The 252 is an unofficial award scheme (created by the archery community rather than a governing body) that is used to supplement the official classification schemes run on behalf of Archery GB.

At Yelverton Bowmen, we ask all new archers to work their way through the scheme, to show themselves and the club that they have the proficiency to shoot at a given distance. At any point, an archer would be able to shoot ‘conventional’ rounds involving distances equal to or shorter than their current 252 achievement. Please note the 252 scheme is intended to be a precursor to shooting the ‘conventional’ rounds for classifications, not a replacement. Our advice would be to do the 252 Scheme up to and including the minimum distance required for classifications (40 yards for ladies, 50 for gentlemen) and then alternate between the two awards as you progress in distance.

You are able to claim a badge for 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 and 100 yards. Whilst it’s called the 252 scheme, that’s the required score for Recurve archers. Each bow type has its own target score.

Distance Compound Recurve Barebow
/ traditional other
20 yards 280 252 189 164
30 yards 280 252 189 164
40 yards 280 252 189 164
50 yards 280 252 189 164
60 yards 280 252 189 164
80 yards 280 252 164 126
100 yards 280 252 139 101

The rules

  • Normal Archery GB shooting rules apply.
  • The round involves shooting three dozen arrows, in ends of six (after six sighters), at a full-sized 122cm face.
  • Scoring is five-zone, so White = 1, Black = 3, Blue = 5, Red = 7 and Gold = 9.
  • The distances must be done in order, starting at 20.
  • Two qualifying scores must be achieved, signed, dated, witnessed and passed onto the Records Officer in order to progress.
  • Only one round per day will be accepted, in cases where multiple rounds are shot in a day e.g. for practice, only the first will count.

252 score sheets should be in the shed but they can also be downloaded here. Completed sheets should be passed to the Records Officer.

Below is an example of a completed 252 score sheet. Entries are made row by row, with scores (in ends of six) descending from highest to lowest. On completion of the round, scores, hits and the number of nines are totalled and signatures are given by the archer and a witness.

Please ensure that the score sheet is filled out in full!


If you have questions about scoring, classifications, etc please speak to the Records Officer in person or via