Shooting and scoring a round, and then giving the scoresheet to the records officer (Terry) enables him to calculate your handicap and classification.
The handicap is a way of checking your archery is improving even when shooting different rounds each week.
To get an initial handicap, during the year you have to shoot 3 of the rounds for which handicap tables have been printed. There is a copy of the handicap tables in the back of the GNAS green book in the shed.
The initial handicap will be the average of the 3 handicaps rounded up. For each round with an improvement, the handicap is recalculated as the average of the new handicap and the old rounded up. Since the handicap is only made from your best scores, you will often shoot rounds with scores below your handicap level.
The Handicap Improvement Medal (shown right) is awarded by the club each year to the club member that achieves the greatest outdoor handicap improvement over the year. The ArcheryGB "Shooting Administration Procedure 6", paragraph 6 (page 6-4) gives the details. The winner shall have been a member of the Club for at least six months prior to 1 January and shall be in possession of a current handicap on that date, and shall have shot a minimum of 8 rounds. The medal is loaned by the club as it is property of Archery GB.
ArcherGB classifications are based on the percentage of archers reaching a particular handicap level. So 1st class may be set at 40% of archers, and Grand Master Bowman at only the top 1.5%. As bows, arrows and training improve, the scores needed are adjusted, so it's necessary to check using the latest copy of the ArcheryGB "Shooting Administration Procedure 7" which can be found online (see the links page). You need to get 3 scores above those listed in the tables in the same year to achieve the classification, you then need to repeat that every year to keep it. For 3rd class to bowman, these can be shot on club days and Terry will do the work. For (Junior) Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman it has to be shot at a record status event, shooting a 12 dozen round, and then claimed from ArcheryGB.
The following is a table of the shortest rounds that qualify for the first 3 levels.
Some of the junior metric rounds are a much shorter distance but 6 dozen arrows instead of 4 dozen.
The 2 scores shown are for recurve and bare bow, scores for compound and longbow as well as other rounds can be found in the "Shooting Administration Procedure 7".
|Ladies||Junior Warwick 279 / 149||Short Warwick 287 / 145||National 436 / 221|
|Girls U18||Short Junior Warwick 315 / 292||Junior Warwick 288 / 242||Short National 417 / 313|
|Girls U16||Short Junior Warwick 267 / 239|
or Short Metric IV 462 / 427
|Short Junior Warwick 300 / 284||Junior National 387 / 328|
|Girls U14||Short Junior Warwick 160 / 131|
or Short Metric V 390 / 348
|Short Junior Warwick 229 / 200|
or Short Metric IV 415 / 378
|Short Junior National 415 / 360|
|Girls U12||Short Junior Warwick 104 / 80|
or Short Metric V 305 / 262
|Short Junior Warwick 160 / 131|
or Short Metric V 390 / 348
|Short Metric IV 439 / 366|
|Gentlemen||Short Warwick 278 / 145||Warwick 297 / 157||Long National 418 / 234|
|Boys U18||Junior Warwick 252 / 201||Short Warwick 278 / 177||National 436 / 254|
|Boys U16||Short Junior Warwick 307 / 275||Junior Warwick 304 / 232||Short National 430 / 296|
|Boys U14||Short Junior Warwick 239 / 200|
or Short Metric IV 427 / 378
|Short Junior Warwick 307 / 258||Junior National 387 / 296|
|Boys U12||Short Junior Warwick 112 / 88|
or Short Metric V 320 / 276
|Short Junior Warwick 200 / 150|
or Short Metric IV 378 / 315
|Short Junior National 360 / 299|
The 2 metric rounds use 1 to 10 scoring and an 80cm target face.
The imperial rounds score 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 by colour and use the 122cm face.
|Round||1st Distance||2nd Distance|
|Short Metric V||36 arrows at 15 meters||36 arrows at 10 meters|
|Short Metric IV||36 arrows at 20 meters||36 arrows at 10 meters|
|Short Junior Warwick||24 arrows at 30 yards||24 arrows at 20 yards|
|Short Junior National||48 arrows at 30 yards||24 arrows at 20 yards|
|Junior Warwick||24 arrows at 40 yards||24 arrows at 30 yards|
|Junior National||48 arrows at 40 yards||24 arrows at 30 yards|
|Short Warwick||24 arrows at 50 yards||24 arrows at 40 yards|
|Short National||48 arrows at 50 yards||24 arrows at 40 yards|
|Warwick||24 arrows at 60 yards||24 arrows at 50 yards|
|National||48 arrows at 60 yards||24 arrows at 50 yards|
|Long National||48 arrows at 80 yards||24 arrows at 60 yards|
Tassles are awarded for achieving an ArcheryGB classification.
Most archery shops sell badges for the classifications.