How Scores are Calculated

In this article, we will follow the WA set of rules for scoring purposes because it is the standard that is even followed at the Olympics. Here, the targets are marked with 10 concentric circles that are evenly spaced out.

These rings or circles each carry a score value from 1 to 10. So, you will get points based on the circle you hit. It is worth noting that in case of outdoor archery imperial rounds, the concentric circles are marked differently. They follow the AGB rules which use odd numbers only. So, the rings are marked as 1, 3, 5, and 7 while the innermost ring is marked as 10. Sometimes, the inner ring is also marked as X which marks the spot as well as denotes the number 10.

In the rare case where a tie breaker is required, the competitors, archers will use the inner ring for tie breaker. So, what happens if the arrow hits on the line of the circle. In that case, the archer is awarded the higher point. This event is known as the line breaker or the line cutter. The scores are always recorded in descending order in a sheet called the score sheet. So, if the archer scores 5, 9, and 7, on the score sheet, it will be recorded as 9, 7, and 5.

The archers are strictly prohibited from touching the arrows before and during the time the scores are being recorded and counted. This is done to ensure that in case of a dispute, the score recorder can summon the judge who will then give his final verdict. In the Olympics, each single hole made by the arrow is marked before the arrow is retrieved. This is done to avoid disputes in the future. If the arrow passes through the target, known as bouncer, the archer is required to raise his bow in the air.

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