Clubs and coaches can use a number of coaching schemes and award badges to help make developing your archery skills fun and rewarding whatever your ambition.
They start from ones tailored for beginners and young archers through to badges for club archers to earn as they progress, and Archery GB have a classification scheme that allows you to rate your progression from scores shot at your club or in open events.
Boost Archery helps clubs deliver a series of coaching sessions for improvers, from new members to archers who simply want some more help to progress. Clubs can create a program to suit the archers in their club and Scottish Archery have a model program.
This is a new scheme and we'll be publishing guidance and details soon for archers and coaches.
Archery GB publish classification tables for all rounds and scores and for every gender/age group/bowtype in target and field. Northern Counties provide for clout. Your club's records officer will normally look after club members' classification up to Bowman level.
Gaining a classification requires three scores, shot within a calendar year, at or above the required level. Competitions may request you give your classification so you can compete against archers of the same standard rather than competing against the whole field.
You can hold different classifications for different bow types, but you can only hold your classification for the calendar year in which you shot your qualifying scores. You must re-qualify each year to maintain it.
Target Archers who gain and register for MB or above will be invited to either the Junior or Senior UK Masters national events.
If you wish to look up what score levels you need to attain to reach these level all the details are in the Archery GB Standard Operating Procedures (SAPs).
Score level based badges provide beginners and younger archers with awards for developing their archery skills. The junior age groups are aligned with educational key stages. The awards are based on score attainment at either indoor distances or outdoor distances suitable for your age group.
The scheme is open to all archers and is operated by archery clubs or by schools, youth groups and similar who practice target archery. There is no requirement for recipients to be a member of Archery GB.
More information for clubs including registration forms and the distance charts can be found at the Archery GB website. The contact is Email: email@example.com
Clubs can operate these badge schemes and can buy in generic badges or get their own made with the club name and logo. It's a fun way to be encouraged to obtain a level of skill at an outdoor distance before moving up to the next one.
The 252 awards are usually for yards and use the imperial scoring system.
The 300 awards are used for the metric distances and scoring system.
The rules can vary from club to club and scores given here are for recurve bows; compound scores will be higher and longbow lower!
The Handicap Improvement Medal may be awarded by a club to the member that achieves the greatest handicap improvement outdoors in a calendar year.
This is a very long established award and still features the Grand National Archery Society logo and is supplied to each club by Archery GB.
Archers are required to shoot at least 8 outdoor rounds over a calendar year at club target days or open competition and your club's records officer will work out who in the club has improved their handicap rating the most. It is expected that the awarded archer should wear the medal at all club target days at which they are present.
The Archery GB Handicap Regulations and tables must be used for calculating all handicaps in connection with the award of these medals.
Attained at either of the two longest distances of a Metric or Imperial round for your age group at a Tournament or at a Club Target Day. You can claim a Six Gold End in each of Recurve and Compound and a Three Gold End for Longbow. Juniors can only claim this badge once in each discipline they shoot and not in each age group.
Your claim must be submitted to AGB on an appropriate form and ratified by the Tournament Organiser so you should call a judge over to witness your arrows and to initial your score for that end. If attained at a Club Target day, the Club Secretary must sign the claim form.
You can also claim a badge for a Six Clout End shot in a clout shoot (in the 5 scoring ring) at any distance appropriate to your age or gender in a Imperial Clout Round (either one-way or two-way). Again your achievement must be ratified before any arrows are pulled from the ground.