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Archery SAFETY RULES * NEVER point an arrow, particularly one in a bow, towards anyone. Bows are weapons, not toys, and the slightest slip could kill or seriously injure someone. Because of this, anyone who points a drawn bow at someone will be dismissed from the class. * NEVER shoot an arrow high into the air. It could land anywhere on its return. To do this is grounds for dismissal from the class. * NEVER shoot at a target when someone is in the vicinity of the target, regardless of how far off to one side they are. * APPROACH arrows in the target carefully, and pull them from the target only after checking that the area behind you is clear. The arrow could be jerked out very suddenly and strike a person in the face chest. * USE ONLY the equipment fitted for you and assigned to you. * NEVER draw past your anchor point. The point of the arrow should not be drawn past the edge of the bow. This is very important! If you are unclear on this point ask your instructor. If an arrow is drawn inside the bow it could cause serious injury. For the same reason, don’t jerk back the string as you release, as this also could draw the arrow inside the bow. * WAIT for signals from your instructor before shooting or retrieving arrows. * ALWAYS keep your bow pointed in a safe direction. * ALWAYS keep behind the person shooting. * CHECK your bow periodically to make sure it is in proper mechanical order. * ONLY USE arrows that are of the correct size and weight, and that are in good condition, taking special care to check for broken nocks. * IMPORTANT - NEVER SHOOT YOUR BOW WITHOUT AN ARROW. Doing so could damage the bow and cause possible injury. * ARCHERY equipment is STRICTLY for sports and target practice only. ETIQUETTE A GOOD ARCHER: Does not talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting. Does not talk to another archer who prefers to be silent. Does not exclaim on the shooting line for himself or others, either in joy or disgust. Does not touch another archer's equipment without permission. Does not walk up and down the shooting line comparing scores. Does not go behind the target to retrieve his arrows before his score has been recorded. When calling scores does so in groups of three e.g '9 - 7 - 9' pause '5 - 3 - 1'. The scorer should repeat these back as you call them before the arrows are withdrawn from the target.) If he breaks another's arrow through his own carelessness, pays for it on the spot, in cash. Does not leave litter. Thanks the target Captain at the end of each Round for the work done on his behalf. Helps put the gear away. Scoring Your Target The targets used for archery have ten concentric circles as illustrated below. The score of each arrow depends upon where it lands on the target. The highest score, a ten, is achieved by shooting an arrow into the two inner most circles. The center or bulls eye ring is also scored as a ten and is typically used to break scoring ties. Scores go down from nine for the next circle out to one for the outermost circle. Line cutters receive the higher score. Missing the rings on the target results in a score of zero for that arrow. Scores are tallied at the end of each round or volley of arrows. If you are shooting a Metric round scoring is as follows. If you are shooting an English round scoring is as follows. SCORE SHEETS For every round you shoot you will need to complete a score sheet. There are different sheets for Metric and English rounds and also Indoor rounds, so make sure you select the correct one. Scores are placed in the boxes, one arrow value per box, working from left to right, top to bottom. The value scored by each arrow must be written in descending order. The number of scoring arrows are totaled at the end of each dozen, together with the number of arrows recorded as X (rings). All misses are to be recorded on the score sheet with an 'M'. Example Sequence of Skills 1. Stringing the Bow A. Make sure string loop is attached to a limb tip, B. Step through space between bowstring and the bow with your left foot. C. Hook the bottom limb tip over the top of your right foot near the ankle. D. Place the grip behind your knee or just above the knee. E. Place left hand near tip, press firmly to flex the bow around your leg. F. Secure loop to tip. 2. Stance A. Perpendicular to target. B. Straddle the shooting line; feet should be shoulder width apart. C. Standing straight but relaxed. 3. Grip A. Grip with the centerline of vee between thumb and index finger in line with the center of the bow. B. Thumb and fingers remained relaxed. 4. Nock A. Index feathers point away from the bow. B. Lay arrow on arrow rest. C. Snap the nock onto the bowstring. 5. Draw A. Place finger tips on string, the arrow between the index and middle fingers. B. Pull string with shoulders not elbow. C. Place index finger of the pulling hand under the chin D. String should touch your lips and nose. 6. Aim and Release A. Need to be in a good draw position. B. Right handed archer aims with the right eye. C. Aim for 3 – 5 seconds before releasing string. D. Release string, string should slip from fingers. 7. Retrieving Arrows A. Place one hand against target close to the arrow. B. Place other hand over the arrow as close to the target as possible. C. Pull the arrow straight out. D. Place the arrow in the hand resting on the target and pull next arrow out.
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