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Archery in Schools

How to Become an Archery Coach

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Archery in Schools |

Have you ever wanted to become archery coach?

If you have a desire to become an Archery Coach, or want to involve your child in the sport of archery.  you may want to know the qualifications of the coaches.   This will give you the basics.

USA Archery certification program:  caring, capable coaches who introduce the sport to young archers.

Archery Coach: Certification Level One

A Level One Archery Coach must be at least 15 years old and is certified for summer camps, boy or girl scout organizations, or parks and recreation departments.

A Level One will be proficient in:

  • Teaching beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities
  • indoor and outdoor settings
  • target, field or 3-D
  • range safety,safety both on and off the archery range
  • range setup
  • steps of shooting
  • Equipment repair

Archery Coach: Certification Level Two

A level two Archery Coach must be at least 18, have passed a background check successfully, and are a current member of NFAA or USA Archery  (Level 1 is not a prerequisite.)  A level 2 coach typically teaches J.O.A.D., college archery clubs, or larger community clubs.

A Level Two will be proficient in:

  • the bow shooting cycle in finer detail
  • adding a little more depth to the archer’s technique
  • how to fit equipment to their athletes
  • how to set up, tune, and repair equipment
  • how to teach regular archery lessons as well as the Level 1 Instructor class

Archery Coach: Certification Level Three –  National Training System Certified

A level three must be at least 18 years of age, and have held a level 2 certification for at least a year.  If the instructor has three years of experience as an archery instructor, membership to one of the major certifying bodies (NFAA or USA Archery), and a successful background check they can ‘test out’ of their Level 2 certification.

A level 3 archery coach focuses on athletes who are hoping to take their competition to another level.

A Level 3 will be proficient in:

  • athlete development on an individual basis
  • coaching philosophy
  • training plan development
  • competition prep
  • bow tuning
  • competitive psychology

Holding a level 3 certification means you will spend less time working with beginner, youth, and amateur archers, and start focusing on athletes who are hoping to take their competition to another level.

Archery Coach: Certification Level Four

After an instructor has served as a Level 3 coach for 2 years they can advance to a level 4 certification. the USA Archery national training camps and the International Team Staff. Level 4 coaches can also teach Level 1 and Level 2 certification courses.

Elements for a Level 4 Archery Coach include:

  • sports science
  • Biomechanics
  • sports psychology
  • nutrition
  • training cycles
  • National Training System

Certification Level Five – Elite Level Archery Coach

An elite Level 5 archery coach  must have served at least two years as a Level 4 instructor, and have a record of successfully coaching three or more archers to a national podium place, top 10 ranking, or Olympic, World, or International team placement . The Level 5 certification also requires training and supervision from a mentor or through a Coach Observer Program.

If you want to be involved in this coaching program, you can check out for more information.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Archery in Schools |

Archery for Kids is a great sport!

I think you can agree that extracurricular activities at school provide a safe environment for adolescent growth while preventing students from starting bad habits like smoking and drinking.

Kids want to be with other kids, but let’s try to make this a positive thing!! Not every child is cut out for running back and forth across the basketball court or soccer field.  Football can be pretty brutal with concerns of head damage etc. not to mention these sports are very seasonal so what do we do the rest of the year?


Archery for kids is available in indoor and outdoor settings, and it appeals to many audiences, come rain, snow or sunshine.


According to the Archery Trade Association, archery is safer than every school-offered ball sport, except bowling and table tennis.  (not sure about the DEBATE TEAM – that can get pretty scary).


It’s also adaptable for those with disabilities, known as para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some even use their teeth or feet to draw their bow.


Whether students earn cash or college scholarships at tournaments, archery can help meet their long-term goals.  Many organizations are now recognizing Archery as a great sport to offer scholarships to.  (YEAH!!  It’s not all about the money, but it helps!!)


Do you agree that “Rules outside of the classroom can improve behavior inside the classroom?  Mastering archery requires skill, concentration and perseverance. It’s a sport that’s fun, but also allows participants of any age or skill level to compete against others or challenge themselves individually. The sport has long helped archers gain confidence and physical strength. Once kids realize they can only shoot if they follow the rules, they get it.  Kids with the worst behavioral problems straighten up because they know if they follow the rules, they can shoot. It’s like magic.”


Archers must respect the sport’s rules, as well as each other and range/tournament organizers.

As with so many sports they learn respect for coaches and leadership figures.  Whether solo or as a team, archers interact while honing their goals and determination. Instead of spending hours after school staring  at video screens by themselves, they learn to  interact while honing their skills, goals and determination. You can always get to a higher “level” in archery!


Archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target.

When archers make mistakes, they are taught that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time…LIFE LESSON!


Regardless of the setting, archery builds core, chest, back and shoulder muscles. Case in point: drawing 40 arrows at 25 pounds each equals 1,000 pounds of weight.

Did you know: Archers walk as much as 5 miles through the course of one tournament? All that walking improves heart health, muscle tone and leg strength.

Drawing a bow strengthens core muscles, which improves archers’ balance and stability. In turn, balance and stability improve posture, hand-eye coordination, and the chances of hitting the target.


Whether their  “target” is improving their health,  physique, sociability or focus, archery can help our student  hit the bull’s-eye and be a more confident young adult going forward in and out of the classroom.

There are many private archery association in our area

or check out the Grand Ledge High School Ledge High school archery team on Facebook!

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Archery Programs in Schools are on the Rise

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Archery in Schools |

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:

  1. Archery Curriculum: Units of Study were written by Education, Conservation, and Target archery experts to meet state and national educational standards.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  • Fun
  • Relatively Inexpensive
  • 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.

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