Shooting a round

What is a round and what should I shoot?

A round is simply a combination of distance(s), target size(s) and number of arrows.

For example, a “National” round is shot on a full size target face (122cm), with 4 dozen (48) arrows shot at 60 yards followed by 2 dozen (24) arrows at 50 yards.

There are many common rounds available in archery – typically ranging from 100 yards for experienced archers down to 20 yards for novices and younger archers.

For novices we recommend shooting rounds which allow you to progress with the Target Award Scheme.

As a rule new starters should shoot rounds which are no further than two distances above their current badge. So if you have no badges at all you should shoot 30 & 20 yards (i.e. a Short Junior Western). However if you have a 50 yard badge you can choose to shoot a maximum of 60 & 80 yards (i.e. a Long Western).

When choosing what round to shoot you will also need to consider how much time you will have – as a guide if you intend on staying for the whole session you may want to consider shooting one of the National rounds on a week night session, and a Western on a weekend. These are usually a good fit for the time we have, without too much rushing about. If in doubt, ask someone.

How to score a round

Imperial rounds are scored based only what colour the arrow hits (5 zone scoring), metric rounds use all 10 of the scoring rings on the targets.

If your arrow touches a line between two scoring zones, you are awarded the higher score.

Most people record scores using an app (i.e. Archery Companion for Android or iArcher for iOS), however paper score sheets are available in the lodge if you’d prefer. Any club member will be able to help show you how to score.

Important: When shooting a round, please always take note of your final score and send it to the club’s Records Officer (Chris Waugh) so that your handicap can be kept up to date for the club handicap competitions. Even if you score worse than you had previously, it’s still worth sending the score (note your handicap can only improve, it won’t ever get worse).

What rounds are available

All of the recognised rounds are below:

Outdoor rounds

Archery GB (GNAS) Imperial rounds

These are the imperial rounds recognised by Archery GB (aka the Grand National Archery Society of the UK / GNAS).

Scoring: All imperial rounds are shot with 5-zone scoring (any gold is 9, any red is 7, any blue is 5, any black is 3 and any white is 1) and are shot against a full size 122cm target face.

Table shows the number of dozen arrows at each distance.

Round 100y 80y 60y 50y 40y 30y 20y 10y
York 6 4 2
Hereford 6 4 2
Bristol II 6 4 2
Bristol III 6 4 2
Bristol IV 6 4 2
Bristol V 6 4 2
St George 3 3 3
Albion 3 3 3
Windsor 3 3 3
Short Windsor 3 3 3
Junior Windsor 3 3 3
Short Junior Windsor 3 3 3
New Western 4 4
Long Western 4 4
Western 4 4
Short Western 4 4
Junior Western 4 4
Short Junior Western 4 4
American 2.5 2.5 2.5
St Nicholas 4 3
New National 4 2
Long National 4 2
National 4 2
Short National 4 2
Junior National 4 2
Short Junior National 4 2
New Warwick 2 2
Long Warwick 2 2
Warwick 2 2
Short Warwick 2 2
Junior Warwick 2 2
Short Junior Warwick 2 2

Metric rounds

Archery GB (GNAS) rounds

Details coming soon. See the Archery Score Pad GNAS metric page for reference in the mean time.

WA (or FITA) rounds

You will see WA and FITA used interchangably i.e. FITA 70m vs. WA70. They’re the same rounds, World Archery (WA) is the newer name so is preferred.

Details coming soon. See the Archery Score Pad FITA page for reference in the mean time.

Indoor rounds

Our typical indoor round is a Portsmouth (5 dozen arrows / 60cm target / 20 yards) as we are limited by space in our indoor venue.

However, other rounds are available if you wish to shoot something different:

Bray I
2.5 dozen / 40cm target / 20 yards

WA18
5 dozen / 40cm target / 18 meters

Worcester 5 dozen / Worcester face / 20 yards

A Worcester round is shot on a 16″ black-and-white target with scoring rings for 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.