Archery Etiquette

The motto of the GNAS, the Governing Body of the Sport, is:


Please try to remember this, and in particular the following principles which appear in the Rules of Shooting:

A Good Archer:

  • Does not talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting.
  • Does not talk to another competitor who obviously prefers to be silent.
  • Does not make any exclamation on the shooting line which might disconcert a neighbour in the act of shooting.
  • Does not go behind the target to retrieve his arrows before their score has been recorded.
  • Does not walk up and down the shooting line comparing scores.
  • Does not touch anyone else’s equipment without permission.
  • Does not leave litter.
  • When calling scores does so in groups of three, for example “7-7-5” pause “5-5-3”.
  • If they break another’s arrow through his own carelessness, offers to pay for it in cash on the spot.
  • Thanks the Target Captain at the end of each round for work on their behalf.