A novice is defined as an adult archer ‘new’ to the sport and in their first year of registration with Archery GB, the governing body of archery in the UK.
There can be discrepancies in this. All club active archers must be registered with Archery GB, but non-club/competitive archers do not. People who have learned archery outside a club or from another country and subsequently join a UK archery club/Archery GB for the first time will be classed as a novice, even if they can shoot an indoor score of 599 out of 600! Previous Archery GB registered archers returning to the sport after a period of time do not re-enter a novice period.
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