The Rules Of Shooting

The Rules of Shooting are approved to give guidance to archers so they may practice their sport and engage in safe, fair competition with a spirit of friendly rivalry, all in keeping with the motto of "Union, Trueheart and Courtesie".

On this page you can find links to the current Rule Books and SAPs from Archery GB and World Archery. Please remember to review these regularly as they are live documents and do change from time to time.

Rules of Shooting – April 2021 Amends

The Rules of Shooting have been updated. As previously notified in Archery UK, the following areas have been revised:

  • Gender – The Gender statement at the beginning of the Rules of Shooting removed and gender neutral wording inserted without changing the meaning of the original intent of each rule. Changes are not highlighted in blue.
  • Approved Scoring Systems – 306 (b), 309(a) & 312 (c) – amendments to support scoring using electronic means. Appendix A is also amended. (Previously stated that 306 (c) was to be changed, however it should have been referenced as 312 (c)).
  • In addition, there have been some minor word changes for Part 11 Disabled and Visually Impaired Archers, which were not advertised in advance however do not change any rule).

Despite receiving no comments on changing the names on some of the recognised rounds, further consultation will be undertaken to identify any unintended consequences. Archery GB is still seeking to amend some round names that discourage archers from shooting a round that suits their personal circumstances. Any comments should be sent to

The latest Rules of Shooting can be downloaded here.

Links to the various rule books are below: