BEGINNER ARCHERY - OUTLINE
The Archery class will include the following:
Eye Dominance determined
Archery safety rules
Archery tackle sized to each Archer
Basic shooting techniques -National Training System method
Grouping & consistency
The first class in the Beginners Course series is an Orientation session and includes correctly sizing equipment to the archer (bow, arrows, safety gear etc.) and determining eye dominance (eye dominance controls aiming ).
We recommend that you do not purchase equipment until the student has been assessed for eye dominance, and has been shooting for a while. Students will be able to gain strength, and will need longer arrows as they practice and stretch out . We can advise on equipment at that time. Once the fundamentals have been learned, the student may also participate in open practice sessions (space permitting) and further training programs.
Classes open to all ages ( 9 and above). Families may shoot together.
Orientation class is required to shoot with the group in open sessions, or in a training session series.
Orientation Class See calendar for times offered. Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up, and set up.
Students are asked to help with equipment set up and clean up.
Parents or guardians not participating are to remain in the area (under sixteen years of age) until the lesson ends. If the parent or guardian leaves, then the child must leave also.
Waiver releases are required for all students to participate on ranges(youth under 18 :waiver to be signed by parent / guardian to participate.See calendar for waiver link.)
Safety rules /clothing :
-Each student is expected to participate each class period dressed in appropriate Archery attire with flat shoes. Shoes can also get muddy from the often wet turf. Sunscreen is recommended.
-Wear Closed toe shoes.Open-toe sandals, flip-flops or bare feet are not allowed, because arrows that may be lodged in the grass, can injure toes or feet if walked into.
-Clothing should be snug around the chest and arms so as not to get caught in the bowstring.
-Please remove jewelry such as long ear-rings, necklaces and arm bangles .
-Long hair may need to be tied back.
Beginner Archery Classes
Unless noted, all sessions are mixed youth & adults or family
Sessions include all recurve equipment and safety gear
See schedule for Orientation Sessions at
(see calendar as holidays and other events may change schedule)
Pre-registration required online
(Orientation Required to shoot with the group in training sessions)
A confirmation and further details on dress, directions etc,will be sent prior to class.
Classes fill fast!
Also see calendar for registration links and information .
Orientation $20: adult and youth ages 9 and up
We focus on form and safety at the orientation lesson, giving basics that will get students safely shooting, and a general feel for archery. We go over range rules, safety gear (finger tabs, arm guards, sling, etc, and size the bow and arrow to each archer. We work on getting the best use of our muscles and balance, combined with clear mental preparation, teaching a series of components/steps which build on one another.
Our NAA certified coach instructors teach the National Training System which is the method of training established by the US Olympic Archery head coach Kisik Lee. This training form is filtering down through all youth and adult programs nationwide.
After Orientation: Ongoing Training Sessions $15
Drop in, mixed youth and adult
For those that have completed our orientation
All recurve equipment supplied, for a period of time,or bring your own.
One hour class allowing students to gear up, continue with training basics in safety and form .Coach supervised training includes recurve bow and all safety equipment. Continuing, ongoing instruction , accommodating various skill levels and equipment styles. Covering: refining form, understanding equipment needs,equipment purchasing options, tournament rules, timing, string alignment, concentration, back tension.
After Orientation: To only participate in ongoing weekly classes, a minimum "USA Archery Recreational Archer" membership status ($15 annual fee) is required by the 4th class attended.
Choose "Learn Archery" as your club affiliation
This can be upgraded if desired, if student wishes to participate in either the JOAD or AAP acheivement ranking programs. to full adult or youth membership at anytime during the year by paying the difference in membership fee at the USA Archery website.
Weekly Class Registration: After orientation, an announcement will be sent prior to each training session outlining the training focus for the next session. Registration on the doodle for that class holds your spot and equipment use for that session. Space limited. Mixed youth and adult. JOAD AAP members have priority registration on scoring weekends as these are rank earning events.
JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development)
AAP (Adult Archery Program)
Membership in the JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) achievement program and Adult (AAP) achievement programs will be available for students wishing to earn achievement rank and pins and requires 2 memberships- a club level and the USA Archery full membership.
You must also hold a full (not "recreational" status ) youth, or adult (or family) membership in USA Archery to participate in the USA Archery JOAD/SOAD programs. The full USA Archery membership also allows participation in state, National, and regional tournaments, mail in tournaments, provides for participation in NFAA requirements for tournaments, and provides a newsletter and insurance for members.
Choose "Learn Archery" as your club affiliation
Weekly Class Registration: After orientation, an announcement email will be sent prior to each training session outlining the training focus for the next session. Register on the Doodle noted for the session you wish to attend to hold your spot and equipment use for that session. Space limited. Mixed youth and adult. JOAD SOAD members have priority registration on scoring weekends as these are rank earning events.
$15. All equipment provided.
To participate in sessions, note session selected in your subject line, when responding to e-blast:
Saturday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Training Session, Mixed youth and adult
Sunday : 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Training Session, Mixed youth and adult
Summers: all ages 10 and up; 2 hours each day for one week,
Concentrated course covering basics, and suitable for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience. Class covers: Eye Dominance, Archery safety rules, Warm-up exercises, Archery tackle sized to Archer (all equipment supplied), Proper shooting techniques -"basic steps", Grouping & consistency, scoring.
Beginner Archery Instruction, General Information
The Beginner Archery series of classes, concentrates on range rules, safety rules, range courtesy and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve equipment.
The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session, or re-introduction to archery using correct shooting techniques..
All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver)