Archery is a sport that involves using a bow and arrow to shoot at a target. The objective of the sport is to hit the center of the target or score the highest possible points by hitting different sections of the target.
Archery competitions have specific rules and regulations that must be followed. These can include rules on equipment, shooting technique, and safety. Here are some of the basic rules of archery competitions. There are many other intricacies and variations in the sport, including different types of archery competitions and styles of shooting.
- Equipment: Archers use a bow and arrows to shoot at a target. The bows can be recurve, compound, or longbows, and the arrows must be made of specific materials and meet certain length and weight requirements.
- Target: The target is generally a circular board made of straw or foam with colored rings on it. The target is typically 122 cm in diameter and is placed at a distance of 18 meters for indoor competitions and 70 meters for outdoor competitions.
- Scoring: The scoring is based on where the arrow lands on the target. The center of the target, called the bullseye, is worth the most points, with the outer rings worth progressively fewer points.
- Rounds: Archery competitions are made up of several rounds. Each round consists of a set number of arrows shot at a specific target. The number of rounds and arrows can vary depending on the competition.
- Timing: Archers are given a specific amount of time to shoot each arrow. The time limit varies depending on the competition and the round being shot.
- Shooting Line: The shooting line is a line from where the archer shoots at the target. The archers take turns shooting, and they must remain behind the shooting line until all archers in the group have shot.
- Scoring and Ranking: After each round, the archers' scores are tallied, and they are ranked based on their total score. The archer with the highest total score is declared the winner.