Keyworth Archers 252 Scheme

Shooting at outdoor distances can be quite daunting to new archers, especially those who have learned to shoot indoors at 20 yards. To ease the transition to longer-distance shooting, our club runs a '252' scheme, where members can gain badges by mastering increasing distances.

Here's what you do:

  • Pick a starting distance. Depending on your comfort level, this can be 20, 30 or even 40 yards. As a guide, pick a distance where you can reliably score points with all of your arrows.
  • Shoot six ends of six arrows at this distance (or twelve ends of three if you prefer), and record your score using the Imperial scoring system:
    Gold: 9, Red: 7, Blue: 5, Black: 3, White: 1
  • The score necessary to achieve a '252' is as follows:
Olympic Recurve (using sight) 252
Compound Bow 280
Longbow 164
Barebow (e.g. recurve bow without sight) 189
  • Shoot the 252 round at your chosen distance each time you come to shoot, until you've achieved two qualifying scores.
  • Submit your two qualifying scores¬†to the club's records officer to claim the badge for that distance.
  • Then it's time to move on to the next distance!