Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions people ask about Archery Tag® and extreme archery. If you still have questions, please contact us!

General


Archery Tag® is the brand equipment for use in the sport of extreme archery.

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Archery Tag® is now often used informally as a genericized trademark that has become synonymous for bow and arrow combat-type games in the USA and around the world as well as for the equipment used for the game.

The game of extreme (combat) archery is a mix of dodgeball, paintball, and archery with players hitting each other with non-lethal arrows to score points or eliminate opposing team members. See game rules.

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Good question. That is one of the most asked questions and a commonly heard complaint. We want everyone to understand that Archery Tag® is a trademark of the brand of equipment that we supply. Unfortunately, the use of the registration mark and having the name trademarked in the USA and around the world has not prevented people from illegally using the name for knockoff equipment and gameplay.

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Archery Tag® Equipment


The “NON-LETHAL ARROW” is an arrow with a soft, foam tip that was developed by John Jackson and is protected by U.S. PATENTS #8,449,413 and #8,932,159 for use in the sport of extreme archery.

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Archery Tag® bow, arrows, facemask, bunkers, and 5-spot knockout target.

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It is black and white (sometimes with a pop of red) with an Archery Tag® logo. There is no gray area (or blue, green, pink, or any other color) when it comes to the equipment - as the originator and industry leader in the design and manufacture of extreme archery gear, Archery Tag® equipment is often copied but never duplicated.

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Did you watch the video or read about the knockoff brands? Do it and then decide if you want to risk getting hit with a knockoff arrow.

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The Archery Tag® brand established the sport of extreme archery while maintaining a focus on innovative product development and preserving the highest levels of safety. Knockoffs exist and fail in the important area of safety. View the testimonials or warnings about counterfeit products.

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The Archery Tag® bows and arrows are manufactured in the USA of materials of 100% USA origin.

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Archery Tag® equipment is currently available only to Licensed Providers. For more information click here.

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Extreme Archery


Extreme Archery is an action-packed, adrenaline-filled sport enjoyed by millions of people in 65 countries. Teams of generally five players on opposite sides of the field, separated by a 20-foot neutral zone, attempt to hit opposing players with non-lethal arrows. There two common types of gameplay: League Style (points) and Classic (elimination).

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We began describing Archery Tag® as the original family-friendly combat archery, which was soon adopted by the copycats. Now, we refer to our sport as extreme archery. This too will likely be copied.

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Extreme archery involves a set field, neutral zone (formerly called safe zone), and specific rules of play. Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) is when players pursue goals within a fictional setting with “in character” interactions with one another.

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The teams are separated by a 20-foot neutral zone (previously referred to as a “safe zone”), so the nearest anyone will shoot is 20 feet.

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Playing Extreme Archery


Yes, a facemask. We suggest players remove jewelry, piercings, and headwear to avoid potential injury.

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Anyone who can draw the bow. Extreme Archery is inclusive; anyone can participate, regardless of gender, age, socio-economic background, or athletic ability.

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Yes. With a stellar safety record since its inception in 2011, the Archery Tag® brand pioneered the exhilarating sport of extreme archery, while maintaining a focus on innovative product development and preserving the highest levels of safety. The gameplay is intense yet safe for participants. Visit our Safety page.

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Well, it depends on where you are hit; some players may choose to wear a jockstrap. Otherwise, there is virtually no pain, and most say they are more surprised than anything when struck by an Archery Tag® arrow.

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Yes. We offer a 20# Cadet bow and a 28# Pro bow. A 12-year-old can usually draw one of the other. We have had six-year-old kids play with the 20# bow. Your parents will be asked to sign a Waiver.

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Yes! We had an 88-year-old grandmother play who nailed CEO John Jackson in the gut with an arrow. You will be asked to sign a Waiver.

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Most have never picked up a bow and arrow before playing extreme archery. Learning to shoot is quick, easy, and usually becomes intuitive and improved during gameplay.

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For optimal strategizing and teamwork, we recommend five (5) players per team.

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Players line up at the end of the field with a bow in hand and one foot on the end line. When the official indicates game start, players run to the neutral zone to grab as many arrows as possible (without snatching from another player who already has possession).

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Sure, as long as the safety rules are followed such as the 20-foot neutral zone and facemasks. Also, League Style must be used for leagues.

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We have had Harry Potter Quidditch versions, no bunkers, removing bunkers when target knocked out or player hit, just to name a few.

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About 8 to 10 minutes. If there is a large group, it may be limited to less time.

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With Licensed Providers throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, in over 65 countries, with more joining every day, there is likely a Licensed Provider near you. Check the map.

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If you are interested in bringing extreme archery to your community, Contact Us.

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Archery Tag® Equipment Versus The Knockoffs


The Archery Tag® arrow is what prompted the creation of the sport of extreme archery. It has been extensively tested, and the company has had no insurance claims since the sport was introduced in 2011. Beware of knockoff arrows that have proven unsafe.

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Archery Tag® equipment is the original brand of equipment introduced by John Jackson in 2011. Due to the meteoric rise in popularity, others have copied the extreme archery game (also developed by John Jackson) and use knockoff arrows and other knockoff/generic brand equipment.

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View the testimonials or warnings about counterfeit products. Now ask yourself, do I want my children, friends, and associates to be hit with an Archery Tag® arrow or a knockoff product? Another reason is that it is less expensive than the knockoff competitors.

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Splash Tag™


It has over 6.5M Facebook views, but if you have not seen it, you should  have a look—it’s wet and wild, it’s Extreme Archery in water!

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This is a new product that has only recently been offered to Licensed Providers.

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Licensed Providers


Passion and commitment.  A desire to help people of all backgrounds and skill levels enjoy something that most of them have never experienced before.

 

We believe being a Licensed Provider goes far beyond filling out the application and purchasing a package. One of the most rewarding things about being an Archery Tag® Licensee is attracting people of all ages and backgrounds to the exciting sport of extreme archery.

Visit our Becoming a Licensed Provider page for additional information.

 

Visit our Becoming a Licensed Provider page for additional information.

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Unless terminated sooner by either party, the License shall remain in effect for one (1) year.

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Complete the Application, choose a Package (we will send you a link with options), and sign the License and Sourcing Agreement. Visit our Becoming a Licensed Provider page for additional information.

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Use of the Archery Tag® name, logos, and promotional materials. A location pin on the Archery Tag® locations map. Archery Tag® Licensed Provider webpage. Trusted and tested equipment. Being part of the company that originated the equipment and sport of extreme archery, and a social media following of over 2 million followers. Access to the Licensed Provider Facebook group. Promotion via our social media, such as Licensed Provider Spotlights and Event Spotlights.   ...

Yes, however, you would need a separate License for each location.

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No problem. Only License would be required.

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No. A Licensed Provider must put on an Archery Tag® event.

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Most certainly. Not only will we post it on our website, but we may also spotlight the event.

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Absolutely. Contact us!

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Teams compete on a field that measures 70 ft. (21 m.) by 30 ft. (9 m.). It consists of two action zones separated by a 20-foot neutral zone. Three bunkers placed strategically in each action zone and a 5-Spot Knockout Target at the neutral zone attack line finish out the standard field.

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We also offer a Modular Arena with netting that surrounds the action zone, preventing arrows from leaving the field of play and spectators a closer look at the action.

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To keep the cost affordable and there is strength in numbers, which promotes the brand, the sport of extreme archery, and all Licensed Providers.

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Much of this depends on the effort put forth by you. You can reasonably expect to earn a return on your investment within the first several months. Some see a return after one corporate event.

 

Many Archery Tag® Licensees have reported growth that has exceeded their original expectations, thus opting to phase out less profitable options such as Laser Tag, which has a much higher monthly overhead.

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This will depend on your local market. However, prices are comparable to what is charged for laser tag and bubble soccer in your area. Charge by the group, by the match, or by the hour.

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However, prices are comparable to what is charged for laser tag and bubble soccer in your area. Be sure to consider the length of the event and the number of attendees.

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Success can be defined in many ways and depends on WHY you included Archery Tag® equipment and extreme archery to your business, organization, or church.

For those who want to become self-employed, Archery Tag® gear and the extreme archery sport provide an affordable way to start a business with the brand recognition that our global presence provides. For those adding Archery Tag® equipment and extreme archery to an existing business will also benefit from the global recognition, which includes over 2M Facebook followers. Additionally, the low costs make it a desirable alternative the high maintenance costs of laser tag. There is no pain as with paintball, and there is no mess. For camps, Archery Tag® gear and extreme archery provide a unique experience that promotes teambuilding and engages both males and females of all ages. For churches, Archery Tag® gear and extreme archery provide an outreach tool for youth and adults as well as a fantastic fundraising tool. ...

Archery Tag® equipment is available to official Licensees. There are four (4) different package options, so you can choose what best suits your business model. There is also optional equipment to augment Licensee offerings.

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There are discounts for schools, not-for-profit organizations, and the military.

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We offer a year-one warranty on equipment against manufacturer defect.

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For example, if someone steps on an arrow and breaks it, that is not under warranty. If a bow is left strung, thrown, or leaned on, are other reasons to negate the warranty.

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Permissions to use the Archery Tag® name, logos, and promotional materials will be revoked.

Your pin will be removed from the map.

Your Licensed Provider webpage shut down.

You will be removed from the Facebook Licensed Provider Group.

Basically, you can no longer offer Archery Tag® gameplay or events.

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Media


Absolutely! Contact Us for instructions.

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Yes.

 

Facebook has over 2.3  million followers

YouTube

Instagram

Twitter

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This is reserved for Licensed Archery Tag® providers and media with the express written permission of Global Archery Products, Inc.

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Careers


We are always looking for employees who are committed, energetic, loyal, and creative. See our Careers section for current openings at our Headquarters in Ashley, Indiana.

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