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Archery Etiquette

While there can be a lot of fun to be had at archery there is also a serious side.
If you follow these simple tips you won't go far wrong.

  • Do Not leave your shooting partner on the line on their own.

  • Only two archers per target per detail.

  • Your equipment is no better then anyone else's.

  • No talking or coaching on the shooting line.

  • Do not leave the shooting line with archers ether side of you if they are at full draw.

  • Do not push in or walk up to the shooting line when archers are at full draw.

  • Do not leave cigarette ends and litter on club grounds.

A Good Archer…

  • Does not - Talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting.

  • Does not - Talk to another archer who prefers to be silent.

  • Does not - Offer advice unless asked.

  • Does not - Touch another Archers equipment without their permission.

  • Does not - Walk up and down the line comparing scores.

  • Does not - Go behind the target to retrieve their arrows before their score have been recorded.

  • Does not - Exclaim on the shooting line.

  • Does not - Linger while retrieving arrows or while walking back from the target.

  • Does keep their children and dogs well back from the shooting line and, if possible out of earshot.

  • Does not - Inflict your problems on other archers while shooting is going on, they may have their own to contend with.

  • Does not - Go on using club equipment for too long, other newcomers may need it.

  • Does not - Laugh when a good archer is going through a bad patch, it's a desperate business, and you won't escape it either.

  • Always - If they break another's arrow through his own carelessness, he pays to replace it.

  • Always - Helps to put out the equipment and put it away.

  • Always - Ask if you may join a target if it is already in use.

Target Days, Matches and Tournaments.

  • Do not be late.

  • Leave nothing on the shooting line, except for foot markers.

  • When shooting in 2's, do not place yourself on the centre mark.

  • Keep your equipment behind the waiting line.

  • Do not walk up and down the line comparing scores.

  • Give your score to the target scorer in the following way: Highest score first, and in 2 groups of 3, e.g. 9-7-7 pause, 5-3-1.

  • Retrieve arrows, which have dropped in front of the target before the scores are recorded.

  • Do not pass behind the target until the scores have been recorded.

  • Keep to the left when leaving the shooting line or walking beyond the target.

  • Pay on the spot if you damage somebody's arrows through your own carelessness [This is getting a bit impractical nowadays, with the price of X-10's etc. - but at least offer and mean it!]

  • If you have shot badly, do not spoil your friend's success with your misery!

As well as the Etiquette - There are Rules to ensure we can all shoot safely.

These are ours ...

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