Archery scoring is really not hard to figure out especially if you're a beginner. You must have an understanding though on what goes on in the actual competition. Archery competitions may either be held indoors or outdoors. Generally, indoor NAA target distances are 18m while outdoor distances range from 30m to 90m. The Olympics on the other hand uses 70m. Most competitions held outdoor consist of numerous distances. The competition will be divided into ends and an archer will shoot between 3 and 6 arrows per end, this will depend on the type of round. The competitors will then walk to the target to score and retrieve their arrows after each end. There would be 20 ends of 3 arrows in a round of indoor competition. It's different in outdoor competition because it generally involves more arrows.
The targets will be marked with 10 uniformly spaced concentric rings that have score values from 1 to 10 assigned to each. There is also an inner 10 ring which is sometimes referred to as the "X Ring". This becomes the 10 ring at indoor competitions but for outdoors, it mainly serves as a tiebreaker and who scores the most number of Xs wins. How is archery scoring done? Competitors score each end by summing the scores for their arrows. The arrow should be touching the dividing line between each colored zone for you to earn the highest score. Values scored by each arrow are recorded on a sheet and must be written in descending order. Missed arrows are written as M instead of 0.
During and before scoring, nobody is allowed to touch the arrows. After the scoring takes place, each hole will be marked before arrows are retrieved.