Award Schemes

There are many award and badge schemes available for you to use or know about. This page contains general information regarding classifications, handicaps and score tracking.
For schemes that are managed by the club more information can be found on the following link: Club Badge and Award Schemes
For schemes that are only available in competitions more information can be found on the following link: Competition Badge Schemes

Outdoor Classifications

Classifications can be achieved by shooting three scores, in the same outdoor season, over the threshold for the target classification. Required scores differ between rounds, gender, age and bowstyle. All archers start as unclassified until achieving three scores of a higher classification.

Achievable classifications are:
Third Class
Second Class
First Class
Master Bowman
Grand Master Bowman
Junior Bowman
Junior Master Bowman

Scores up to and including bowman, can be shot in the club and are managed by the secretary and records officer. Scores must be double scored. Badges cost £2.95.

Higher classifications must be shot and claimed at record status shoots.

Required scores for each classification can be found in the appropriate tables in AGBs Shooting Administrative Procedures.

Clout classifications have separate badges but have the same conditions, and cost £4.


A handicap in archery is a number between 0 and 100 which indicates the ability of an archer. The lower the handicap score the better the archer. Handicaps are available on any recognised target round. Each archer has a separate handicap done for each bowstyle as well as indoor and outdoor rounds.
Handicaps are an easy way way to keep track of your improvement, and compare different rounds when score is not the easiest way (e.g. comparing your metric and imperial rounds). Some competitions even use handicaps and score adjustment tables to allow all archers to compete on a more level playing field.

You can keep track of you own handicaps on the following website link.

You can also keep track of your handicap by submitting scores to the records officer or our golden records system.

When calculating your first handicap for the season you take an average of the handicaps for your first three scores of the season. For the second handicap you average your first handicap and the handicap score of the new round shot. Your handicap never gets worse. It is always rounded to a whole number.

For example an archer shoots three scores with handicaps 59, 54 and 57. Their first handicap is 59+54+57/3=57
They then shoot another 59 handicap round. 57+59/2=58. The archers handicap remains at 57.
They then shoot a 55 handicap round and their handicap improves to 56.

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