2017 ITAA Outdoor State Championship



August 12th, 2017



Results are now posted:

2017 ITAA Outdoor State Championship Results


Ed Cilley’s Official Event Photos

Feel free to send us links to your collection of photos, too!  I’d love to get them posted here. -TK


Lost and Found

A tire inflator was found in the secondary parking lot.  Contact Tony if you are missing yours.

Lost and not-yet-found

Blackout release was lost at the event.  If you find that you now have a spare one, contact Tony so we can return it to its owner.


Thank you to our sponsors!



The Illinois Target Archery Association will hold its Outdoor State Championship on August 12th.  The tournament will be held on the grounds of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, Illinois.  This tournament is the first result of a project to help Illinois archery clubs more easily host larger tournaments.  As such, the new event capacity is 320 people, instead of last year’s 130.

It will be a 720 Round.  Please take note of the shooting times below.  The USA Archery dress code for tournaments will be enforced.  Equipment inspection will take place ahead of time.  USA Archery age/gender/bow style categories will be in place for awards.  Membership in USA Archery is required (NFAA membership can be used to acquire a free temporary USAA membership).

Registration is at the bottom

720 Round Format:

The 720 Round format is 72 arrows at a standard 4-color World Archery target.  As with all outdoor World Archery tournaments, compounds use the big ten ring.


8/11 – This is a last-minute realization, but the correct distance for Bowman Barebow is 30m, not 25m.

Para VI stands for Visually-Impaired, and is only available to archers who shoot in the visually-impaired format.

We are also adding a 10m Novice Category and a 20m Novice Category.  These categories are for archers who want to experience the state tournament, but for whom the regular distances will not be feasible.  For these categories, final scores will be posted, but because these are combined categories, placement awards will not be distributed.  All novices will be in the 9:00 am session.

Novices should email Tony directly in order to register.

For Shooters unfamiliar with the USA Archery style of target tournaments, here is a primer on What to Expect at one of our tournaments.


  • Standard equipment inspection must be completed before you can shoot.  Plan to arrive at least 1 hour before your start time for equipment inspection, sign-in, etc.
  • Arrow size must be 23/64 inches or smaller in diameter.
  • Compound bows have a draw weight limit of 60lbs.
  • The USA Archery dress code will be enforced.
  • Other standard USA Archery tournament rules will apply.

Shooting Times:

9:00 am – All Cadets, all Cub, all Bowman and all Novices will shoot.

2:00 pm – all Masters, all Para, all Seniors, All Juniors will shoot.

NOTE: At this time, all cadets will shoot in the morning.  Including compound cadets, who previously were scheduled to shoot in the afternoon. (TK – 6/21)

Check-in and equipment inspection will begin at 90 minutes before each session, and must be completed 15 minutes prior to the session start time.  We will begin with two practice ends at the session start time.



Awards will be presented to the top three places in each USA Archery category.  Out-of-state archers will be eligible for awards.  The ITAA maintains its tradition of awarding state champion awards while also recognizing excellent performances by out-of-state competitors.

Out-of-state competitors are awarded medals for finishing in the top three places among all competition in their class and division.  Additionally, Illinois competitors are awarded medals for the top three places among Illinois competitors in their class and division, duplicating medals where necessary.

There is a $35 shooting fee that will be collected on-site.  The fee will rise to $45 on July 29th (2 weeks ahead of the event).  Registration closes 1 week ahead of the event.


Pre-registration is required, and can be done by using the link below.


The Medinah Park District is at: 22W130 Thorndale Ave, Medinah, IL 60157.  We will be using the softball field on the northern part of the property.  There are paved walking paths all over this facility for carts and wheelchairs.  Parking is available at the park district building, with overflow parking south across Thorndale Ave, (which is a quiet neighborhood street, and easy to cross on foot).


Additional Notes:

There are shady areas, but we recommend bringing the normal assortment of chairs and pop-up shades.

As with all outdoor youth tournaments, we always appreciate help hunting for missed arrows.  Anyone sporting enough to bring additional metal detectors or sharp eyeballs will probably be called into action at some point during the day.

Because the distances will be long, binoculars and spotting scopes will help spectators see the target results better.

Time Estimates:

Archery is a slow competition.  Although it can feel like time is racing by for the competitor, it is harder for the audience to feel engaged.  It is difficult to accurately predict how long events will take, but this event is estimated to take 3-4 hours.  (My general rule is to allow one minute per arrow shot, and then double or triple it depending on the ages of the shooters and the distances shot).  Delays are usually caused by a combination of lost arrows and enjoyable chatter among participants between competition ends.

Please schedule that much time in your plans for the competition weekend.

The State Outdoor Championship will be requiring one of the membership options for participation.  This means either having an full or temporary USA Archery membership, or a full NFAA membership.  Temporary memberships can be arranged on the USA Archery web site.  You will be asked for your USA Archery number during online registration.

All shooters will be eligible for awards regardless of registry method.  Shooters submitting claims for national record scores are required to carry USA Archery membership.

USA Archery Age Categories (for 2017):

If you were born in 2005 or more recently, you are a Bowman
If you were born in 2003 or 2004, you are a Cub
If you were born in 2000, 2001 or 2002, you are a Cadet
If you were born in 1997, 1998, or 1999, you are a Junior
If you were born between 1968 and 1996, you are a Senior
If you were born between 1958 and 1967, you are a Master 50+
If you were born between 1948 and 1957, you are a Master 60+
If you were born between 1938 and 1947, you are a Master 70+


Unlike previous years, this event has a significantly larger capacity, and we do not anticipate running out of space in either session.

There is a $35 shooting fee that will be collected on-site.  The fee will rise to $45 on July 29th (2 weeks ahead of the event).  Registration closes 1 week ahead of the event.


All Cadets should sign up for  and shoot during the 9:00 AM session.  In fact, the form will require you to do so.  (TK – 6/21)

Novices should email Tony directly in order to register.  All novices will be in the 9:00 am session regardless of age.

Register here, on Rcherz.com