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For outdoor fita events should you stay on the line until your neighbor finishes shooting or do you step off as soon as you are done? I step off as long as my neighbors aren't at full draw, but I have seen others wait until their neighbors are done then they step back with them. Is that proper etiquette?

At the JOAD nationals they were asking all archers to step off the line as soon as they were shooting. I guess they have had problems with archers standing on the line and spotting arrows even if they are done shooting.
 

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if the archer next to me is at full draw or beggining his shot routine i stay there till he has shot,and then step away.we do stay on the line if there is just the two of you left until the archer shooting has finished.i think this is more etiquette than a fita thing.
 

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I stay if whoever adjacent to me that's facing me is done shooting their arrow. If one or both next to me has their back towards me. I'll ask whoever has their back towards me if they want me to wait for them also.
 

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FITA etiquette (and rule) is that you are to step off the line immediately after shooting your last arrow unless that would disturb an archer in the process of shooting.

The reason is primarily for timing and so the TC and judges can see what's going on, how many archers are left still shooting, etc.

Also, since the basic premise behind all the FITA rules is to assure no one archer has any sort of advantage or disadvantage, someone with a shooting partner who's there to "escort" might over the course of the round gain a slight advantage over someone who ends up alone on the line a lot.

For FITAs, leave the line as soon as you ca do so without causing a disturbance.

That's different from most other organizations where you can and are expected to stay to "escort" someone with arrows to shoot.
 

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i get off the line as soon as i can, barring interupting other people shooting next to me. I have been to a few indoor shoots where all the joad kids from on club stayed on line until the last archer in there club was done. all very team spirity and stuff, but this i thinks slows the whole process down. especially when it involves 7 or 8 archers

IIRC the rules say get off the line immediately. ajudge can't call the line clear until everyone is off the line.

however It's just common courtesty to not interupt the person next to you.
 

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For FITA, exactly what Stash and Farms said.

Since NFAA has no rules concerning this issue I tend to stay on the line until the competitors on either side of me are finished - unless they specifically tell me its okay with them to take off.

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If the guy has an arrow on his bow, I stay on the line. Otherwise, I head back, dump my bow, and start hitting myself for that stupid shot that crept in... ;)
 

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I stay in my own world. I fiind it distracting if someone stays on the line, but really don't care either way. If someone else is distracting by my moving, they need to concentrate more.
 

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"Escort" is just what I call a person who stands next to an archer still shooting on the line. Somehow it takes a tiny bit of pressure off you to know everyone isn't staring at YOU while you're alone on the line.

If there's another word for that I haven't heard it...
 
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