Archery Games – T

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Throwing Arrows – From Danny Thomas
Twister – From Shelley Hurst


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Throwing arrows
We’ve all heard, at some point, where people comment on targets at short distances saying they could do better if they threw the arrow so I put this to the test with our juniors.
Two events/games that worked well were 1.flight-based distance see who could throw an arrow the furthest (21yrds) approx, it’s surprisingly hard and heavy aluminium arrows with more mass did better than lighter thinner arrows, maybe use a standard set of beginner arrows for all to make it fairer
2. A scored round having a 122cm target face on the floor at 10yrds and throwing arrows to land and score on it, similar to a clout.

This should probably be an outdoor only game. For both of these games archers/spear-throwers both feet must remain on the ground and no run-ups allowed or discus-style throws it’s all in the arm, normal archery safety must be observed and range controls etc , safe to collect/throw calls. Clout rules on arrow collection must be observed as arrows in the ground can easily find shins/ankles and pulling out of ground need to ensure nobody is behind you, also no open-toe footwear. You also need to be aware that some arrows have very sharp points, common sense also needs to be applied if you don’t feel someone can take part sensibly and don’t allow them, arrows can be the main source of injuries.

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Twister
Requires a twister mat (or you can make your own) – if you make/get a “mega twister mat” more people can play at once. On the back of a 122cm target, face draws/paints out a twister spinner (I’ll post an example in the comments).
4 players (two pairs) unless you get a mega twister mat or don’t mind having more people on a small mat.
Players form pairs: One twister, one shooter. Shooter shots at the spinner target – wherever the arrow lands the opposite pair twister must follow the instructions. If the shooter is good they can purposefully aim for colours/positions that are difficult for the twister! Keep alternating shooters until one of the twisters falls over. Then swap (the shooter twists and the twister shoots). The referee may need a pair of binos depending on how far the target is away (I’d normally spot and call the actions from the shooting line).
We have some members who do not want to twist, so they can just be a shooter – there will be someone who is happy just to twist

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