Crystal Palace Bowmen

Handicaps and Classification

Shooting and scoring a round, and then giving the scoresheet to the records officer (Terry) enables him to calculate your handicap and classification.

Handicaps

The handicap is a way of checking your archery is improving even when shooting different rounds each week.

To get an initial handicap, during the year you have to shoot 3 of the rounds for which handicap tables have been printed. There is a copy of the handicap tables in the back of the GNAS green book in the shed.

Handicap medal

The initial handicap will be the average of the 3 handicaps rounded up. For each round with an improvement, the handicap is recalculated as the average of the new handicap and the old rounded up. Since the handicap is only made from your best scores, you will often shoot rounds with scores below your handicap level.

Handicap Improvement Medal

The Handicap Improvement Medal (shown right) is awarded by the club each year to the club member that achieves the greatest outdoor handicap improvement over the year. The ArcheryGB "Shooting Administration Procedure 6", paragraph 6 (page 6-4) gives the details. The winner shall have been a member of the Club for at least six months prior to 1 January and shall be in possession of a current handicap on that date, and shall have shot a minimum of 8 rounds. The medal is loaned by the club as it is property of Archery GB.

Classification

ArcherGB classifications are based on the percentage of archers reaching a particular handicap level. So 1st class may be set at 40% of archers, and Grand Master Bowman at only the top 1.5%. As bows, arrows and training improve, the scores needed are adjusted, so it's necessary to check using the latest copy of the ArcheryGB "Shooting Administration Procedure 7" which can be found online (see the links page). You need to get 3 scores above those listed in the tables in the same year to achieve the classification, you then need to repeat that every year to keep it. For 3rd class to bowman, these can be shot on club days and Terry will do the work. For (Junior) Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman it has to be shot at a record status event, shooting a 12 dozen round, and then claimed from ArcheryGB.

The following is a table of the shortest rounds that qualify for the first 3 levels. Some of the junior metric rounds are a much shorter distance but 6 dozen arrows instead of 4 dozen. The 2 scores shown are for recurve and bare bow, scores for compound and longbow as well as other rounds can be found in the "Shooting Administration Procedure 7".

 Third class badge Second class badge First class badge
Ladies(Junior) Warwick 40 - 279 / 149(Short) Warwick 50 - 287 / 145National - 436 / 221
Girls U18(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 315 / 292(Junior) Warwick 40 - 288 / 242(Short) National 50 - 417 / 313
Girls U16(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 267 / 239
or Short Metric IV - 462 / 427
(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 300 / 284(Junior) National 40 - 387 / 328
Girls U14(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 160 / 131
or Short Metric V - 390 / 348
(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 229 / 200
or Short Metric IV - 415 / 378
(Short Junior) National 30 - 415 / 360
Girls U12(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 104 / 80
or Short Metric V - 305 / 262
(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 160 / 131
or Short Metric V - 390 / 348
Short Metric IV - 439 / 366
Gentlemen(Short) Warwick 50 - 278 / 145Warwick - 297 / 157Long National - 418 / 234
Boys U18(Junior) Warwick 40 - 252 / 201(Short) Warwick 50 - 278 / 177National - 436 / 254
Boys U16(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 307 / 275(Junior) Warwick 40 - 304 / 232(Short) National 50 - 430 / 296
Boys U14(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 239 / 200
or Short Metric IV - 427 / 378
(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 307 / 258(Junior) National 40 - 387 / 296
Boys U12(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 112 / 88
or Short Metric V - 320 / 276
(Short Junior) Warwick 30 - 200 / 150
or Short Metric IV 378 / 315
(Short Junior) National 30 - 360 / 299

The 2 metric rounds use 1 to 10 scoring and an 80cm target face. The imperial rounds score 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 by colour and use the 122cm face.

Round1st Distance2nd Distance
Short Metric V36 arrows at 15 meters36 arrows at 10 meters
Short Metric IV36 arrows at 20 meters36 arrows at 10 meters
(Short Junior) Warwick 3024 arrows at 30 yards24 arrows at 20 yards
(Short Junior) National 3048 arrows at 30 yards24 arrows at 20 yards
(Junior) Warwick 4024 arrows at 40 yards24 arrows at 30 yards
(Junior) National 4048 arrows at 40 yards24 arrows at 30 yards
(Short) Warwick 5024 arrows at 50 yards24 arrows at 40 yards
(Short) National 5048 arrows at 50 yards24 arrows at 40 yards
Warwick24 arrows at 60 yards24 arrows at 50 yards
National48 arrows at 60 yards24 arrows at 50 yards
Long National48 arrows at 80 yards24 arrows at 60 yards

Crystal Palace Bowmen Tassles

CPB Tassle Tassles are awarded for achieving an ArcheryGB classification.
Most archery shops sell badges for the classifications.

Bow TypeTassle Acorn
LongbowBrown (was Wood)
BarebowWhite (was Clear Plastic)
RecurveGreen (was Wool)
CompoundGrey (was Metal)
ClassificationColour
3rd classGreen
2nd classBlue
1st classRed
BowmanYellow
Master BowmanBlack/White
Grand Master BowmanPurple