2020 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is Now Open

The time to register for the 2020 Lancaster Archery Classic is now!

Registration is open for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament, scheduled for Jan. 23-26, 2020, at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

The Classic has been on a steady growth path each year, and this year is no exception. Yes, it promises to be even bigger than last year’s record-setting tournament, which drew over 1,700 archers.

This year’s Classic has a ton of new features, so let’s dive right in and take a look at the enhancements.

For starters, archers will compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, including over $160,000 in cash payouts, contingencies and over $20,000 in door prizes. The top prize will be a $20,000 payout to the Open Pro division champion.

The prize money includes a hefty increase in total payouts for the Recurve divisions. The $51,450 that will be awarded to Recurve archers could be the world’s largest recurve payout for an indoor archery tournament.

The bump in total Recurve payouts is largely due to the creation of the Women’s Barebow Recurve division. Archers have been asking for this division for a couple of years, and now, thanks to overwhelming support from the barebow community, it’s here.

The Women’s Barebow Recurve division will pay $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second, $500 for third and $250 for fourth. Just like in the Men’s Barebow division, the top three finishers in the Women’s Barebow competition also will receive custom Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow trophies – an additional award for the Classic’s most-watched competitors.

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Barebow Finals video on YouTube was viewed over 163,000 times between late January and the end of September. That’s over three times more views than any other division finals.

Winners in the Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow divisions will take home $8,000 each, which is up from $6,000 last year. The Women’s Recurve champ will win $4,000 – up from $3,000.

Other increased payouts for 2020 are as follows:

Men’s Recurve and Men’s Barebow: second place – $4,000; third place – $2,000; fourth place – $800; fifth through eighth place – $400; ninth through 16th place – $250.

Women’s Recurve: second place – $2,000; third place – $1,000; fourth place – $500; fifth through eighth place – $250.

All other payouts from the 2019 Classic will remain the same for 2020.

New for the 2020 Classic, there will be “Missed-Cut Payout Flights.” Here’s how those will work. All of these awards will be paid in Lancaster Archery Supply gift cards, and they will be paid based on scores and rankings at the end of the qualification rounds. Archers scoring below the cutoffs for their respective divisions, which would have enabled them to advance to the elimination rounds, will be put into flights for these Missed-Cut awards. The top three archers in each flight will receive gift cards.

The flighted payouts will be as follows:

Open Pro: for places 65-67 – $350.

Women’s Pro and Masters Pro: for places 17-19 – $250.

Men’s Open: for places 65-67 – $150; 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130, 160-162 and 192-194 – $75.

Men’s Barebow: for places 65-67 – $150; for places 96-98 – $100; for places 128-130 and 160-162 – $75.

For Masters Open, Women’s Open, Youth Open, Bowhunter and Men’s Recurve: for places 33-35 – $150; for places 65-67 – $75.

For the six other divisions with cuts to 16th place: places 17-19 – $150.

Speaking of the cuts to 16, the 2020 Classic marks the first time no division will cut to less than 16. While there had been some divisions in the past that only sent eight archers to elimination rounds, for the 2020 tournament, division cuts will be 16, 32 or 64 archers.

The past two Lancaster Archery Classics have included a special tournament-within-the-tournament, so to speak, for youth archers. It was a special, one-day competition for kids under 21. That afforded the opportunity to experience a world-class tournament, but for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

For 2020, that competition is being expanded to include collegiate archers. The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will feature the following divisions: Bowman, for ages 12 and under; Cub, for ages 13 and 14; Cadet, for ages 15-17; Junior, for ages 18-20; and Collegiate, for college students with the proper eligibility.

The Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament will consist of a 60-arrow round shot from the standard 18 meters at 40cm target faces. There will be no elimination rounds, with trophies going to each division’s first-place finisher, and medals being awarded to the top three archers in each division. Each age class will feature separate competition divisions for Open, Recurve and Barebow archers in both male and female classes.

The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Archers who compete in this competition can also shoot in the Classic, if they want. To accommodate the new Collegiate division, space for the Trophy Tournament has been expanded to allow for 540 competitors.

And speaking of tournament expansions, to accommodate the Classic’s growing competition base, a new qualification line is being added for the 2020 event. In addition to the three Friday lines, which begin at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m., archers also can choose to shoot in a 4 p.m. line on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Adding that extra line now allows the Classic to accommodate 1,930 archers in 2020, plus 540 for the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament. With extra archers expected to compete, of course, the practice facility has ben expanded as well. While there were 90 practice lanes available on site this year, there will 136 lanes available in 2020.

Aside from these new features added to the 2020 Classic, archers can still count on one of the best competition formats for indoor archery. This is not a tournament that requires perfection. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 60-arrow qualifying round to make the cut to advance to eliminations. In that part of the competition, you’ll shoot a 12-arrow, head-to-head match against another qualifier. Win, and you advance.

If you can win enough matches to make it past the finals cut-off for your division, you can shoot your way to victory. Let’s say you finish the qualification round and elimination matches ranked eighth in your division. And let’s say that division takes the top eight archers for the finals shoot ups.

As the No. 8 archer, you would start the finals by shooting a head-to-head match against the No. 7 archer. The winner of that match takes on the No. 6 archer. This process continues until someone shoots a match against the No. 1 archer for the division championship title, lots of cash and a well-deserved place in LAS Classic history. So in a division that advances 64 archers to elimination matches, it is entirely possible for the archer that shot the 64th best qualification score to win his or her division.

As always, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2020 event. You’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you walk through the front doors of Spooky Nook. The entire LAS crew on site is there to serve you.

We’ve got an on-site practice facility, which will be available for an additional fee of $15, if purchased before the event, or $20 on site. (There is free practice on Saturday for archers competing in the Easton Youth and Collegiate Trophy Tournament.) Or, you can practice for free at the LAS Pro Shop, which is 15 minutes away from Spooky Nook. A shuttle will ferry people from Spooky Nook to the Pro Shop regularly during the tournament.

When you’re shooting your qualification round, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with the best archers in the world. Archers and archery fans can meet a selection of the top pros and Olympians for photos and autographs during a “meet and greet” event scheduled for Saturday. Our sponsoring equipment manufacturers will have over 40 booths set up to show you the latest and greatest target archery gear.

Sign up now by clicking here. We hope to see you at Spooky Nook in January!

The 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Lancaster Archery Classic, scheduled for Jan. 25-27 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa.

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And while it might not seem possible for the East Coast’s largest indoor archery tournament to get even bigger, the 2019 event promises just that. The 2017 Classic was the first at the massive Spooky Nook complex, which features 17 acres under roof, and it drew a record 1,100 archers from 13 countries. But there’s plenty of room for many more archers.

The 1,600-plus archers expected to enter the 2019 Classic will compete in 15 divisions for over $300,000 in prize and contingency money, including the top payout of $20,000 for the Open Pro champion. That’s a $5,000 increase over last year’s top prize.

You’ll also notice the division is now called “Open Pro,” rather than “Men’s Open Pro.” That’s because the Open Pro class is open to both men and women.

Payouts for the 2019 Classic are being increased in several other divisions as well. Following substantial increases last year, prize money in some recurve divisions is being hiked again. The Barebow and Men’s Recurve champions each will take home tournament checks for $6,000 – up from $5,000 last year. That’s almost unheard of in competitive recurve archery. The Women’s Recurve champion will earn $3,000 – up from $2,500.

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The other top finishers in these three recurve divisions also will see increases in cash awards. In Men’s Recurve and Barebow, second- third- and fourth-place archers will be awarded $2,500, $1,500 and $750 respectively. For fifth-eighth place in Men’s Recurve, the payout is $350 per archer, while ninth-16th place finishers each will win $250.

In Women’s Recurve, the runner up will receive $1,500; third-place finisher, $1,000; fourth-place finisher, $500; and $250 will be paid to each of the fifth-eighth-place finishers.

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Besides the prize money, the first-through-third-place Barebow archers also will receive special barebow trophies, following a practice that was started at the 2018 Classic. Similarly, the top-three female barebow finishers – who compete against the men in the combined division – will again receive $750, $250 and $150, respectively, plus special trophies.

Fifth-eighth-place Barebow division archers each will win $300, while ninth-16th will earn $200 apiece, and 17th-32nd will each take home $15o. That’s’ a deeper payout than Barebow archers ever have received before at the Classic. It’s a recognition of their enthusiasm for, and commitment to, recurve barebow archery, which Lancaster Archery Supply avidly supports.

The number of Barebow division archers in 2018 – 125 – was basically double the number that competed the year before. And, as has been the case the past two years, the video of the Barebow Division Finals at the 2018 Classic has by far been the most viewed of all the division finals videos on the LAS YouTube Channel. The Barebow video has been viewed over 175,000 times since it was posted in late January – more than three times the number of views garnered by the Men’s Open Pro and Women’s Open Pro finals videos combined.

Other increased payouts for 2019 are as follows:

Open Pro: second place – $7,500; third place – $5,000; fourth – $2,500.

Women’s Open Pro and Masters Open Pro: first – $4,000; second – $2,000; third – $1,250; fourth – $1,000.

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Youth Male Open: first – $2,000; second – $1,000; third – $600; fourth – $350; fifth-eighth – $250; and ninth-16th – $150.

All other payouts that were in place for the 2018 Classic, remain the same for 2019.

To accommodate the increased Open Pro payouts, the registration fee for that class is being raised a bit for 2019. The discounted, early-registration fee is $350 for Open Pro archers who register before Dec. 30. After Dec. 30, that fee rises to $400. All other registration fees for 2019 will mirror 2018.

A wildly successful addition to the 2018 Classic that will return in 2019 is the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament. This is a special, one-day competition for archers under the age of 21, that affords the opportunity to experience a world-class tournament, such as the Classic, but for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time commitment.

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The Easton Youth Trophy Tournament will be a 60-arrow competition scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. We’ve expanded the shooting area, so there will be room for 540 archers this year – nearly double last year’s field.

Archers will be separated into four age divisions for competition – Bowman, age 12 and under; Cub, age 13 and 14; Cadet, age 15-17; and Junior, age 18-20. Archers should register in the appropriate division based on their ages as of Jan. 25, 2019. There will be both male and female classes for each division. Champions in each division – determined by score in the 60-arrow round – will receive trophies, with medals going to each of the top three finishers.

Easton Youth Trophy Tournament archers are not excluded from the Classic. They can shoot in both tournaments if they want. Just be aware, the Classic finals might overlap with the Easton Youth Trophy Tournament – especially the Classic’s Youth Male Recurve finals, which are scheduled to begin at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Due to growth in the competition fields, more archers in both the Women’s Open and Bowhunter divisions will have the chance to shoot their way into the 2019 Classic finals. While the eliminations field for these two divisions used to consist of the top 16 archers, the top 32 will qualify at the 2019 Classic.

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That’s critical under the Classic format. If you can make it to the elimination rounds, you’ve got a real chance to win your division. That’s one of the things archers love most about the Classic.

Imperfection does not necessarily mean you’re out of the Classic. All you have to do is shoot well enough in the 60-arrow qualifying round to make the cut to advance to eliminations. In that part of the competition, you’ll shoot a 12-arrow, head-to-head match against another qualifier. Win, and you advance.

If you can win enough matches to make it past the finals cut-off for your division, you can shoot your way to victory. Let’s say you finish the qualification round and elimination matches ranked eighth in your division. And let’s say that division takes the top eight archers for the finals shoot ups.

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As the No. 8 archer, you would start the finals by shooting a head-to-head match against the No. 7 archer. The winner of that match takes on the No. 6 archer. This process continues until someone shoots a match against the No. 1 archer for the division championship title, lots of cash and a well-deserved place in LAS Classic history. So in a division that advances 64 archers to elimination matches, it is entirely possible for the archer that shot the 64th best qualification score to win his or her division.

Aside from these changes, improvements and additions, archers can count on the usual, world-renowned, top-shelf Classic experience at the 2019 event. You’ll be treated like royalty from the moment you walk through the front doors of Spooky Nook. The entire LAS crew on site is there to serve you.

We’ve got an on-site practice facility, which will be available for an additional fee of $10, if purchased before the event, or $15 on site. Or, you can practice for free at the LAS Pro Shop, which is 15 minutes away from Spooky Nook. A shuttle will ferry people from Spooky Nook to the Pro Shop regularly during the tournament.

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When you’re shooting your qualification round, you’ll be shoulder to shoulder with the best archers in the world. Archers and archery fans can meet a selection of the top pros and Olympians for photos and autographs during a “meet and greet” event scheduled for Saturday. Our sponsoring equipment manufacturers will have over 40 booths set up to show you the latest and greatest target archery gear.

Sign up now. We hope to see you at Spooky Nook in January!

What to Expect at your first archery tournament

So you’re heading to your first indoor archery tournament? Maybe you’re feeling a little intimidated. Maybe you’re feeling nervous. Maybe you’re feeling like you’re not ready.

Maybe you’re feeling all of these things and more.

Don’t worry. Everyone is anxious in some way the first time they step to the line alongside dozens of other archers to shoot for an official score.

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But guess what? The archery community is one that welcomes new competitors to the game. It’s likely the people standing on either side of you will offer a tremendous amount of help and support.

But in the interest of helping you be as prepared as possible – both mentally and physically – we asked two experts to share some insights and advice about attending a first archery tournament. Whether you’re a young kid or an adult, take heed to their words.

Our experts are Heather Pfeil, program director and head coach at Lancaster Archery Academy, and Alex Wifler, 2015 Vegas Shoot champion, 2016 LAS Classic Men’s Open Pro champion and member of the USA Archery team.

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Heather Pfeil is Lancaster Archery Academy’s program director.

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Alex Wifler

In a Q & A format, we’re going to switch back and forth between the two.

LAS: What was the first indoor tournament you entered?

AW: My first tournament was The Presley Shoot, which became the Midwest Open in Bloomington Illinois, at the age of 12.

LAS: How did you get up the nerve to enter it?

AW: It was the excitement to enter the tournament and opportunity to see if I could compete in this new sport that I was embracing. I was more focused on having fun than being nervous.  I knew that I was able to shoot and the experience of being there was not about being nervous. I was just going to try this and focus on having the experience.

LAS: Is there anything I can do to minimize anxiety?

HP: Pack your gear the night before, so you can take your time and make sure you have everything you need.

Arrive an hour early. This will leave you plenty of time to find out where you need to go to check in, where to store your bow, where your lane is and where you can practice. If you are rushing around at the last minute trying to figure all this out, your mind won’t be in the right place when it’s time to shoot.

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Arrive early and find your target assignment.

The week before the tournament, practice with uncomfortable music on, and visualize that you are shooting with lots of people around. This will prepare you for being in an unfamiliar environment.

LAS: What, if anything, caught you off guard about that first tournament?

AW: Standing with all of the other archers and meeting the pros.  I was not prepared for the number of people that also loved the sport of archery, and the pros were just normal people that also loved promoting their sport.

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Everyone around you at an archery tournament shares your passion.

LAS: What are some things I need to know about the competition?

HP: Know if they have any special equipment rules, and make sure you’re following them. You are going to have to keep score, so know how they do it. Remember your archery etiquette – when to walk up to and off of the line; what to do with your bow in between ends; when to walk down to pull arrows; all of it. Consciously remind yourself what target you are shooting every time you go to the line, so you don’t shoot the wrong one.

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Be prepared to keep score.

LAS: What should my goal be?

HP: Something achievable, like have fun. Make it your goal to finish the competition, no matter what happens. Make a new friend. Don’t worry about your score or how you place. You want to come out of this tournament feeling good about yourself.

LAS: What advice would you give a new archer for dealing with nerves on the line?

AW: Breathe and focus on shot execution, not the score.  Tell yourself over and over again that this is fun and that this is what you have trained to do.  Enjoy the moment.

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Remember to have fun at your first archery tournament.