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.


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]


  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". Retrieved 24 November 2016.