Classifications are a means of rating the standard of an archer's shooting. Look at them as something to aim for to motivate your practise and measure your progress rather than to prove you are better than someone else. There are classifications for indoor and outdoor archery.
GNAS award the following classifications to archers who meet the required standard:
Junior Master Bowman
Grand Master Bowman
To qualify, an archer must shoot the required score 3 times during the year and present their scores to the records officer altogether. The club can ratify classifications up to and including Bowman; the club will also award the appropriate badge to the archer the first time they qualify. Having gained a classification you are deemed classified for that year; if you don’t re-classify the following year you are deemed to be unclassified. If you are after Master Bowman or above these must be achieved at Record Status competitions and claimed from GNAS.
So what are the required scores? No simple answer I’m afraid. The required scores depend upon the class of archer, i.e. Gentlemen, Ladies, Junior Ladies U16 etc. and the round shot. As the classification becomes harder the number of rounds available becomes fewer. For example, for a Bowman classification all rounds that qualify include distance of 100yds or 90m. By way of example:
1st class, Gentlemen, compound, Albion required score is 849.
1st class, Gentlemen, recurve, Albion required score is 700.
3rd class, Gentlemen, recurve, Short Metric required score is 334.
So, if you are interested in gaining a GNAS outdoor classification the best thing to do is speak to the Records Officer or one of them people with apps on their phones to find out which rounds you need to shoot and what scores you require to qualify for the classification you desire.
Indoor rounds are classified in the same way as outdoor rounds but they are graded as A, B, C, D, E ,F ,G and H rather than 1st class etc. You need to achieve the required scores for the round 3 times in the season to qualify for the classification and hand them in to the records officer.
Again, if you are interested in gaining a GNAS outdoor classification the best thing to do is speak to the Records Officer or one of them people with apps on their phones to find out which rounds you need to shoot and what scores you require to qualify for the classification you desire.
By way of example:
‘C’ classification, Ladies, recurve, Portsmouth score required = 534
‘C’ classification, Gents, recurve, Portsmouth score required = 554
‘C’ classification, Ladies, compound, Portsmouth score required = 544
‘C’ classification, Ladies, compound, Portsmouth score required = 554
Junior classification scores are the same as their adult counterparts.