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NEWPORT PAGNELL ARCHERS

CLUB RULES

Club Overview

The club’s mission is to support archers at all levels of archery skill and to be as close to totally inclusive as possible in an enjoyable and friendly environment. We have internationally ranked archers, archers who wish to shoot for fun only, and just about everything in between. Members’ ages span 10 to 70+. We have a high and growing percentage of juniors, female members and disabled archers. All our shooting sites have wheelchair access and we offer coaching for all, specifically including disabled archers. We have archers with both physical and other challenges.

All archers shoot in the same conditions, to the same rules, and as complete equals. People on the shooting line interact freely in a friendly and encouraging environment. Some of us go for a beer afterwards. A typical club shoot will have between 12 and 25+ members shooting.

The way the club is managed and run is completely transparent and based on members’ wishes. The AGM votes on a Business Plan which then determines the committee’s priorities for the year ahead. Committee minutes and the club’s finances are available to all members on the club’s web site.

 

Rules

The club exists to support all its members in getting the most out of their archery. Our primary obligation is to ensure that the time you spend shooting is safe and enjoyable. The club also has obligations to Archery GB, to the sites where we shoot, and generally to comply with all relevant legislation. Members are required to comply with the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and the following club rules.

For club shoots we will have a Range Captain to make sure things go safely and smoothly. Please pay attention to anything the Range Captain tells you and please do anything the Range Captain reasonably asks you to. The Range Captain will be either a club coach, a committee member or a senior archer with a whistle.

If you want to take photographs please get permission from those involved.

Juniors under the age of 18 must be in the care of either a parent or guardian, or a responsible adult with at least one other adult present at all times.

Caldecotte

The Caldecotte field is within a site dedicated to children’s activities. We are required to comply with their rules:

The site is secure, so when you enter or leave you are required to lock the gate behind you - please, no exceptions.

There is a 5 mph speed limit throughout the site.

The site has a strict smoking policy. If you wish to smoke please do so only in the designated area and please dispose of finished cigarettes in the bucket provided.

All NPA users will be required to display a NPA sign in their vehicles (not yet in place).

The combination on the lock will be changed from time to time. You must not give this combination to any non member.

NPA members are permitted to use the disabled toilet in the building adjacent to the gate only.

If you shoot at Caldecotte outside of club shoots and two or more people are present please nominate a Range Captain, who is responsible for range safety. If you wish to shoot alone you must first obtain permission to do so from the Coaching Officer, who will grant permission when confident you are safe to do so.

Millmead

When you arrive please sign the attendance register. This is required for fire regulations and applies to everyone present.

Our equipment store is at the back of the hall down a short flight of stairs. The bosses are heavy, so when they are being moved up or down the stairs there may only be one person at the top of the stairs and one or two at the bottom. Everyone else must remain clear of the stairs.

Bosses may only be placed on stands or removed from stands by two able-bodied people.

Ousedale

When you arrive please sign the attendance register. This is required for fire regulations and applies to everyone present.

Bosses may only be placed on stands or removed from stands by two able-bodied people.

 

Club Shoot Etiquette

Everyone is welcome at every club shoot. There are several different shooting activities which go on alongside each other. To make these enjoyable for everyone please observe the following.

If you are shooting recreationally please approach the shooting line smartly after the whistle and please clearly move off the shooting line immediately after shooting your last arrow.

If you are shooting in a group - either coaching or spotting for another archer - please be aware of others and move off the shooting line immediately when all other archers have done so.

Please remain reasonably quiet during shooting.

Please do not approach or leave the shooting line when archers either side of you are drawing or at full draw.

When shooting indoors please do not move from one boss to another without good reason and without informing anyone already using the boss.

On Tuesdays coaching takes priority, so coaches will be present to support anyone who would like help. People not involved in coaching are requested to cooperate by giving coaches and students space on the shooting line and priority on their target.

Fridays are primarily for free practice with the emphasis on fun and socialising. People shooting more formally should avoid delaying others by taking excessive time shooting, scoring and retrieving.

Sundays are primarily but not exclusively for formal rounds. People not shooting rounds should avoid distracting those who are. At Caldecotte that means that between 0930 and 0945 people shooting rounds agree what they plan. At 0945 targets will be designated for formal shooting. People not shooting formal rounds may not use these targets. Rounds start at 1000. People shooting casually may shoot more than six arrows per end if they have time and wish to do so. At Millmead people arriving after shooting starts must request permission to join members already shooting on that target.

Caldecotte

When you finish shooting please cover the boss if you are the last or only person using it.

If the face on your boss needs replacing (i.e. it is becoming impossible to check line cutters accurately) please ask a committee member to provide a replacement and recycle the used face.

Millmead and Ousedale

If you can, please help to set up the range before you set up your own equipment. After shooting is complete, please help to put equipment back in the store before you disassemble your own equipment.

If the face on your boss needs replacing (i.e. it is becoming impossible to check line cutters accurately) please obtain a replacement and discard / recycle the used face. Please do not put worn out faces back in the store.

Guidance for Beginners and Joiners

The club welcomes both experienced archers and those new to archery. Juniors under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Qualified archers and those who have already completed a Beginners’ Course may join directly.

Beginners must complete a Beginners’ Course prior to joining the club. We run this course approximately six times per year. It takes either one full day or two half days and costs £55 for Juniors / £65 for adults including all equipment. The minimum age limit is 10. The Beginners’ Course schedule is included in the Shooting Schedule and the application form is on the web site.

Have A Go Sessions are for people who want to try archery to see if it is for them. Sessions last two hours and cost £20 including all equipment, with £10 refundable against the cost of the next beginners course. The Have a Go schedule is included in the Shooting Schedule and the application form is on the web site.

 

Membership Categories and Fees

“Full Adults” are members 25 and over on 30th September before the club year starts (the club year runs from 1st October to 30th September).

“Associates” are people who pay their Archery GB Fees through another club or directly.

“Honorary Life Members” have their fees paid by the club in recognition of their contribution to archery.

“Disabled” applies to members who self declare that they are disabled.

“Adults 18-24” means adults who are under 25 on 30th September before the club year starts (the club year runs from 1st October to 30th September).

“Associates 18-24” are people who are under 25 on 30th September before the club year starts (the club year runs from 1st October to 30th September) and who pay their Archery GB Fees through another club or directly.

“Juniors” means people who are under 18 on 30th September before the club year starts (the club year runs from 1st October to 30th September).

Current members will receive a renewal invitation by early September. New joiners’ fees will vary depending on the month of joining. Members may pay the year’s fees in one lump sum and receive a 5% discount or pay in monthly instalments including a 7.5% surcharge.

For a new membership form see the web site.

 

Shooting Venues

From April to September we shoot outdoors at the Caldecotte Xperience on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1700 until dusk; and Sundays from 0930 to about 1230. The field is available at all times, subject to the club’s rules. Half way between Simpson and Fenny Stratford turn east into the Caldecotte Xperience towards the Caldecotte Lake “windmill”, drive between the car parks, through the bollards, past the single gate on the right and then turn right through the double gates. These gates are normally kept locked for security reasons but all members have the padlock combination. Bear right at the gate after about 300 metres then right again through a depression (don’t drive onto the hard standing).

From October to March, with a few exceptions, we meet at Millmead Hall (opposite Wolverton Station) on Tuesdays from 1900 to 2100, Saturdays from 1400 to 1600, and Sundays from 1500 to 1900; and at Ousedale School on Fridays from 1900 to 2100. We use the Gymnasium at the far rear, right of the school site. Drive around the building to the right of the main building entrance then through the playgrounds then left towards the tennis courts. Park in front of the tennis courts and walk to the left to the Gymnasium.

 

Records

The Records Officer maintains and publishes the club’s shooting records and information derived from them based on scoring information received from members. The rules for recording and supplying information at club shoots, based on Archery GB rules, are as follows:

  • No archer may record his or her own score. The arrow scores may be called by the archer but must be confirmed and entered on the score sheet by a second archer / scorer.

  • Scores may be recorded in apps, on paper score sheets, in spreadsheets or any other suitable medium. As a minimum they shall record

  1. Name of archer and scorer

  2. Gender

  3. Senior / Junior

  4. Bow type

  5. Round shot

  6. Date

  7. Location of shoot

  8. Value of all arrows shot in numerical order

  9. Number of hits

  10. Number of Golds

A recorded score will be valid only if both the archer and the scorer confirm that it is correct. This can be done by both Archer and Scorer signing the score sheet / app or by both archer and scorer confirming the score by email directly to the records officer.