Archery Etiquette

There are a few do’s and don’ts in archery – these are not official rules that have to be obeyed, but are good practice for any archer and will be expected when visiting other clubs or tournaments.

A good archer does not:

  • Talk to another archer who prefers to be silent.
  • Talk in a loud voice while others are shooting.
  • Walk on or off the shooting line while a neighbour is at full draw (except in timed metric rounds, where you need to leave the line as soon as you have finished shooting)
  • Offer advice unless asked.
  • Exclaim on the shooting line for themselves or others, either in joy or disgust.
  • Touch another archer’s equipment without their permission.
  • Walk up and down the line comparing scores.
  • Go behind the target to retrieve his arrows before their score has been recorded.
  • Drop any litter.
  • Carry a Mobile phone on the shooting line.


A good archer always:

  • Offers to pay to replace someone’s arrow (or any other piece of equipment) if they break it through their own carelessness. (He / She Pays on the spot)
  • Helps to put out the equipment and put it away.
  • Helps to look for someone else’s missing arrows
  • Calls his score in groups of 3, e.g. 7-7-5 pause 5-5-3.
  • Pays cash on the spot if he breaks another’s arrow.
  • Thanks the target captain (scorer) at the end of the round.