How to determine rating / handicap



Rating Tables for Target, Field, Indoor and Clout Archery Rounds are used to determine your Rating and can be found in Schedule 4A of the Archery Australia Shooting Rules.

The allocation of an initial rating for target and/or field archery is obtained by shooting at least 5 target and/or field rounds and determining the Rating for each round. For an initial Indoor rating, at least 5 Indoor rounds must be shot.

The Rating for the five rounds are averaged and this is used as your initial rating.

The rating is taken to the nearest integer.

Ratings and Handicaps are managed for members by Club Recorders. 


For example you shoot 5 rounds and score

    • WA 60/900 - Score 823 which gives you a rating of 84
    • WA 70/720 - Score 594 which gives you a rating of 81
    • Sydney Round - Score 1082 which gives you a rating of 85
    • Geelong Round - Score 882 which give you a rating of 86
    • Grange Round - Score 784 which gives you a rating of 82

The average Rating score for these five rounds is 84 which is your starting (or "initial") rating.


Each archer's rating will be adjusted when they record a score better than their existing rating. It will be adjusted by half the improvement, unless the improvement figure is an odd number; in that situation the adjustment, will be by the nearest whole number less than the improvement.

Example 1 - The athlete has a rating of 84 shoots a FITA 900 and scores 835 which is as rating of 88, the difference is 4 points so their rating will increase by 2 points to 86.

Example 2 - The athletes has a rating of 84 and shoots a FITA 900 and scores 842 which is a rating of 90. The difference is 5 points so the rating would be 2.5 points which is an odd number so go to the nearest lower whole number which would be 4 points, increasing the rating to 86.

Athletes who fail to shoot to their rating over a period of six months may ask the Club Recorder to have their rating revised; this is done using the same sort of method as increasing a rating, but to reduce the rating.

To lower a rating the Club Recorder will determine the average rating (minimum of five rounds) from the rounds shot over a six month period and lower the rating by half the difference.

Example - The athlete's rating is 84 and over the past six months the average rating is 72. The difference is 12 points, so the rating can be decreased by 6 points to 78.


Handicaps can be used for conducting tournaments and allow people irrespective of gender, age class or equipment division to compete equally together.

To determine the handicap allowance, the athlete’s rating is used to determine the handicap allowance for a particular target round; the Handicap allowance is the difference between the possible score and the athlete's expected performance according to the athlete’s rating.  

This handicap allowance is then added to the athlete’s actual score to give the adjusted handicap score.

Example 1 - A Recurve archer with a rating of 86 is shooting a WA 60/900, the archer's allowance is 70 points (the perfect score is 900). Score associated with the rating is 830, so the difference is 70 points). During the competition the archer shoots a score of 818; with the allowance added, the adjusted score is 888.

Example 2 - A Longbow archer also shooting the same round with a rating of 50, the archer's allowance is 266 and shoots a score of 631. With the allowance added, the adjusted score would be 897.

Handicap events can be open or limited to equipment divisions, the highest adjusted score (actual score plus allowance) total wins.

An athlete who competes in more than one Equipment Division may have a separate handicap for each Division.


Handicap allowances for Clout Archery are determined by subtracting the average score from the last 5 rounds shot (6 ends) from the possible score of 360.

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