Combat archery

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Archery tag game played in West Los Angeles

Combat archery, sometimes known as battle archery, is a sport similar to dodgeball, paintball or Nerf war played with bows and arrows tipped with foam.

History[edit]

The Archery Tag equipment brand was invented by John Jackson of Waterloo, Indiana in 2011.[1] The sport experienced a boost in popularity from the Hunger Games book and film series, which features a bow-wielding protagonist, and Jackson staged target shooting activities using his patented "non-lethal arrows" at local premieres of the films.[1] By 2014, Jackson had licensed the game to 170 locations, in the United States, UK, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, and a number of other countries.[1] Other brands such as Battle Archery,[2] Battle Bows, or Arrow Tag[3] have followed suit with similar formats.

Rules & gameplay[edit]

A game of archery tag in Toronto

The combat archery sport game play is a combination of 3 other main sports including, dodgeball, paintball, and archery. Participants form teams of 5 and shoot at opponents with large foam tip arrows using a bow.[4] To avoid injury, participants wear protective face masks[5] and use bows with less than 30lb draw weight.

The game's rules closely resemble dodgeball. The game begins with a number of arrows in the center of the arena. At the whistle, players race to collect them, before firing them at one another across the playing field. A player is eliminated if struck by an arrow, and a player can bring an eliminated teammate back into play by catching an arrow.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Anderson, Stacey (8 May 2014). "Archery Tag Offers a Tame Version of 'The Hunger Games'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ "battlearcheryuk". battlearcheryuk. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  3. ^ "Arrow Tag | Worldwide Locations & News for Combat Archery". Arrow Tag Worldwide Locations and News. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  4. ^ Cruz, Irene. "You can safely shoot your friends with arrows in Rocklin". KXTV. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ "New Charlottesville Company Launches Archery Tag Game". nbc29.com. Retrieved 24 November 2016.