The Rules of Archery – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains, the Rules of Archery
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. Archery, sometimes referred to as ‘Olympic’
or ‘Target Archery’ is a sport where you use a bow, to shoot arrows into a target. The main two competition bows are a recurve
bow, where the arms of the bow bend back. And a compound bow where the bowstring is
drawn using pulleys. There are separate competitions for both types
of bow. Modern arrows are made of fibreglass, aluminium
or carbon fibre. The target is segregated into colours and
bands. The closer to the middle of the target, the
higher the number of points are scored. In individual competition, one archer competes
against another archer. The first competitor shoots an arrow into
their target. The opponent then shoots their arrow into
their target. The cycle alternates until both archers have
shot 3 or 6 arrows each. This is known as an end. In team competition, three archers compete
against another 3 archers. The first team all shoot an arrow each into
the target. Then, it’s the opposing’s teams turn to
do the same. The cycle alternates until all archers have
shot 2 arrows each, which is 6 arrows in total. This is an end. Scores are added up, and the person or team
who has the most amount of points out of all the arrows … wins the end. If both archers or both teams have the same
number of points, the end is declared as a draw. Winning the required number of ends, wins
the contest. Rather confusingly, there are many different
forms of archery. But the two being covered in this video are
indoor and outdoor target archery. The rules are different for both and I’ll
try and explain what those differences are now. Outdoor Archery
The most popular version of target archery is outdoor archery, as contested in the Olympic
Games. The target is a maximum 122cm in diameter. The target is large, but so is the distance
towards it. The standard Olympic distance is 70m, but
competition distance can go anywhere up to 90m. When shooting outdoors, you have to adjust
for wind, weather and inclement temperature as they all have an influence on the flight
of your arrows. Indoor Archery
When shooting indoors, you do not have to worry about the wind and weather affecting
your arrows. And the distance to the target is much shorter
– 18m or 25m. However the targets themselves are smaller. Much smaller! (40cm) And there’s lots of
them. In Indoor Archery, you must shoot one arrow
into each target, in any order you wish. In both forms of Archery, if an arrow breaks
or touches a line, the score is classed as the higher of the two scores. That’s pretty much it, but there’s a few
other things you need to know before playing or watching Archery. For example … Set System
Competitions use the set system will score 2 sets points for every end that you win,
and 1 point for every draw. 6 set points are required to win an individual
contest, and 5 set points are required to win the team competition. Shooting Order
Shooting last can be advantage. The person or team with the lesser score,
always shoots first. If scores are tied, it reverts back to the
original shooting order. Tiebreaker
In some competitions, there are no draws. In this case, they will use a tiebreaker system
to decide who wins. The archer who shoots the most inner 10’s
or 10’s is declared the winner. Alternatively, each competitor shoots one
single arrow. The archer whose arrow lands closest to the
middle of the target, wins the entire contest. Time Limit
In Outdoor Archery, the maximum time permitted to shoot an end of three arrows is two minutes,
and four minutes for an end of six arrows. In Indoor Archery, you have 20 seconds to
shoot each arrow. Robin Hood
In the rare case that you shoot an arrow into another arrow, this counts! The arrow shot will score the same number
of points as the arrow in which they are embedded into. This is the famous ‘Robin Hood’ shot. If you have found this video at all helpful,
please be sure to like share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
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in the meantime – enjoy Archery. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

5 thoughts on “The Rules of Archery – EXPLAINED!

  • Ninh explains – The Rules of Archery, starring my future wife Chang Hye-Jin (wishful thinking, I know).
    As contested in the Olympic Games, there's actually several forms of archery, but this video covers indoor and outdoor target archery. Hope you guys find this video helpful?!

  • Something you missed was inner/outer 10. In the 10 ring (the innermost 2 of the 3 yellow/gold rings, because of course), the score can change depending on what type of bow you shoot. Recurves typically shoot outer 10, which means both inner rings count for 10 points, and the innermost sometimes gets scored as an X. Compounds typically shoot inner 10, meaning only the innermost ring counts for 10, and the two outer rings are scored as 9. It's much easier to shoot accurately with compounds, so that's why the two scoring systems arose.

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