Depends on who is running the event. If it was a local FITA they might let it go, if it was a national FITA they might scrutinize. I am betting no, although there is no specific rule in place, it might be viewed as being a (potential) weapon and disallowed. You could take the NAA regs and FITA rulebook and argue it during the equipment check, but it may just make a judge grumpy.
The bow is equipment required for the sport. If someone showed up with a "decorative" machete hanging off their belt that is obviously not required equipment for the sport of archery. The same with the belt, it may be considered a potential weapon and it is not required equipment for the sport of archery. All depends on what the judge that day thinks, or if the issue is pressed whether the NAA/FITA writes a rule specifically addressing the issue.
Just wear your belt inside-out and they'll never notice, and it will continue to bring you good luck.
But if you waive it in their faces, they might give you a hard time, and even if you win the argument, that could hurt your mental outlook... you're there to win the match, not to look beautiful, right?
I don't know about the letter of the law, but the "spirit" is extremely clear: They want you to look like a WASP from Connecticut, and not a Goth.
if i take my belt with the big old rodeo style buckel on it off that is a weapon.
for sure there is going to be a judge somewhere that isn't going to like it and object. and that is another reason why archery will never be #1.
people want to be indviduals and they should be. he11 look at some of the colors on bows. they aren't all blue, guess they can't shoot at my house.
i think the belt is great if you like it. wear it that is the only way things will change... my.02
now my wifes .02 that if it is an naa event it is representive of the USA and therefore more respect should be shown by conforming to a fairly strict dress code. so her vote; wear it before and after the shoot.
she has made 8 world teams so i guess she has her right to an opionion.
Prolly cuz' he, or someone bought it for him! LOL I wouldn't wear it if I were you, but it may just be because it's not quite my style...........do whatever you want, but you may be told to take it off.......I dunno.
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