G.N.A.S. Classification Scheme

The Grand National Archery Society in the U.K. runs a classification scheme, allowing tournament organisers to provide class prizes for archers of similar achievement levels.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Class

To achieve 1st, 2nd or 3rd class, archers are required to shoot three scores over the designated score levels. The scores can be shot in competition, or on official club target days. The score levels for 1st, 2nd and 3rd class are:

WomenMen
OlympicCompoundLongbowOlympicCompoundLongbow
FitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaYorkFitaYorkFitaYork
1st Class81772310169304193328856981046889509308
2nd Class602508817723266192716511911728375194
3rd Class364280539447187124481283656450284127

Bowman

The Bowman classification was introduced in 1995 to reduce the gap between 1st Class and Master Bowman. Bowman classification requires three scores of the designated level in county level competition. Bowman is intended to include the top 15% of U.K. archers.

The scores required for Bowman are are:

WomenMen
OlympicCompoundLongbowOlympicCompoundLongbow
FitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaYorkFitaYorkFitaYork
Bowman 103795211691091508417106591311901065596390


Master Bowman

[Master Bowman award] Master Bowman is intended to include about the top 4% of competitive archers (4% for men, 4.5% for women).

When I first achieved MB in 1991, the requirements were for three scores of 1153 Fita or more. I have maintained at least MB status every year since then except 1994, which I took most of the year off archery. The men's score requirements for MB were increased to three scores of 1178 or more in 1992, and then a year later to the current level of three scores of 1191 or more.

The scores required for MB are:

WomenMen
OlympicCompoundLongbowOlympicCompoundLongbow
FitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaYorkFitaYorkFitaYork
MB 11691091127211955714771191106512781168656450


Grand Master Bowman

[Grand Master Bowman award] The Grand Master Bowman classification is intended to include about the top 1% of U.K. competitive archers (1% for men, 1.5% for women).

I first achieved GMB score levels in 1991, when the requirement was for three scores of 1223 Fita or more, but unfortunately one of my scores was at a non-record status event and so didn't count. The following year the requirement was increased to three scores of 1243 or above, and then a year later increased to the current men's level of three scores of 1259 or above, two of which must be in record status Fitas, and the other at a record status Fita or York. I finally achieved GMB in 1995.

The scores required for GMB are:

WomenMen
OlympicCompoundLongbowOlympicCompoundLongbow
FitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaHerefordFitaYorkFitaYorkFitaYork
GMB 12421165131412356345391259114613261222716511



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