Minnehaha Archers, Inc
Minnehaha Archers, Inc
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 10

 Spot League Details 

The “Spot” league is a target-shooting league where 2-person teams are randomly assigned to compete head-to-head each week.
Depending on the number of teams, your team may be matched up with another team more than once or not at all. The league manager keeps track of your scores and the computer program calculates your average and your “handicap.” Just like in bowling, your handicap allows archers of varying abilities, equipment and experience to compete on a level playing field.
Shooting in the league is a great way to introduce a new archer to tournament shooting and scoring, in a low-stress environment. It’s also a great way to meet and learn from other members. There is usually a fair amount of teaching and bow tweaking after the shooting is done.

  • You can team up with a family member or a buddy. If you don’t have anyone specific who can reliably come every Thursday night, then come anyway as there are always several people who need to be paired up.
  • The first night of shooting is traditionally the first Thursday evening in January from 6:30PM to 9;00PM.
  • The league fee is around $40.00 and we pay back 50% depending on points earned.
  • It is also a tradition for a different team to bring dogs or brats each week.
  • Each week, a full 12-end, 5 arrows per end match is shot with 2 practice ends at the start, so you’ll get plenty of shooting. This is the exact format for a NFAA indoor tournament like the State Indoor Championship or the NFAA Indoor Midwest Sectionals that we host on an every-other year schedule.
  • The archer shoots either a single spot target scored 5-4-3-2-1 with an "X" as a bonus point or a 5-spot target scored 5-4 with an "X" as a bonus point. Distance is 20 yards. Experienced league shooters are always there to help new shooters with scoring.
  • Each match has 4 potential points to be won. The 360 match is split into 3 separate “games” of 120 each. Both team member’s scores are added together along with their handicaps and compared to the other team’s scores with the highest score earning 1 point per “game” toward the match. There is 1 point for the total match points as well. Matches can be split evenly or 3-1 or a shutout 4-0.
  • If you know that you will miss a night of shooting, it is the archer’s responsibility to shoot a make-up score before the night of league. Typically, you can do this the night before on Wednesday night during open shooting and leave your score in the office.
  • Payback at the end of the league is based on total points won. Nobody gets rich and the cost to play is nominal and the fun is maximal.
It is also a tradition for a different team to bring dogs or brats each week. When the South Dakota winter is at its coldest and darkest, it seems like participating in the league makes it go by a little faster.

Spot League 2022

 Spot League 2022

* Spot League registration is open!  Please text Tim Audus at 605-370-7837 with the name of your team as well as each shooters name.  If you need a partner let us know in the text and we will connect you with someone.

* Spot League will begin Thursday, January 6th, 2022 and will run each week (on Thursday) for 12 consecutive weeks ending March 24th, 2022.  All participants need to be current paid up members of the Minnehaha Archers Inc.

 *The cost is $40 per shooter and you will be required to be paid up before first night of league.  The money must be paid by January 6th, 2022.  YOU CAN ALSO REGISTER AT THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING JANUARY 3RD @ 7PM SHARP. Cash, check or MAI bucks are welcome.

*This league uses teams of 2 shooters.  If you do not have a partner we will pair you with another single shooter so we end up with an even total.

*The League will start at 6:30 pm and a double line will be run.  The Shot clock will be utilized.

*The first 6 weeks will be shot on a VEGAS target (colored) and the last 5 weeks will be shot on a NFAA target(blue).

*The Vegas Round is a 360 point shoot with 3 arrows per end, 4 ends to a game and 3 games for the round for a total of 36 arrows.

*The NFAA Round is a 360 point shoot with 5 arrows per end, 4 ends to a game and 3 games for the round for a total of 60 arrows. In this round each “X” is scored as 6 points (instead of 5).

*You are allowed to step down in equipment but not up. You can go from bowhunter to bare bow but not the other way.

* Teams will be allowed to maintain 2 banked scores for nights they are unable to attend.  Teams can shoot their banked scores on Wednesday night and turn in to the Range Captain running open night.

*Spot League scores and subsequent updates to rankings will be posted following each Thursday night.
*Each week, each team has the opportunity to win 4 games. Each game won is a payback.

*Special awards will be presented for:
 - Most Improved Archer
 - Most Improved Team
 - High Individual Average
 - High Team Average
 - High Team Score

*Half of the money collected (from registration fees) will be used as pay back for the league.

*Payback will be distributed (in cash) at the MAI banquet held in April.  Last years paybacks have been determined and pay outs will be available the beginning of Tonight is the night to signup for Thursday Night Spot League, from 6 - 8:30 pm.  Looking forward to seeing everyone.  Below are the results of last years league, payouts will be available tonight and next Thursday during sign up.

*Should we end up with a cancellation because of a snow storm on Thursday night teams will be allowed until the next Thursday to shoot or advise they would like to use one of their banked scores.

Questions? Call or email Tim Audus