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Our club is nearing the completion of a brand new 140' x 40' indoor range. We have great expectations to include weekly indoor 3D shoots this winter. We want to make these shoots enjoyable for all but, we have some concerns in selecting a format that will appeal and draw both the competitive and non-competitive shooters. What does everyone think? Classes, prizes, etc...?
 

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At my shop they have 3d shoots every Friday Night, 10 shots on the close line, and 10 on the back line, 20 shots at 20 to 25 yards. Everyone has a team mate that is not known until after the shoots is over. The high two scores(team) totaled up together is 1st, usually have 3 places, Also have a high score for one individual, and at the end, for an extra 5 bucks there is a shoot down on some real hard target with 14 being the best score. At the beginning, according to how many people there are, your name will be called with your group(3-4 shooters) and your put on your starting # on the front row 1 thru10, shoot one arrow at a time, move to the right until you have shot all 10, then we have a 10-15 minute break, and then start on the back row behind the # you shot first on the first row. It starts at 7pm and usually last until around 9 or 930.
 

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Here is NE Wisconsin we have several indoor 3-d ranges in which to shoot all winter. We do several different formats because different people like different things.

Usually there are several classes for the individual tournament including money class, 2-aid (release and sight), 1-aid (either release/no sights or fingers/sight), womens, and kids. Usually the kids shoot at different targets than the adults. Just show up whenever during the day and shoot your score.

We also run 2 man scrambles on Friday or Saturday evening. You pair up with another archer and score the best arrow. These are usually shotgun start type format, with archers passing their scorecards to the team that is shooting the previous target, in order to discourage cheating. We count 12 rings, and some clubs with all rhineharts will even score 14 rings during the regular round.

A variation on the 2 man scramble is the luck-of-the-draw scramble. You shoot with whoever you want, but at the end of the shoot, names are drawn out of a hat and the two archers who are drawn with the highest combined score win.

Sometimes we run 3 man team shoots, where each team shoots and discusses yardage together, and all 3 arrows are added up.

ASA style-shotgun start with 2-4 archers per target for individual score. Top five archers at the end of the round shoot a 5 target shootoff just like ASA in front of the whole crowd.

Do whatever you think would be fun and don't be afraid to try new stuff. A fellow archer has thought of doing a Calcutta round or an Annie Oakley round as well. Maybe we'll try that this year.

The great thing about indoor 3-d is you get to hang out with everybody and see how everyone is shooting and make new friends. In fact, indoor 3-d is so popular up here that our outdoor 3-d's don't see nearly the participation they used to.

The team rounds and scramble allow everybody to have a chance, cause you're partner(s) can really help you out.
 

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Forgot about the prizes. Our shop give out gift certificates for the team shoot, usually 3 places. Total overall individual score is also a shop gift certificate, and the shootdown at the end is cash. Hope this helps. The percentage given back in prize money is not known, guess it depends alot on how many shooters they have.
 

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Thanks for the input. A couple new ideas there that I haven't thought of using.
How does shoot fees compare to a spot tournament? I would think you have to consider the cost of target maintenance.
 
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