Rules of Shooting

On all tournament days through the season the following rules are to be strictly adhered to. All archers are therefore required to read and commit to memory the following as no exceptions will be allowed and claiming ignorance will be no defence.


The duties of the Field captain will be performed by a suitably experienced and qualified member who has been officially authorised to perform the duties of that position by the committee. The acting Field Captain will be responsible for enforcing the rules, as laid down in this charter, and has the full authority of the committee in the discharge of these duties.


ArcherGB dress rule 307 shall be applied on all nominated tournament days.

307. Dress Regulations

  • The recognised dress of Archery GB is plain dark green and/or white.
  • Footwear that fully encloses the toes and front of the foot must be worn at all times when shooting.
  • Members of Archery GB shooting and officiating at tournaments granted UK or World Record Status by Archery GB are required to wear clothing that is appropriate, clean, in good condition (ie not frayed or worn, either deliberately or by use) and conventional in style and appearance. In particular:
      • Tops or shirts must cover the front and back of the body (including the midriff when at full draw), they must not be strapless and, for gentlemen, must include sleeves.
      • Any colour garments may be worn with the exception of blue denim, olive drab and camouflage pattern.
      • Badges, Logos and Wording.
          • Clothing manufacturers’ trade marks are allowed. The wearer’s name is allowed.
          • Individuals and members of clubs and other archery organisations that are commercially sponsored may wear sponsors’ logos and names during the sponsorship period only.
          • Other wording or badges on clothing must represent archery organisations.
  • Members of Archery GB who are officiating as the Chairman of Judges, Judge or Director of Shooting at a UK or World Record Status tournament shall wear Archery GB recognised Judges official dress.
  • A member of Archery GB who has represented Great Britain (GBR) as an archer at an international tournament may wear their international shooting uniform for the remainder of that season and the following one.


Each Sunday from the first in April to the last in October is designated as a Tournament day and no casual shooting is allowed on these days.

There will be two sessions during the day and all archers wishing to shoot in a particular session are required to be on the shooting line for the stipulated times, these being:

    • Morning Session. Sighters 10.00am
    • Afternoon Session. Sighters 2.00pm

Any archer arriving on the shooting line after the first arrow of the round has been shot in either session, this does not include sighters, will NOT be allowed to shoot during the remainder of that session. They may shoot in the next session, provided they are on the shooting line for the stipulated time.


Tournament days will alternate on a weekly basis between Metric and English rounds, commencing on the first Sunday in April with an English round.

Every archer must declare the round they are going to shoot before the start of the session.

On Tournament days there will be no rounds shot in the afternoon from the back line.

All score sheets must be signed and placed into the correct box at the end of every round.


All archers are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the ArcherGB rules of etiquette.



  • Does not talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting.
  • Does not talk to another competitor who obviously prefers to be silent.
  • Does not make any exclamation on the shooting line that might disconcert a neighbour in the act of shooting.
  • Does not go behind the target to retrieve his arrows before his score has been recorded.
  • Does not walk up and down the shooting line comparing scores.
  • Does not touch anyone else’s equipment without permission.
  • Does not leave litter.
  • When calling scores does so in groups of three, for example ‘7 - 7 - 5’ pause ‘5 - 5 - 3’.
  • If he breaks another’s arrow through his own carelessness, pays for it in cash on the spot.
  • Thanks the Target Captain at the end of each round for work on his behalf.