Learning with archery is more difficult than most
sports. With many sports (basketball, soccer, fencing, etc.), in the
initial stages, the student learns one or two skills and practices
them. Then other skills are added until all skills are
learned. These are the basic units of these sports.
With archery, there is a steep initial learning curve. The basic unit is the complete shot. To shoot an arrow safely and with control,
all the skills must be learned at the
beginning. You can't practice part of a shot and shoot an arrow!
For recurve archers, The Archery Program teaches the National
Training System (NTS) technique, the shooting method used by top
international competitors. The elements the NTS that apply are also
taught for compound. The NTS has its foundation in ancient
traditional technique where archers shot over 100 pound bows, so it
is taught there, too.
Get Started Right
Try it first —
For those who have never shot, the
allows you to either see what shooting is like, or to assess the
interest of a child. In a small group with 2 instructors,
there is some basic instruction, then each instructor works with
one person as he/she shoots. So, for an hour and a half, you can have some
experience of what shooting is like, and what instruction is like. Equipment is provided. A One-Time Introduction makes a great
General One-Time Introductions are regularly scheduled. The
dates are listed on the registration form by month.
Gift Certificates and Private Introductions for groups are
also available. For special groups (Scouts, birthday
parties, etc.) Private Introductions are possible.
Contact The Archery Program directly for information.
Equipment: Equipment is provided for the Introductions. The Archery Program uses really light-weight
equipment at the beginning, which is critical for learning
properly. This saves the cost of investing in
equipment right away, particularly for youth.