Championship Regulations

OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULATIONS (as adopted at the  7th Congress of the Confederation held at Papeete, Tahiti on 30 October 2008)

These Regulations are made under the authority of the CONSTITUTION, and the Definition and Interpretation provisions thereof (Sections 2 and 3) apply equally to these Regulations:

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1.  GENERAL:                (1)  Every second year, the Confederation shall hold tournaments to be known as the “Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships” and “ Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships.  In Olympic years these Championships may incorporate the “Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament”. The Championships shall comprise one or more of the events described in Regulation 6.

(2)  The “Outdoor Target Championships” shall be held by a Member Association and approved by Congress from applications received. The Youth Outdoor Championships” shall be held in conjunction with a Member Associations National Youth Championships and approved by Congress from applications received .

(3)  The precise date of each biennial Championships shall be determined by the Executive Committee after consultation with the Championship Organising Committee.

2.  BIDS:                           Any Member wishing to bid for the Championships shall submit to congress a written bid which shall include as far as reasonably practicable:-

·        proposals as to venue;

·        proposals as to the date of the Championships;

·        funding and sponsorship proposals;

·        details as to availability of (1) National Judges to assist the appointed International Judges, (2) Technical Support, (3) Results Team, and (4) Administrative Support;

·        a letter of support for the bid from the bidder country’s National Olympic Committee;

·        proposals as to the Championship Organising Committee, and a brief résumé of the members thereof sufficient to demonstrate their ability to successfully organise and manage the Championships;

·        details of accommodation available for competitions, coaches, managers, judges and accompanying persons, and indicative discount prices;

·        details of any special fares which could be used by those attending the Championships.

3.  MANAGEMENT

     STRUCTURE:          (1)  The Championships shall be managed by (a) the Co-ordination Committee and (b) the Organising Committee.

(2)  The Co-ordination Committee shall comprise:–

·         The President of OAC, or, in the absence of the President, the Vice President, who shall chair the Committee and represent the interests of OAC;

·         The Technical Delegate appointed by OAC, who shall ensure that the technical aspects of the Championships comply with the FITA Constitution and Rules, and best practice in the sport of Archery;

·         The President of the host country’s national archery association (whom failing, a person nominated by the President); and

·         The President of the Organising Committee,

and in the interests of economy, ordinarily shall conduct their business by air courier, facsimile transmission, electronic mail or by telephone.  Where necessary or appropriate some of these positions may be combined.

(3)  The role of the Co-ordination Committee shall be:-

·         the supervision and smooth running of the Championships;

·         the implementation of the FITA Rules and Regulations;

·         the settlement of any dispute, complaint or protest which does not concern Executive Committee (of OAC), the Organising Committee, or the Jury of Appeal;

·         deciding any other matter not covered by the FITA Constitution and Rules; and

·         supervising the organisation of all Ceremonies.

(4)  The responsibilities of the Technical Delegate shall be as set out in the FITA Constitution and Rules, subject to the substitution of “OAC” for “FITA” where that term appears.

(5)  The Organising Committee is responsible for the organisation of the Championships, and shall be bound to follow and to implement the decisions of the Co-ordination Committee, and any policy directives of the Executive Committee in respect of the Championships.

(6)  The composition of the Championships Organising Committee shall be determined by the host country’s national archery association provided always that the Committee shall include a representative of the host country’s National Olympic Committee (or equivalent) where this is deemed appropriate by the Co-ordination Committee.

(7)  The Organising Committee and the Co-ordination Committee shall each regulate its own procedure within the protocols and procedures of FITA, particularly Article 3.5 of Book 1 of the FITA Constitution and Rules.

4.  FINANCES                 (1) The Championship Organising Committee shall maintain a separate Championship bank current account into which all monies received in respect of the Championships shall be paid.

(2)  All payments from said accounts shall be made by cheque drawn on the said bank account, the signatories to which shall be any two of the Chairperson, the Finance Convenor of the Organising Committee and one other committee member specified for the purpose.

(3)  Entry Fees for the Championships shall be determined by the Committee with the consent of the Executive Committee. Entry Fees shall be denominated in United States Dollars. The level of entry fees shall be such as to yield a very small surplus or break even.

(4)  Unless the Executive Committee directs otherwise, any surplus remaining after all costs of the Championships have been paid shall be transferred by the Organising Committee to the host country’s national archery association.

(5)  Unless the Executive Committee directs otherwise, all Championship Costs are the joint and several liability of the Championship Organising Committee and the host country’s national archery association.

5.  ELIGIBILITY:      (1)  To compete at the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships or Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships a competitor shall be a member of a national archery association which is a Member or associate Member of OAC.

(2)  To compete at the Oceania Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament a competitor shall comply also with the eligibility requirements of the FITA Constitution and Rules. (3)  All competitors in either the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships, Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships or the Oceania Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament shall comply with the requirements of the FITA Constitution and Rules. 

(4)  All competitors shall respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence, and behave accordingly on the archery field.

(5)  Competitors shall refrain from using substances and procedures prohibited by the Rules of FITA and the International Olympic committee (“IOC”) and shall respect and comply in all respects with the FITA and the IOC Medical code.

(6)  Any competitor currently under suspension for doping on the last day for registration is ineligible to compete in the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships, Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships or the Oceania Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

6.  EVENTS:                    (1)  The Oceania Outdoor Target Championship shall be the FITA 90/70 Meter Round, held in four divisions (Men’s Recurve, Women’s Recurve, Men’s Compound and Women’s compound), and provided always that no competition shall be held in a division unless there are at least four competitors registered to participate in that event. 

(2)  The Oceania Outdoor Target Matchplay Championship, shall be the FITA Outdoor Target Archery Round, and Matchplay  provided always that no competition shall be held in any division referred to in Regulation 6(1) hereof unless there are at least four competitors registered to participate in that event.

(3) The Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championship shall be the FITA Outdoor Target Archery Round, and Matchplay.

(4) The Matchplay shall be at 70 meters for both Junior and Cadet categories and medals awarded.

(5) The terms “Junior” and” Cadet” archers are as defined by FITA rules.

(6) Where possible the Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be held in conjunction with the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships.

( 7)  An Olympic Continental Qualifying Tournament for Oceania shall be held in or immediately prior to Olympic years and every endeavour shall be made to have this event classified as a FITA World Ranking Event.

( 8)  With the permission of the Executive Committee other events may be competed for during the Championships, provided always that no competition shall be held unless there are at least three competitors registered to participate in each event. ..

7.  TOURNAMENT  RULES:                     

Unless directed otherwise by the Executive Committee, the competition rules prescribed in the FITA Constitution and Rules shall apply to the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships and Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships excluding the maximum number of persons in a team nominated by a Member Association which shall be four competitors in each division.

8.  JURY OF  APPEAL:

                                   A Jury of Appeal of three persons shall be appointed by the Executive Committee for the Championships.  Members of the Championship Organising Committee and persons participating in the Championships (either as competitors, managers, coaches or judges) are generally ineligible for the Jury of Appeal.

9.  JUDGES:                    The Executive Committee will appoint the Judges for the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships, Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships or the Oceania Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournament after consultation with the Oceania liaison person of the FITA Judges Committee.

It is the policy of OAC to give priority to Judges of the host country where they are recognised by OAC as having appropriate training and qualifications.

10.  MEDALS:                 (1)  The Oceania Archery Medal shall be the championship medal of the Confederation and shall be awarded in three classes of Gold, Silver and Bronze to the first, second and third highest scoring competitors in each of the four divisions, provided that compliance with Regulation 6.1 is maintained.

(2)  Gold, Silver and Bronze medals shall be awarded to the first, second and third highest scoring competitors in each of the Women’s and Men’s division of the Oceania Outdoor Target Archery Championships, Oceania Youth Outdoor Target Archery Championships, Oceania Olympic Continental Qualifying Tournament.

(3)  The Championship Organising Committee, with the consent of the Executive Committee, may award medals or prizes in conjunction with Regulation 10.1.

(4)  The cost of medals and prizes shall be borne by the Championships Organising Committee.

11.  RESULTS:                (1)  The Championship Organising Committee shall ensure that results after each distance are uploaded to the Event website and the full results of competition are communicated to FITA immediately after the conclusion of the Championships.

(2)  All results and awards shall be recorded for posterity by the Secretary-General.

12.  DRUG TESTING:   Drug testing may be undertaken during World Ranking Events or the Olympic Continental Qualifying tournament, the extent and cost whereof shall be negotiated with FITA and the host country by Council.

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