Archery Etiquette

A good archer does not:

  • Talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting.
  • Talk to another archer who prefers to be silent.
  • Offer advice unless asked.
  • Exclaim on the shooting line, for themselves or others, in joy or disgust.
  • Walk off the shooting line while a neighbour is at full draw.
  • Touch another archers equipment without their permission.
  • Walk up and down the line comparing scores.
  • Shoot distances beyond their capability, continually missing and holding up shooting.
  • Takes into account other archers shooting on the same target when positioning his foot markers, and allows sufficient space for them.
  • Disturb people with loud mobile phone ringtones or speaking on the phone on or around the shooting line.
  • Smoke near the shooting or waiting line.
  • Leave litter on the archery ground

A good archer always:

  • Helps to put out the equipment and put it away.
  • Pays to replace another's arrow damaged through their carelessness.

Etiquette when scoring (GNAS Rules appendix A)

A good archer:

  • Does not go behind the target to retrieve arrows before the scores have been taken.
  • When calling scores, does so in groups of three, and in descending order, for example, 'X-10-9' pause '9-8-7'.
  • While calling scores, points to each arrow as it is called, without touching the arrow or target face (106/b).
  • Does not touch any arrow or the target face until all arrow values have been recorded and checked.
  • When required to do so, takes their turn at scoring.
  • Only withdraws the arrows of others if this has been agreed by them.
  • At the end of the round thanks the Target Captain for the work done by them.