Competition Information

Looking for information or resources beyond what XQuest can provide? Check out Archery Canada or Archery Ontario using the links below.

Additional Resources

As a recreational archer, it might surprise you to learn that competitions aren’t as inaccessible as you may have once believed! Athletes of all ages participate monthly in a variety of competitions across Ontario to varying degrees of success (the success being defined by the Athlete themselves, of course!). And you could to if you so choose.

We understand that the notion of competing may feel intimidating – we felt the same when we started – but with a little preparation and knowledge, you’ll be able to set yourself up for a most enjoyable experience!

Never be afraid to ask questions. We’re more than happy to answer. So if you’re looking for either: a competition at XQuest archery, or even just more information.


What to bring to a Tournament

Bring what you bring to your practice range – it’s what you know and what you use, and it won’t be different in competition.

You may see that some archers arrive with lots of equipment, supplies and you may feel this means your unprepared. Don’t worry. As you develop your skills and get more involved you may find yourself with more equipment, but to start you need only the basics. Focus on what you need now and worry later about what you might want to add to your gear. Make mental notes as the day progresses and ask yourself, would I really need that? Know how to score and how to add a running total, it’s required you might as well learn how now!

Most importantly, you will need your bow and it is good to have stand, as this may not be available at the tournament. Bring at least eight arrows, just in case you need spares, and a quiver. Just remember, the rules require that all the arrows you use be nocked and fletched in the same way normally your name or initials must be on your arrows (not your fletching).

You may want to consider some additional items, such as:

  • spare nocks, 
  • an extra string 
  • a towel to wipe your equipment down in case it rains. 
  • some basic tools and repair kit if you know how to make the repairs yourself
  • a pen for keeping score and perhaps a calculator
  • a pair of binoculars or scope may be something you will want when shooting longer distances

If you’re competing outdoors, don’t forget bug spray and suncsreen and some comfortable fitting rainwear. Hats are permitted.

If you’re competing outdoors, don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen and some comfortable fitting rainwear. Hats are permitted.

For local shoots, dress code may be fairly relaxed, but refer to the rules or ask if a dress code is in effect. For example in Target competitions camouflage clothing or denim may be restricted. Foot wear is often overlooked, in most tournaments, sandals, ‘flip flops’ etc are not allowed, the foot must be covered.

Archery Categories by Age

The following are the general Age Categories used in Canadian archery tournaments. Note that if there are not enough competitors in your age and or equipment category, you may be asked to compete in a similar category.

Master Men & Master Women 50+ years old
Senior Men [also called “Men”]

Anyone can compete as a Senior regardless of age. 

If you are 21 or older you must compete as a Senior and may not compete in younger categories.

Senior Women [also called “Women”]
U21 Men & Women 20 or younger
U18 Men &  Women 17 or younger
U15 Men & Women 14 or younger
U13 Men & Women 12 or younger
U10 Men & Women 9 or younger
Archery Etiquette

While any shooting is in progress the individual archer should always try to be aware of the rights and feelings of the rest of the group of archers he/she is shooting with. Following some simple rules of etiquette will allow for an enjoyable competition for all that is line with the principles of True Sport.

  • Do not talk loudly on the shooting line or distract other archers in any way during the shooting of the end. Respect that other archers may prefer to be silent when they shoot
  • When practicing do not shoot more arrows in an end than you would shoot in competition. It is unfair to hold up the line while you shot a dozen arrows. Try not to ‘hold up the line’, if you have 6 arrows left to shoot and no one else is shooting, yield the line so they can collect their arrows and then you can shoot with them.
  • When you have shot your end of required arrows, step back from the line several paces to give the other archers a chance to complete their end. This also lets the Director of shooting see that the line is clear
  • Do not remark on someone else’s shooting during the end.
  • Have an encouraging remark to pass rather than a sarcastic one.
  • Show self-control. Do not abuse your own shooting as this may upset or distract others.
  • Should you have problems, step back and signal the tournament archery judge. Do not bother the other archers on the line.
  • Leave other archers’ arrows in the target unless asked to remove them.
  • Respect the other arrows in the target while you are drawing your own.
  • Should you be asked for advice, do not take it upon yourself to do the job of an official who has been elected to do this work.
  • Pay attention, be respectful and cooperate with judges, volunteers or club officials carrying out their duties.
  • Above all, be a good sport and remember, it’s not the winning the counts but the participation.

Competitions Hosted Through XQUEST

CAMEX - JUNE 08, 2024

The Caméléons de Gatineau and XQuest Archery Club of Ottawa will be jointly hosting a double 720 registered competition at the Caméléons archery range in Gatineau on June 8 2024, with practice starting at 09:00.

A lunch break is planned at approximately 12:00, with the second 720 round starting up at 13:00.

Pre-registration required (deadline June 3, 2024)

Cost for the double 720: $35.00 (+Eventbrite registration fees). U15 fee: $30.00 (+Eventbrite registration fees).


AO / AC Membership

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FTAQ Membership

Alternatively, should you reside in Quebec, proof of FTAQ membership required to join the club.  Your FTAQ membership gives you liability insurance. To join FTAQ, click here


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