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    Other than the equipment we shoot, who or what determines the class we shoot in?
    For example, I shot bow novice so far this year. Can I stay in that class the rest of my life? (not that I would want to)
    Or, can a pro lets say Levi Morgan just go out and shoot hunter class this weekend?
    Does the local Joe choose to shoot pro class or is he forced to because can shoot flies at 80yds?
    Is it just ethics here or are there rules in play here?

    Bob

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    The general theory is that there are rules... but as with anything else sometimes there are exceptions...
    Mike "Javi" Cooper

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    Quote Originally Posted by stites08 View Post
    Other than the equipment we shoot, who or what determines the class we shoot in?
    For example, I shot bow novice so far this year. Can I stay in that class the rest of my life? (not that I would want to)
    Or, can a pro lets say Levi Morgan just go out and shoot hunter class this weekend?
    Does the local Joe choose to shoot pro class or is he forced to because can shoot flies at 80yds?
    Is it just ethics here or are there rules in play here?

    Bob
    Most can shoot most classes. If you win your way out of Bow novice then you move to the next class. Pros cannot shoot hunter class. But if no one has ever shot ASA, they certianly can sandbag and some do.
    DB
    Elite bows, Vortex Binos, Trophy Taker sights, Carter releases, Goldtip Arrows. CBE sights, Vapor Trail Strings, B Stinger stabilizers

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    Here are the rules
    CLASS DEFINITIONS AND RULES:
    All “Open” classes may use any compound or recurve bow, sight, release, stabilizer or equipment unless specifically
    prohibited in any other part of these rules, or by a ruling of the Competition Committee. Overdraws do not designate shoot
    class or shooting style. Sight type and/or release type is the determining factors for all non-Open classes. In Limited
    classes, only gloves, tabs, or fingers are acceptable, or a chew strap (tab held by the teeth) may be used in place of
    fingers. ASA reserves the right to review any equipment / accessories and determine its suitability for competition. The
    following equipment / accessories are prohibited in all classes: (1) Broadheads or any other point or tip not intended for
    target use; (2) Retaining mechanisms which allow the bow to be mechanically held in the drawn position; (3) Crossbows;
    (4) Laser sights; (5) Devices or an outside agency (including stabilizer bar or prop stick) that allows the mass weight of the
    bow to be relieved from either arm while shooting. ASA retains the right to waive certain equipment restrictions or
    shooting rules as they may apply under specific circumstances to physically challenged competitors.
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    CLASSES:
    All earnings requirements for classes are based on a shooters ASA Pro/Am earnings and year-end bonuses from their
    individual class competition. Paybacks and bonuses exclude the Friday Team Shoot, Known Distance Shoot, and ASA
    Federation paybacks. All classes shown include the maximum unmeasured yardage and arrow speed.
    ASA reserves the right at any time to assign a registered shooter to a higher competition class based on knowledge of the
    competitor’s prior archery experience, performance in other archery competitions, or the individual’s established
    competition level in another organization. If, for example, someone shooting ASA for the first time feels that they are
    entitled to compete in the Open “C” class, but their previous archery experience, or competition status in another
    organization, confirms that they are not a novice, then ASA reserves the right to require that individual to compete in a
    higher Open class. Anyone who competes using a compound bow as a professional or semi-professional in other
    nationally sanctioned 3-D or field events must compete in the respective ASA Pro class. In addition, anyone who receives
    sponsor support that exceeds $2,000.00 per year in products, equipment, services, or cash is required to shoot in semipro
    or pro. Anyone who has earned more than $5,000.00 in career ASA Pro/Am earnings must compete in Semi-Pro or
    Pro. Anyone who has won their way out of an ASA class may not return to that class. Any requests for special
    consideration for assignment to a lower class must be submitted in writing for approval by the Competition Committee
    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Youth: All youth classes with an age requirement will be based on the age of the shooter as of
    February 1st of the current year. A youth may request to be allowed to compete in the next older age group subject to a
    review and approval by the ASA Youth Director. Senior: All Senior and Super Senior classes are based on the age of the
    competitor as of December 31st of the current competition season.
    PROFESSIONAL - Open Pros may roll back to Semi-Pro if they did not earn any money in the previous two years.
    Competitors in all other Pro Classes that have not won any prize money in their most recent two years of competition may
    request to be considered for the highest amateur class available for their equipment setup subject to the submission and
    approval of a written request to the Competition Committee.
    A. Competing in any Pro Class requires the payment of an annual ASA Pro Certification.
    1. Open Pro - No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    2. Women’s Open Pro – Open to female competitors only. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    3. Senior Open Pro* - Age 50* and over, no restriction on sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    4. Limited Pro – No restrictions on age or sex. Fingers only. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    5. Semi-Pro - No restrictions on age or sex. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    Anyone who competed in the Semi-Pro class in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition, had at least
    two top-ten finishes, and earned over $2,000.00 in ASA Pro/Am earnings must compete in Open Pro. Anyone that
    won over $200.00 in Semi-Pro in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition, competed in a Pro Class
    within the last two years, has career earnings over $5,000.00, receives sponsor support over $2,000.00 per year
    in products, equipment, services or cash, or had two top ten finishes and more than $600.00 in ASA Pro/Am
    earnings in Open A last year is required to shoot in Semi-Pro or Pro. ASA membership is required, Pro
    Certification optional.
    6. Known 50 Open – No restrictions on age or sex. Known distance only. 50 yards, 280 FPS
    Anyone required to compete in semi-pro or above must compete in the 50 yard class. Competitors may elect to
    return to another competition class after their first competition in this class, subject to meeting that class’s
    qualifications. Competitors may elect to switch to this class at anytime during the season prior to the Classic.
    B. AMATEUR – Open to ASA members in good standing.
    1. Open A - No restrictions on age or sex. 45 yards, 280 FPS
    Anyone in Open "A" that had at least two top-ten finishes, and earned over $600.00 in their last year of ASA
    Pro/Am competition must compete in Semi-Pro. Any Open B Class shooter who won more than $400 in
    cumulative prize money in their most recent year at ASA Pro/Ams must shoot Men’s Open A. Anyone who won
    $200 or more in Open A during their most recent year of competition may not move down in class.
    2. Known 45 Open - No restrictions on age or sex. Known distance only. 45 yards, 280 FPS
    Any amateur eligible to compete in Open A or lower may compete in the 45 yard class. Competitors may elect to
    return to another competition class after their first competition in this class, subject to meeting that class’s
    qualifications. Competitors may elect to switch to this class at anytime during the season prior to the Classic.
    3. Men’s Open B 45 yards, 280 FPS
    This class is open to anyone who did not win more than $400 in Open B, or less than $200.00 in Open A, during
    their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition. Anyone that won more than $300.00 in their most recent year
    of ASA Pro/Am competition in any men’s class must shoot this class or higher.
    4. Senior Men’s Open Class - Age 50* and over. 45 yards, 280 FPS
    5. Men’s Unlimited - Release, fixed pins with magnification, any stabilizer. 45 yards, 280 FPS
    C. AMATEUR - ONE EVENT PER YEAR WITHOUT FULL ASA MEMBERSHIP.
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    1. Men’s Hunter 40 yards, 280 FPS
    This class is open to anyone who did not compete in Open A (or higher), win more than $200 in prize money in
    Unlimited or Open B, or win more than $400.00 in Hunter during their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am
    competition. All other amateur classes are eligible. Release, fixed pins with magnification allowed. Stabilizer Rule
    - A front stabilizer (or system including quick releases and/or enhancers) may be used, but may not exceed
    twelve inches (12”) in total length from the tip of the stabilizer (or system) to the point of attachment on the front of
    the riser provided by the manufacturer. A rear stabilizer or counter balance weight system may be used with a
    maximum of two extensions, but may not extend more than six inches (6”) in length as measured from either: (1)
    the point of attachment on the rear of the riser provided by the manufacturer, or (2) if there is no rear point of
    attachment the system may not extend more than six inches (6”) beyond the back of the grip.
    2. Men's Open C 40 yards, 280 FPS
    This class is reserved for participants who shoot at the novice level in the open equipment class in their state, or
    that won less than $300.00 in prize money in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition in any class that
    competes at 40 yards or less. At any point during the season that a competitor in Open C earns more than
    $300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of Open B, Hunter, Limited or other higher class for the
    remainder of the season. No Shooter of the Year will be awarded in this class.
    3. Super Senior Men’s Open Class - Age 60* and over. 40 yards, 280 FPS
    4. Men’s Limited - Fingers with any sights. 40 yards, 280 FPS
    5. Traditional 25 yards, 280 FPS
    Bow must be either recurve or longbow without wheels or cams. No release aid, no sights, a single stabilizer up
    to 12” in length measured from the point of attachment, no overdraws, no draw checks, must have one finger
    touching the arrow nock, and must use one consistent anchor point. No marks on the sight window, string, or
    bow to judge yardage or use as an aiming reference.
    6. Women’s Open 40 yards, 280 FPS
    7. Senior Women’s Open - Age 50* and over. 40 yards, 280 FPS
    8. Young Adult Male Open - Ages 15-17*. 40 yards, 280 FPS
    9. Women's Hunter - Fixed pins, no magnification, any release. 30 yards, 260 FPS
    This class is reserved for ASA Pro/Am participants who have won less than $300.00 in prize money and had less
    than two top ten finishes in any class, or year, of ASA Pro/Am competition. See “Hunter” above for stabilizer rules
    and restrictions.
    10. Bow Novice - Fixed pins, no magnification, any release. 30 yards, 280 FPS
    This class is reserved for participants who shoot in the novice pins class at the state level, or that won less than
    $300.00 in prize money in this class in their most recent year of ASA Pro/Am competition. At any point during the
    season that a competitor in this class earns more than $300.00 they are required to compete in their choice of
    Open C, Hunter, or other higher class for the remainder of the season. See “Hunter” above for stabilizer rules and
    restrictions. No Shooter of the Year will be awarded in this class.
    11. Youth Open Boy’s Ages 13-14* 30 yards, 240 FPS**
    12. Youth Open Girl's Ages 13-14* 30 yards, 240 FPS**
    13. Senior Eagle Open Ages 11-12*, Parental supervision. 25 yards, 230 FPS**
    14. Eagle Open Ages 9-10*, Parental supervision. 20 yards, 220 FPS**
    15. Junior Eagle Open Ages 6-8*, Parental supervision. 15 yards, 220 FPS**
    ** In the interests of safety and the well being of our youth class competitors, all Youth and Eagle class must be
    able to draw their bow under control and without undue difficulty. If in the opinion of the Range Official the
    competitor is having difficulty drawing and controlling the bow, the competitor shall be required to decrease the
    poundage to allow them to properly draw and shoot the bow regardless of arrow speed.

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    Well, that answes my questions.
    THANKS GUYS

    Bob

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