Portsmouth and 252 Awards

252 Awards

The 252 awards provide an incentive to archer’s to improve their standard of practice and competition.

The 252 badges are awards for achieving a score of 252 at different distances in the outdoor season. Why 252? Although different bow types shoot different numbers of arrows to achieve the score, the original idea for recurve bows was to get all the archers 36 arrows within the red or gold zone of the target. With 5 zone scoring this would mean if every arrow went in the red – it would add up to 252. 252 Badges a

For a Recurve archer to achieve a score of at least 252 for three dozen arrows requires an average score of 84 per dozen, equivalent to 7 or red zone per arrow. The number of arrows shot to achieve the score of 252 varies according to bow type.

252 Rules & Framework

  • AGB Rules of Shooting to apply.
  • The attempt for the 252 score must be the first shoot of the day.
  • 36 arrows (3 doz) for recurve bows, 30 arrows (2.5 doz) for compound, 60 arrows (5 dozen) for recurve barebow or 72 arrows (6 dozen) for longbow, flatbow and traditional recurve to be shot at the specified distance using a 122cm target face and GNAS five zone scoring. The required number of arrows may be shot alone or as the first arrows of a longer round.
  • Six sighter arrows are permitted which will not count towards the final score.
  • Once the archer has achieved the minimum required score, the 252 badge may be awarded for that distance on application to the records officer.
  • There is no restriction on the order of distances in which  badges are obtained (i.e. a 30yd badge may be obtained before a shorter distance is attempted, which may then be obtained at a later date).
  • You can only claim one 252 score per day.
  • Scores can be recorded on a separate sheet, as part of a club round or as the first scores arrows of a larger round.
  • It is the responsibility of the archer concerned to make a claim on the correct score card witnessed by at least one other archer, who will record the scores and sign and print their name on completion.
  • The claim should be brought to the attention of the Records Officer, who will be responsible for verifying the scores and claims; and ensuring that the true spirit of the award scheme has been complied with.

The awards for the average club archer are achievable but not easy at the longer distances. This makes it challenging for all but the very best club shooters. If you don’t believe us try it with a few of your beginners at 30 yards or club archers at 80 yards.

The 252 scoresheet

They are personal achievement awards and a charge of £1 per badge is made to archers. To claim your badge please complete the online form here. If you prefer you can download a form here and return to the Records Officers along with the badge fee.

Portsmouth Badges

A member of NAC can be awarded with a Portsmouth badge based on the score they achieve from scoring a Portsmouth round indoors. The badges are score based and begin at 200 and increase in increments of 25 to the maximum score of 600. They cost £1 each and can be traded in if this is wished at no extra cost. In respect of the Portsmouth Badges ONLY ONE score needs be submitted per badge application.

If you wish to be awarded for your Portsmouth Rounds you will need to complete an application form or if you prefer you can download a paper based form here and give to Mark Dalley our Records Officer along with your scoresheet. 

Portsmouth Rules & Framework

  • If shot during a club session, you must tell the line captain know that you are going to be scoring a scored round before you commence
  • You much use a club scoresheet, which must be completed by another archer who is shooting with you on your target, they must sign & print their name on completion
  • AGB rules of shooting apply
  • Shot at a 60cm face (3 spot face for compounds, single spot for all other disciplines)
  • 5 dozen arrows
  • 2 ends of three sighter arrows are permitted which will not count towards the final score
  • It is the responsibility of the archer concerned to make a claim on the correct score card 
  • The claim should be brought to the attention of the Records Officer, who will be responsible for verifying the scores and claims; and ensuring that the true spirit of the award scheme has been complied with.

Member Achivements

This page shows what members’ have achieved in the 252 and Portsmouth Badge Award Schemes.

Portsmouth and 252 Awards for archers can be found here.