For your own and other's safety make sure you follow these safety rules:
- Never draw a bow, even without an arrow, except when standing on the shooting line and facing the target.
- Never aim a bow anywhere except at the target.
- Never start shooting unless the field captain / coach approves (whistle)
- Comply immediately with the word "FAST". It can be shouted by any archer who sees any sign of danger. As soon as you hear the word "FAST" stop shooting at once, bring your bow down and return the arrow to the quiver.
- Never go in front of the shooting line until the field captain / coach approves (whistle)
- Never run, always walk, towards the target. Look at the ground so as not to walk into, or tread on, any arrows that may have fallen short.
- Never stand directly behind an archer who is pulling arrows out of a target or directly in front of the target itself whilst arrows are being withdrawn: an arrow nock in the face or body may cause serious injury.
- Never let go of a drawn bow without an arrow in it (dry shot). The energy that usually causes an arrow to fly can seriously damage the limbs of a bow and cause personal injury.
- Never go behind a target to search for arrows without leaving someone in front of the target: there must be no risk of the target being shot while archers are in the overshoot area beyond.
The following are the rules of Etiquette from the GNAS Rules of Shooting. Please try to observe them at all times.
A good archer:
- Does not talk in a loud voice whilst others are shooting
- Does not talk to another competitor who obviously prefers to remain silent
- Does not make any exclamation on the shooting line which might disconcert a neighbour in the act of shooting
- Does not go behind the target to retrieve his arrows before his score has been recorded
- Does not walk up and down the shooting line comparing scores
- Does not touch anyone else's equipment without permission
- Does not leave litter
- When calling scores does so in groups of three, for example '7-7-5' pause '5-5-3'
- If he breaks another's arrow through his own carelessness, pays for it in cash on the spot
- Thanks the Target Captain at the end of each round for work in his behalf