Ruby Rose And Julianne Hough
Team Up For Archery Tag Ruby Rose And Julianne Hough Team Up For Archery Tag

Actresses Ruby Rose (“Orange is the New Black”) and Julianne Hough (“Dancing With the Stars”) suited up for an Archery Tag-filled weekend while Hough visited fiancé and professional hockey player Brooks Laich in Toronto, where the paintball-like sport has quickly become popular. Celebrity friends Shannon Kook (“Degrassi”) and Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”) rounded out the archery squad to an even four.

The Archery Tag franchise already has 563 licensees in 45 countries, with over 200 in the United States alone. Here are five reasons you might want to take Hough and Ruby Rose’s lead and hit up an Archery Tag venue for arrow-flinging fun.

1. It’ll knock your socks off.

The whistle blows. Your teammates run onto the battlefield. You’re armed with a facemask, recurve bow and quiver of foam-tipped arrows. Arrows streak back and forth between your teammates and your opponents. You run, tuck and roll behind a blowup target for cover. Suddenly, you’re the last archer standing on your team, and it’s up to you to take out the opponent’s target.

If that action-packed description sounds fun, then Archery Tag is for you. Archery fans of all ages around the globe are tuned into this fast-paced game that pits two five-archer teams against each other in the ultimate elimination game. Move over, paintball. There’s a new combat game in town!

2. It’s great exercise.

You’ve heard of the “runner’s high” and witnessed “endorphin junkies” in action. They’re the guys and gals proudly sporting ripped tanks while beasting through burpees and suicide runs, and chasing a post-workout bliss caused by chemical reactions in the brain and body during exercise. But they can keep their runner’s high. We’re aiming for the “archer’s high.”

Take those suicide runs, throw on a facemask, and add a bow and arrow to the mix. Your heart rate will soar as you dodge between blow-up bunkers while launching arrows at the opposing team.

Archery Tag is a great way to increase your heart rate. Photo Credit:

Archery Tag is a great way to increase your heart rate. Photo Credit:

According to Harvard University, 30 minutes of stationary archery burns about 100 calories, depending on your body weight. Because Archery Tag is more action-packed than normal archery competitions, we compared its calorie-burning potential to paintball. The principles are similar, so we assume its fitness benefits will also be similar.

According joshyspecks, a community member on, paintball players burn up to 1,200 calories in three hours. That’s 400 calories per hour! Fellow community member mrhappy2k also praised paintball’s heart-strengthening benefits. “I just started playing paintball again this past weekend, and I felt the burn!,” he posted. “It’s a great cardio workout from the variety of movements, and it showed me just how out of shape I am!”

Need to build up your stamina before roving an Archery Tag course? Try your hand at traditional archery first. It’ll fuel your body, mind and spirit.

3. Competition breeds team building.

According to Huffington Post, competitive environments boost self-esteem, encourage goal setting, and foster a sense of community among teammates. Perhaps that’s why “Once Upon a Time’s” newest cast members spent an afternoon playing Archery Tag.


Practicing and competing with an archery team and/or coach teaches archers respect, sportsmanship and teamwork. They must respect the sport’s rules, each other and the range/tournament organizers. Whether solo or as teammates, archers interact while honing their goals and determination.

4. It’s a great date idea.

Archery Tag is way cooler than dinner and a movie. Plus it can be played with a group of friends, eliminating the nerves that creep up when contemplating hours of first-date small talk. And if your date isn’t going as planned, you can blow off steam by firing arrows. Don’t worry: The patented arrows are designed for safety.

“I’m happy to say the pain factor of Archery Tag proved minimal,” wrote New York Times journalist Stacey Anderson. “My forearm stung for a few moments when hit squarely by an arrow, but it did not leave a mark.”

A boring date, though? That’ll surely leave a mark.

Archery Tag is a great activity for dates and group gatherings. Photo Credit: Rollins College

Archery Tag is a great activity for dates and group gatherings. Photo Credit: Rollins College

5. It’s better than exercise alone.

Evidence suggests that social activities, such as archery and Archery Tag, promote health and stress management. Elite Daily reported: “According to new research out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, having a solid social network throughout your life is pretty d**n important to your health — as important as getting enough exercise, in fact.” The report links social inactivity to health problems like inflammation, high blood pressure and more.

If you’re seeking a new weekend activity, an easy way to make friends, or an out-of-the-box exercise plan, consider Archery Tag. Who knows. You might develop a lifelong love for bows and arrows, and be inspired to try bowhunting or competitive archery.

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