Classifications.

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Each archer begins their shooting life unclassified. There are six levels for seniors and five for juniors. The senior levels are 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. The junior levels are 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Junior Bowman and Junior Master Bowman. To become classified you need to shoot the relevant rounds and shoot the minimum round score required for that level three times; though if your score exceeds the minimum and hits the next level up it will count for the higher and lower levels. Once you have achieved your classification you can go on to aim for the next level up. You can rise through the classification levels as quickly or as slowly as you feel comfortable.


Master Bowman, Grand Master Bowman and Junior Master Bowman classifications can only be achieved by shooting the relevant scores at Open competitions; again they must be achieved a minimum of three times.

At the start of each year on January the first you will need to become reclassified. The classification you had achieved by 31st December will be your classification for the following year, unless you then up your classification during the year. If by the end of the year you have not managed to shoot the relevant scores required to maintain you current classification, the following year you will hold the level at what your highest classification was at the year end.