About BUTC

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The British University Team Championships is a spectacular event. The team round, now held on the Beiter 60mm hit/miss discs is possibly the most exciting, most visual round. BUTC is a one-day event and as closely resembles the FITA team round event. It is a knockout event with each university being represented by up to two teams.

The tournament will consist of two sections, a qualification and an elimination. The qualification round will determine each teams overall ranking and will determine the initial team lineup for the next phase. The Elimination round will involve the teams competing against each other in head to head matches for a place in the following round. Once the semi-final stage is reached the matches may be played separately. Teams are invited to bring entrance music for this stage of the event.


Each university may field up to two teams of three archers, who must shoot recurve (or recurve barebow) style. Teams may be named/altered at any time up to and including regsitration. It is anticipated that the best three archers will form the A team and the next 3 best archers will form the B team for each university.

Currently 32 spaces are allocated as follows:

  • Host A team
  • Other A teams
  • Host B team
  • Other B teams

Let's say the hosts are joined by 24 other teams and of those 24, 13 want a B team (& 11 don't and/or entered after the B team deadline). In this case, the host's A team, the other A teams and the host's B team are allocated the first 26 spaces. The remaining 13 names are drawn out of a hat with the first 6 getting confirmed spaces and remaining 7 going on the waiting list in order that they are drawn.


To facilitate this being a one-day event, the qualification round is shot over a Bray I. This is 30 arrows at a 40cm target, at 18m. It is in effect half a WA18. This will be run as laid out in FITA rules with the exception of clothes restrictions. Clubs are greatly encouraged to wear matching club strip/colours.


The eliminations will be run on Beiter 60mm hit-miss discs. The current rules date from 2007. Each head to head match will be decided over FOUR ends. Each end will consist of each member of the team shooting TWO arrows each - thus each match is out of a maximum of 24. Only one member of the team may be on the line at one time. There will be a 1 metre line behind the shooting line and all team members must be behind this while not shooting. The next archer must wait until the departing archer is over this 1 metre line before they step over it. In addition, no arrow may be fully out of an archers quiver while crossing the 1 metre line. Members of the team who are not shooting are fully allowed to communicate with the archer on the line and themselves.

There will be a time limit of TWO minutes for the team to shoot all SIX arrows. All archers must start behind the 1 meter line until the timing period starts, a 10 second warning will be indicated before the timing period starts, which will be indicated by a whistle. In case of a tied score at the end of a match, each team will be given 1 minute to shoot 3 arrows (one each).

If a team infringes these rules the official controlling the match will hold up a yellow card. This indicates that the current archer on the line must cross behind the 1 meter line before returning back to the shooting line, remembering that any arrow must be replaced into the quiver before doing so.

Judges will have the power to penalise teams in the manner described above. In addition, there will be a scorer assigned to each match that will ease pressure on the teams and will ensure that the delays between matches are minimized.


Unlike traditional archery events where the award presentation is normally some time after shooting finishes, the unique structure of head To head events allows us to award the prizes immediately after the last ends of shooting. Hence, the award ceremony will be held straight after the final, in the main hall.

From 2015, the BUTC trophy itself has been known as the Werner Beiter trophy.

Originally written by Tim Mundon for BUTC 2003 event, this has been updated slightly to reflect subsequent changes in BUTC.