Aug 14, 2019

A web page showing most competitions up and down the country...

Aug 14, 2019

Berkshire Indoor Championship held at Sandhurst School...

Aug 14, 2019

Hillingdon Archery Club (Uxbridge) are hosting a World Record Status with WA Awards on Nov 2-3 2019.

May 31, 2019

Your Handicaps and Classifications are now published in the Member's Area, and the intention is to ensure these are updated at the end of every month...

Mar 29, 2019

A fresh approach to showing our events...

Mar 27, 2019

A couple of useful websites where you can input your score and it will tell you what your Handicap and Classification is based on that score...


Classification / Handicap



What is a Handicap?

Put simply, a Handicap is used to enable archers of varying capabilities to shoot in competition together. The lower the number the better the archer. Those archers with a higher handicap will have a greater 'allowance', and this allowance is added to their final score.

How is a Handicap Calculated?

In the first instance, you need to score and submit to the Records Officer 3 (Imperial / Metric) rounds. The Records Officer will consult official tables that will determine the Handicap score for each of these rounds, and will average them (rounding UP) to produce your official Handicap.

So, for example, if you submit Handicap scores of 60, 62 and 65, the average of these is 62.33, so (rounding up) your official Handicap will be 63.

From then on, every round you submit to the Records Officer (both in General Shoot and in Competition / Event) will have the potential of lowering your Handicap (but never increase it); if the Handicap score of your most recently submitted round is 2 or more better than your Handicap, your Handicap will be adjusted to the average of your submitted Handicap and your official Handicap.

So, as an example, you now have an official Handicap of 63, and in your next round you shoot a Handicap score of 62 - this is not better than your official Handicap by a difference of 2 or more so will not affect your Handicap. In your next round you then shoot a 58 - this is more than 2 better than your handicap so averaging 58 and 63 results in your new official Handicap of 61 (60.5 rounded up).

Your Handicap can only IMPROVE through the year.

Annual Handicap Review

The only time your Handicap can increase is at the beginning of a new year - the Records Officer will recalculate everyone's new Handicap each year by taking the average of the 3 best rounds shot in the previous year. If your best 3 rounds are all higher than your Handicap you will, find that your Handicap goes up.

Handicap Summary

  • Submit your scores to the Records Officer - that is your responsibility, not his
  • Submit as many scores as possible - this is a great way of tracking your personal progress
  • The Handicap system is fairly complicated to work out - that is why we have a Records Officer!


The 'classification' of an archer is another measure of the archer's ability. Classifications apply indoor and outdoors, but are different for each:

Outdoor classifications: Archer, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Bowman, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Indoor Classifications: H, G, F, E, D, C, B and A.

Classifications will be maintained and reviewed by the Records Officer on submission of scores. The Records Officer has the tables that show the scores required for each classification, based on bow type, gender, and round. To achieve a classification you must score and submit 3 rounds of that classification. If in the year you shoot 2 2nd class scores and 10 3rd class scores you will be a 3rd class archer; once you submit another 2nd class score you will then attain 2nd class status.

Classification Reviews?

Classifications do not get reviewed as such at the end of the year - your classification will continue year on year. However, if you then spend the year unable to submit 3 scores of that classification you will be awarded the highest classification for the rounds you did submit.

Monitoring your own Handicap and Classification
A useful website to assess the handicap value for a scored round is http://www.archersmate.co.uk/