Safety

CLOTHING

Please ensure that the clothing you wear is suitable for the weather conditions, but is not excessively loose and baggy. Tassels and cords should be kept secure within clothing so that it there is no fouling with the Archery Equipment.

JEWELLERY

Loose and dangling type jewellery, body piercing’ and the like should be secured, or removed, as appropriate. Please bear in mind that some body piercing’s are “difficult” or potentially embarrassing to remove whilst at the shooting location.Anyone wishing to shoot may be refused access if it considered that they have any clothing, jewellery and the like that could potentially cause personal harm or damage whilst part taking in an Archery session.

GROUP SAFETY

1. All shooting will be under the control of the instructor or field captain who will signal when shooting is to START or STOP.

  • IF ANY ARCHER, AT ANY TIME, SHOUTS FAST, ALL SHOOTERS MUST STOP WHATEVER ACTION THEY ARE CARRYING OUT – IMMEDIATELY
  • THE ARCHER MUST COME OFF DRAW, LOWERING THEIR BOW. THEY MUST THEN REMOVE THE ARROW FROM THE BOW AND PLACE SAFELY IN THEIR QUIVER.
  • YOU MUST ONLY PROCEED TO SHOOT WHEN THE ALL CLEAR HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE INSTRUCTOR OR FIELD CAPTAIN.

2. All spectators, parents or guardians should stand well back from the shooting line (at least 5 metres). This allows a safety zone that protects the spectator, the Archer and the Public. This zone will also allow the Instructor/Field Captain a clear view of what is going on.

3. Target butts will be securely anchored to the ground so they will not fall over or be blown over.

4. Care must be taken when drawing arrows from any boss, to ensure that no one is standing directly behind you. Arrows may come out of the boss with some speed and force. The nock of the arrow is sufficiently sharp as to impale any one who maybe to close by. It is also recommended that arrows be removed with a proprietary rubber/plastic Arrow Puller.

5. No archer shall load a bow unless that bow is pointing towards the target and no person or animal is allowed inside the roped off area around the targets.

6. The shooting line will be straight; targets can be staggered to allow shooting at different distances to suit the archers’ needs.

7. All archers will straddle the shooting line during shooting and will retire five yards when they have finished shooting.

8. Exercise care when moving your bow on the shooting line so as not to knock those either side of you.

9. Do not distract any archer during the process of shooting.

10. The minimum safety overshoot area will be roped off.

11. If an arrow or bow falls in front of the shooting line, the archer will wait until the instructor/field captain gives the all clear before retrieving their equipment.

INDIVIDUAL SAFETY

Many archers do not concern themselves enough with their own safety whilst handling archery equipment.Let us look at some of the things that could and may cause injury

  • Bracing a bow, if done incorrectly, can cause problems: i.e. twisted limbs.
  • Drawing and releasing a bow without an arrow on the string: i.e. turning limbs inside out.
  • Damaged equipment, twisted bow loose nock or piles, missing fletchings.
  • Short arrows can split a bow or go through your hand.
  • Do not run with arrows in your hand.
  • Take care not to walk into arrows in the target or the ground, they can and will stick in you. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery as these can catch in your string and cause arrows to fly anywhere. At all times whilst archers are looking for arrows at least one archer should stand in front of the target acting as a lookout.

REMEMBER A LOADED BOW CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS

RANGE ETIQUETTE

Whilst shooting is in progress the individual archer should always try to be aware of their rights and feelings of the rest of the group they are shooting with. Archers come in all types and they should give due care and consideration for other archers on the line.

1. Do not talk, or distract, other archers on the shooting line in any way until that shooting end has been completed.

2. Do not remark on someone else’s shooting during an end.

3. Pass encouraging remarks, not sarcastic ones after an end is completed.

4. When you have shot, step back at least five yards behind the line once the archers each side of you are not on full draw.

5. Leave other archers’ arrows in the target unless they ask you to remove them.

6. Give advice only when asked to do so.

7. Pay attention and co-operate with any club officials whilst carrying out their duties.

8. Never touch equipment belonging to anyone else without his or her prior consent.

9. Be sincere when taking the scores, and always be fair and sporting.

MEMBERS SHOULD ASSIST WITH THE SETTING UP AND PUTTING AWAY OF ALL EQUIPMENT.

ALL CLUB MEMBERS MUST SHOOT ACCORDING TO ANCHOR BOWMEN, AND NFAS RULES.