Archery competitions

The Club has regular in-house competitions for members listed in our shooting calendar. Another enjoyable way to challenge yourself and meet fellow archers is take part in externally organised competitions. Most of these are published in Archery UK magazine and on the AGB website. AGB have also published information on attending competitions. 

Below is summarised information based on published rules applicable to the majority of events. Refer to each organisation’s rules for details and all possible variations (competition information includes which rules apply).

By organisation

Competitions are normally shot under the auspices of a recognised archery organisation - either national (GB) or international (WA). They all differ slightly in their management and approach. The significant organisations are Archery GB (AGB), the British Long-Bow Society (BLBS) and World Archery (WA). The key differences for target and clout shoots are:

OrganisationAGB BLBSWA
DistancesImperial or metricImperial (yards)Metric (metres)
Sighters6 at longest distanceNo6 at longest distance *
DirectionOne way (target)Two wayOne way
Ends2 of 3 arrows **1 of 3 arrows1 of 6 arrows **
TimedNot usuallyNoYes, 4 mins/6 arrows

*   = At WA record status competitions you are allocated time before official start for practice/sighters.
** = For shortest metric distances (50 & 30 metres) you may shoot either 1 end of 3 arrows on 80cm face;  or, 6 arrows on a 5 zone small face (10 to 6 scoring rings) for recurve and compound bow styles - longbow and barebow can shoot 6 arrows on a full size 80cm target face.

AGB and WA competitions are based on score whilst BLBS shoots are usually number of hits then score then golds. If a competition is assigned “record status” you can claim either national or international records. You can only gain Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman qualifying scores at record status shoots. Other awards may also be available (see below).

By shoot type

The commonest are target, clout and field:


Shooting at a target face with its centre (the pinhole) 4’3” +/- 2” (130cm +/- 2cm) above the ground angled at 15 degrees. Naturally, the closer to the centre the higher your score. Metric rounds have 10-zone scoring (10 to 1) whilst Imperial rounds have 5-zone scoring (9, 7, 5, 3, 1). 

To score golds: Imperial is any arrow scoring 9; metric is any arrow scoring 10 (and ‘X’s must be in the inner X ring).

Note for scoring: if shooting Imperial rounds (5-zone scoring) then even hits=even scoreodd hits=odd score.

At Warlingham we shoot both AGB Imperial and Metric rounds.


A rather relaxed form of archery that also takes skill and power to reach and hit the target

Under AGB rules you shoot at a 12” flag. Can be 1 or 2-way. Gents shoot at 180 yards; ladies at 140 yards and juniors shorter distances depending on age. A round consists of 36 arrows, shot in 6 ends of 6 arrows and 6 sighters are permitted for each round, each way. So a double 1 way shoot = 2 rounds. There is 5 zone scoring, 5 to 1, based on distance from flag (within 18”=5;  3’=4;  6’=3;  9’=2;  12’=1).  An arrow’s score is determined by where the arrow shaft enters the ground - if it is lying flat on the ground then the position of the pile determines the score. Line cutters are awarded the higher score.

You can earn classification levels, as with target and field, with Clout archery. This scheme is administered by the Northern Counties Archery Society (NCAS).

At Warlingham we only shoot AGB 1-way clout competitions (including the Surrey County Clout Championships)

Arrows around clout flag

Arrows around the clout flag

WA Clout (i.e. metric) have similar but essentially different requirements (distances by bow type/gender/age, size of rings).

BLBS Clouts are shot 2-way. Gents, 180 yards; Ladies, 120 yards. Multiple awards are based on hits and by a final shoot-off.


This involves a pleasant walk around woodland looking for targets: 3-D animals, 2-D paper animals or zoned targets. Each shoot is run under a particular organisation’s rules (AGB, NFAS, WA) and each have their own rules and scoring system.

The closest dedicated field archery club (Company of 60 - NFAS rules) is near Oxshot, Surrey. 

The Surrey County field championship shoot (AGB rules) is held on the 1st Sunday in November at Box Hill. Kent Archery Association also organise a field shoot in October.

Other types

wand - hit a 6’ long piece of wood similar to fence post at 80 - 120 yards (we have equipment for this);

flight1 - basically how far can you shoot an arrow; 

popinjay1 - shooting at stylised cocks/hens/chicks on 3 rows to a maximum height of about 6’;

miscellaneous1 (golf, darts, etc).

Note 1: see the AGB Rules of Shooting for more information.