Field Archery

Welcome to the home page for the Traditional Field Archery Association (TFAA)!


The TFAA promotes the game of Field Archery at distances appropriate for novice archers and archers with basic equipment. Utilizing a modified version of the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Field Round, we encourage minimalist archers to learn and practice the game of Field Archery and engage in friendly competition without regard to gender, and within very limited age & equipment divisions. We want our members to have the confidence to utilize the vast public resources available to all.

The TFAA appreciates the decades of work that the NFAA and its Regional and Local affiliates have put into building a national network of mostly public outdoor ranges that follow a consistent structure and system of play. We encourage our members to use TFAA as a stepping stone to membership in a local club, and NFAA at the Regional and National level. We strongly encourage “above the minimum” range day use donations to the clubs at which we gather.


The TFAA Mission is to promote the enjoyment of a basic bow and matched set of arrows. We believe archery can be as accessible and spectator-worthy as sports like tennis, golf, & baseball that feature athletes demonstrating amazing skill with minimal equipment. In the spirit of inclusion and community, we invite our less minimalist fellow archers to join us too. We hope our members are inspired to participate in NFAA Club Shoots and NFAA Novelty Shoots as often as possible.

The standard Field Archery course layout includes stakes (shooting positions) set at distances from 10 to 80 yards. Click HERE to access a blog post with guidelines for our Traditional Field Archery Round with distances from 10 to 30 yards.

Age Groups

Preteen (PT) – up to 12 years old

Teens, Adults, Seniors (TAS) – 13 and older

Equipment Classifications

Basic (B)

  • Off the shelf recurve bow or longbow or equivalent
  • Shelf and strike plate material may be altered for tuning
  • Simple stick-on or other elevated rest allowed as long as it cannot be adjusted in any way
  • No marks on the riser that can be used as aiming references
  • No stabilizer or added weight
  • No clickers of any kind
  • No string walking and face walking allowed; at least one finger must touch the arrow and only one anchor point may be used
  • Any arrow material may be used

Technical Barebow (TBB)

  • NFAA or WA archery rules for Traditional Recurve and Barebow apply; it is your responsibility to know their rules if you want to compete in their events
  • Easy explanation: if you screw something onto your bow and/or string walk/face walk but don’t use a sight, you are in this category
  • This category does not include compound bows

Unlimited (U)

  • Any type of bow (except cross bows) may be used
  • Any type of sight may be used
  • No bow accessory or release aid equipment limitations whatsoever

Adapted (A)

  • For any archer with a physical or cognitive limitation
  • Any necessary equipment modification may be used
  • All personal physical support equipment may be used (wheel chairs, etc.)
  • Any manner of personal support persons may be used
  • Where possible, adaptive and creative range modifications will be made, with sufficient advanced notice and within facility financial capabilities


There are no membership fees or dues required to be a member of TFAA. All you need to join is to send in your score as often as you like with the following information:

  1. Date
  2. Location
  3. Score
  4. Age Group
  5. Equipment Class
  6. Practice (P) or Competition (C) – scores submitted as Competition scores must be achieved in the presence of objective other competitors.That’s it! We’ll add your submitted scores to the website Leader Board so you can see how you do against others, hopefully one day across the nation! The Leader Board is updated a few times per month.

Practice v. Competition

We strongly encourage you to form a group of like-minded archers to compete against. It can be an informal “meetup” group, an “archery posse”, or a subgroup of a local NFAA club. Competing is fun, promotes camaraderie, and provides the incentive to focus your practice and set goals. One of the most important skills to develop as a competitor is to shrink the gap between your practice and competition scores (most people do better in practice), so we encourage you to submit your practice scores.

Contact Nico Gallegos by email for assistance with forming a group – we started this in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been doing it for a while.

The TFAA is an informal movement serving as a national community resource for Traditional Field Archers. All website hosting and maintenance fees & administrative costs are wholly paid for by the founder until such a time that formal nonprofit status has been filed for and attained.

I am seeking someone to donate their time to create an online database, possibly an App for the Leaderboard. Contact Nico Gallegos by email:

Field Archery

Field Archery is the most enjoyable way to practice archery. You get to hike in the woods and shoot your bow. This page is a resource for those new to Field Archery; I hope the information here helps you get the most out of it!

Click HERE to access a blog post about general guidelines for enjoying an outdoor range Field Archery Course if you are new to it or haven’t been formally oriented to one.

Click HERE for a link the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) website. Among the many things you’ll find helpful here is the most current copy of the NFAA Constitution & Bylaws which will tell you everything you need to know about non-TFAA Field Archery rules.

Click HERE for a link to our State Chapter of NFAA, The California Bowmen Hunters. Among the many things you’ll find helpful here is the Event Calendar telling you where all the upcoming shoots are, and the Clubs and Pro Shops map showing you ALL of the places you can shoot!