252 Scheme

The 252 award scheme is designed to help you practice your shooting at different distances and have your achievements recognised.

Although it was intended to help beginners progress, all archers of all abilities use the 252 scheme to provide a baseline of their shooting abilities and then challenge themselves at the next distance in a measurable way. depending on you preferred bow, be it Recurve, Compound or bare bow, you have a set number of arrows to score a 252 or more on a standard 122cm face, using five zone scoring - for recurve for example, you have to average 'Red' for 36 arrows.

The 252 round can be shot at 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 or 100 yards with the aim of scoring 252 or better. If you achieve the score twice you can claim a badge. It is an award scheme in use at many archery clubs in the UK and applies to all archers, irrespective of age, ability or bow type. There are a few variations between clubs when it comes to modifying the scoring for compound and bare bow archers. Blue Arrow has chosen to keep the score of 252 consistent across bow types but change the number of arrows available to achieve the score.

Number of arrows permitted to achieve 252 by bow type

Bow Type Arrows
Recurve = 36
Compound = 30
Barebow = 72


The Rules

  • Imperial, five-zone scoring on a 122cm target face.
  • Six sighters to be followed immediately by three dozen scored arrows.
  • The three dozen arrows must be shot consecutively.
  • Awards must be claimed in any order sequence.
  • Scores need to be achieved twice to qualify for the award.
  • Qualifying scores for a given distance for the same bow type may be shot on the same or different day.
  • Qualifying scores for a given distance for different bow types may be shot on the same or different day.
  • To make an award claim, two signed, dated and witnessed score sheets need to be submitted to the club’s Records Officer.


Distance (Yards) Badge Colour     
15  Green
20  White
30  Black
40  Blue
50  Red
60  Gold
80 Purple
100 Orange