Classifications are important to all archers because they are the best indication of where you are in terms of scoring ability, and provide a benchmark for levels of improvement. There are nine outdoor classification levels: Elite Master Bowman, Grand Master Bowman, Master Bowman, Bowman 1st Class, Bowman 2nd Class, Bowman 3rd Class, Archer 1st Class, Archer 2nd Class & Archer 3rd Class. There are eight indoor classification levels: A is the highest and H is the lowest.
The handicap system is a way of adjusting scores to a baseline so that archers with different levels of experience can compete on an equal footing. An archery handicap is a number between 0 and 150 which indicates the ability of the archer. The lower the handicap the better the archer. An archer can have an outdoor handicap and a separate indoor handicap for each bow type they shoot.