Archery is the art of shooting arrows from a bow at a target. The closer the shot is to the center of the target, the higher the score will be. The individual scores are added up, and the archer with the highest total wins the competition. There is Target Archery and Field Archery. Target archery involves shooting at one target from various distances. Field archery involves moving around a course, shooting at different sized targets from unknown distances. The Bow used in field archery look like a traditional bow.
Bows are made of materials like carbon, fiber glass and have a sight and stabilizers. Stabilizers are attached to the bow to help keep it steady while shooting. Arrows have a sharp metal tip at the front and a groove at the back that slots over the bow string. The targets or butts are made of straw ropes that are stitched together. Coloured paper or canvas targets are pinned to the targets.
Rule of the Game:
1. Any bow except a crossbow may be used for competition.
2. Arrows should have a distinctive crest in order to identify the archer.
3. After the signal to shoot, arrows should be knocked.
4. Arrows that fall from the bow and cannot be reached with the bow from the shooting line, are considered to be shot.
5. Only six arrows may be shot at the designated target, if more than six are shot, only the lowest six are counted, and any arrow shot at any other target shall not be scored.
6. An archer should shoot from the longest distance first, the second longest distance next and so forth.
7. Scores are recorded from the highest score to the lowest score.
8. Distances shot are - Men : 90m (300 feet), 70m(230 feet), 50m(165 feet), 30m (100 feet), Women : 70m, 60m, 50m, 30m.
9. The longest distance is shot first.
10. A single FITA ( Federation International de Tir al Arc) round may be shot over one or two days.
11. Arrows should be retrieved only after the signal is given.