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July 20, 2019

2020 U.S. Olympic Trials – Archery FAQ

To be nominated to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Archery Team, archers must compete in the Trials as set by USA Archery and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the Tokyo 2020 Games, there are four stages of the Trials, and participation is open to any USA Archery member who is also a citizen of the United States. Read on for answers to many questions you may have about the Trials.

  1. When and where are the Trials?
    1. The first stage of the Trials will take place in conjunction with the 135th U.S. National Target Championships in Dublin, OH on August 15-16. There are no cuts between the first and second stage of Trials, which continues September 28, 2019 with the Texas Shootout in College Station, TX. After cuts to the top 16 men and women, competition will continue September 30-October 1. The third stage is a standalone event, April 8-11, 2020 in Chula Vista, California, where the field will be narrowed to the top 8 men and women. In Newberry, Florida on May 23 and 25-26, a team will be nominated for The Games. In June, Team USA will know officially how many slots the country has earned for Tokyo and will name a team. Learn more here.
  2. Am I really good enough to shoot in the Olympic Trials?
    1. Any USA Archery member who is a citizen of the United States is invited to participate in the Trials, regardless of age or skill level. This is a rare opportunity that is guaranteed to bring memories to last a lifetime as you become part of history. However, after June 10, 2019 and before the cut to the top 16 in Texas in September, archers must meet the minimum qualifying score as set by World Archery to continue in the Trials. For men, this score is 640 and for women, it is 605 and it can be shot in any 72-arrow, 70m Round at a sanctioned STAR FITA no later than the end of the 72-arrow, 70m Round at the 2nd Trials Event, on September 28, 2019.
  3. How much does it cost and what do I need to register for?
    1. There is one registration fee of $125 for the Trials, which covers archers as far as they continue in the Trials – there is no separate registration or fees for further stages after Stage 1. Archers wanting to participate in the Trials need to complete a separate registration for the 135th U.S. National Target Championships and the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials - Archery, and be registered in the Recurve Senior division. The registration fee for the U.S. National Target Championships and U.S. Open is $195. Register for these events here.
  4. Why do I need to register for two events when I only want to shoot in the Trials?
    1. The U.S. National Target Championships is the base event. The Olympic Trials is an add-on event and covers all 4 stages of the Trials should you make it that far. Register for these events here.
  5. Can I shoot in the Olympic Trials if I am not a member of USA Archery?
    1. You must be a member of USA Archery and a U.S. citizen to compete – but luckily, becoming a member is fast and easy, and membership is active immediately! Become a member today.
  6. What do I need to know about clothing and equipment?
    1. All tournament and equipment rules will follow the World Archery Rule Book, available at USA Archery’s Dress Code Policy will be in effect, as will IOC Rule 50. More detailed information about Rule 50 will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.
  7. How far do I have to shoot?
    1. The Trials, like the Games, will be contested entirely at 70 meters.
  8. What’s next after 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials – Archery, Stage 1?
    1. Stage 2 in conjunction with the Texas Shootout. All registered participants from Stage 1 are automatically eligible to participate in State 2 with registration for the Texas Shootout. Registration is open here.
  9. What do I get for my registration fee?
    1. You get the opportunity to shoot alongside archery legends such as Brady Ellison, Mackenzie Brown, Khatuna Lorig, Vic Wunderle, Butch Johnson and Jacob Wukie. You get to challenge yourself to be the best archer you can be, and you get an awesome U.S. Olympic Trials – Archery t-shirt to show off to your family and friends! Only a handful of people in this country will be able to say they tried out for any Olympic sport. You can be one of those people and have commemorative t-shirt to show for it.

For any additional questions, please contact USA Archery at [email protected].

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