Protocols for the Resumption of Outdoor Shooting 

Scope

Following a virtual meeting of the club committee it has been decided that the recent relaxation by the government of the rules regarding the use of outdoor spaces, activity and exercise has allowed the club to offer a return to shooting under a set of clearly defined rules.

This document lays out the procedures to be followed by Bromyard club members who wish to shoot outdoors at the Bromyard Bowmen Archery Club, Bromyard Sports Foundation ground. These procedures should be read in conjunction with Archery GB’s Guidance Notes for Archers “Returning to Archery Phase 1 – Restricted Shooting. Version 1.4 issued 4th July 2020”.

They refer exclusively to outdoor shooting; there will not be a resumption of indoor shooting at Bromyard until there is a change in the advice given by Government and Archery GB.

Synopsis

  • There will be the opportunity for club members to shoot outdoors on Saturdays and Sundays in 1.5 hour slots from 1000 until 1630 hours on both days. These slots must be pre-booked to avoid people being dissappointed or congregating in the car park.
  • The field will be set up on the Saturday morning and taken down on the following Sunday afternoon by a nominated work party who will comply with current sanitising and distancing guidelines.
  • The field will have three targets at different distances.
  • Once set-up, the bosses will be fixed and must not be moved.
  • A 2m distance will be maintained at all times between archers from different households.
  • To limit any transmission of the virus, archers will be expected to turn-up, shoot and go home.
  • Archers are expected to sanitise all equipment that does not belong to them that they have been in contact with.
  • A nominated field captain will be present at all times unless there are no booked slots for that session.
  • There will be no access to the stores or clubhouse. The toilet will be closed but can be opened only in an emergency.

1. Booking a shooting slot.

a. The range will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1000 to 1630hrs. Shooting slots can be booked via the Bromyard Bowmen website https://bromyardbowmen.org/members/lane-booking-rules-and-information (link opens in new tab).

b. Only full or associate members of Bromyard Bowmen will be allowed to shoot.

c. There will be 3 targets available one at 20 yards, one at 30 yards and one at 50 metres which will listed on the booking page. Please book the required distance at a time of your choosing. The time slots are 1∙5 hours in duration.

Session 1 1000 – 1130
Session 2 1140 – 1310
Session 3 1320 – 1450
Session 4 1500 – 1630

d. Until we have an idea of the attendance at the various times please in the first instance book only one slot in a week. The cut-off time for booking a slot is 1800 hours on the day before you wish to shoot. Please do NOT try to book spaces on the day as they will not be accepted.

2. Shooting procedures.

a. In order to avoid members congregating in the car park or on the field please ensure you turn up ready to shoot at the allotted time and be prepared to pack up and leave as soon as you have finished shooting.

b. There will not be any ad-hoc shooting. If you do not have a booked slot you will not be allowed to shoot.

c. Please use only the target you have booked. Another target may appear to be free but it may have been booked and the archer is late.

d. Archers are to use their own equipment or equipment provided by the club on a long term basis.

e. Please bring with you any hand sanitisers, gloves, wipes etc for your own personal use.

f. Target faces, 122cm or 80cm full face or 6 ring will be provided by the club and the archer should write their name on it and take it home with them after they have finished shooting and bring it with them for their next session. Four ‘pinch-pull’ target pins will also be provided for exclusive use by the archer.

g. The targets are set out at 20 yards, 30 yards and 50 metres and they must not be moved.

h. There will be a field captain present at all times.

3. Collecting arrows and lost arrows

a. Each archer should pull their own arrows unless they are from the same household.

b. There is a 10 minute period at the end of each shooting session to allow for collecting or searching for lost arrows. If a lost arrow cannot be found in that time then the archer should inform the field captain who will make a note of the target position, the type (wood, aluminium or carbon/aluminium) and colour of the arrow and whether the arrow was left/right or high/low and the archers name.

c. Archers can shoot more than the usual 6 arrows at a time if they wish. However, it is more important than ever that archers are aware of how many arrows they take onto the field and how many they shoot. It is still very important to account for all arrows that are shot.

4. Facilities.

a. Both the archery and rugby clubhouses will be closed and there will not normally be access to either.

b. Archers are expected to come prepared for there not to be any toilet facilities. However, if it is essential then the field captain will open the disabled toilet only and it is up to all archers who use the toilet to thoroughly disinfect it after use.

c. There will be hand sanitising gels at each target and in the disabled toilet and archers are required to clean their hands before and after they have touched any item that does not belong to them.

d. There will be a metal detector and an arrow jack available in case of errant arrows. Please ask the field captain and they will undertake a search or remove an arrow. Any equipment used will be sanitised before and after use.

e. There will not be any waste collection point on-site so please take all your rubbish home with you.

5. Visitors and coaches.

a. Visitors and spectators are not allowed.

b. For junior members we would ask that only one parent/carer attend with them. Juniors may not be conscious always of the complexities of good sanitising and social distancing and parents/carers are asked to be especially vigilant.

c. It is not intended that coaching will be available during these sessions but if there is a particular need then please approach the committee.

6. Archers with disabilities.

a. If you need assistance to gain access to the range, or to shoot or to collect your arrows please contact the club chairman or secretary in advance to discuss the best method to achieve this.

7. Health, personal data and ‘track and trace’.

a. Do not attend a session if you feel unwell or exhibit any symptom of COVID-19.

b. If, after attending a session, you show signs of infection or have tested positive or been asked to self-isolate please let a committee member know immediately.

c. By booking a shooting slot you give consent to Bromyard Bowmen sharing your contact details, e.g. mobile phone number, landline number or email address with any government department or their agent who may reasonably require these details in order to undertake contact tracing in the event of any member present at the same time as you and who subsequently shows symptoms of, or is tested positive for, COVID-19. Additionally, if the club is contacted directly by a member who believes they are at risk of transmitting the virus we will contact the other members present and advise them of the situation. We will do this anonymously and not specify who has tested positive or is self-isolating.

8. Control of shooting.

The return to shooting requires that all members act in accordance with these procedures. As a sport we are all aware of the safety of our fellow archers but in these times we need to be even more vigilant. In the very unlikely event that there is any dispute about the application of these procedures the field captain will have the final say. In the event that this is not satisfactory please bring it to the attention of the committee who will review the matter and if appropriate enact any changes.

These rules have been implemented to mitigate the risks of transmitting the virus between members as outlined in this document.

 Finally, this is our first attempt at returning to shooting and there may well be changes required so please be patient.