Classification & Handicap

Classification

The classification system gives archers a classification based on the scored rounds that they shoot; the higher the scores that you shoot, the higher the classification. There are different classifications for outdoor and indoor rounds:

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OUTDOOR Grand Master Bowman Master Bowman Bowman 1st Class 2nd Class 3rd Class Archer
INDOOR A B C D E F G H

You must shoot at least three scored rounds to gain a classification. Your classification is decided by the score you shoot in a particular scored round with the higher classifications only achievable at the longer distance rounds. Each round will have a scoring table associated with it that indicates what score would need to be attained to gain a particular classification, an example is shown below:

New
National
Long
National
National Short
National
Junior
National
Short
Junior
National
Gentlemen Grand Master Bowman
Master Bowman
Bowman 554
1st Class 478 539
2nd Class 406 487 549
3rd Class 249 361 459 514

This example shows the classifications possible when shooting a variant of the National round. The highest classification that can be achieved shooting this round is Bowman, and that can only be achieved when shooting the New National (100 yards & 80 yards). In order to attain this classification an archer would have to shoot at least three scores equal to or greater than 554.

The tables are available in the ArcheryGB Shooting Administrative Procedures document, but there is an easier way than wading through this document! Archers Mate is a useful website for calculating your handicap and classification – simply enter your age group, gender, bowstyle, round shot & score and the classification and handicap will be calculated automatically. Many scoring Apps for smartphones and tablets will also offer this functionality.