Shooting Rules for England's Medieval Festival Archery Tournament
1. There will be
one archery/crossbow tournament on each of the three days.
will commence at 09:00 daily in front of the castle. Pre entry is invited via
3. Shooting will
commence at 10am daily, after compulsory safety talk at 09:45hrs.
4. Score Sheets
should be returned to registration by 16:00 hours.
5. Daily winner
will commence at 16:30 daily. Please attend in medieval attire.
6. Any changes
to timings will be advertised in the registration area.
7. On the last
day of the festival there will be medals/prizes for those achieving the
highest scores over the weekend for each of the eligible classes.
8. The longbow
archer who attains the highest score on any one day will also have their name
added to the prestigious Herstmonceux trophy.
9. Shooting fees
for each day are £7.00 for adults and £3.50 for under 16s. If you register for
all three days the cost will be £15 for adults & £7:50 for under 16's.
who do not have their Comp Card, GNAS or NFAS membership card with them, will be
asked to undertake a comp test. Please see the Tournament registration form for
further details on this.
11. Each of the
three tournaments are open to persons suitably attired in medieval costume
shooting in the following classes:
Handbow (one class to include all Men, Women and Children shooting traditional
bows other than longbow)
Adults Longbow (16-18)
Longbow (under 12)
12. All arrows
and bolts shall be made of wood with feather fletchings. Arrows with plastic
nocks are permissible but see rule 22. Crossbow bolts may have fletchings of
other than feather at the discretion of the Captain of Archers.
13. Under 18
year olds may not use a crossbow.
14. One adult
per group shall assume the responsibility of Target Captain if this role is not
15. The scoring
of targets shall be in accordance with that shown at the target or generally
made known by other means.
contestants to stay in their designated groups.
17. The Target
Captain's word is final.
18. No sighting
aids/kissers etc are allowed.
19. Line cutters
shall count the higher score.
20. For Seniors
and Young Adults (16+) bouncers do not count. For Juniors and Cubs witnessed
bouncers do count
21. If you don't
have enough arrows or bolts, bad luck. You may not retrieve and shoot to make
up. You are advised to carry as many arrows or bolts as you can shoot in one
minute plus a few spares.
22. For longbow
& traditional archers there will be 50 bonus points for carrying and using only
self nocked arrows with spirally whipped fletchings. You do not qualify for this
bonus if you carry any arrows that are not self nocked with spirally whipped
fletchings unless they have been lost by another archer and recovered by you.
Please ask your target captain to record this bonus during the shoot.
shooting, the leading foot must be touching the peg.
24. Scores shall
be recorded starting with the lowest scoring arrows working up to the highest
scoring. Thus, archers who shoot more than the specified number of arrows are
penalised by losing their highest scoring excess arrows.
25. Do not
modify the course in any way.
26. No square
headed bodkins allowed.
27. Shooting of
broadheads at any target is prohibited.
28. Do not shoot
blunts at foam targets unless so instructed.
29. Kill = 20,
Wound = 10
30. Due to the
targets - a maximum bow Longbow & Traditional bow weight of 60lb is permitted.
31. The shoot is
for fun. Please keep a sense of proportion.
31. Never load a
crossbow nor draw a handbow unless it is pointing at the target.
32. Never loose
an arrow or bolt if you cannot see where it will land.
33. Never loose
an arrow or bolt straight up into the air.
34. Never shoot
a defective arrow or bolt.
35. Never point
an arrow or bolt at a person or shoot to the side of a person.
pretend to shoot towards a person.
37. Never shoot
an arrow or bolt if any person is forward of your position.
38. Remember at
all times that the bow and the crossbow are deadly weapons.
someone else is shooting keep your eyes and mind alert for possible danger.
possible danger exists, shout "FAST"
41. If you hear
the word "FAST" stop shooting immediately.
42. If you have
doubts of any nature, DO NOT SHOOT.
43. Don't think
that things are safe, MAKE SURE.
44. At least one
adult member of a group should always remain standing in front of the target
while the other members are searching for arrows and bolts behind it.
45. Any sharp
arrows or bolts lost in the battlefield area must be reported to a safety
46. Do not bring
any arrows or bolts to a mock battle.
47. If you loose
an arrow on a target make a note of the fletching colours and target number you
have lost it on. Report this at the registration area.
48. The Captain
of Archers decision will be final in relation to all aspects of this tournament
*Note: Rules are subject to change
To enter the
archery competition please fill in the electronic form on this website.