The sport needs Judges to ensure that competitions are run safely and fairly. Like all other sports, a team of officials is required to make sure the result at the end of the day is correct and to help the competitors have a good day out! Archery is a friendly sport, and judging is a way of participating .
Any member of Archery GB over the age of 18 can train to become a judge (though you can start training as a Candidate from 16 years old). As a judge, you should expect to spend a minimum of 12 days judging per year, and to attend the annual Judges Conference.
From the initial registration as a Candidate judge you have to have worked with other, more experienced judges for a minimum of 12 judging days before you are able to take the assessment to become a County judge. The assessment is designed simply to ensure that you understand the rules of shooting and to see you officiate on the field of play.
It is free to enter the judging programme, however, during the training process, you will need to supply your own judging equipment, including stopwatch, whistle, and magnifying glass. To judge at any official event you need to wear the standard judge uniform (this costs approximately £100).
Judges don’t get paid but should receive reimbursement from the tournament organiser for expenses they incur, such as travel to the event. In addition, lunch is normally supplied at the tournaments, and if an overnight stay is needed due to the distance travelled the Tournament Organiser may assist with finding a suitable place for you to stay.
Regional Judge Liaison Officers (JLOs) are based across the country, and to register as a Candidate judge all you need to do is contact the one in your area. They will give you all the information you need to get started, including introducing you to a mentor and another judge who will support you through the training process. A list of JLOs is provided on the Judge Contacts page.
You can also read the Guide to Becoming a Judge, which you will find in the Useful Resources for Judges document library, in the Handy Guides section of the website. In the same document library, you will find some information on the costs and processes for obtaining the standard judge uniform.