In less than a week, the first stage of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup will take place in Antalya, Turkey, where we will get to see the new World Archery rule changes in place for the first time.
On 15th January 2021, World Archery released the new rule book with some significant rule changes to the rules. The two primary updates for target archery are which will apply to all World Ranking events (for example, European Grand Prix's, World Championships, and World Cups) are:
Additional rules which apply to international World Archery events are:
From 19th-24th April, the Antalya 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup Stage will take place. This is the first major outdoor, international event of the season where we will be able to witness these new rules in action, and see how they may or may not affect the archers.
I was able to chat to some of our Great British archers who will be attending the tournament in Turkey to get their take on the new changes.
James Mason, one of the GB compound men, said: "I am not a fan of the new changes. The timing changes will make things interesting in poor conditions. I shoot fairly quickly anyway, so it won't affect me too much, but it will be a problem for many other archers. The new equipment failure rule will also be tough. It means people will have to travel with two bows, even if they normally would only take one, as you no longer have time to fix the equipment or shoot make up arrows. Combined with the shorter time limit, it will make it harder to pick up your spare bow and get back on the line to finish your end."
Penny Healey, GB recurve woman, said: "I'm not too phased about the new rule changes, the only issues I find is with the new timing. This is due to the fact that when it's windy, it makes it harder to wait for the lulls. The only new rule that could effect my shooting would be the medical rule. As I am someone who gets heavy nosebleeds, this will make it harder to concentrate while performing."
Because of these changes, many archers have looked at their shooting process and equipment to see what they need to change to adapt to the changes. Whether this includes speeding up how they load their arrows or reducing how many times they come down on their shots, approaches vary among different archers.
"Honestly, I am feeling under prepared for Turkey as I was unable to shoot for a few months due to injury. But I am still looking forward to getting back out and competing. I have changed from using binoculars to a spotting scope this year to speed up spotting my arrows to accommodate the new rules," James added.
On the whole, different athletes have varying opinions on the changes introduced to this season's tournaments. One thing which has remained universal across the archers who I've been able to speak to is that they're all itching to get back out onto the competition field and show what they can do.
"My main thoughts are just to shoot my shot, and watch the scores come. I'm so happy to be able to get back onto the international scene, and it should be such a fun experience!" Penny said.
Follow results from there week here.