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Designed specifically for beginners to get them used to shooting two different distances. The number of dozen at each distance follows the pattern of the Westerns, Nationals and Warwicks, but are shot at 20 and 10 yards.

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Designed specifically for our younger beginners, these rounds work on the same principle as the Very Short Junior rounds, but are shot at 15 and 10 yards.

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The Keynsham rounds are the Warwick rounds with another two dozen arrows at the next shorter distance added onto the end. They follow the same naming convention as for the Warwick rounds, thus a New Keynsham is 2 dozen arrows each at 100, 80 and 60 yards and a Short Junior Keynsham is 2 dozen arrows each at 30, 20 and 10 yards.

Members submit the Warwick portion of the round to the Records Officer for handicapping and classification purposes and the full Keynsham score to the web master for the records. Thus it is possible to get two records on the same day.

Invented on 31 August 2015, they rapidly gained popularity as they are useful when: people have to go, or arrive at different times as it means we can move the line instead of moving targets; people want multiple sight marks quickly but still want to shoot rounds; evening shooting when people aren't sure they'll have enough light for a six-dozen round, shoot the Warwick, then if there's still enough light, carry on. The beginners also find them fun as it tends to mean they shoot seriously for the first four dozen, then can enjoy themselves piling on the golds at 10 yards.

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Until April 2016 these were official rounds, but were then withdrawn. As we have members who are still shooting them we have decided to keep them as local rounds. They are the same distances and face sizes as the full Metrics, but are 1.5 dozen arrows at each distance instead of 3 dozen arrows.

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So that all our members can have a chance to take part, we've reduced the distances:

  • 50 Yards: For bows up to and including 24lbs draw-weight.
  • 75 yards: Archers used to shooting 60 yards.
  • 100 yards: Archers used to shooting 70m/80 yards.
  • 125 yards: Most experienced Archers.

We'll also be using our 'old-style' clout poles.

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We keep the distance and total number of arrows as per the official rounds, but shoot in ends of six instead of ends of three. We did this so that we could easily fit a Portsmouth round, setting up and packing away into the 2 hours we book the hall for.

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Created: 4 September 2015
Updated: 27 April 2016

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