Archery Classifications

Archery classifications are a way to measure your skill against nationally-recognised standards. Working towards gaining a classification is an excellent way to motivate yourself to improve your archery.

There are separate systems of classification for indoor and outdoor shooting. Scores required to achieve a classification are different for men, women and junior archers, and also depend on the bow type being used.

You need to submit three qualifying scores recorded on different days to be eligible for a classification badge.

Note: This page features only a small sample of the full classification tables - the ones people at our club are most likely to shoot.
The complete tables, including classifications for all major bow styles and rounds, can be found in the Shooting Administration Procedures, via Archery GB's website.

Indoor classifications use a letter system, and go from A to H.
Here are the scores required for some common indoor rounds, for recurve and compound bows:

  Gentlemen / Junior Boys Ladies / Junior Girls
  Portsmouth Bray I FITA 18 (full size) Portsmouth Bray I FITA 18 (full size)
  Recurve Compound Recurve Compound Recurve Compound Recurve Compound Recurve Compound Recurve Compound
A 592 581 288 284 576 568 582 570 279 279 560 558
B 582 570 279 279 560 558 569 562 270 274 541 549
C 554 554 258 268 518 537 534 544 243 259 489 520
D 505 529 221 246 446 493 479 509 202 229 407 461
E 432 484 168 210 340 420 380 449 134 182 274 368
F 315 396 100 148 205 295 255 347 74 117 153 238
G 195 279 53 86 109 173 139 206 36 57 74 117
H 139 206 36 58 74 117 93 160 23 42 48 87

Outdoor Classifications

Outdoor classifications are on the following scale:
3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman (MB), Grand Master Bowman (GMB)


Junior classifications are on the following scale:
3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Junior Bowman (JB), Junior Master Bowman (JMB)

Note that classifications above Bowman / Junior Bowman cannot be won with scores shot at the club. They are obtained with scores from events organised by WA, WA Members, or Archery GB, or at a UK Record Status meeting.

Here are the scores required for some common outdoor rounds, for recurve bows:

Recurve Bows

  Long National National Short National Junior National Short Junior National Long Warwick Warwick Short Warwick Junior Warwick Short Junior Warwick
Ladies
GMB                    
MB                    
Bowman 455                  
1st Class 330 436                
2nd Class 218 336 417     160 233 287    
3rd Class 109 205 296 401   84 146 209 279  
Junior Ladies U-18
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 361 459                
1st Class 218 336 417              
2nd Class 121 221 313 415   92 157 220 288  
3rd Class 63 133 215 328 452 50 97 155 232 315
Junior Ladies U-16
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 202 319 403              
1st Class 98 189 280 387            
2nd Class 49 109 185 296 428 39 80 134 212 300
3rd Class 29 70 130 232 374 24 52 96 170 267
Junior Ladies U-14
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 121 221 313 415            
1st Class 43 98 170 280 415          
2nd Class 16 42 86 172 315 13 32 64 129 229
3rd Class 5 16 36 88 209 5 12 28 69 160
Junior Ladies U-12
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 63 133 215 328 452          
1st Class 22 55 106 201 345          
2nd Class 5 16 36 88 209 5 12 28 69 160
3rd Class 2 6 15 44 130 2 5 12 35 104
  Long National National Short National Junior National Short Junior National Long Warwick Warwick Short Warwick Junior Warwick Short Junior Warwick
Gentlemen
GMB                    
MB                    
Bowman                    
1st Class 418                  
2nd Class 330 436       234 297      
3rd Class 202 319 403     150 222 278    
Junior Gents U-18
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 477                  
1st Class 330 436                
2nd Class 202 319 403     150 222 278    
3rd Class 79 160 247 358   62 115 177 252  
Junior Gents U-16
JMB                    
J Bowman 361 459                
1st Class 234 351 430              
2nd Class 145 254 344 440   110 179 240 304  
3rd Class 56 121 200 312 440 44 88 145 222 307
Junior Gents U-14
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 202 319 403              
1st Class 98 189 280 387            
2nd Class 56 121 200 312 440 44 88 145 222 307
3rd Class 19 48 95 186 330 16 36 72 139 239
Junior Gents U-12
JMB                    
Jr Bowman 71 146 231 343            
1st Class 25 62 117 216 360          
2nd Class 10 28 60 132 269 9 21 46 100 200
3rd Class 2 7 18 49 142 2 5 14 39 112