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International Competition Rules 2000

Bow Judging

Bow judging will be accomplished by three (3) judges and will be divided into two (2) rounds-- evaluation and medal. In the evaluation round, each bow will be evaluated by each judge independently and without discussion with the other judges.

Bow evaluation will consist of six categories, totaling 100 points.

CategoryPointsEvaluation
Stick15Includes planing, facets, diameters and taper, camber, mortise (frog), and straightness.
Head 8Includes elegance and precision of work, proportions, and mortise (tip).
Frog and Button15Includes proportions, finish, elegance, precision of work, fit of frog to stick and in alignment with head, and fit of button.
Playing Function14Includes integration of camber, dimensions, height of head and frog, balance, and selection of wood to create a bow suitable for a fine player.
Finishing 8Includes finish, hair, and grip.
Overall Impression40Includes originality, choice of materials, elegance and overall consistency of style from frog to head, and artistry.

Bows that receive a recommendation from at least one (1) workmanship judge will receive at least a Certificate of Merit. During the medal round, the Certificate of Merit bows from the evaluation round will be reviewed by all judges working together. Bows which receive a unanimous vote as showing superior workmanship will be designated Gold Medal winners.

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