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Classification

Recognised Classes

Archery Australia recognises 5 different levels of archer classification based on ability.

 

GRAND MASTER BOWMAN

MASTER BOWMAN

1st CLASS ARCHER

2nd CLASS ARCHER

3rd CLASS ARCHER

 

  1. The same classification levels are used for Target, Field, Clout, Indoor and Flight. However they are claimed for separately. You therefore may be classified MB in target but only be 2nd. Class archer in field.
  2. Once you have attained a classification you may order through the club recorder, a badge which recognises your achievement and entitles you to wear that badge. Most archers generally, with some pride display them by securely attaching them to their quivers or caps.
  3. To attain a classification, you must shoot 3 rounds that are equal to or better than the rating shown in the table below. The 3 rounds must be shot in a calendar year.
  4. There are different ratings for each class, group and bow type.

 

Archer Classification - Claims

Qualification & Claims for Classification

  1. For GMB and MB class it is necessary to requalify in each succeeding calendar year to retain that classification level.
  2. A  register is maintained by Archery Australia for GMB's and MB's.
  3. All relevant scores in support of GMB and MB claims should be  submitted by the Club Recorder, certifying that the conditions have been observed.
  4. They are then passed on to the State Recorder who in turn lodges then with the National Recorder for final ratification.
  5. All other classifications are handled by the Club Recorder and records kept at the club.
  6. Initial grading or upgrading occurs immediately the necessary scores have been shot in the calendar year.
  7. Archers may be relegated to a lower classification provided the necessary qualifying scores for the archer’s present classification have not been shot for a period of twelve months since the qualifying round.
  8. Application for this to take place should be made in writing to the Club Recorder.
  9. Archers shall advance to a higher classification immediately the necessary qualifying scores have been shot. It is not necessary to wait for confirmation from Club, State or National Recorders. 

 

Archer Classification - Distances

Qualification & Distances Required

Outdoor Target

  1. To attain an Outdoor Target classification  archers  must shoot during the calendar year and under Archery Australia or FITA Rules, three target rounds equal to or higher than the rating levels listed in the tables above.
  2. The qualification rounds to achieve a classification has to include at least 30 arrows at the distances shown in the tables below and be a round of a minium of 72 arrows.
  3.  GMB or MB classifications are achieved by shooting 3 rounds which are the same as the rounds shot at the Senior National Championships or Junior National Championships (or an equivalent round of longer distances). One of the rounds  is to be shot at an event in which archers from more than one club are competing. (Tournament)
  4. 1st Class classification is achieved by shooting 3 rounds of at least 72 arrows and must include the minium distance shown in the table below.
  5. 2nd Class classification is achieved by shooting 3 rounds of at least 72 arrows and must include the minium distance shown in the table below.
  6. 3rd Class classification is achieved by shooting any 3 rounds of at least 72 arrows, no minium distance is required.
  7. For all classifications, qualifying rounds shall be shot at meetings organised by Archery Australia, Archery Victoria, an associated  affiliated body or an affiliated club. The round is to be scheduled and at least three members of the Association must be participating in the scoring and witnessing process.
  8. The table below provides the minimum distances required in rounds used to gain a classification. 
  9. This table is used for Recurve, Compound, Standard Recurve & Standard Compound Bows.

Recurve & Compound

Distances in metres

GROUPSGMBMB1st2nd3rd
Men

90

90

70

50

n/a

Women

70

70

60

50

n/a

Veteran men

70

70

60

50

n/a

Veteran women

60

60

50

40

n/a

Under 18 boys

90

90

70

50

n/a

Under 18 girls

70

70

60

50

n/a

Under 16 boys

70

70

60

50

n/a

Under 16 girls

60

60

50

50

n/a

Under 14 boys

60

60

50

50

n/a

Under 14 girls

55

55

45

35

n/a

Under 12 boys

40

40

35

30

n/a

Under 12 girls

40

40

35

30

n/a

 

Indoor Target

  1. To attain an Indoor Target classification archers must shoot during the calendar year and under Archery Australia or FITA rules, three rounds equal to or better than the ratings obtained in the tables above, Ratings Required.
  2. To achieve a GMB or MB classification at least one of the qualifying rounds must be shot at an event in which archers from more than one club are competing. (Tournament)
  3. For all other classifications, qualifying rounds shall be shot at meetings organised by Archery Australia, Archery Victoria, an associated  affiliated body or an affiliated club. The round is to be scheduled and at least three members of the Association must be participating in the scoring and witnessing process.

Recurve & Compound

Distances in metres

GROUPS18m
FITA
25m
FITA
18/25m
FITA
18m
AUST
25m
AUST
18/25m
AUST
Men & women

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C
Veteran men & women

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C
Under 18 boys & girls

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C
Under 16 boys & girls

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C
Under 14 boys & girls

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C
Under 12 boys & girls

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

R/C

 

Field

  1. To attain a Field classification, an archer must shoot during the calendar year and under Archery Australia or FITA Rules three field rounds equal to or higher than the ratings obtained in the tables above, Ratings Required.
  2. To achieve a GMB or MB classification the rounds shall be the rounds as shot at the National Championships, at least one of which is shot at an event in which archers from more than one club are competing. (Tournament)
  3. For all other classifications, qualifying rounds shall be shot at meetings organised by Archery Australia, Archery Victoria, an associated  affiliated body or an affiliated club. The round is to be scheduled and at least three members of the Association must be participating in the scoring and witnessing process

The following table details the rounds which can be used for classification purposes.

FITA field marked and unmarked (12 - 24 targets)

GROUPSRed   PostsBlue  PostsWhite  Posts
Men
s
l
 
Women
s
l
 
Veteran men
s
l
 
Veteran women
s
l
 
Under 18 boys
s
l
 
Under 18 girls
s
l
 
Under 16 boys
s
l
 
Under 16 girls
s
l
 
Under 14 boys
 
s
l
Under 14 girls
 
s
l
Under 12 boys
 
 
s
Under 12 girls
 
 
s
s Refers to Recurve, Compound and Standard bows (recurve & compound)
l Refers to Barebow Recurve, Barebow Compound and Longbow
 
Classifications may be achieved for the FITA Field Rounds where a minimum of 12 targets and a maximum of 24 targets are shot – either marked or unmarked. Rounds containing 12 targets marked plus 12 targets unmarked are also recognised for classification purposes.
 

Clout

  1. To attain a Clout classification, an archer must shoot during the calendar year and under Archery Australia Rules three Clout rounds scored equal to or higher than the scores in the table below. Ten zone scoring is required.
  2. To achieve a GMB or MB classification at least one of the qualifying rounds must be shot at an event in which archers from more than one club are competing. (Tournament)
  3. For all other classifications, qualifying rounds shall be shot at meetings organised by Archery Australia, Archery Victoria, or an associated  affiliated body or an affiliated club. The round is to be scheduled and at least three members of the Association must be participating in the scoring and witnessing process.
Clout Classification Score
Grand Master Bowman 306
Master Bowman 285
1st Class Archer 260
2nd Class Archer 200
3rd Class Archer 170

Recurve & Compound

Distance in metres

GROUPS180m165m145m125m100m
Men
C
R
 
 
 
Women
 
C
R
 
 
Veteran men
C
R
 
 
 
Veteran women
 
C
R
 
 
Under 18 boys
C
R
 
 
 
Under 18 girls
 
C
R
 
 
Under 16 boys
 
C
R
 
 
Under 16 girls
 
 
C
R
 
Under 14 boys
 
 
C
R
 
Under 14 girls
 
 
C
R
 
Under 12 boys
 
 
 
C
R
Under 12 girls
 
 
 
C
R

 

Flight

  1. To attain a Flight classification, an archer must shoot the required minimum distance as listed in the table below during the calendar year and under Archery Australia Rules  at least once at a Tournament or three times at an Associated Club day for which the shoot is scheduled.
  2. For the classifications of GMB and MB the distances must be shot at a State or National Championships or Tournament organised by Archery Australia, Archery Victoria, or an associated  affiliated body or an affiliated club.
  3. At least three affiliated members have to be present and participating in the scoring and witnessing process.

Recurve & Compound

Distance in metres

GROUPSGMBMB1st2nd3rd
Men

700

600

500

400

300

Women & under 18 boys

600

500

400

300

200

Under 18 girls

430

340

250

200

150

Under 16 boys & girls

430

340

250

200

150

 

Groups Bow Weights
Men & under 18 boys Unlimited
Men & under 18 boys Unlimited 25kgs
Women & under 18 girls Unlimited
Women & under 18 girls Unlimited 18kgs
Under 16 boys & girls Up to 25kgs
Under 16 boys & girls Up to 18kgs

 

Archer Classification - Ratings

Ratings Required - Recurve

GROUPSGMBMB1st2nd3rd
Men

85

75

65

50

35

Women

80

70

60

45

30

Veteran men

80

70

60

45

30

Veteran women

75

65

55

40

25

Under 18 boys

75

65

55

40

25

Under 18 girls

70

60

50

35

15

Under 16 boys

70

60

50

35

15

Under 16 girls

65

55

45

30

15

Under 14 boys

65

55

45

30

10

Under 14 girls

60

50

40

25

10

Under 12 boys

60

50

40

25

10

Under 12 girls

60

50

40

25

10

Ratings Required - Compound

GROUPSGMBMB1st2nd3rd
Men

95

85

75

60

45

Women

90

80

70

55

40

Veteran men

90

80

70

55

40

Veteran women

85

75

65

50

35

Under 18 boys

85

75

65

50

35

Under 18 girls

80

70

60

45

30

Under 16 boys

80

70

60

45

30

Under 16 girls

75

65

55

40

25

Under 14 boys

75

65

55

40

25

Under 14 girls

70

60

50

35

20

Under 12 boys

70

60

50

35

20

Under 12 girls

70

60

50

35

20


 

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