Handicaps and Classification

After you have started to shoot recognised rounds, you can qualify for a handicap and classification. You will need to shoot at least 3 recognised rounds and entered the scores into the folder in the hut. Each score is given a handicap and classification rating, the average of the first 3 handicaps gives you an initial handicap. Your handicap will improve whenever you shoot a handicap score better than your current. The classification is based on the best 3 i.e. two 2nd class and one 3rd will give classification of 3rd class – once a another 2nd class is shot, your classification will become 2nd class.

The classifications possible are


Grand Master Bowmen (GMB), Master Bowman (MB), Bowmen (BM), 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class


Junior Master Bowman (JMB), Junior Bowman (JB), 1st, 2nd and 3rd class.

3rd, 2nd, 1st and Bowman (including Junior) can be awarded by the club, with scores shot at the club. Grand Master Bowman, Master Bowman (including Junior) must be submitted to Archery GB and shot at Record Status tournaments.

The classifications tables can be found on the Archery GB website in the Shooting Administration Procedures document, click here.

The handicaps tables are only available in printed form (which can be ordered from Archery GB), the club has copies – ask a member of the committee or one of the coaches for details.

There is useful site for calculating handicaps and classifications online at

Archers Mate