Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

 


Week 1

 

Note: Come and Try Sessions
“Come and Try” sessions will replicate Week 1 of the four week Beginners Course. Students who enrol in the Come and Try session can choose to upgrade to the Beginners Course and continue with Weeks 2 to 4.

  • Process Application Form and Payment

 

  • Prepare and attach Name Tags
  • Walk through Sign In / Sign Out procedures (and Sign In - no money required).

 

  • Equipment Fit Out
  • Bow
  • Finger Tab / Arm Guard

Students enrolled in the four week Beginners Course (only) receive a free arm guard and finger tab from new stock.

  • Arrows

Ensure each student has six arrows of proper fit and condition.

  • Group Session

 

  • Safety on the Range
  • No Running / Horse Play
  • Arrow handling
  • Arrows in the ground
  • Waiting Line / Shooting Line
  • Whistle procedures
  • No drawing / firing of bows without arrows
  • Shooting Technique

Refer to the Archery Australia training documents and ensure the following is covered. Coaches do not have to cover each of the steps separately-
Step 1 – Stance (T Form)
Step 2 - Nocking the Arrow
Step 3 - Drawing Hand 
Step 4 - Bow Hand, Bow arm and Pre-draw
Step 5 - Drawing the Bow
Emphasis no high drawing
Group session - Shooting Technique (continued)
Step 6 - Full Draw, Anchor and String Alignment
Step 7 - Holding and Aiming
Step 8 - Releasing
Step 9 - Follow Through
Step 10 - Relaxing and Recovery

 

  • Supervised Instruction - 10 metres
  • Shooting (reinforce 10 Steps / T form)

 

  • Removing arrows from Target
  • Arrow groupings / sight adjustment

 

  • Eye Dominance

During supervision, look for students who may have a mismatched draw arm and dominant eye. Perform an Eye Dominance test if required and discuss the pros / cons of changing to opposite draw arm and bow.

  • Update record sheets

Mark off attendance, RH or LH bow and poundage

  • Return Equipment
  • Sign Out

 

Week 2

  • Sign In
  • Attach name tags

 

  • Equipment Fit Out
  • Bow
  • Finger Tab / Arm Guard (if not using own)
  • Arrows

 

  • Group Session
  • Emphasise Correct Grip
  • Emphasise correct Anchoring
  • Emphasise Release / Follow Through (straight release)
  • Emphasise “Opening Up” prior to release

This is the expansion of the shoulder blades just prior and during the release, to prevent forward releases.

  • Supervised Instruction - 10 metres

 

  • Shooting

Continue reinforcing the 10 Steps and correct T-form

  • Assess / fit students out with heavier poundage bow

Students must demonstrate good technique before moving to a higher poundage

  • Assess / move students to 15 metres

Students must be consistently achieving scores higher than 50/60 (i.e., gold/red circles) before considering moving to a longer distance.

  • Compound / Long Bow Demonstration

Students will pause supervised instruction for two or three ends while coaches / club members walk through and demonstrate shooting a Compound Bow, Long Bow and/or Horse Back Bow (if available). Students will be advised that they can try different bow types from Week 3.

  • Questions and Answers (shooting techniques / tips)
  • Return Equipment

 

  • Update record sheets

Mark off attendance.

  • Sign Out

Week 3

 

  • Sign In
  • Attach Name Tags

 

  • Equipment Fit Out
  • Bow
  • Finger Tab / Arm Guard
  • Arrows (if not using own)

 

  • Group session
  • Walk through 10 steps separately

(Refer to Week 1 above for 10 steps)

  • Correct sight and string positioning while aiming

 

  • Supervised Instruction – 10/15 metres

Continue reinforcing the 10 Steps and correct T-form

  • Introduce 6 arrow scoring

(No score sheets. Teach students to score arrows “in their head” in readiness for score sheets in Week 4.)

  • Assess / fit students out with heavier poundage bow

Students must demonstrate good technique before moving to a higher poundage

  • Assess / move students to 15/20 metres

Students must be consistently achieving scores higher than 50/60 (i.e., gold/red circles) before considering moving to a longer distance.

  • Introduce Compound / Long Bow / Recurve Bows to students

Students should demonstrate good technique before moving to a different bow type
Apply time limits if there is a shortage of bow types

  • Questions and Answers (shooting techniques / tips)

Test student’s knowledge of 10 steps

  • Return Equipment

 

  • Update record sheets (attendance, RH or LH bow and poundage)
  • Sign Out

Week 4

 

  • Sign In
  • Attach Name Tags

 

  • Equipment Fit Out
  • Bow
  • Finger Tab / Arm Guard (if not using own)
  • Arrows

 

  • Supervised Instruction – 10/15/20 metres

Continue reinforcing the 10 Steps and correct T-form

  • Introduce Score sheets

Score sheet must be filled out completely and correctly. Important for students wishing to join and who may participate in club Round of the day

  • Assess / fit students out with heavier poundage bow

Students must demonstrate good technique before moving to a higher poundage

  • Assess / move students to 15/20 metres

Students must be consistently achieving scores higher than 50/60 (i.e., gold/red circles) before considering moving to a longer distance.

  • Introduce Compound / Long Bow / Recurve Bows to students

Students should demonstrate good technique before moving to a different bow type
Apply time limits if there is a shortage of bow types

  • Group Session

 

  • Explain Archery Australia / WCA club membership – Question and Answers
  • Explain Saturday Round of the Day, competitions, social events, resources, etc.
  • Discuss use of club equipment after completing Beginners Course
  • Discuss purchasing of equipment / archery shops – Questions and Answers
  • Introduce club members – President, Treasurer, mentors, etc.
  • General Questions and answers
  • Issue club membership forms
  • Return Equipment

 

  • Update record sheets (attendance, RH or LH bow and poundage)
  • Issue Completion of Course certificates

Students must have attended all four sessions and demonstrate to coach(s) that he/she is capable of operating on an archery range in a proficient and safe manner.

  • Sign Out