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NASP Scoring - How NASP Archery Tournaments are Scored

Posted on 16 June 2014

A NASP tournament is often a young archer’s first experience at tournament shooting and scoring. While scoring at practice is usually pretty loose, tournament rules are very strict. It is important to know the rules so an innocent mistake doesn’t lead to a disqualification.

Starting Out

First, never be afraid to ask a question. NASP tournaments are filled with young, first time participants so the judges and assistants are there to help. If at any time you are confused or unsure if you are scoring your arrows correctly, it is best to ask.

To ensure fairness, each archer will have a lane mate. This partner will assist you in recording your scores while you will record your partner’s. This partner will also be shooting at your target. You will call the scores of your arrows while your partner will record the scores. Once you are done calling scores, you will switch roles with your partner and record theirs.

Scoring Specifics

Scoring in NASP is very simple. All NASP tournaments are scored on Official Morrell NASP Targets. The outer ring is one point, the next is two points, three points, and etc. The very center of the target is 10 and has an extra ring called the X. This ring counts as 10 points and is recorded on the scorecard as X. X’s are used to break ties at the end of the tournament.




Record scores starting with the highest scoring arrow and progress to the lowest scoring. Add them up for the end total and then add that for the running total. Record the amount of X’s for each end and total the total at the end of the tournament.

Here is a scoring example:


Arrow 1  

Arrow 2  

Arrow 3  

Arrow 4  

Arrow 5  

End Total  


X Total


























Arrows that touch the line of a higher scoring ring gets the higher score. For instance, if Jack shoots an arrow that is between 5 and 6 and is touching the line on the ‘Six’ ring, Jack gets the higher score. If Wendy shoots an arrow between 8 and 9 and there is still red showing between the arrow and the line of the ‘Nine’ ring, then she only receives 8 points.

When there is a disagreement about the score of an arrow be sure to ask a line judge to make the call.


Before scoring it is important to know the target rules and tournament etiquette. Poor etiquette skills will not only upset your fellow archers, some actions can mean your shots don’t count or will disqualify your entirely from the tournament.

  • Don’t run, walk. Never run at the range unless it is an emergency.
  • Decide the order with your fellow archer. This allows the score cards to be ordered, and makes scoring go faster if everyone isn’t trying to score at once.
  • Never pull or touch arrows until everyone has scored. Pulling and touching arrows, even just your own, risks disturbing other people’s arrows before their scores have been recorded. Also, if there is a dispute about what ring an arrow is touching, leaving the arrow in the target gives the judge a fair view of the arrow.
  • Give plenty of room around the target. When you are done scoring, step away so others can score.

Remember, it is okay to ask a judge if you have questions. If it's your first tournament you must be patient with yourself. Concentrate on shooting well and just have a good time!

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