The 2019 edition of The Vegas Shoot marks the event’s 53rd anniversary since it was first held in 1962 under the name of Colt-Sahara/NFAA Championships at the Sahara Hotel.
Over the years, the Vegas Shoot has grown exponentially and now attracts shooters from across the US and all around the globe.
With entries expected to exceed 3700 in 2019, here’s what’s new this year at the largest and most prestigious indoor archery tournament around.
1. New website
The NFAA Foundation launched the all new thevegasshoot.com website in August 2018, providing news and information on the event including registration details, accommodation offers, results, news, history, rules, payouts, scholarship information, visa requests and much more.
2. Arrow wraps rule
Updated rule for arrow wraps and nock adapters. If the arrow wrap, nock, or nock adapter exceed 0.422 inches and are embedded in the scoring area, the arrow shall NOT be scored and will be reshot.
3. New flight divisions
The Vegas Shoot has added two flight divisions to the 2019 line up: Recurve Barebow Flights and Crossbow Unlimited Flights, two styles that have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years.
The current Barebow Championship division hosts top barebow shooters from around the world with a prize pot over $21,000. The Barebow Championship division (entry fee $300) will remain for the top competitors with the flight division (entry fee $175) offering a lower-cost option for archers that wish to compete against recurves only.
The Recurve Barebow Flight division will follow World Archery’s barebow rules.
The Crossbow Unlimited Flight division will allow competitors to participate with modern crossbows. This division will allow most manufactured or hunting crossbows to be used in competition. The current NFAA Crossbow Flight division will remain.
The rules are based on ASA Crossbow rules. Read the official rules at www.thevegasshoot.com/rules.
4. New event
World Archery unveiled the Indoor Archery World Series for the 2018/2019 indoor season.
The event replaces the Indoor World Cup and features five qualifying events in Strassen, Luxembourg; Macau, China; Rome, Italy; Nimes, France; and Las Vegas, USA. The competition is for recurve and compound shooters, male and female.
The tournaments are open entry, meaning participants can register themselves but must be a current and valid member of their member association that is a recognized member association of World Archery.
To be included in the Indoor World Series rankings, athletes must compete in at least three stages. Athletes with the most accumulated points (from their best three results) will qualify for the Indoor World Series Final in Las Vegas on 09 February 2019.
The top three finishers in each category at the Indoor World Series Final will receive the following prize money:
1st place: 8,000 CHF
2nd place: 4,000 CHF
3rd place: 1,500 CHF
The finals will be held in the Championship Arena. They are free and open to all attendees!
5. New Lighting
Things are looking brighter at the South Point Arena. New LED lighting has already been installed in the championship arena and trade show area as well as expo Halls A/B and C/D.
Installation of the same lighting is in progress for the Priefert arenas (Arena 2 & 3). The LED lights are more than 30% brighter than the previous lighting.
6. New Hotel Rooms
The South Point Hotel is currently undergoing a $40 million renovation of guest rooms to be completed by September 2020. The remodel includes updated furniture, flooring, bathrooms, and décor as well as mini refrigerators in each room. A limited number of updated rooms will be available this year.