CTRA Writtle Field

While we should use common sense at all times, members and guests are asked to keep in mind the following reminders of archery safety and etiquette.


Archers are requested to:

  • Assist with setting up the equipment at the start of the session
  • Sign in to a boss before affixing a target face (Indoors)
  • Ask politely to join other archers shooting on a target if you arrive later in a session
  • Do not leave a sole archer on the shooting line
  • Do not leave or join the shooting line if the archer on either side is at full draw
  • Do not talk in a loud voice when other archers are shooting
  • Do not touch another archers equipment without asking permission first
  • Set your mobile phone to silent during the session
  • Remove your target face when you've finished shooting
  • Assist with clearing away equipment at the end of the session
  • Assist with looking for lost arrows
  • Leave the site clean and tidy
  • Strictly 'No Smoking' anywhere on site – these are school premises.


  • Archers may only draw their bow, with or without an arrow, whilst aimed downrange, at the shooting line and when it is safe to shoot
  • Archers must be familiar with the commands used at the range
    • Single Whistle or verbal command 'Safe to shoot' - Archers may begin shooting from the shooting line
    • Double Whistle - Archers may approach shooting line
    • Triple Whistle or verbal command 'Safe to collect' - Archers may approach their targets to score and retrieve their arrows
    • Quadruple Whistle or verbal command 'fast!'- Stop shooting immediately and return any unshot arrows to your quiver
  • Archers must be aware of the boundaries of the range and ensure archery equipment is kept within the range
  • Anyone attending the session (including non-archers) who identifies a possible safety issue is expected to raise the issue and halt shooting immediately if required by calling 'fast'
  • Any arrows that remain lost at the end of a session must be reported