Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:50

Your First Tournament

Whether you are competitive or just shoot for pleasure, shooting in a tournament is a great experience and can be a lot of fun, but it can seem a daunting prospect at first. This guide to what to expect at your first tournament will hopefully help to dispell any fears you may have. The vast majority of tournaments are pretty relaxed events where beginners are very welcome. The only tournaments that are a little bit more formal are ones that have UK or World Record Status and even in these tournaments you will find a mix of elite, intermediate and beginners. All are welcome.

Why Should You Do It?

Firstly it’s good fun.  You get to meet other archers and see different styles & equipment.  There are always beginners at comps so you will not be the only one there.  You can get a score which can count towards your classification and handicap and then try to improve on it the next time – so it is a great way to see your progress.

Where/When Should You Go?

Our calendar has dates of lots of local and national tournaments and we often email about local tournaments. Arundown runs several annual tournaments and they are only a few miles away in Angmering.  We also hold friendly tournaments within the club.

Arrive at least 30 mins early so you have time to set up your bow.

Who Should You Go With?

It is almost always more fun to go with other members of the club – if you are entering a tournament put a message on the forum so other likeminded archers can go with you.  You could even share lifts to keep the costs down.

What Do You Need To Take?

Some places are more relaxed than others, but there are a few rules and helpful tips.  You can check out the full dress code rules here – but mainly you can’t wear blue denim, olive drab or camouflage clothes or ripped clothes and they shouldn’t have slogans on them.

  • You must bring your Archery GB card (or receipt) to show you have paid your membership.
  • Most venues have a snack stall but it’s always a good idea to take food & drink.
  • A pen to write your scores with!
  • If it’s outdoor, then often a chair and maybe an umbrella or suncream!
  • Your bow & arrows etc and spare equipment in case of damage.

What Happens On The Day?

field layoutOn arrival you must register with the organiser who will then tell you which boss you are on. You should then locate that boss and set-up your bow.

You will notice that often there will be three lines on the ground. The first line is the Shooting Line. You may only be on this line when it is your turn to shoot. The second line is the Waiting Line. All archers when not on the shooting line must wait behind this line. No equipment other than the equipment you are shooting with can be placed in front of the waiting line. The third line is the Equipment line. All other equipment, bags, cases, coats etc must be stored behind this line.

After you have set up and before the tournament starts there will be an Assembly where the judges will tell you the rules and explain the order of events.

When the tournament starts there will be one whistle to announce that archers may approach the shooting line. This will be followed shortly by a second whistle to announce that you can start shooting. When everyone has shot (or after 2 minutes if it is a timed round) there will be three whistles to denote that you can score and collect arrows.

Scoring

All arrows must be scored before any arrow is pulled. Do not touch the arrows but instead point to them when calling the scores. Always start at the highest score and work your way out calling them in sets of 3 e.g. “9,7,7” and then “7,5,5”. If the tournament has Record Status or if the judges have told you to do so, mark the arrows on the target face with two short lines either side of the shaft and then pull them out. This is so that if an arrow bounces out the judges can tell where it hit by finding the unmarked hole. If you make a mistake when scoring, simply raise your arm and a judge will come over and make the correction. Do not make the correction yourself.

Shooting In Details

Often there will be so many archers in a tournament that you will need to shoot in details. Typically there would be 4 archers on a boss. Detail A would be archers 1 & 2 and Detail B would be archers 3 & 4. On the first end Detail A would shoot first followed by Detail B and then both details score and collect. On the next end Detail B would shoot first followed by Detail A and so on. Swapping the shooting order means that everyone gets the chance to shoot at a clean target face.

Rebounding Arrows & Hangers

If you shoot an arrow and it bounces out of the boss you should continue to shoot your remaining arrows. Then take two steps back and raise your bow above your head to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do. If you or anyone else on your boss shoot an arrow that then falls so that it is hanging in the target face all archers must stop shooting immediately and raise your hand to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do.

Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:13

Second April Beginner Course

The weekend of the 26th and 27th April saw our second Beginners Course of the year and the second this month.

Once again we welcomed many eager beginners all looking to see what our sport has to offer. Whilst the weather forecast had threatened all week we were very fortunate that we only suffered one short downpour on the first day and enjoyed sunshine the rest of the time.

As ever we would like to thank everyone who gave up their weekend to help run the course and who made our guests so welcome and offered them guidance and advice. Like at the first beginners course our new bows were a great success and everyone ended up getting high scores and very nice groups. Many congratulations to all who took part, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and look forward to seeing you again at our club in the near future.

We have been inundated this year from people interested in taking a beginners course so much so that even after running 2 course this month we already have over 20 people on our waiting list for another one. We do not yet have a date set for our next beginners course but we hope to be able to run one very shortly. If you are interested in joining our beginners course please contact the club secretary ASAP as places are filling up rapidly.

Photos from the weekend can be viewed below.

Friday, 02 May 2014 00:29

Our Club Is Growing

In April we ran two beginners courses and as a direct result we are delighted to welcome over 20 new members!

We would like to thank again everyone who gave up their free time to not only make everyone so welcome but who also made the courses so enjoyable for all.

You will all no doubt get to meet our new members over the coming weeks so if you see a new face at the field, please do go over and introduce yourselves and make them feel welcome and if they need any help setting up a boss it would be great if you could give them a hand. I'm sure they will return the favour.

The feedback we have received from the courses has been universally positive and we like to share some of the comments with you all.

Saturday, 10 May 2014 17:39

Sunburn League Trophies

The Sunburn League is fast approaching and the response to it has been very good.

There are still places left for Round 1 which starts next Sunday, 18th May so if you would like to shoot please contact the Treasurer ASAP as a target list will be drawn up in the next few days.

There will be medals and trophies awarded throughout the league which you can view by clicking on the photo opposite.

The trophies and medals will be awarded as follows:

Medals for the Winner of each round of the Junior National (Awarded at the end of each round)
Medals for the Winner of each round of the National (Awarded at the end of each round)
Medals for the Winner of each round of the Long National (Awarded at the end of each round)

Medals for the single highest score in the Junior National (Awarded at the end of the League)
Medals for the single highest score in the National (Awarded at the end of the League)
Medals for the single highest score in the Long National (Awarded at the end of the League)

Trophy for the winner of the Junior National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the Junior National)
Trophy for the winner of the National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the National)
Trophy for the winner of the Long National (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores in the Long National)
Trophy for the most improved archer (Awarded at the end of the League & calculated by who has made the biggest improvement to their handicap)
Trophy for the overall winner of the Sunburn League (Awarded at the end of the League and calculated from each individuals 3 highest scores across all rounds)

 

Sunday, 18 May 2014 21:45

Sunburn League Round 1 Results

The Sunburn League kicked off today and certainly lived up to it's name with the weather being glorious, suntan lotion needed and with perfect shooting conditions.

25 members of the club turned up to shoot in three rounds, Junior National, National & Long National and for many this was their first tournament of any kind.

Everyone shot really well and said that they very much enjoyed the day and all are already looking forward to Round 2 on June 22nd. If you didn't enter Round 1 you can still enter. You can shoot as many or as few rounds as you like although we recommend that you shoot in at least 3 in order to stand the greatest chance of winning one of the cups at the end of the year. Whether you shot in Round 1 or not, if you want to shoot in Round 2 please contact Oliver Johnson to book your place.

Below are the scores from Round 1

 Sunburn League Round 1 Results

Junior National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Lee Newman 488 1696  
2 Jenni Camp 435 1643 3rd Class
3 Richelle Ransburg 308 1603  
4 Louis Moorhouse-Booth 314 1512 Junior 1st Class
5 Maisie Kennard 458 1511 Junior 2nd Class
6 Gail Johnson 400 1482  
7 Claire Sumner 470 1482 3rd Class
8 Charlie Camp 554 1465  
9 William Camp 332 1460 Junior 3rd Class
10 Isla Bezencon 577 1436 3rd Class
11 Ben Fearnside 334 1401  
12 Martin Lee 275 1385  
13 James Camp 432 1378 Junior 3rd Class
14 David Booth 184 1376  
15 Kiarnie Camp DNF DNF  
         
National  Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Andrew Walford 496 1600 2nd Class
2 Will Camp 630 1570 2nd Class
3 Oliver Johnson 530 1489 2nd Class
4 Frank Hollis 425 1484 3rd Class
5 Graham Whittington 570 1448 2nd Class
6 Deb Pasley 224 1410 1st Class
7 Vernon Hawkes 299 1403  
8 Stuart Judd 444 1358 2nd Class
         
Long National  Name  Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Gavin Sutherland 594 1441 1st Class
2 Terry Kennard 542 1429 1st Class

The winners of each round were therefore:

Junior National: Lee Newman
National: Andrew Walford
Long National: Gavin Sutherland

The highest unadjusted scores shot (scores actually shot rather than adjusted by a handicap allowance) were:

Junior National (Recurve): Isla Bezencon 577
Junior National (Compound): James Camp 432
National (Recurve): Oliver Johnson 530
National (Compound): Will Camp 630
Long National: Gavin Sutherland 594

Photos from the day can be viewed below.

Sunday, 22 June 2014 19:25

Sunburn League Round 2 Results

Today saw Round 2 of the Sunburn League take place and once again the weather came out for us with the sun beating down on us all day long.

Whilst we all sweltered in the heat we once again shot either a Junior National, National or Long National. With 21 competitors on 7 targets the shooting line was full of archers looking to see if they could better their previous scores or a classification score, indeed 13 archers did shoot a score that will count towards their classification.

If you didn't shoot in Round 2 or in Round 1 it's still not too late to enter. Round 3 takes place on July 20th and as we recommend shooting in at least 3 rounds you still have enough time to enter and stand a chance of winning a trophy at the end of the year. If you want to enter round 3 please e-mail Oliver Johnson to book your place.

Below are the scores for Round 2

Sunburn League Round 2 Results 

Junior National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Jenni Camp 473 1585 3rd Class
2 Dave Gregory 529 1582  
3 Lee Newman 513 1580  
4 Maisie Kennard 522 1547 Junior 2nd Class
5 William Camp 414 1542  
6 Claire Sumner 516 1516 3rd Class
7 Gail Johnson 448 1515 3rd Class
8 Clive Talbot 320 1496  
9 Charlie Camp 539 1443  
10 James Camp 428 1405 Junior 3rd Class
11 Louis Moorhouse-Booth 222 1398 Junior 1st Class
12 Martin Lee 178 1380  
         
National  Name  Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Stuart Judd 576 1490 2nd Class
2 Frank Hollis 476 1480 2nd Class
3 Andrew Walford 451 1468 2nd Class
4 Graham Whittington 580 1452 2nd Class
5 Oliver Johnson 542 1437 2nd Class
6 Pete Appleby 265 1402  
7 Vernon Hawkes 239 1343  
         
Long National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Will Camp 616 1484 1st Class
2 Gavin Sutherland 596 1443 1st Class

The winners of each round were therefore:

Junior National: Jenni Camp
National: Stuart Judd
Long National: Will Camp

The highest unadjusted scores shot (scores actually shot rather than adjusted by a handicap allowance) were:

Junior National (Recurve): Charlie Camp 539
Junior National (Compound): James Camp 428
National (Recurve): Stuart Judd 576
National (Compound): Graham Whittington 580
Long National (Recurve): Gavin Sutherland 596
Long Nation (Compound): Will Camp 616

Photos from the day can be viewed below.

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:10

Junes Beginners Course

Our 3rd Beginners Course of the year took place over the weekend of the 28th & 29th June and once again we had 12 eager participants looking to experience and take up our favourite sport.

As usual we started off shooting barebow at just 10 yards and it wasn't long before just about everyone was shooting well and producing tight groups. Our team of volunteers, Frank, Lee, Andrew, Oliver, Stuart, Gary and Graham were always on hand to not only ensure everyone's safety but to give tuition and guidance on correct form, technique and advice on the equipment needed. It was the help, friendliness and encouragement of our volunteers which in no small way contributed to the success of the course and all of the participants commented on how much they had learned and how much they had enjoyed it. We are also delighted to say that everyone of them said that they would be joining our club and we look forward to welcoming them in the very near future.

Photos from the course can be seen below.

Monday, 07 July 2014 23:43

Albion vs Holbrook Archers

Sunday 6th July saw us hosting a Albion against Holbrook Archers at our ground.

The morning did not look promising with early heavy rain but fortunately the rain clouds passed by the time we were setting up the field and stayed away for the duration of the shoot. In total 3 different rounds were being shot, the Albion, a Windsor and a Junior Windsor. Shooting for Worthing were:
Albion: Gavin Sutherland, Oliver Johnson, Paul Kennard, Will Camp, Stuart Judd, Lloyd Mitchell
Windsor: Frank Hollis
Junior Windsor: Lee Newman, Ben Fearnside, Will (Mossy) Camp, Jenni Camp.

Unfortunately we lost the Albion to Holbrook who had a team score of 3389 to our 3162

Full results and photos below.

Albion

Name

Bow

Score

Classification

Will Camp Compound 923 1st Class
Paul Kennard Recurve 803 1st Class
Oliver Johnson Recurve 768 1st Class
Stuart Judd Recurve 768 1st Class
Lloyd Mitchell Recurve 712 1st Class
Gavin Sutherland Recurve DNF -
       

Windsor

Name

Bow

Score

Classification

Frank Hollis Recurve 727 2nd Class
       

Junior Windsor

Name

Bow

Score

Classification

Lee Newman Recurve 886  
James Camp Compound 847 1st Class
Ben Fearnside Recurve 802  
Jenni Camp Recurve 788 3rd Class
Will (Mossy) Camp Recurve 697 3rd Class
       

Albion - Worthing Team Results

Name

Bow

Hits

Golds

Score

Adjusted

Total

Will Camp Compound 107 93 923 -100 823
Paul Kennard Recurve 107 47 803 - 803
Oliver Johnson Recurve 108 36 768 - 768
Stuart Judd Recurve 108 37 768 - 768
    430 213     3162
             

Albion - Holbrook Team Results

Name

Bow

Hits

Golds

Score

Adjusted

Total

Steve Lancaster Recurve 108 64 872 - 872
Pete Probert Recurve 108 64 872 - 872
Graham Stevens Recurve 107 58 837 - 837
Therese Walsh Recurve 108 40 808 - 808
    431 226     3389
             
Sunday, 20 July 2014 22:07

Sunburn League Round 3 Results

Sunday 20th July saw Round 3 of the Sunburn League. In the hottest and most energy sapping temperatures seen so far in the Sunburn League some 20 archers competed in a choice of three rounds.

10 club members shot a Junior National, 5 a National and 5 a Long National. Despite the rising temperatures many club members not only shot personal bests but also achieved a new or higher classification. Being the 3rd round this was the last round in which all scores automatically are entered into the league totals. Any archer that has now shot in 3 rounds must now shoot a score better than a previous one for it to be counted.

Over the two previous rounds we have seen many archers handicaps tumble and as a result this round was the closest yet. Results and photos can be viewed below:

Sunburn League Round 3 Results

Junior National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 James Camp 536 1513 Junior 1st Class
2 Jenni Camp 522 1510 3rd Class
3 Mathew Cooke 372 1502  
4 Gail Johnson 460 1499 3rd Class
5 Lee Newman 578 1497  
6 William Camp 392 1459 Junior 3rd Class
7 Clair Sumner 455 1452 3rd Class
8 Charlie Camp 542 1446  
9 Steven Peel 113 1395  
10 Louis Moorhouse-Booth 147 1339 Junior 2nd Class
         
National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Ben Fearnside 431 1552 3rd Class
2 Andrew Walford 461 1465 2nd Class
3 Frank Hollis 490 1460 2nd Class
4 Graham Whittington 553 1419 2nd Class
5 Vernon Hawkes 274 1381  
         
Long National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Lloyd Mitchell 436 1472 1st Class
2 Will Camp 605 1452 1st Class
3 Dave Gregory 568 1449 1st Class
4 Stuart Judd 487 1440 1st Class
5 Oliver Johnson 445 1430 1st Class
         

The winners of each round were therefore:

Junior National: James Camp
National: Ben Fearnside
Long National: Lloyd Mitchell

The highest unadjusted scores shot (scores actually shot rather than adjusted by a handicap allowance) were:

Junior National (Recurve): Lee Newman 578
Junior National (Compound): James Camp 536
National (Recurve): Frank Hollis 490
National (Compound): Graham Whittington 553
Long National (Recurve): Stuart Judd 487
Long Nation (Compound): Will Camp 605

The following archers also achieved their classifications from this round:

Oliver Johnson - 1st Class
Stuart Judd - 1st Class
Andrew Walford - 2nd Class
Louis Moorhouse-Booth - Junior 2nd Class
Ben Fearnside - 3rd Class
Gail Johnson - 3rd Class
Claire Sumner - 3rd Class

Congratulations to all our winners. Photos from the day can be viewed below.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:02

Sunburn League Round 4 Results

Last Sunday, August 17th, was the penultimate round of the Sunburn League 2014. 20 club members took part in the usual choice of three rounds, Junior National, National and Long National.

Whilst the weather certainly wasn't going to give anyone sunburn this didn't dampen anyone's enthusiasm as everyone was aware that having now shot 3 previous rounds they now had to better a previous score for it to be counted towards the final league results.

We would like to pass on our thanks and gratitude to Frank for organising this round and also to Dave Gregory who very kindly took some of the photos on the day.

Full details of the results from the day along with photos can be viewed below.

Sunburn League Round 4 Results

Junior National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Martin Folkes 528 1528  
2 William Camp 458 1525  
3 Mathew Cooke 421 1518  
4 Duncan Folkes 491 1516  
5 James Camp 552 1488  
6 Jenni Camp 520 1476 3rd Class
7 Maisie Kennard 506 1472 Junior 2nd Class
8 Martin Lee 268 1460  
9 Terry Kennard 642* 1446*  
10 Gail Johnson 383 1395  
  * As an experienced senior Terry has asked for his score not to be counted
National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Lee Newman 514 1518 2ndClass
2 Ben Fearnside 464 1504 2nd Class
3 Graham Whittington 572 1408 2nd Class
4 Oliver Johnson 472 1386 2nd Class
5 Frank Hollis 331 1323 3rd Class
         
Long National Name Score Shot Handicap Score Total Score Will Count Towards Classification
1 Will Camp 616 1458 1st Class
2 Dave Gregory 568 1455 1st Class
3 Stuart Judd 465 1418 1st Class
4 Lloyd Mitchell 366 1388 2nd Class
         

The winners of each round were therefore:

Junior National: Martin Folkes
National: Lee Newman
Long National: Will Camp

The highest unadjusted scores shot (scores actually shot rather than adjusted by a handicap allowance) were:

Junior National (Recurve): Martin Folkes 528
Junior National (Compound): James Camp 552
National (Recurve): Lee Newman 514
National (Compound): Graham Whittington 572
Long National (Recurve): Stuart Judd 465
Long Nation (Compound): Will Camp 616

The following archers also achieved their classifications from this round:

Dave Gregory - 1st Class
James Camp - 1st Class
Lee Newman - 2nd Class

Congratulations to all our winners. Photos from the day can be viewed below.

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