This new format for the competition is
presented. The format is designed to increase the number of competitive events,
increase the strategy of competition, and move more towards a true national
level, well rounded competitive event.
The competition will consist of
the following events:
1) One turn accuracy knife throw - standard AKTA
regs/standard targets, 12 ft.. minimum distance.
2) Two turn accuracy knife
throw - new AKTA regs/standard target, 18 ft. minimum distance (verified
3) One turn accuracy hawk throw - standard AKTA regs/standard
targets, 14 ft. minimum distance.
4) Distance knife throw - new AKTA
regs/new target-4 inch bullseye only on standard log round, 25 ft. or current
record minimum distance.
You do not have to
compete in all events to be considered for a single event certificate, you do
have to compete in all events to be considered for the all-round
There will be 40 throws each for the accuracy events
for a total of 360 possible points. A first and second place trophy is
generally awarded for the highest total aggragate scores of
the three accuracy events. There is usually certificates awarded for
first, second and third in the single events and the knife distance event. The
knife distance event is a separately conducted event with an award going only
to the record breaker, if any, with the longest qualifying distance
The accuracy events are held on an eight target set. This set
consists of two frames of four tagets set in close proximity of each other.
Each thrower will throw four knives/hawks at the first frame of four targets
and then get scored and immediately move to the second frame of four targets to
throw four more knives/hawks. Multilple knives/hawks may be thrown before
scoring and retrieval. This will provide a more consistent environment for
throwing rhythm and less waiting between sets.
The knife distance event
is a record setting event as opposed to a place type event. The longest current
successful throw will always be first place and the second longest throw really
has no relevance other than "bin dare, dun dat". The knife distance event will
consist of five throws. Warm ups and practice is allowed but will be limited.
The starting minimum distance will be 25 ft. or the current distance record
whichever is longest. A new target format for the distance event will be used.
It consists of a 4 inch diameter bullseye on a standard AKTA sized target. Only
sticks in the bullseye count for the distance event. If a successful qualifying
throw is recorded, the minimum distance becomes the distance of the current
qualified record. You may pass your remaining throws to the next round if you
set a new distance record. You cannot pass to the next round if you do not set
a new record.
For example, during the first round the
first three throwers fail to stick at 25 ft. with their 5 throws, (they are now
officially out) you get a stick at 27 ft. on your 3rd throw. You decide to pass
your remaining 2 throws to the next round. The remaining throwers must now
throw from a minimum distance of 27 ft. All but the last thrower fail to
successfully stick from 27 ft. but the last thrower nails his fourth throw from
30 ft. The last thrower elects to pass his last throw to the next round. Now
there is only you and the last thrower left and it is your turn. You have 2
throws left but must now throw from 30 ft. or more. You throw at 33 ft. and get
a stick. You then move to 38 ft. and get another stick with throw #5 (you da
man now). The last thrower now has to throw from 38 or more feet for his last
throw. He winds up and nails a perfect bullseye from 43 ft.
The last thrower takes the honor of setting a new
distance record, gets the certificate and has bragging rights for a
year. You get to try again the next year
but the new minimum distance will be 43 ft., and so the distance record
Usually there will be other exhibition events: spear
throwing, atlatl throwing and possibly primitive archery. Do not hesitate to
bring anything of these type of activities.
Registration is usually
around $50.00 and T-shirts are generally $15.00. I hope to see all of you and a
large crowd this year.
-Tim Valentine, webmaster