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** No archery class this Friday, May 17th 

Closed for the Victoria Day Long weekend **




Archery has been a vital part of civilization for millenniums. Originating with our hunter- gatherer ancestors and passed down through time, what was one day a means to provide food and protection for one’s family is now a favourite pastime for both young and old.

Whether carved as petroglyphs on the walls of ancient dwellings or viewed worldwide at the Olympics, it’s easy to see archery has been around for a long time along and continues to be a pop culture phenomenon.

Made even more popular by recent Hollywood
films, there is little doubt archery is here to stay. This popular activity continues to provide today’s youth with both fun and valuable learning.

Archery is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing recreational activities among today’s youth. Regardless of age, this activity is attracting countless young people to become proficient at a very ancient tradition.

In both urban and rural areas there is a groundswell of curiosity in the fine art of archery, resulting in overwhelming growth in all aspects of the sport. Local archery clubs have continued to experience drastic growth in memberships and archery dealers have noticed the same trend in archery equipment sales.

The results are obvious. In 2012 one out of every 12.5 people participated in archery. This growing worldwide interest was exemplified during the 2012 Olympics, by the fact that archery was the most watched sport.

Made accessible by beginner archery lessons, after school programs and local archery shops, archery can provide lifelong value to those getting involved.


While some parents might be tempted to believe archery is a passing trend, think again. As a low-impact and lifetime interest, this is one pastime that will teach valuable lessons as well as provide entertainment.


Besides the fun of sending arrows downrange into a target, archery is also a teaching tool. Providing life lessons,archery is far more than ownership of a bow and arrow. So, what lessons can archery teach kids?


Archery may be considered a sport to most, but to those involved it is a series of precise movements learned by discipline. Archery teaches discipline by demanding proper stance, draw, anchor and release. The archer will quickly learn that with each shot there must be consistency and control. These are required basic fundamentals to make accurate shots.

More than just another sport, the bow and arrow will teach the shooter that being disciplined in small things always leads to greater success downrange.


Much like golf, archery requires mental focus. Learning to block out all other distractions is a must for accuracy. Allowing your mind to stray will mean a stray arrow will follow. Good archers focus on making each shot count. This requires a mind set on making sure of proper form and correct shot execution every time. In a world full of distractions, archery assists in establishing a laser like focus of the mind.


Archery is about repeating the same mechanics time-after-time. These small details can make all the difference between expertise and mediocrity. Repeatability of your anchor point, sight picture and release are key elements of archery. These may sound simple, but as every archer knows, they require practice. Getting your kids into archery will help them pay attention to appreciate the small things.


Archers understand that in order to improve, they must be persistent. The muscle memory required to excel will require regular practice. Not every arrow will always be right on target but there’s never room to quit. This is a valuable lesson for any young person to learn.


Hurry is not the archer’s friend. While today’s world may be in a hurry, archery forces the shooter to slow down and follow through. Rushing the shot will usually result in a lack of accuracy. Learning to patiently shoot one arrow at a time is a lesson that will provide great value for your kids in years to come.


Psychologists agree that confidence plays an important factor in child development. This confidence is strengthened when children can visualize their own personal skills. Archery provides visual stimulation to the child, making it possible for them to see the progression, development and possession of various skills. Few activities can give your child confidence like archery can.


Although archery can be leveraged as a team sport, it is very dependent upon the actions of the individual. The shooter will soon realize that any mistake or error is his or her own fault. In archery there is no one to blame if an arrow fails to hit its mark. This lesson is an important one for any youth to learn. Personal responsibility is a major player all through life.


The law of physics doesn’t allow cheaters. The archer will soon recognize that, in order to be consistent, he or she has to follow the rules. This may sound too simplistic, but it’s a known fact that most kids do better in school after participating in archery. The principal of understanding rules are necessary is an important part of a child’s character development.


Although each arrow is dependent upon a single shooter, archery is a social activity. Standing side by side with other archers will help to develop knowledge sharing skills. Few things can compare to watching your child sit down and help another child through a problem they are having. This is the result of spending time within the archery community. When your child begins to help another shooter with their shooting, you recognize these skills far exceed putting an arrow in a target.

10. FUN 

No one can simply hand you archery skills; they must be earned. But, once received, there is great reward for the time spent earning them. Life isn’t all work and neither is archery. Life is enjoyable and rewarding when work is put in its proper perspective. So it is with archery.

Archery is both fun and rewarding. And the harder you work, the more rewarding it is. As kids learn this, they will understand that work can be fun.


A recreational specialist recently wrote, “Archery is the only sport I’ve seen that is this structured. Kids learn to wait their turn, follow directions, set goals and challenge themselves. Once they’re instructed, hardly any of my students cause problems. Archery develops character, and these students will benefit the rest of their lives.”

Archery isn’t just another hobby, with time and encouragement your child will develop skills that will last a lifetime.


Does the String Hit Your Arm?

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It may seem obvious, but I recently watched someone shoot many arrows, wondering why all his arrows fell short until it finally dawned on him that the string was ‘catching’ on his shoulder. (If you habitually shoot in a heavy jumper, now might be the time to move to t-shirts.)

If the string connects with the shoulder of a bulky garment, or the flapping sleeve of a t-shirt (always a problem when shooting outdoors), it will be slowed down by a random amount. The arrow will similarly be slowed down, and it will be impossible to get a consistent vertical group – often it will be impossible even to hit the target.


The solution? Wear a light top, preferably not too loose-fitting. A chest guard (roughly a tenner from your friendly archery suppliers) will also help hold your clothes in check. Rolling up an awkward t-shirt sleeve can be useful.

A related (but infinitely more painful) problem can occur if you have a nobbly elbow that sticks out into the path of the string. Many are the hideous bruises I have taken home from a shooting session. But this need never happen! This problem is caused by locking the left arm, in the belief that this will (a) hold the bow steadier or (b) get a longer draw. Actually, (b) is true enough, but any benefit is thoroughly outweighed by the disadvantage of the string hitting the elbow.

The solution? Relax the left arm a bit and rotate the elbow slightly clockwise, so it sticks out to the left a bit. You’ll probably find that it’s harder to stay at full draw in this position, but your muscles will soon adapt to the increased strain.

See you on the range today for a mini-tournament!



Let it go …

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The process of releasing the bowstring is much more than merely opening the fingers. The bowstring must be allowed to leave the fingertips cleanly and it is important to note that you are trying to allow the string to come off of your fingers straight in-line with the arrow.

* If you snap the fingers open, the bowstring will not deviate from the straight path as much as when you slowly open your fingers and let the bowstring roll off the fingertips.

Open the fingers in a crisp but smooth motion.

The Release Video


See you at the range,




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Developing a strong technique takes time, coaching and the one ingredient that nobody can ignore: Practice. Fixing little mistakes, or nuances, that might make somebody less accurate is important – and who better to point them out than the archers and coaches who have been there, fixed that? Aiming is a real art in and of itself.

“Even though an archer is aiming at a certain point at full draw, they often lose the aiming point when they release” 

Many archers think about the line of the circle – but they must only focus on the centre sight pin and where it is on the target. Consciously focus on the release – subconsciously you focus on aiming.


Don’t aim too hard – Over aiming can be just as dangerous: Too much thinking, and aiming too much. The two are tied together. If you’re thinking too much, you’ll be aiming too much, and then holding longer

Both of these are only fixed with deliberate training – Guess what we will be working on this week? Hummmmm …

See you on the range this Friday.



There is an Archery Class this Friday!

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Hey FC Archers,

* Remember that this Friday’s archery classes are at 9-10am (youth archers) & 10-11am (adult archers). Hopefully, this will better accommodate those that will be attending evening church services for Good Friday.

For the last few weeks, we have been working on Blind Bale Shooting. Here is a little bit more information about the practice and its purposes of developing good archery form.

Blind Bale Shooting 

More often than not, shooting inaccuracies stem from human error rather than equipment error. A shooter can encounter a variety of issues that negatively impact their shot, such as stance, muscle balance, and anchor point, and these can be especially prevalent when a shooter is experiencing target panic. Pumping adrenaline and nerves will only increase the inaccuracies in your shot. Enter blind bale shooting.

In blind bale shooting, you shoot at a target with your eyes closed. Yes, you read that right. Shoot with your eyes closed.  Since your eyes are closed, you’ll want to stand close to the target so that you don’t miss. The purpose of it is to build muscle memory, so in pressure situations when your brain is panicking and screaming for help, your muscles can go through a specific and consistent shot sequence. Taking the mental aspect out of your practice allows you to only focus solely on and perfect your physical form.


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