Archery:Basic Rules

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  1. If you are taking part in, or just watching the archery, you must follow the instructions of the Target Archery Marshal(s) running the shoot, concerning safety and the competition. If you won’t or can’t, then you can be asked to leave.
  2. Make sure that you listen to and understand the rules of the competition before you start – e.g. any safety instructions, which target to shoot at, how many arrows to use, whether you can take your time, or if there is a time limit, what to do if you drop an arrow, etc. If you are not sure, ask.
  3. You can’t participate if you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  4. Don’t handle other people’s equipment without their permission, including retrieving their arrows.
  5. Wait for instructions from the Target Archery Marshal before you approach the shooting line, otherwise stay at least three metres behind the shooting line.
  6. You must wait until the Target Archery Marshal says you can shoot before you loose any arrows.
  7. If you are using a crossbow with a stirrup, remove your foot from the stirrup before loading a bolt.
  8. Don’t point a crossbow in any direction other than the ground or the target while it’s loaded or you are loading a bolt.
  9. Don’t nock or loose an arrow or bolt while anyone is forward of the shooting line.
  10. If you see a safety problem on the range, call "hold".
  11. If anyone calls “hold,” lower your bow, carefully remove your arrows or bolt from your weapon, and wait for the Target Archery Marshal to tell you what to do.
  12. When you have finished shooting, lower your bow, step back from the line, and wait for the Target Archery Marshal to tell you what to do.
  13. You must not go forward of the shooting line while others are shooting, and you must wait until you are told to go and collect your arrows.
  14. Put your bow down somewhere safe before going to collect your arrows.
  15. Make sure you don’t poke anyone with the nock end of your arrow or bolt when removing it from the target or ground.