252schemeThe :252 award scheme is designed to help you practice your shooting at different distances and have your achievements recognised.

After 6 sighters, you shoot 3 dozen arrows on a 122cm face at your chosen distance. The round can be shot at 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 or 100 yds with the aim of scoring 252 or better (that’s recurve, alternative scores apply for other bow types). If you achieve the score twice you can claim a badge.

It is an award scheme in use at many archery clubs in the UK and applies to all archers, irrespective of age, ability or bow type.

The Rules

  • Imperial, fivezone scoring on a 122cm target face.
  • Six sighters to be followed immediately by three dozen scored arrows.
  • The three dozen arrows may be shot alone or as the first three dozen of a longer Imperial round.
  • Awards must be claimed in sequence. You can’t for example claim a black badge until you have a white one.
  • The 10 yards “Green” badge is for juniors only and is optional.
  • Scores need to be achieved twice to qualify for the award.
  • Qualifying scores for a given distance for the same bow type must be shot on different days.
  • Qualifying scores for a given distance for different bow types may be shot on the same day.
  • Qualifying scores for different distances may be shot on the same day provided the shortest distance is shot first and then longer distances are shot in award order.
  • To make an award claim, two signed, dated and witnessed score sheets need to be submitted to the club’s Records Officer.

Table of Award

DISTANCE AWARD RECURVE COMPOUND LONGBOW BAREBOW
10yds Green 252 280 164 189
20yds White 252 280 164 189
30yds Black 252 280 164 189
40yds Blue 252 280 164 189
50yds Red 252 280 164 189
60yds Bronze 252 280 164 189
80yds Silver 252 280 126 164
100yds Gold 252 280 101 139

Awards will be presented to successful archers at a club shoot following submission of 2 scorecards, or can be collected from the records officer if unable to attend the shoot. Download a copy of the scorecard here.

Note that for longbow and barebow, the required scores for silver and gold are a little lower than those for the easier rounds.

The maximum score for three dozen arrows with five zone scoring is 324, so 252 for recurve means an average arrow score of precisely 7 (9 × 252 / 324). A score of 280 for compound is an average around 7.8. For longbow, 164 means an average of 4.5 and 189 for barebow is an average of 5.25.