Archery Round Classifications

Archery Classifications may be gained and Archery GB produces classification tables for both Imperial and Metric rounds. These tables define score levels for each round which denote a corresponding skill level that archers can achieve.

There are 6 classification levels: 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman (BM), Master Bowman (MB) and Grand Master Bowman (GMB). The highest two, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman, can only be obtained from scores shot at record status competitions. Achieving Bowman puts you in the top 15% of UK archers, Master Bowman in the top 4% and Grand Master Bowman in the top 1%.

You will need to shoot 3 scores at a particular level to be awarded that classification. Once you attain a certain classification, you can never go back and claim a lower classification. You can hold different classifications for different bow types.

The classification tables were taken from the ArcheryGB Shooting Admin Procedures document.

Follow the links below to the classifications tables for each discipline.

Recurve Classifications
Senior (Gent/Lady) Recurve Classifications
Under 18 (Gent/Lady) Recurve Classifications
Under 16 (Gent/Lady) Recurve Classifications
Under 14 (Gent/Lady) Recurve Classifications
Under 12 (Gent/Lady) Recurve Classifications

Compound Classifications
Senior (Gent/Lady) Compound Classifications
Under 18 (Gent/Lady) Compound Classifications
Under 16 (Gent/Lady) Compound Classifications
Under 14 (Gent/Lady) Compound Classifications
Under 12 (Gent/Lady) Compound Classifications

Longbow Classifications
Senior (Gent/Lady) Longbow Classifications
Under 18 (Gent/Lady) Longbow Classifications
Under 16 (Gent/Lady) Longbow Classifications
Under 14 (Gent/Lady) Longbow Classifications
Under 12 (Gent/Lady) Longbow Classifications

Barebow Classifications
Senior (Gent/Lady) Barebow Classifications
Under 18 (Gent/Lady) Barebow Classifications
Under 16 (Gent/Lady) Barebow Classifications
Under 14 (Gent/Lady) Barebow Classifications
Under 12 (Gent/Lady) Barebow Classifications

Indoor Classifications (Recurve & Compound)
Indoor Classifications

About Handicaps

When a member shoots any full round, either at the club or in competition elsewhere, they should submit their score to the records officer who will then calculate, from the tables in their possession, the handicap value for that score and round. A handicap is finally given after three such scores have been submitted and an average of the three handicap values has been calculated.

Handicap scores are used when different grade archers are shooting together allow the lowest scorers to compete with the highest.

Handicaps are also used to chart progress of an archer where at the end of the shooting season the member with the largest handicap gain will receive the Handicap Improvers Trophy at the Club Championships. The trophy is given back next year to be handed to the next achiever.

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