Tactics and Strategies
Depending on the type of game you’re playing, your team captain may be commanding a variety of different tactics and strategies.
However, with all the formats out there, it is equally important to establish your best archers and different players strengths and weaknesses before starting the game.
A few questions to ask your teammates are:
Who has played or has done archery before and is most likely to be accurate?
Who is the most agile and best to dodge arrows?
Who is the quickest and most able to retrieve lots of arrows from the safe zone (or catch them)?
If you are ultra-competitive, (who isn’t?), setting up your strategy before the whistle blows can help lead your team to victory.
What do you wear to an archery tag event?
Although looking good isn’t the goal of the game, there are specific clothing and equipment requirements to follow while participating in a game of archery tag for player safety (and team unison).
While there is no specific dress code, you should wear athletic gear or sport-style clothing. Since it’s a fast-paced game, your clothes shouldn’t be constricting and should allow you to be nimble in dodging the arrows.
Following your common sense, don’t wear high heels—unless they are some pretty comfortable wedges (just kidding—please don’t wear high heels), open-toed shoes nor anything that will mess with your ability to dodge, dive and duck.
In addition, if you’ve got long hair, whipping it back and forth might be a great dance move but it won’t help you here. Having it tied back with nothing hanging in the neck area is your best bet in archery tag.
Dress to impress—but also to not get injured.
Archery tag players must have all of the following four pieces of equipment:
A snakebow is designed for recreational archery, which is perfect for beginners since it’s very straightforward to operate.
LARP-safe arrows are arrows that are blunted at the end and designed to minimize any impact when fired at a player. Don’t worry, these will not pierce your skin like regular archery arrows (thank God)!
How much does archery tag cost?
Thankfully, entering in a game of archery tag won’t cost you your life—just about the same price as a movie ticket and some popcorn. (Which is a small price to pay for some amazing fun).
Plus, you’ve already paid that much to watch the Hunger Games—why wouldn’t you pay it to actually live out the action?
The price can change from facility to facility—or even be cheaper if you’re setting it all up yourself.
Fortunately, the sport is becoming increasingly popular among university societies where the costs may be cheaper and equipment available to rent.
Typically, you’re looking at $25 to $35 for a 1.5-hour session of combat archery, depending on the day of the week. Weekends are peak days, so prices will be more expensive then compared to off-peak times during the week.
Check your local provider for their own price list and also whether there is a cost for equipment rentals. If you are new to the sport, it is unlikely that you will want to purchase all the equipment before trying bow tag out.