a shoot off) should report to the floor at the beginning of the shoot off. Assigned seating will be provided. If an award winner is not present or late for the ceremony, we will present your division without you! 2. There will not be an award ceremony for the Flight divisions. Checks will be printed and available, at the registration desk, following the Championship Shoot Off on Sunday evening.




My child won a scholarship? What do we do next?


Scholarships must be used towards higher education and are submitted directly to the eduational institution. Ready to use your scholarship? Submit the Scholarship Request form to request your funds. Please allow 30 days for processing. Not yet old enough for college or higher education? Not a problem! We track all scholarships until you are ready. The good news is – you have more chances to win at The Vegas Shoot in the future and can add additional winnings towards your scholarship fund.




My child shoots recurve. What target do they use?


Cub, Youth, and Young Adult recurve junior divisions will shoot on the 60 cm Indoor Face with 10 through 1 scoring. Championship Young Adult Recurve archers will shoot on either the 40 cm Vegas three-spot target face with gold – red– blue (10-9-8-7-6) scoring areas or the 40 cm single-spot face with 10 through 1 scoring. For Championship Young Adult divisions, only one arrow is allowed per spot on the three-spot target face. If there is more than one arrow in a single spot, you will lose your highest scoring arrow or arrows in that spot. All archers shoot at 20 yards. View full event rules on the Rules page.




What distance does my division shoot?


All divisions shoot at 20 yards. See all event rules on the Rules page.




What is the time limit for each end?


Each end (time period to shoot three arrows) shall be 2 minutes. See full event rules on the Rules page.




How do I file a protest?


Any incident requiring immediate decision must be brought to the attention of a judge in your assigned shooting room. All protests must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director within one hour of the conclusion of the round where the incident occurred, accompanied by $50 USD. The Tournament Rules Committee will convene approximately 1 hour after the last scoring end of each day to decide the outcome of each protest. All decisions of the Tournament Rules Committee will be final. The $50 protest fee will be returned if the Tournament Rules Committee rules in favor of the protest. No protests are allowed during shoot offs, judges decisions are final.




Does the a,b,c,d assignment apply to the target location on the bale?


No, the a,b,c,d physical target face placement is first come, first serve. Archers are assigned a,b,c or d by the scoring team, which only determines the order for scoring on the tablet.




What are the lane sizes?


Each shooting lane is approximately 30" wide. This may vary slightly due to room size and measuring variance.





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