Competition Rules

There are many rules and regulations that govern archery at competitions. There are so many that both World Archery and Archery Australia have huge books devoted to them – but don’t worry, you don’t need to read all of them! Many govern the way competitions are run and so only organisers need to be aware of those; many are for the judges; and there are different rules for the different types of archery – Target, Field, Clout, Flight, and Indoor, so if you only do Target then you don’t need to know the rest.

But sorting through the rules to find what you need to know can be confusing, so we’ve condensed the ‘need to know’ information here for you. Remember, these are an extract from the main rules. At the bottom of this page are links to the full rule books (both World Archery and Archery Australia) just in case you need to know more. Each rules page on this site will reference which rule book and chapter that the information came from.

Equipment Rules Dress Regulations


Archery Australia Constitution and Shooting Rules (under ‘About Us’ from their main page) World Archery Constitution and Rules (look under ‘Rules’ on the menu at left)