Selecting the best archery gear or archery equipment, for setting up an archery program for youth or adult groups can be overwhelming if you do not have any experience in coaching youth programs.It is recommended that the key instructor become certified with at least a Level one Basic Instructor certification as this will offer fundamentals in handling groups, keeping a positive focus, key training techniques,how to advise archers when errors show up on (or off) the target face, what those errors mean and what to say to correct the errors. Contact us and we can help guide you in selecting equipment, and gaining certification
It is important to follow the safety guidelines for range set up, indoors or outdoors.
Learn Archery's booklet, "Setting up your Archery Program", will be available in 2012. The instructional booklet covers coaching tips, setting up various ranges, equipment management , archery equipment selection and maintenance, and includes point by point outlines of steps to set up and conduct classes.Please e-mail us to be placed on the pre-sales announcement list.
Archery equipment and supplies guide to setting up archery camp, recreation department Archery programs, after school archery programs.
As a guide, below you will find basic list of what you will need to purchase for a starting archery program. Start with good equipment sized for the archer,and bows with correct limb weight, which will give the student a sense of accomplishment as they are able to reach their target without struggling. Many beginner programs use a 62" 15-18 lb draw recurve bow, which is suitable for either youth or beginner adults, if the program is mixed.
Distance to target is not usually more than 9 meters.
College archery programs /adult archery programs use different equipment- 66" 68" bows, weight depends on goals.
Most beginner programs use a 62" 15-18 lb draw recurve bow, which is suitable for youth (or beginner adults, if the program is mixed).
A recurve, 3-part take down bow, makes transportation easier, can be stored easily, plus the limbs can be changed out, expanding equipment options rather than purchasing an entire new bow.
If your budget is limited, students will typically prefer a better grade bow over the plastic/Fiberglas bows, and are willing to share/rotate, to shoot better equipment.
Start with light poundage ( 14-20lbs) pull, to perfect "form", and aid in successful results..
Other options if your program is large and you can afford various sizes:
54" for 8-12yr;
62" for 11-15yr;
66" for intermediates,
68" young adult/adult
Optional, improves aiming. Results in less lost arrows.
Select good basic aiming, with adjustment for windage, quick bow mount
These leather or rubber/plastic protectors for finger tips to prevent the strings from destroying fingers . Right or left handed
Worn on bow arm to protect it in case the string strikes bow arm. Longer ones are best for new or younger archers. Elbows often extend into the string release field.
It is important that the archer be measured for the correct size arrow length at the onset of any class- too short and arrows end up striking archers hand. If you get arrows that are too heavy/big, it will cause nothing but frustration. Arrows are sold by the dozen. Price list will have suggestions on dispensing arrows by labeling each length with a different nock color.
A case that is generally attached to belt or waist that will carry arrows. These keep youth from walking with arrows as they return to the shooting line.
Also, ground quiver, often used in camp settings,penetrates ground and holds arrows and bow at shooting line.
In a pinch: use milk crates.
Equipment for Administration:
Used for checking and adjusting the bracing height & tiller, set nocking point and kisser location of bow.
Used for crimping brass nock set to the bow string. Also some with nock remover.
Portable,used to brace up recurve bows
Several types, depends on storage availability, or if permanent set up
Target stand if not already a part of product.
Colored paper face, attached to target with pins , various sizes required.
Easy Port Bow rack:
Holds bows while archers retrieve arrows, or before beginning session.
Flags, cones, for delineation of area, or starting positions.