How to Score a Five-Ring Archery Target

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How to Score a Five-Ring Archery Target
A five ring archery target has five colours, each with different scores. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A five-ring archery target has five colours, each with a different point value for scoring. White, black, blue, red and yellow are the colours, with each one getting smaller concentrically. A five-ring target is among the more common of targets. Use the standard archery scoring regulations for the five-ring target. Before heading to the target for scoring, make sure all archers have bows down and no notched arrows on bows are facing toward the target, for safety's sake.

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    Look for any arrows stuck into the outer white circle. These have no point value. If any arrow has struck the black ring next to the white. It, too, has no point value. The black is in the target as a visual reference as contrast to the white even though there is no point value for either.

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    Check for any arrow strikes in the blue ring. Each arrow in the blue ring is worth three points.

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    Count the arrows in the red circle. These are worth four points.

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    Check for arrows in the centre yellow bullseye circle. These are worth five points each.

  5. 5

    Check for any arrows that have hit the line between circles. These are known as "Line Breakers." Assign the higher point value of the two lines to the Line Breaker arrows. For example, if the arrow hits between yellow and red, assign the arrow five points for the yellow.

Tips and warnings

  • While incredible rare, even in fiction books, if someone splits an arrow already in the target, it receives the same point value as the arrow it split.

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