They are NOT the Same
It’s that time of year again (thank goodness) where we move from indoor target practice to outside shooting. However, to be the best archer you can possibly be we suggest you practice both. Different settings will teach you to perform at the top of your abilities despite distractions and changes.
Indoor archery is a time to zero in on your skills without distractions. Yes, it is not as exciting, but it does provide invaluable practice time. Would you agree that archers who are not performing well indoors are not going to perform well outdoors? I think this is true.
While the great outdoors does breathe a bit of fresh air into your practice (pun intended) don’t discount the value of indoor shooting.
If you didn’t get in as much time on the range this winter, no worries. Just plan on adding it to your schedule.
While you are thinking about it, bad weather is also a great excuse to make your own arrows.
For those archers who live in warmer climates, indoor shooting should still be part of your training.
Indoor competitions are usually shorter in several areas:
- the number of arrows shot
- the time taken
- the distances shot
This can lead to a feeling of greater pressure and fear of failure for the archer because they think they have less time indoors to make up for an error within a score.
This could be why so many archers prefer outdoor practice AND competition. But I still think it hold value in the overall discipline.
Outdoor archery (field or target) is arguably more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than indoor shooting. This mostly has to do with longer rounds, different distances, and setting.
An interesting thing tends to happen when archers move from indoors to outdoors that you should be aware of: Giving too much attention to equipment and tuning often leads to less attention on shooting and practicing techniques. Weird, right?
When we are outdoors it is easier to “blame” the weather on our performance. Even though it is tempting, don’t. It takes your focus away from your skills.
Don’t feel bad if you realize you may have been doing this. Instead, be aware of it–we all tend to do it, and correct it. After all, we all just want to hit the bulls-eye every time.
Don’t be sloppy with your technical attention while outdoors.
The Take Away
- Make Sure you include indoor archery in your plan to improve your skills.
- Don’t blame the weather on your performance when you are outside
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Does Your School have an Archery Program?
Educators want to help students develop micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills.
Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time with wild things in wild places.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP©) was developed to serve these specific educational and conservation purposes.
The Program has 3 core areas:
- Archery Curriculum: Units of Study were written by Education, Conservation, and Target archery experts to meet state and national educational standards.
- Teacher Training: Instructor Training was developed so teachers in every participating school could be certified to present NASP® lessons that are safe for students, instructors, bystanders, and the facility.
- Standard Equipment: Archery Equipment used in NASP® is highly standardized to be safe, durable, economical, and most importantly, universal fit for almost every student.
The Benefits of Archery
Safe (even fewer injuries reported than in golf)
Appeals to Boys and Girls
- An all-year round sport
- Indoor or Outdoor
- Promotes Team Work and Individual Performance
- Participants do not have to be “top athletes”
- Promotes concentration and precision
- Promotes outdoor activities and the study of nature
Make Your Own Arrows
We here at Bitzenburger think that adding the skill of making your own arrows to any school archery program would be a great enhancement. Not only would it teach a new skill associated with archery, but it adds a new element of creativity and precision to the sport.
The Bitzenburger Fletching Jig provides a way to make the perfect arrow every time. It takes the guess work out of the proper placement of feathers.
How cool would it be for you students to use their own arrows that they made? It would boost their confidence and add another layer of their commitment and investment to the sport.
If you are interested in finding out how to add making arrows to your archery program contact us here.Read More
Did you just purchase a Bitzenburger Fletching tool? Congratulations!
Thinking about buying one?
Either way, you are making a good choice. Watch this great video on how to use our fletching tool to make your own custom arrows.
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