It is a natural instinct. The instinct to be safe or be protected. For many, protection comes in numbers, in a pack or a "herd". When an Archery Tag game begins players often flock toward the protection of the bunkers and amongst some of their teammates. New players may be nervous about being exposed out in the open. Others just may want a safe spot while they load their bow. The forming of a "herd" is something we see all the time and definitely something to to look for during a game as it will provide an opportunity to easily eliminate some of the competition.
Take a look at the photo above. Even an unexperienced archer would be able to just send an arrow into this group without much skill and send one of these players to the sideline.. A player who has some experience, has the proper touch or angle could even send an arrow into this pack from the back of the playing field without putting themselves at risk for being hit. Like shooting fish in a barrel.
So, during the game, our advice is to avoid clustering or "herding' up since it provides your opponents a larger and easier target that is hard to miss. If you look around you and most of your team is right next to you then consider finding a new place to find some safety. As an attacker, keep an eye out for groups like this and give your team the advantage as you send opponents to the sideline like a "boss".