ARCHERY FOR BEGINNERS: GET STARTED IN ARCHERY
So you’re wondering how to get started in archery, either because you’ve seen or tried it and want to go from archery beginner or fan to competitor. Or from observer to casual archer. Whether your plan is to shoot your bow in your backyard, ascend the podium in the Olympic stadium, or somewhere in between, there’s a place in archery for you.
Types of Archery
There are three main disciplines – games you play – in archery: target, field and 3D.
Archery Equipment for Beginners
So what type of bow should you shoot as an archery beginner? Local archery suppliers provide a great opportunity to learn about and try different kinds of bows and archery equipment. The bow you choose will generally depend on two things: what feels good to you as an archer, and the type of archery you wish to pursue
Where to Shoot Your Bow
To start, find a local archery shop. Often, these shops have archery ranges on site, available for archers to try archery equipment and practice shooting. There are also many archery organisations nationwide that offer archery lessons for kids and adults.
Archery Safety Tips and Rules
Archery is one of the safest sports you can try? It’s true! Archery is safer than basketball, baseball, soccer and even golf.
Archery – a sport of shooting at some type of a target using a bow and arrows – can be done lots of different ways, it’s fun, challenging and good for you. It’s also a great upper body workout and, especially with outdoor shooting, walking back and forth to the target to pull your arrows actually provides an excuse to get a little extra cardio.
Let’s explore the different types of archery that you can enjoy and participate in:
Target, the archery-type featured in the Olympic Games, consists of shooting at bullseye-style, multicolored target faces at distance. Generally, target archers shoot 18 meters (or about 20 yards) indoors, and between 30 and 90 meters outdoors, depending on the archer’s age and equipment style. Target archery – facilitated internationally by World Archery – has its own world championships as well as the popular World Cup series.
Where can target archery take you?
Are you a natural athlete? How about someone who would rather read a book than head outdoors? Do you have the grace of a dancer? Or do you bump into everything? Great news: whatever your background — regardless of athletic skill or coordination — you can be successful at archery. People with different levels of physical ability are also able to compete at the very top levels of the sport.
Archers who perform consistently at national events usually only do so with time and experience. Give yourself plenty of opportunities to play, and work with your coach to ensure your practice routine is appropriate for the goals you’ve set. Once you’re at the top of your game nationally, it’s time to consider participating in a Team Trials event that will select a World Championship, Olympic or Paralympic Team.
Field archery is often enjoyed on a roving course set through the woods, with paper targets from 20 feet to 80 yards away. This is a great discipline for those who love nature, as you’ll definitely do some hiking. Targets are often set at up and downhill angles. Indoor field archery events are also available.
3D archery events – tournaments in which competitors walk a wooded or open course, shooting at three dimensional foam animals at different distances
Traditional archery means different things to different people. For some, it means shooting a longbow or recurve without sights, stabilizers or other tuning equipment. In this case, many traditional archers choose to shoot with carbon fibre arrows or use a string made from durable synthetic materials. Others feel that to shoot traditionally, you must shoot bows and arrows made only from natural materials such as wood, horn and bird feathers.
There are many different bow types worth exploring for their aesthetic qualities and historical value. Here are several classic traditional bows for you to discover:
• English or Welsh longbow
• Japanese asymmetrical longbow from the Kyudo discipline
• Mongolian recurved composite bow
• Native American flatbow used by tribes such as the Hupa and Karok of California
• Selfbows from native cultures in Africa, Central and South America, Oceana, and Australia
I hope that you find this information useful and if you have any questions please leave a comment or drop me a line.