Shooting Rules

The following rules are intended as a guide to new and existing members regarding current arrangements and expected conduct.


1) Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (from 6:00 pm) and Sundays are designated club times. See calendar for round start times.

2) Each archer is responsible for ensuring that their scores are given to the club records officer. All scoring must be completed in ink. Similarly, if shooting at tournaments at other clubs, you are responsible for ensuring that the records officer receives a copy of any results sheet.

3) To be eligible for the Wirral Round trophy you must shoot all three rounds.

4) Trophy Shoots with morning sighters: except for Club and Junior Club Championships, and provided that prior notice is given to the Club Chairman, Honorary Secretary or Records Officer, bosses will be made available for those wishing to start a round at 2 pm. The archer(s) concerned must be available at 1:00 pm to assist with targets.

5) Long distance shoots – Archers not wishing to shoot the longer distance may, starting at the same time, shoot a round of shorter distance, but with the same number of arrows.

6) Occasionally the Committee may change the Calendar/Shoots etc. Club members will be notified of these changes by a notice in the club hut and/or a notice on the website.

7) The current club coach is Mr Matthew Thomas and the assistant coach is Mr Tim Peers.

8) If members, through their own carelessness, break other members’ equipment or arrows, it is expected that they offer to compensate their fellow archer for the loss incurred.

The Field – Target Shooting

1) Targets and associated equipments must be transported onto the field using the hand pulled trolley.

2) All members are expected to assist in getting bosses and associated equipment out of the hut and set up on the field; and also to assist in taking down and storing away at the end of shooting.

3) SHOOTING STARTS PROMPTLY AT THE SET TIMES, especially on trophy shoots and all members should therefore be ready to start shooting on time. Archers should assemble at the field 30-45 minutes before sighters in order to assist with erecting targets.

4) Members using the field who consume sandwiches, drinks and other foodstuffs, are reminded that they should not leave any litter.

5) Shooting must cease if members of the public wander onto the field.

6) There must be no more than 4 people shooting on a boss at any one time.

7) Should an archer wish to shoot on a boss which is already occupied, the newcomer is expected to ask those already shooting on the boss if they have any objection.

8) When pulling arrows from the boss, those on the outside of the group should be pulled first. This avoids the possibility of damage to arrows whilst stretching for access to central hits.

9) Safety signs should be displayed on fencing at the entrance to the field whenever shooting is in progress.

10) No child (any person under 18 years of age) should be present on the field when shooting is in progress without being accompanied by a parent or appointed guardian.

11) When junior archers are shooting individually or in groups, they must be supervised by a GNAS affiliated member of the club.

12) All lost arrows must be entered in the Lost and Found equipment book, which is kept in the club hut.

13) In order to keep time searching for lost arrows to a reasonable level, members must abide by the Field Captain’s discretion as to when searching must cease and shooting continue.

14) Current GNAS rules state that when shooting in grounds where public have right of access, there must be two people present (over 18 years of age), one of which need not be an archer. One must act as a lookout whilst the other shoots. The club will not be responsible for any accident in situations where this rule is not followed.