Category Archives: Members

Club Handicap Scheme 2017

Any DCA member who wishes to participate in the club handicap scheme ’17 should submit their 3 best scores from recognised outdoor rounds (as detailed in Archery GB’s ‘Rules of Shooting’) and/or 252 attempts to between now and July 2nd.  Each score will be converted to a handicap between 0 and 100 and the three averaged to provide each archer’s handicap.  More than three scores may be submitted and the handicap will be taken from the best three.

The handicap is then converted to an allowance for a recognised round, which is added to the score achieved.  If an archer shoots exactly to their handicap, they will total 1440 for any given round.

The club end of season shoot will take place in September and will be run as a handicap shoot.  This means that a novice, junior, longbow archer has just as much chance of winning as the most experienced senior compound.

The handicap scheme is a great leveller and allows everyone to compete together, regardless of bowtype, age, gender, ability or experience – it’s all about improvement!

Demonstration Videos

Hey guys, some of you may have noticed I have updated the compound video in the about archery section of the site but the recurve & longbow ones are really old and we have no video for flatbow. I would like to ask for some of you to get some nice new videos in high definition uploaded to youtube so we can showcase good form on the site. Just a upload a video of you shooting an end and drop me an email with a link. If I get lots of submissions I’ll rotate the videos on the site so everyone gets a go.

Obviously this is for DCA Members only…

Compound Postal Scores

Compound archers, I will be coming after you all again shortly for scores for the postal league.


Our first match in October was a Bye so this week will be the match for November Vs Cleadon.  In December we are against Killingworth, then Houghton in January. March will be the final against whoever wins the B league.

Good luck toour opponents. You will need it :)

FIeld, because shooting while not falling over is boring!

When: Monday August the 25th

What: WA Field familiarisation day

Eh?:  Some of you will have at times over the summer seen me shooting at funny distances on funny little targets like this:

This is a FITA (WA) Field target. Field archery is a form of target archery practiced in a woodland setting. for a standard FITA 48, 24 targets are shot on Day 1, 3 arrows per target, but the good bit is that you don’t know how far away the target is, or what angle it will be at. To further enhance the fun, the targets range in size from the 20cm “bunny” to the big 80cm face. Distances range from 5-60M (unmarked)  and different bowstyles shoot from different positions, e.g. Compound and Recurve Unlimited shoot from the red (hard) peg. Day 2 is the “marked” day where you are told how far away the target is, however the shots are often more difficult due to the position of the peg.  The rules are somewhat different, like what you can have with you, (hint, no rangefinders) but the joy of wandering around in beautiful woodland with your bow and your target companions where every target is a surprise has to be experienced.

Every year the County organises an open shoot at Netherwhitton in Northumberland and I thought that in order to introduce everyone to a new way of looking at Archery and hopefully get a few of you to try it out, I would run a familiarisation day to demystify the whole thing. I will explain the rules / how the shoot will run / how to gauge distances / what to expect on the day etc.

10277488_10202648135263685_4040888537482972104_nDee and I tried Field last year for the first time and both loved it. I hope that you will too.

If you are interested in attending the familiarisation day please can you let me know in advance so I can plan for the attendance levels appropriate.

Note, normal shooting will take place as usual on the rest of the field, so don’t worry if you aren’t interested.



String Making

Hi all, I am looking at running a workshop to show any interested members how to make a recurve string. The club has a string jig, materials and all the tools necessary to make strings and all you need is the know how.

String Components

I will be announcing this on Tuesday night with a view to making a firm date based on getting as many attendees as possible. When the date is set (it will be this month before we go outdoors) I will announce here and on the club Facebook page.

Archery GB (GNAS Fees) Due

Just a reminder, it’s that time of year again and I need your Archery GB and Regional affiliation fees – by the end of August if possible, to ensure we get our return in quick and you get your new cards issued as soon as possible.  All Archery GB membership expires the 30th September, fees for 2013/14 are:

Senior:  £44.50

Junior: £26.75