Differet Archery Types
  • Archery can be done lots of different ways

  • Archery can be played outdoors

  • ... or indoors

  • There is no age limit.

  • .. no matter how young


Archery – a sport of shooting at some type of a target using a bow and arrows – can be done lots of different ways, but at its core, it’s three things: fun, challenging and highly addictive. It’s also a great upper body workout and, especially with outdoor shooting, walking back and forth to the target to pull your arrows actually provides an excuse to get a little extra cardio. Let’s explore the different types of archery that you can enjoy and participate in:



Target, the archery-type featured in the Olympic Games, consists of shooting at bullseye-style, multicolored target faces at distance. Generally, target archers shoot 18 meters (or about 20 yards) indoors, and between 30 and 90 meters outdoors, depending on the archer’s age and equipment style. Target archery, facilitated internationally by World Archery, has its own world championships as well as the popular World Cup series. As a member of the International Field Archery Association (IFAA), we offer the IFAA style of shooting which uses different targets and which is designed for the world family of archers. These games are played both indoors and outdoors.
Target archery

Where can target archery take you?

Are you a natural athlete? How about someone who would rather read a book than head outdoors? Do you have the grace of a dancer? Or do you bump into everything? Great news: whatever your background — regardless of athletic skill or coordination — you can be successful at archery. People with different levels of physical ability are also able to compete at the very top levels of the sport.


Archers who perform consistently at national events usually only do so with time and experience. Give yourself plenty of opportunities to play, and work with your coach to ensure your practice routine is appropriate for the goals you’ve set. Once you’re at the top of your game nationally, it’s time to consider participating in a Team Trials event that will select a World Championship, Olympic or Paralympic Team.



Field archery Field Archery is often enjoyed on a roving course set through the woods, with paper targets from 20 feet to 80 yards away. This is a great discipline for those who love nature, as you’ll definitely do some hiking. Targets are often set at up and downhill angles. Indoor field archery events are also available. As members of the IFAA we overses field archery in South Africa, hosting numerous well-attended national events and conducting instructor certification as part of a joint certification program with the IFAA.
3D Archery 3D archery events are events in which competitors walk a wooded or open course, shooting at three dimensional foam animals at different distances. We conform to the IFAA rules, allowing us the opportunity to compete in world championships. 3D archery is lots of fun for the whole family and very popular in South Africa. Provincial and national tournaments offer great opportunities for recreation for both the beginner and advanced archer.
Traditional archery

Traditional archery means different things to different people. For some, it means shooting a longbow or recurve without sights, stabilizers or other tuning equipment. In this case, many traditional archers choose to shoot with carbon fiber arrows or use a string made from durable synthetic materials. Others feel that to shoot traditionally, you must shoot bows and arrows made only from natural materials such as wood, horn and bird feathers. There are many different bow types worth exploring for their aesthetic qualities and historical value such as the English or Welsh Longbow or the Japanese asymmetrical longbow from the Kyudo discipline.




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