San Diego Archers Tournament Information
Are you interested in joining one of our twice monthly archery tournaments?
All archers of all skill levels are welcome.
Registration: 7:30am – 8:45am
Shoot Starts: 9am
- SDA Members & Active Duty Military: $10
- Non-Members: $15
- 14 year old & under: FREE!
* Novelty shoot registration fees and start times may vary.
The San Diego Archers host two tournaments each month, on the 1st & 3rd weekends (with one bonus shoot each year).
Tournaments are on Sundays, except when there is another large event in Balboa Park which blocks access to the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range.
These events include: Rock & Roll Marathon, AFC Half Marathon, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk and six more events. SDA shoots are moved to Saturdays during those weekends. Always check the website for the latest shoot information before the shoot date.
Each year, we host 10 NFAA-sanctioned 3D Rounds (on the 1st weekend of the month) and three each of NFAA-sanctioned Animal, Hunter and Field Rounds (on the 3rd weekend). In addition, we host four novelty shoots: Flying Pig 3D, Iron Turkey Challenge, King Arthur Tournament and Sir Gordon Traditional Shoot. All the above shoots are at the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range. At our Morley Field Archery Range, we host a San Diego Archers 900 Round in May and a CBH-SAA State 900 Round in September.
All our shoots are open to the public, you do not have to be a SDA member to participate, you only need your own archery equipment. Registration fees are $10 for SDA Members & Active Duty Military, $15 for Non-Members. Kids, 14 and under, shoot for FREE! Novelty shoots may have slightly higher registration fees.
Here’s a rough outline of a typical shoot:
The little parking lot closest to the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range (Alcazar Parking Lot), can fill up by 8–8:15am if we have a large turnout. The Organ Pavilion Parking lot is next closest, another 5–10 minutes away. If you have never been to the Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range, you might want to scout it out before the day of the shoot. We have good directions on our website.
When you step up to the registration table, the cashier will prepare your scorecard (your name, bow style, and date), then take your registration fee. If it is your first SDA shoot, you must sign a waiver. Waivers must be signed for everyone stepping onto the archery range during a tournament, including all guests. All archers will sign just two waivers each year: at your first shoot of the year and at our Annual King Arthur Tournament. You don’t need to sign a waiver at each shoot.
After your card is prepared, it will be checked in on our computer. Once your card has been checked in on the computer, you may pick it up at the registration table (be sure to pick up a pencil, too).
Behind the registration table is a white board with numbered squares on it. Everyone writes their name on a square, which will be your starting target number. We shoot in groups of 4–8. For first-time participants, before writing your name on a square, we suggest you warm up in the practice area with others while waiting for the shoot to begin. While warming up, you’ll end up chatting with others on the shooting line (or talk to people in the registration line, too). You may ask anyone if they have room in their group for one more, or mention that this is your first shoot and they may invite you to join them. If the registration team is not too busy, they may be able to introduce you to a group to shoot with.
For our regular shoots, registration opens at 7:30am, closes at 8:45am. At 9am, the SDA President will give a short safety speech and describe scoring for the shoot. Following this, everyone walks to their starting target. When the Balboa Park Bell Tower chimes 9:15am, everyone begins to shoot.
In some groups, one person will keep score, the others pull arrows. In other groups, everyone scores themselves and pulls their own arrows. It just depends on the group. At every event, the San Diego Archers welcomes both beginners and competitive archers. Compound & traditional archers, beginners & competitive archers all get along very well and have great respect for one another.
Our 3D shoots have become very popular in the last couple of years, where we’ve seen over 140 archers register. In the Fall, during hunting season, the turnouts may be lower. The turnouts for our paper shoots on the 3rd weekend of each month are typically 40–60 archers. 3D shoots last anywhere from 2 to 5 hours, depending on the turnout and whether there are any REALLY slow groups. Paper shoots will be longer, because they may have up to four arrows per target over 28 targets versus one arrow per target at 3D Rounds.
After the shoot, add up your score and turn in your scorecard at the registration table or to whomever is entering the scores into the computer. You are not required to turn in your scorecard, if you don’t want to. Once all the scores have been entered into the computer, we rank them, then hand out award pins for the top three places in each bow class shortly after the last scorecard is turned in.
We hope you find this information helpful and will come join us at one of our shoots in the near future!