·       There must be at least 2 adults present when shooting outdoors

·        The only exception to this is that one adult is sufficient to supervise a junior shooting, provided that they themselves do not shoot

·       There must be at least 1 adult not shooting and acting as lookout at all times


Setting up the shooting field

   1.     Set up the field before setting up your own bow

2.     unlock the Storage Shed and note down your name, the date and time in the book 

3.     put out all the warning signs, one by each garden entrance on to the shooting field, and at least two facing the clubhouse

4.  ensure that the trolley is empty; load it with exactly the number of metal pegs & pins needed for the number of bosses being taken out (so that they can be counted in again at then end - see below)

5.     the targets must be at least 25 yards from the sides of the field

6.     the 'overshoot' warning signs must be at least 110-150 yards from the shooting line, if you are in any doubt about the correct distance to use (following ArcheryGB's requirements) you must set them at 150 yards (effectively the full length of the field)

7.     the inside of the front legs of the target stands should be just forward of the ground distance marks when set up

8.     each target should have two thin pegs, one for each front leg, the blue anchoring rope and large peg, flag, Kevlar and/or foam backstop and a straw boss.

9.   each archer is responsible for ensuring that the target on which they shoot is appropriate for the arrows/equipment that they are using

10.    make sure that the trolley is parked well to the side of the targets, preferably in front of rather than behind them (so that a defected arrow does not hit it)

11.  Imperial rounds (5 zone scoring) use the large face (122cm) – spare faces hanging up in container, Metric rounds (10 zone scoring) may also use smaller face (80cm) at the shorter distances depending upon round being shot – spares in the shed

12.   Imperial rounds align with the white distance marks (in yards); metric rounds align with the blue distance marks (in metres)

13.  on novice & junior's night the maximum range for all targets is 50 metres

14.   the maximum number of arrows per end outdoors is 6 per archer, even on practice evenings

15.    Score cards are on the shelf in the container, once filled in place in the hanging file holder just inside the container door. Remember to include your full name, date, round shot and bowstyle used

16.  metal detectors; are stored in the shed – please ensure they are switched off promptly after use and returned to store at the end of shooting; if the batteries are flat please notify the Equipment Officer

17. there are also a couple of rakes for use in finding (particularly wooden) arrows

18.   if an arrow cannot be found even with the metal detector, a lost arrow form MUST be completed with a diagram showing the approximate location, forms in the hanging folder, and alert the field captain as soon as possible afterwards (E-mail / phone-call etc).


During the shoot

1.     Shooting must always be under the direction of someone acting as a field captain

2.  It is not permitted for everyone present to shoot simultaneously since at least one must be acting as a 'look out'

3.     One whistle indicates the start of shooting; three whistle blasts indicate the end of shooting;

4.     repeated whistle blasts and/or a cry of ‘Fast’ indicates a safety hazard, in response to which everyone must immediately stop shooting and un-nock any arrow from their bow

5.     everyone has a responsibility for the safe conduct of the shooting - if you observe a hazard then make sure you bring it to the other people's attention

6.     unless shooting a Metric round or the field captain has indicated otherwise, shoot in two ends each of three arrows, before collecting and scoring. You should leave the shooting line between each of the three-arrow ends even if you have no ‘second detail’ shooting on your target

7.     when not shooting, stand behind the ‘waiting’ line

8.  approach the targets with care; check for arrows on/in the ground, and make sure not to walk into arrows on the target - they can be difficult to see end-on

9.     the third person named on a target is responsible for scoring, unless agreed otherwise with their target companions

10.  make sure to score your (and your target companion's arrows) before going behind the target to look for missed arrows

11. aside from the scorer, all the other people on the target are responsible for pulling and finding the arrows - if you have 'nothing' to do, you are not doing your job!

12.     if anyone cannot find their arrow(s), everyone should help them to look

13.  if you create or see a wooden splinter, for example when extracting an arrow from the stand, you must remove it from the cricket outfield so that it does not cause injury to the cricketers

14   when sharing the field with other sports, particularly cricket, it is the archers responsibility to return any balls within the archery area promptly during the collection of arrows.


Taking down the field

    1.     Everyone shooting has a responsibility to help tidy up / put away the equipment at the end of the shoot

2. disassemble the bosses and stands; ensuring that the trolly contains exactly the right number of pins and pegs for return to the container. It is very important not to mislay any of the pins/pegs on the field since they can cause injury (particularly to the Rugby and Cricket players)

3.     stack the stands and bosses neatly back in place, making sure the bosses do not push against the shed walls

4.     ensure all warning signs are collected in (or unhooked from their fixed posts)

5.     if the target line rope was used reel it in and put back into the shed

6.     sign the book and note down the time

7.     The person opening up, must either lock up the container after they finish shooting, or ensure that someone else present with a key takes the responsibility to do so

9.     …so if you do not want to have to pack up when the keyholder does get a key! (Keys available from Shaun or Richard).


last revised 08/08/13

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