Archery Range Layout
The most important step of setting up the field is to establish the safety cordon.
- Upon arriving at the club and signing in, members should retrieve the two Archery Warning signs and place them at the near end of the ground at the two positions indicated.
- Proceed on to the Storage Container where the Safety Cordon equipment is stored.
- There are two trolleys required for the safety cordon, and a rope wound onto a re-purposed hose reel for the cordon itself. One trolley holds the posts that support the rope. The other is a rack holding 8 Archery Warning signs. The reel may be hung on either trolley for transport.
- Proceed to the Safety Cordon Start point, where the reel should be attached to the tree that has the bracket mounted on it.
- Following the path indicated on the map below, run the cordon out across the ground, making sure to place posts at close enough intervals to ensure that the rope stays well above the ground and is clearly visible.
- Place warning signs at the locations indicated. 6 of the signs are placed alongside the rope. The remaining two are placed at advance locations further out from the cordon.
- When the rope reaches the far end of the ground, place both trolleys together at the indicated end point, and lash the rope to both of the trolleys and secure it tightly.
- Return to the start point, and tension the Safety Cordon rope by pulling it tight and knotting it around the tree.
Once the safety cordon has been established (or while it is being established if you have enough hands on deck), targets can be retrieved from the storage container, and wheeled out to their desired locations on the target lines. Aim to have three people to a target, with an absolute maximum of four to a target. If a fifth archer arrives wanting to shoot the same distance, they will need to retrieve another target. Archers should then re-allocate themselves with three on the original target and two on the new target.
When all archers on a target have completed their shooting and the target is no longer needed, they should store it back in the Storage Container. The exception to this is if a Beginners Course is scheduled for that day, indicated on the Club Calendar. In this case please confirm whether the target is needed for the course with the Beginners Coordinator or any of the other club Instructors. Any members not physically capable of moving the target up the hill into storage should at least leave their target at the bottom of the ramp to make field teardown easier for the remaining members.
When the last keyholder needs to leave, the field needs to be torn down. All remaining members should assist with tearing the field down by storing any remaining targets back into the container, and assisting with the removal of the safety cordon.
- If there are enough members remaining, two members should proceed to the Safety Cordon end point. If you are the last member on site, proceed to the end point yourself. Start by untying the rope from the trolleys.
- One member should proceed to the rope reel at the start point and undo the rope tensioning knot from the tree. Once the rope end has been untied, begin winding the rope in. Be sure to feed the rope evenly across the width of the reel as it will quickly jam if all of the rope is piled onto a single point.
- At the end point, one member should collect the signs, while the other collects each post as the rope is wound back out of it.
- Once the winder has finished, they should remove the reel from the tree, and begin collecting posts or signs to assist members coming from the other end.
- The reel should be placed on the post trolley, and both trolleys wheeled back into the storage container.
- Confirm that there are a total of 8 signs on the warning signs trolley. If any are missing, make sure that both the advance warning signs have been collected, and that none of the signs have been missed due to being blown over by the wind.
- After securing the storage container, members should collect the two remaining signs from the near end of the field and store them inside the door of the clubhouse.