Outdoor colours


The colours scheme is to give archers a structured development to their ability to shoot over longer distances. I.e. demonstrate ability over one distance before attempting the next longer distance.

When an archer is attempting a distance that is well beyond their capability, a lot of time is wasted looking for arrows in the grass.

To earn a colour, the archer must achieve TWO scores as indicated on the table. As a recognition of achieving the colour, the archer is presented with the appropriate colour cord. The previous cord must be handed back.

Note that there are separate cords for each bow type. They are distinguished as follows :-

It is a requirement that an archer must have a cord for a shorter distance before attempting to shoot at the next longer distance. (Except for Purple which can be shot without a Gold chord)

All new archers must start at the shortest i.e. White cord.

You must hand all scores to the records officer, EVEN IF scores do not achieve the requirement. Because all scores contribute to your handicap and classification!

The Records Officer will be aware when you have the two required scores and will pass the details to the Cord Administrator.

The rounds are as follows (REV 1.0)

Some rounds are 5 zone     i.e. 9, 7, 5, 3, 1 working outwards from the gold.

Some rounds are 10 zone i.e. 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 working outwards from the centre gold.

Frequently Asked Questions

The White and Black rounds are ‘Junior’. Are they for Juniors only?

No, they are just the names of the rounds. New archers, Senior and Junior, must start with the White cord. What does 30+20 mean? All rounds but the WA 70 round are shot over two distances and these are the two distances in yards or metres e.g. 30 yds and 20 yds for the White cord.

What if I fail to achieve the required score?

All scores must be handed to the Records Officer as they all contribute to handicap and classification. He will note when you have achieved the two scores required for the cord and will alert the Cord Administrator.

Do I have to use the prescribed score sheet?

No, you can score on any sheet, iPad, IPhone, iArcher ... etc. and then submit your score via iArcher or the website form.

What do I do with the score sheet if the Records Officer is not available?

You can scan/photo it and email to records@staffordarchers.com or preferably submit your score via the website form.

Download these rules in PDF  here

Download an outdoor colours Score Sheet here