Archery regulations for 2021-22 | Published 4 January

Please note: Regulations for the 2021-22 season are subject to change in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

ARC i The BUCS Archery Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the rules of Archery GB and will always be subject to the Rules of Shooting, save as expressly set out in these regulations. In the event of any ambiguity between the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and these regulations, the former shall have precedence. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championship.

ARC ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

ARC iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the rules of Archery GB, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


ARC 1 Championships BUCS will host annually the following Championships:

ARC 1.1 Indoor Championships The programme shall include the events listed in Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’), subject to entry numbers.

ARC 1.2 Outdoor Championships The programme shall include the events listed in Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’), subject to entry numbers.

ARC 2 Championship formats, awards and team criteria

ARC 2.1 Indoor Championships

ARC 2.1.1 Indoor Regional Qualifiers

ARC 2.1.1.1 At the Indoor Regional Qualifiers all competitors will shoot a Portsmouth round. Recurve, Longbow and Barebow archers will shoot at a single spot target face. Compound archers will shoot at a triple spot target face.

ARC 2.1.1.2 As there are no separate novice categories at the Indoor National Finals, both individual and team novice awards will be made at each Indoor Regional Qualifier. The team scores for the Open Novice Team awards shall be the combined total of the highest three non-compound scores from the eligible novice male or female competitors from each institution/Playing Entity.

ARC 2.1.2 Qualification to the Indoor National Finals

ARC 2.1.2.1 The highest individual scorers from each category over the Regional Qualifiers will progress to the National Finals (all scores in a combined seeding).

ARC 2.1.2.2 There will be no novice categories at the National Finals, therefore archers in the novice categories at the Regional Qualifiers will be included in the combined seedings alongside those in the experienced categories and so will be able to qualify for the experienced categories at the National Finals.

ARC 2.1.2.3 Only archers who have achieved the experienced category qualification score at a Regional Qualifier will be eligible to progress to the National Finals.

ARC 2.1.2.4 If multiple archers achieve the lowest accepted score for qualification to the National Finals, all archers on that score will be invited to compete. Hits and Golds will not be used as a tie breaker.

ARC 2.1.2.5 The extraction of scores will be done as a proportionate percentage of all accepted entries to the Regional Qualifiers, or a minimum of eight spaces, per category. No more than the equivalent of two thirds of a session's worth of spaces will be allocated to any individual category; where a proportionate percentage of entries exceeds this, the category will be cut at two thirds of the session space and the remaining spaces distributed proportionally to the other categories.

ARC 2.1.3 Indoor National Finals

ARC 2.1.3.1 At the Indoor National Finals all competitors will shoot a qualifying round on a WA18m followed by a Head-to-Head round. Recurve and Compound archers will shoot at a triple spot target face, Longbow and Barebow archers will shoot at a single spot face.

ARC 2.1.3.2 Individual awards for each category will be determined on the head-to-head results, team awards will be determined using results extracted from the qualifying rounds. The team scores for the Men’s and Women’s Experienced Team awards shall be the combined total of the highest three non-compound scores from the eligible competitors from each institution/Playing Entity. The team scores for the Open Compound Team award shall be the combined total of the highest two compound scores from the eligible members from each institution/Playing Entity. Novices who qualify for the National Finals may be included in an experienced or compound team, regardless of whether they were part of a novice team at a Regional Qualifier.

ARC 2.2 Outdoor Championships

ARC 2.2.1 Experienced Recurve and Longbow WA900 (60m, 50m and 40m), WA720 (70m) and Head-to-Head round.

ARC 2.2.2 Novice Recurve and Longbow WA900 (60m, 50m and 40m), WA720 (60m) and Head-to-Head round.

ARC 2.2.3 Experienced and Novice Compound WA900 (60m, 50m and 40m), WA720 (50m, 80cm 6 ring (10>5) faces) and Head-to-Head round.

ARC 2.2.4 Experienced and Novice Barebow WA900 (60m, 50m and 40m), WA720 (50m, 122cm face) and Head-to-Head round.

ARC 2.2.5 Individual awards for each category will be based on an archer’s performance over the whole competition. At each stage of the competition (WA900, WA720 [ranking round] and Head-to-Head) archers will be awarded points based on their finishing positions. First place in each stage will be worth 1 point, second place worth 2 points and so on. Where an archer does not complete a stage of the competition, for example they withdraw prior to the Head-to-Head round, they will be awarded maximum points for that stage. The archer with the lowest cumulative score within their category will be the champion.

ARC 2.2.6 Team awards will be determined using ranking points from the WA900 and WA720 rounds. The team scores for the Men’s and Women’s Experienced Team awards shall be the three lowest weighted non-compound ranking points based on the WA900 and WA720 from the eligible experienced competitors from each institution/Playing Entity. The team scores for the Open Compound Team award shall be the two lowest weighted compound ranking points based on the WA900 and WA720 from the eligible experienced and novice competitors from each institution/Playing Entity. The team scores for the Open Novice Team award shall be the three lowest weighted non-compound ranking points based on the WA900 and WA720 from the eligible novice competitors from each institution/Playing Entity.

ARC 3 Eligibility for Novice categories Only entrants who have not held insurance with an Archery Governing Body prior to, and who have commenced shooting during, the current academic year shall be eligible for entry into Novice categories.

ARC 4 Archery GB membership All competitors must be members of Archery GB. Please refer to specific event entry information for further details.

ARC 5 Dress code Archery GB Rules of Shooting rule 307 will be adhered to at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

ARC 6 Disputes at events In line with REG 7.7, should a dispute occur at an event, the event appeal panel for Archery shall comprise of the Tournament Director and a BUCS Staff Member.

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