Club Rules

Safety

Safety is of paramount importance to Ashbourne Archers and we have a duty of care to all members of the club and to all other users of the facilities where we shoot.  The safety regulations of Archery Ireland are always in force. It is the responsibility of all members to familiarise themselves with these safety rules as contravention of them can lead to expulsion.
Shooting can only commence when access to the range has been determined as controlled and secure.
When using the indoor range before shooting can take place:

  • All of the doors must be confirmed as closed and locked (where possible), appropriate signs to be located on the outside of the doors.
  • The shooting line must be clearly indicated.
  • Equipment and archers ready area must be clearly indicated.
  • Efforts must be made to alert others users of the facility of the extent of the safety area.

When using the outdoor range before shooting can take place:

  • If the full extent of the outdoor range is to be used then a barrier tape/rope must be located across the back lane at the northern end of the hall C/W a warning sign.  A barrier tape/rope must be located between the northern end of the hall and the running track outer fence C/W a warning sign.
  • The shooting line must be clearly indicated.
  • Equipment and archers ready area must be clearly indicated.
  • Efforts must be made to alert others users of the facility of the extent of the safety area.

Shooting Times

There will be a weekly “club shoot”, at Donoghmore Ashbourne GAA Club, Ashbourne, open to all members. The rules and conditions under which these will be conducted are laid out below:

a) Club / Training Shoot:- Is open to, all members, those taking part in beginners courses and visitors with Archery Ireland membership (which must be checked). All archers must hold current Archery Ireland membership.
a.1.) In the case of all shooting, you can only shoot at the distances at which you are qualified at and, supervised, that distance at which you are trying to qualify.
a.2.) Only six arrows per end may be shot.
a.3.) Points must not be left in butts. Broken arrows and all pieces of same must be removed and taken away.
a.4.) Only field or target points can be used (no broad head or hunting points.)

b) Weekly Outdoor Shooting.:- Is open to all members, those taking part in beginners courses (after the first 3 weeks of the course) and visitors with Archery Ireland membership (which must be checked). All archers must hold current Archery Ireland membership.

b.1.) Shooting can only take place during daylight hours. Full visibility of our allotted area for shooting is essential at all times.
b.2.) Members must hold current Archery Ireland membership/insurance.
b.3.) Shooting from the official shooting line only.
b.4.) If large numbers of archers are in attendance only six arrows per end.
b.5.) Juniors are not allowed to shoot unless accompanied by an adult member (under 19yrs.).
b.6.) Seniors must be qualified to shoot at 30/35m to shoot on their own and can only shoot at those distances at which they are qualified at or that distance at which they are trying to qualify at.
b.7.) To shoot at the longer distances 90/65m., members must have satisfied the committee as to their competency.
b.8.) Points must not be left in butts. Broken arrows and parts of same must be removed and taken away.
b. 9.) The committee may apply time restrictions on this shooting time depending on wear and tear on butts.
b.10) Only field or target points can be used (no broad head or hunting points.)
b.11.) All arrows will be recovered by the end of the session, none will be left in the ground or hedges.

Competitions

All competitions must be run under the auspices of The Club or Archery Ireland.  However, members may decide to compete in or arrange other competitions under their own auspices for which the club takes no responsibility, nor provides equipment and as long as they do not contravene the safety regulations or bring the sport or the club into disrepute, the club will take no action.  Members may also be allowed to take part in postal competitions during “club shoot” and “weekly outdoor shooting” provided it does not interfere with the normal business of other shooters.

Fees

It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that their fees and the fees of their guest visitors are paid. Details of membership fees may be found at http://ashbournearchers.com/index.php/about-us/membership-fees/.

Shooting Locations

Shooting can only take place in those areas designated by Archery Ireland or affiliated clubs and other associations where a co-operative agreement exists.

Complaints

Complaints other than those dealing with safety issues will only be dealt with when submitted in writing to the committee. Whilst complaints dealing with safety issues will be dealt with immediately, or as soon as is practically possible, taking into account personal holidays and commitments.  It is possible that written descriptions of events leading to the complaint may be requested later.
There is an official procedure for all types of complaints that may arise, please refer to the Club Constitution and to the Archery Ireland website.

Remember it is your club and will only succeed if you play your part and you will get more out of it the more you are willing to put into it.

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