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How to start participating in tournaments:

      Anyone interested in shooting in a Sandune Archery Club (SAC) competition is welcome. Just come out to the SAC range on the day of the shoot. There will be a form or two to fill out (range insurance waiver/sign-up as local, regional, or state level participation, etc.) and a cost depending on how you want to participate (member, non-member, local-only, state-level, etc). For a visitor just wanting to participate in an event as a non-member in an SAC competition the entry cost is $15. If you are an SAC member the cost is $10.

      Someone at the event can help you decide what category you should shoot. Club members staffing the sign-up for a tournament will be on-site before 8 AM on tournament days and can answer questions about the flow/score keeping of the tournament and such. Shooters will be briefed on how to shoot the range and we will be glad to escort you on a few targets so you get the hang of it. A "shotgun start" means everyone in the early or late group starts at the same time but from different lanes. Shotgun starts are usually used in State Championship shoots. If you want to participate in a shoot but do not care to have your scores submitted for State Championship participation you can start at any time. The layout of the 3D range consists of a path into the woods with shooting lanes arranged with safety in mind.

      SAC 3D tournaments consist of 30 lanes with a single 3D target (boar, deer, turkey, bear, etc.) of various size in each lane. There are colored stakes at various distances down the lanes that you'll need to maintain foot contact with when shooting your shot. The stake color you use depends on your equipment and/or age.

      If you think you'll want to shoot multiple events throughout the year you should consider joining the club. That's $30 each year. That gives you free use of the range whenever you want and reduces the SAC event cost to $10-$15 a tournament. It's also a good way to meet people with a common interest in archery. We have an open area practice range with practice butts (targets) at various distances between 5 and 65 yards + we keep a few old and worn 3D targets on about 7 of the wooded lanes used in 3D shoots. We are a non-profit organization. The club funds pays the land lease for the range, insurance, state fees, office supplies, targets, trophies, special club events, port a jon and range upkeep.

      There are members who can answer any questions on the day of the tournament or whenever you are at the range.

      There are participation options available in some tournaments for those wanting to compete at the state or regional level.

      The shoot in January at Sandune is the 1st State level-3D shoot in a series of 3 competitions that make up the state 3D championship. Those scores can be included in state competition scoring if you chose to and pay the state fees. If you want to participate in State level competition you have to pay an annual $25 fee for non-members and $15 if you are a club member of a state associated club such as ours. The fee inables you to compete for SC championships, Target and 3D.       There are snacks, burgers, drinks, etc. available at the range during a tournament for a modest cost.       In September SAC hosts a tournament for only club members and their guests at no cost. Placing in this tournament requires the member to have shot in at least two previous SAC tournament that year to compile a handicap. To even the field a handicap is used to crown the SAC Champion. Even if you don't qualify to place, members are welcome to shoot in any or all of the SAC Championship games. This event will be scheduled sometime in September. In summary for getting into a tournament:

1. Come out to the range on either day of the shoot
2. Fill out a few short forms
3. Pay the fee for the level at which you will compete
4. Shoot

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Is the club a good place for my child to learn archery:

      At Sandune Archery Club we have several members including our President that are advance certified instructors. The club does not provide equipment. We don't have structured lessons but we often have club members at our scheduled events who can get your child started on the right path to having fun and enjoying archery. Come out to an event at the range and you will be able to find a member willing to introduce you or your child to the basics of archery and to get you started. You can often find members on any given day at the range if you have a question. The club provides contact with archers where you can build relationships and find mentors to help you or your child progress. You are never too young to start archery. If a child shows interest, show them how. There are some very inexpensive archery sets that will get them started and if they get tired of it you don’t have much money invested. If you want a scheduled regiment of regular instruction, it’s hard to find qualified instructors, try your county recreation department or local sporting goods businesses as they may know of someone. I'd recommend a parent participate in the instruction so they can work with the child and help them work on the technique specified in the instruction. You'll also find that a lot of archery is knowing how to prepare and maintain you archery equipment. Club members can give you tips on setting up your bow and keeping it good condition.

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Do I have to be a club member to use the SAC range:

      SAC must have a signed insurance waiver via a membership application or a visitors application to use the range. The annual club membership fee ($30 for single or $35 for the family) and visitors fee ($10 to visit for 14 days) help pay for expenses. Expenses include the land lease for the range, insurance, state fees, office supplies, targets, event trophies, special club events, port a jon and range upkeep. You can download either application from the Join/Contacts page and mail the form and fee to the mailing address provided.

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What are the hours of the Sandune Archery Club range:

      The SAC range is not a formal facility with a lock and a guard. If you can enter the Socastee Recreation Center grounds you can get to the range. We ask that members and visitors keep safety in mind and only shoot at the practice range when there is adequate light.

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What kind of bow do I need:

      This is the most popular question in archery and the answer is simple, one that fits you and your needs. Not to be sarcastic or give a short answer but it is that simple with a few good pointers from a knowledgeable instructor or archer. There are many different types and styles of bows on the market for good reason; we are all different with some common features.

      Your first step in finding the bow for you is one question away. What type of archery (shooting) do you want to do? Just for fun every now and then, backyard, hunting, competition or competitively. Decide which one and look for bows that suit that type of shooting and the dollar amount you can afford. A low end bow for fun in the backyard is much less than those designed for competition, and are night and day apart.

      A couple of things you need to know in order to get that bow are critical to having fun with it. DRAW LENGTH, DRAW WEIGHT. There are other factors to consider with the type of shooting you want to do like axle to axle length and brace height and type of release, but for now we will discuss the first 2. The follow applies mostly to compound bows. Recurve and Longbows are different as they don’t have wheels and let off.

      Draw length is a measurement of how far you are going to pull the bow string till it stops. You will hear the term ANCHOR POINT and that simply means a spot on your face that you stop at. Lots of little stuff to consider here as that stopping point differs with the kind of release you use or if you want to shoot with your fingers. Without getting to deep let’s keep it simple for now. To get a good starting point, get a tape measure and a friend. Put your back against the wall and spread your arms apart keeping them on the wall, be relaxed and DON’T reach. Have them measure from one finger tip to the other. The formula to use is that number in inches divided by 2.5. Take for example that your wing span was 70”. Divide that by 2.5 and you get 28. 28” would be a good draw length to start at. Look for bows that allow for a decrease or increase of an inch. Stay away from bows that have only one length if you are a beginner or still growing. A good instructor will fine tune your draw with release type and bow designs.

      Draw weight is how hard is it to pull the bow string to anchor. Bows come in draw weights that range from 10# to 80#. When you see the label on the bow and it reads 40#, that is the maximum poundage. Most bows can be turned DOWN about 10#. To find out what draw weight is good for you, start LOW. Take that 40# bow and turn it down to 30#, sit on a stool with your feet flat on the ground and draw the bow back without bowing your back and keeping the elbow that is pulling the string at least level or above your shoulder. If you can do this comfortable and under control have the weight turned up and try it again. If at 40# you find that it is still fairly easy, go to a 50# bow. Take that bow at its max poundage of 50# and try to draw it. If it is difficult to draw, that is a good weight bow to get because when you crank it down to 40# to begin shooting, your strength will increase and you can turn the bow up. DO NOT let a sales person go past that 10# decrease from the max as it will put the bow out of specs and will not perform. This is your money and to put out hundreds of dollars for a bow you need to GET THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU NOT WHAT THEY HAVE ON THE SHELF!!!! Look around at different shops and other archers to get a feel for a bow and where you can hold one.

      Let off is important to remember as it relates to the draw weight of a bow. Let off is a percentage that the bow will relieve as it rolls past a certain point in the cam/wheel design. This would be the poundage you would actually be holding. That 40# bow with a 75% let off, your holding weight would 10#. Modern bows will have a let off ranging from 70%, 75% and 80%, the more let off percentage the less poundage you will hold.

      This is just a very basic view of what you need to get a start on shooting a bow. Lots of other small things need to be considered in finding the right bow for you and a well-seasoned instructor will fine tune that bow for you to have success in achieving your goal. Find an instructor that is not out to sell you a bow. Let them take you through the process to identify your proper draw length and draw weight. The instructor should have a few bows that are light in draw weight and have a good range in draw lengths to size you up. Be patient and find that bow that fits.

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What's a 3D tournament:

      A three dimensional target (deer, bear, turkey, etc.) is placed in each shooting lane. The target is sectioned defining the different point value areas. There are colored stakes at varying distances down the shooting lane. The different colors are for the varying categories of shooters. The categories divide up the competitors by the style of bow being used (compond bow, traditional, etc.), extra equipment variations, age, and skill level. The shooter must keep one foot in contact with the colored stake while taking the shot. Only one shot is taken on each shooting lane. SAC 3D tournaments consist of 30 lanes. State competition uses 25 lanes. A competitors points scored through all the lanes is the competitor's point total for the tournament.
3D Target Sectioned Point Values Colored Stakes Colors to Categories 3D Lane Full Look

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What's a 900 Round tournament:

      A 900 round tournament is a paper target competition. The distance to the targets are broken up by age groups. Adult/Young adult shoot at distances of 40, 50 and 60 yards. Youth shoot at distances of 30, 40 and 50 yards. Cubs shoot at distances of 10, 20 and 30 yards. The target is a 122 cm target divided into five concentric color zones arranged from the center outward as follows: Gold (yellow), Red, Blue, Black and White with ten concentric rings arranged to divide each color. Points scored are 10 points for the inner-most ring declining outerward to 1 point for the outter-most ring. Competitors shoot 6 arrows, this is set is called an "End", from the firing line. Then score the shots. If an arrow touches the line between two rings the higher score ring is scored. Repeat until 5 ends have been shot at each distance. A perfect score is all 90 arrows (5 ends of 6 arrows x 3 targets) scored as 10 points for each arrow total is 900 points. Thus the name "900 Round".
900 Round Target 5 Sectioned Colors Point Values 2,7,8,8,10,10 = 45 Points! 900 Lane Look

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What's an International Round tournament:

      An International round tournament is a paper target competition and consists of 60 arrows shot at 5 yard increments from 20 to 65 yards. Three arrows are shot at each target per round. There are two rounds of competition. Six arrows will be shot at each distance. The size of the target depends on the yardage. The target has scoring rings valued as 3, 4 and 5 points and a center ring that scores as an X that is 5 points as well. The number of x's is only used to break a tie. A perfect score for this tournament is a 300 with 60 x’s. Each archer competing in the tournament is assigned a shooting group.

International Target Point Values Close Target Far Target

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What's an Indoor tournament:

      An indoor tournament consists of 120 arrows shot at 20 yards (10 yards for Cubs/NASP). Five arrows are shot in an end (before pulling the arrows) and there are 12 ends to conclude a round. 2 rounds are shot which make the 120 arrows total. You may choose to shoot a target face with a larger single spot which scores 1 through 5 or choose a target face with 5 seperate spots that score 4 or 5 points per arrow (to help avoid damaging your arrows). The 4 and 5 point area on both target faces are the same size. The center X ring scores as 5 points but the number of X's are tracked for breaking a tie.

Single Spot Single Spot Scoring Five Spot 5 Spot Scoring 4 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 24

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What's a Vegas tournament:

      A Vegas tournament consists of 60 arrows shot at 18 meters (approximately 20 yards) or at 10 yards for Cubs/NASP. Three arrows are shot in an end (before pulling the arrows) and there are 10 ends to conclude a round. 2 rounds are shot which make the 60 arrows total. You may choose to shoot a target face with a larger single spot which scores 1 through 10 or choose a target face with 3 seperate spots that score 6 through 10 points per arrow (to help avoid damaging your arrows). The 6 through 10 point area on both target faces are the same size. The center X ring scores as 10 points but the number of X's are tracked for breaking a tie.

Single Spot Single Spot Scoring Three Spot 3 Spot Scoring 8 + 9 + 10 = 27

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