Restriction in place until further notice

Attending the range

In the return to archery from complete suspension due to Covid-19 lockdown, the following rules MUST be adhered to. Failure to adhere to these rules may mean members will be suspended, and/or all archery will be stopped again. Stick to these rules!

Archers must not come to the field if they show symptoms of any illness but in particular of Covid-19. These are highlighted on NHS Direct and include: A new and persistent dry cough; a temperature; a loss of sense of taste or smell.

If you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible Covid-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should stay at home

All archers must notify the club (chairman, secretary or safeguarding officer) if they develop symptoms within 7 days of attending the archery range.

Before and after sessions archers should sanitise their hands, clean their equipment and anything else touched/used at the session (including the lock to the field). The club is looking to provide sanitiser, but archers must bring their own sanitiser too!

Archers must practice social distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres. People from different households should not travel in the same car

The hut and the toilet on the field are not to be used. Note also that the indoor range in Alconbury remains closed.

Shooting

Individual practice only: No scores can be submitted. You should show up, shoot, and leave.

As per normal rules, if there is more than one archer on the field a Field Captain must be appointed. All archers present must follow the direction of the appointed Field Captain. For the Field Captain’s duties see this post.

Only one archer—or group of archers from one household—per target. So two archers from different households cannot share a boss.

Range layout: There is a new range layout, giving a 5m distance between archers on the shooting line. Targets are set at fixed distances which are not to be changed:

  • Stand -1: 40yds (closest to the gate)
  • Stand 0: 50yds
  • Stand 1: 70m
  • Stand 3: 60m
  • Stand 5: 50m
  • Stand 7: 50m
  • Stand 11: 30yds

Archers must book a shooting time slot via our booking system. Two-hour slots can be booked between 6am and 8pm (start of last slot 6pm). Do not show up at the field without pre-booking. Bookings can be made 5 days in advance.Please be considerate when booking. Do not block-book, allow others the opportunity to shoot too. Bookings will be reviewed by the committee and might be refused/cancelled if the system is not used in a spirit of fairness.

If you want to cancel or change a booking, email rangebookings@stneotsbowmen.club.

Note that grass cutting takes priority over shooting. This is usually done on Thursdays from 4pm, but this might change due to weather.

Equipment

Archers must only use their own equipment—club equipment is not available for general use. If you do require club equipment to be able to shoot please ask a committee member.

Do not share equipment between different people (outside of your own household) at any time. Clean equipment before and after use.

Pull your own arrows. Shoot six arrows per end, only shoot more if you do not delay other archers from collecting. Follow the ruling of the Field Captain.

You are to bring your own target faces and target pins, and removed them from the boss and take them with you after your session. You must get your own faces/pins, however we will put some target faces and pins in the steel cabinet outside the hut to get archers started. Do not return the face you used to the cabinet, take it with you.

Once you’ve removed your target face, put the blue tarpaulin back over the boss to protect it from the rain. Secure the tarp to the stand with the bungees provided. Bosses get soft when left in the rain, leading to additional cost for the club in replacing them. 

Buy and bring a whistle. You may be appointed Field Captain. You may also want to bring a chair, hat, sunscreen, snack/drink (take empties with you), rain gear (just in case), a scope.

There is no need to fly the red flag. In fact, there is no need to open/enter the hut at all.

These rules will be regularly reviewed by the committee and may be amended without prior notice. Members must follow the club rules in effect at any time.