Archery Scoring and Rounds

An archery round is a set number of arrows, that are shot at a certain size target face at a set distance/s using a set scoring system.

Traditional English Outdoor, refered to as GNAS Imperial rounds are measured in yards and use a 5 zone scoring method. The International Outdoor, refered to as FITA Metric rounds are measured in metres and use a 10 zone scoring method. In all outdoor rounds you shoot 6 arrow ends before collecting them.

Below you will find information on scoring and the indoor and outdoor rounds generally recognised for classification and handicaps.

Scoring at Tournaments

At a tournament, once all archers have shot their end, there will be 3 blasts on the whistle to indicate that the archers can go forward to score and collect their arrows. The following details what you should then do.

  • Only archers are able to walk to the targets. If someone else wants to walk to the targets they must ask the Judge’s permission first.
  • Make sure you do not touch the target face until all the scoring has been completed, otherwise any line cutters will be scored at the lowest value.
  • All the archers should gather in front of their target first before going to look for missing arrows yet. The person who is doing the scoring will then call the name of the first archer on the score sheet.
  • Scores should be called out in groups of three, starting with the highest score, so for example 9, 9, 7 pause 5, 5, 3. The scorer should call back what you have said to confirm it.
  • When you call your arrows, make sure you indicate to them, but do not touch them. If the shaft of the arrow is touching a dividing line between two scores (a line cutter), then it scores the highest score. If you don’t agree on a line cutter, the say so, no one will mind. A Judge is called who will look at it with a magnifying glass and give a final decision.
  • If you make a mistake when calling out your arrows or they are written down incorrectly, then call for a Judge who will come and ask for the scores to be recalled and then correct the score sheet, do not alter it yourself. (You can alter the adding up yourself, just not the actual arrow values).
  • You may also want to record your score in your own score pad for future reference and also to help you double-check the scorers adding up.
  • The score sheet will probably be passed between a couple of archers, as the scorer is not allowed to record their own scores. Alternatively, there may be two identical score sheets with two people doing the scoring (double scoring).
  • Once everyone on the target has scored then the arrows can be pulled and any missed arrows can be
  • picked up from behind the target.
  • Help your target companions pull the arrows and look for any lost arrows. If it is a World Archery round then the arrow holes will need to have a small mark put against them in case of bouncers or ‘pass-throughs’.

FITA & GNAS Archery Rounds

Outdoor Imperial Rounds

5 Zone Scoring – 9, 7, 5, 3, 1

-- 122 cm target --
Round 100 yds80 yds60 yds 50 yds40 yds 30 yds20 yds 10 ydsMaximum Score
York 6 4 2 - - - - - 1296
Hereford - 6 4 2 - - - - 1296
Bristol I - 6 4 2 - - - - 1296
Bristol II - - 6 4 2 - - - 1296
Bristol III - - - 6 4 2 - - 1296
Bristol IV - - - - 6 4 2 - 1296
Bristol V - - - - - 6 4 2 1296
St George 3 3 3 - - - - - 972
Albion - 3 3 3 - - - - 972
Windsor - - 3 3 3 - - - 972
Short Windsor - - - 3 3 3 - - 972
Junior Windsor - - - - 3 3 3 - 972
Short Junior Windsor - - - - - 3 3 3 972
New Western 4 4 - - - - - - 864
Long Western - 4 4 - - - - - 864
Western - - 4 4 - - - - 864
Short Western - - - 4 4 - - - 864
Junior Western - - - - 4 4 - - 864
Short Junior Western - - - - - 4 4 - 864
American - - 2.5 2.5 2.5 - - - 810
St Nicholas - - - - 4 3 - - 756
New National 4 2 - - - - - - 648
Long National - 4 2 - - - - - 648
National - - 4 2 - - - - 648
Short National - - - 4 2 - - - 648
Junior National - - - - 4 2 - - 648
Short Junior National - - - - - 4 2 - 648
New Warwick 2 2 - - - - - - 432
Long Warwick - 2 2 - - - - - 432
Warwick - - 2 2 - - - - 432
Short Warwick - - - 2 2 - - - 432
Junior Warwick - - - - 2 2 - - 432
Short Junior Warwick - - - - - 2 2 - 432

Outdoor Metric Rounds

10 Zone Scoring – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

122 cm target80 cm target
Round 90m70m60m50m40m30m 20m50m40m30m20m 15m10mMaximum Score
FITA (Gentlemen) 3 3 - - - - - - 3 - 3 - - - 1440
FITA (Ladies) - 3 3 - - - - - 3 - 3 - - - 1440
Metric I - 3 3 - - - - - 3 - 3 - - - 1440
Metric II - - 3 3 - - - - - 3 3 - - - 1440
Metric III - - - 3 3 - - - - - 3 3 - - 1440
Metric IV - - - - 3 3 - - - - - 3 - 3 1440
Metric V - - - - - 3 3 - - - - - 3 3 1440
FITA 900 - - 2.5 2.5 2.5 - - - - - - - - - 900
FITA 70m - 6 - - - - - - - - - - - - 720
FITA 60m - - 6 - - - - - - - - - - - 720
FITA 50m - - - - - - - - 6 - - - - - 720
Half FITA (Gentleman) 1.5 1.5 - - - - - - 1.5 - 1.5 - - - 720
Half FITA (Ladies) - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 - 1.5 - - - 720
Half Metric I - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 - 1.5 - - - 720
Half Metric II - - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 1.5 - - - 720
Half Metric III - - - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 1.5 - - 720
Half Metric IV - - - - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 1.5 - 720
Half Meric V - - - - - 1.5 1.5 - - - - - 1.5 1.5 720
Long Metric (Gentleman) 3 3 - - - - - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric (Ladies) - 3 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric I - 3 3 - - - - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric II - - 3 3 - - - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric III - - - 3 3 - - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric IV - - - - 3 3 - - - - - - - - 720
Long Metric V - - - - - 3 3 - - - - - - - 720
Short Metric - - - - - - - - 3 - 3 - - - 720
Short Metric I - - - - - - - - 3 - 3 - - - 720
Short Metric II - - - - - - - - - 3 3 - - - 720
Short Metric III - - - - - - - - - - 3 3 - - 720
Short Metric IV - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - 3 720
Short Metric V - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 3 720
FITA Standard Bow - - - 3 - 3 - - - - - - - - 720

Indoor Rounds

10 Zone Scoring – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Round 18m 25m 30m 20yds Target Maximum Score
FITA 18m 5 - - - 40cm 600
FITA 25m - 5 - - 60cm 600
Combined FITA 5 5 - - 40cm / 60cm 1200
Bray I 2.5 - - - 40cm 300
Bray II - 2.5 - - 60cm 300
Portsmouth - - - 5 60cm 600
Stafford - - 6 - 80cm 720
Worcester - - - 5 16 inch. Scoring 5,4,3,2,1 outwards from centre white. Note:Shot in ends of 5 arrows. 300
FITA 18m (Triple) / Vegas 5 - - - Scoring 10,9,8,7,6 outwards from the inner gold. 600