Indoor Rounds

For indoor rounds scoring is similar to outdoor metric ten zone scoring (see below), however ‘X’s are only recorded for FITA indoor rounds and not GNAS rounds.

Compound archers only score 10 if they hit the inner 10 ring, and the inner gold only scores 9 points.

Note that for all scoring schemes (indoor and outdoor), if an arrow is touching the line between two scoring zones then the higher score is recorded.

Worcester For indoor Worcester rounds, five zone scoring is used.

The white scores 5, the next ring scores 4 and so on.

Outdoor Imperial Rounds

For outdoor imperial rounds (GNAS), five zone scoring is used.

The gold scores 9, red 7, blue 5, black 3 and the white 1.


Outdoor Metric Rounds

FITA For outdoor metric rounds (FITA), ten zone scoring is used.

The inner gold scores 10, outer gold 9, inner red 8, outer red 7, inner blue 6, outer blue 5, inner black 4, outer black 3, inner white 2 and the outer white 1.

Within the 10 ring (inner gold) there is another ring which scores 10 but is recorded as an ‘X’.

Completing a Score Sheet

The figure on the right illustrates a typical archery score sheet (click to enlarge)

As each end is shot the arrows are scored, the highest scoring arrows being written down first.
All misses are marked as an ‘M’.

The rest of the score sheet is recorded as follows:

  • If the distance/face shot is not a formal round just record the distance and face size
  • The ‘End’ is the total of the arrows in a single end usually 3 or 6 arrows
  • The ‘Doz’ is the total for a dozen arrows
  • The ‘Hits’ are the number of scoring arrows in the dozen
  • The ‘Golds’ are the number of 10’s in the dozen. Note this does not include 9s
  • The ‘Total’ is the running total
  • The distance totals record the same information but for all arrows at each distance
  • The round total record the same information but for all arrows in the round

There are blank scoresheet documents in the ‘Files’ section of this website which you can download.

There are also a number of free mobile phone apps that simulate score sheets.
A good example, downloadable from Google Play, is Archery Companion which has FITA / Archery GB indoor and outdoor rounds pre-programmed, and you can also add your own customised rounds.


Archery classifications are similar to handicaps in that you must shoot at least three rounds to gain a classification, and there are separate indoor and outdoor classifications for each bow style an archer shoots.

However unlike handicaps, classifications take into account gender, age and bow style, giving an overall indication of an archer’s ability.

As with handicaps, Archery GB produce classification tables which state what score must be obtained for a given round to qualify for a given classification.

The classification tables can be downloaded from Archery GB’s website Shooting Administrative Procedures, section 7.

Outdoor Classifications

Outdoor classifications are 3rd class, 2nd class, 1st class, Bowman (BM), Master Bowman (MB) and Grand Master Bowman (GMB).

Juniors can gain Junior Bowman and Junior Master Bowman instead of Bowman and Master Bowman respectively.

You can achieve 3rd, 2nd, 1st classes or BM (Bowman) classification at any club shoot or competition.

You can only qualify for MB (Master Bowmen) and GMB (Grand Master Bowman) having submitted 3 scores to Archery GB, from record status competitions.

Badges are awarded for all outdoor classifications.

Indoor Classifications

Indoor classifications are different to the outdoor scheme in that they run from A to H, with A being the best.

As with outdoor handicaps, classification tables are produced by Archery GB and three qualifying scores are required before a classification can be obtained.

No badges are produced for indoor classifications.