Rules pre-2010


1.      The name of the competition will be the Birmingham University Toxophily and Toucan Society Challenge Trophy, herein referred to as "BUTTS".

2.      The competition shall be contested between teams from the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Derby, Loughborough, Nottingham, Oxford, and Warwick. If a team withdraws from the competition it may be replaced with another from within the area with the consent of all remaining teams (via their president/captain).

3.      The entry of any new teams into the league must be agreed by all current Club Captains well in advance of the start of that year’s league.

4.      Each university must have an equal share of the available places (a minimum quota of 8 archers per university).

5.      Guests of competing universities will be allowed to shoot at the discretion of the organizing club (who may decide to levy a charge on these guests) and the BUTTS organizer (who will consult all other club presidents/captains). These spare places must be re-allocated as quickly as possible.

6.      Guests may compete for individual medals but may not count toward any team scores. This includes archers from BUTTS Clubs in attendance at a leg their club is not scheduled to compete at.

7.      Any guests must be able to provide proof of GNAS membership at the request of the hosting captain and BUTTS Organizer.

8.      The team scores for the Challenge Trophy will be made up of the highest four recurve scores from each university in attendance. The team scores for the Novice Challenge Trophy will be made up of the highest four novice recurve scores from each university present.

9.      Compound archers may not be eligible to count toward any of the team scores.

10.  To be eligible for the team scores the archer must also be eligible for BUSA competitions.

11.  There will be five categories in which prizes will be awarded: Gentleman Recurve, Lady Recurve, Novice Gentleman Recurve, Novice Lady Recurve, and Compound. These classes will be reviewed each year by the BUTTS Organizer and if changes need to be made, he will consult club captains. Requests can also be put in to the Organizer by any club captain for a change.

12.  A "novice" is a person who has not shot (except "have-a-goes"/summer camps etc) before September of the current academic year, and has not previously held insurance with an archery governing body.

13.  All archers who shoot for the team must be registered student members of the university for which they shoot (and should be able to provide proof of this e.g. a university I.D. card).

14.  Each of the competing universities will host a Portsmouth round (at their own expense), on a date agreed between them and the BUTTS Organizer, giving at least two weeks notice of the event. All competitions must fall within the combined term times of all competing universities. Legs can be held outside of the combined term times with the agreement the competiting universities for that leg, and the BUTTS League Organiser.

15.  All shooting, except where otherwise specified, will be shot in accordance with the current GNAS Rules of Shooting. The GNAS Dress Code does not apply, but team colours are encouraged.

16.  At each round medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed person in each class except in the case of Compound where only one medal will be awarded. The organizer will levy a charge for medals to each competing university at the start of the season.

17.  Points will be awarded at each League Leg for team positions: 1st - 4 pts, 2nd - 3 pts, 3rd - 2 pts, 4th – 1pt. If a team no-shows a leg, they will receive no points.

18.  Each University will attend 4 league legs per year and the indoor championship. The Indoor Championship should be scheduled to take place after all other league legs have already taken place although still within the restrictions of Rule 14.

19.  Four universities will be present at each league leg; under this system every university will shoot against any other club at two league matches.

20.  The allocation of which clubs to which venues will be rotated each year to ensure no advantage is gained from shooting at one club’s venue. The host club will always shoot at their own leg.

21.  All members of the league are entitle to attend the Indoor Championship.

22.  Points will be awarded at the Indoor Championship for team positions: 1st – 7 pts, 2nd – 6pts etc…

23.  In the event of a tie score the number of hits will be totaled together in order to find a winner. If the outcome is the same then the number of 10s will be totaled.

24.  The Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the team who after the indoor championships has the greatest number of points. The Novice Challenge Trophy will be awarded in the same way. In the event of a tie the aggregate team score from each round will be added together to find a winner. In the event of this being the same the clubs contesting the Challenge Trophy must nominate four representatives who must down a pint consecutively. The winners of the Challenge Trophy will be the team who does this the fastest!

25.  An Outdoor Championship will run independently of the rest of the league, contributing no points towards the Challenge or Novice Challenge Shields. Awards for the Outdoor Championship will be announced on the day.

26.  The rules listed here can only be changed by consensus of all club captains within the league and the BUTTS Organizer. A request for a change of rules can be put in by any member club at any time

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