Basic Rules of an Archery Tag® Game

Archery Tag® consists of teams of five players on opposing sides, separated by a Safe Zone.



League Style (points)

This style of game play makes a great spectator sport because it is fast paced with many lead changes, and is more beneficial to newer players or those who are "paying per game." When a player is hit with an arrow, they remain in the game and continue to play.

Basic Rules

The object of this style is to score as many points as possible in the allotted time (typically 5 to 10 minutes depending on scheduling and number of players).

Points are scored in the following manner:
1 point is awarded for:

  • Shooting an opposing player with an arrow in one of the following areas:
    • Players body (including the head)
    • Any and all clothing (uniform)
    • Any equipment (bows, arrows, masks, etc.)
2 points are awarded for:
  • Knocking a spot completely out of the opposing teams target
  • Catching an opponent's arrow in mid-flight

Elimination Style (classic)

This option appeals to the more experienced players, or those who like more risk in the game. When a player is hit with an arrow, they are out of the game until one of their teammates catches an arrow or knocks out one of the spots from the opposing team's 5-spot target.

Basic Rules

The object of this style of play is to have the most players and target spots remaining at the end of a timed game (typically 5 to 10 minutes depending on scheduling and number of players).

Getting a Player Out

A player is considered out and must leave the field if:

  • The player is hit with an opposing teams arrow in any of the following areas:
    • Players body (including the head)
    • Any and all clothing (uniform)
    • Any equipment (bows, arrows, masks, etc.)
  • The player shoots an arrow that is caught mid-air by an opposing player

Recalling a Player

A player can return to the game if:

  • A teammate catches an opponent's arrow in mid-air
  • A teammate knocks out one of the spots from the opposing team's 5-spot target.