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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I can now add to my certifications!

My wife and I just completed our Level 2 Archery Coaching Certification!

We are now certified to teach archery and teach the Level 1 Archery instructors course.


Wheee.

DC
post #2 of 16
Just don't get any ideas about shooting a snowballs off our heads now William Tell.
post #3 of 16
Congratulations, dchan, it's a fun sport with a long tradition. Bows and arrows these days are superior due to composites and technology. I would hardly call a modern compund bow primitive; they do make hitting the target easier. I'm an instinctive shooter and use a PSE recurve. Target shooting is just plain fun....but watch your rotator cup, too much practice/shooting and you screw it up.

If you can find it, I recommend reading "Hitting 'em Like Howard Hill," by John Schulz. Although Hill uses a longbow, the discussion of shooting style is excellent.
post #4 of 16
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Been shooting for 25 yrs. This past year I pretty much hung up my compound (still pull it out for fun from time to time) and have been shooting Olympic Style recurve all summer.

One of our candidates going in for rotator cuff surgery shortly. Yes he did it shooting too much. He did however pass the course as well.

I've been careful trying not to over do it.

DC
post #5 of 16
DC a friend of mine here who won the state shoot several times, along with his archeress wife, and taught me to shoot, had to have rotator surgery. Don has had to back off quite a bit....but he is still at it; his backyard is loaded with targets, etc. Happy Hours at Don's house were target practices. He turned me on to Howard Hill.

I usually bowhunt with my recurve the first part of the season. I do enjoy target practice, however. My PSE Woodsman (55 lbs) gives me a workout!
post #6 of 16
DC

Way to go!! I shot quite a bit growing up and bow hunted until my college days, but haven't touched a bow on a regular basis for the last 15 years or so.

My kids went to an outdoor camp last summer and they had archery classes. They're after me to get back in again and to get them shooting on a regular basis. Any suggestions regarding a good bow for kids? My kids are 11 (almost) and 13 and are big and strong for their ages.
post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by dchan
I can now add to my certifications!

My wife and I just completed our Level 2 Archery Coaching Certification!

We are now certified to teach archery and teach the Level 1 Archery instructors course.


Wheee.

DC


Salutations and congratulations. Come join me in Sherwood!
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Coach,

If you have the opportunity, get the kids in a JOAD (Jr Olympic archery development) program. Most beginning JOAD programs have equipment you can rent. I would get them started this way. Recurve first, very light bows. This will get them working on form first. You can't fake a good finger release with a light weight bow. If you purchase equipment either you will be tempted to purchase something that's too strong for them and they will struggle develop bad habits or you will purchase a starter bow that they will outgrow in a few weeks or months. It's worth the investment use a club's or ranges equipment until they get stronger (like skiing specific muscles) and develop some good habits. If the JOAD program is at a pro shop, see if they will apply part of your rental towards a purchase.

Check out www.usarchery.org for JOAD or Clubs in your area.

DC
post #9 of 16
Thanks for the advice DC. I'll check it out.
post #10 of 16
Hey Dchan,
If you're who I think you are,have'nt seen you at the Range lately.
Congrats on the new certification. Put it to additional use and come help us coach the newbies at our Outreach Program the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. We get a large turnout and could use additional volunteer instructors.
Probably some future Olympians here too.
Regards,
HKJ
post #11 of 16
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finnlander

I've been out there 3-5 times a week. Usually in the afternoons, weekdays between service calls.

DC
post #12 of 16
Congratulations,
Now can you get me an autographed photo of Geena Davis???
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Stache
Congratulations,
Now can you get me an autographed photo of Geena Davis???
Probably not just because I don't think I'd ever run into her.

I'd probably have better luck getting an autographed photo of Joy

Her website.

and a picture from Archerytalk.com
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
here I am getting "coached" by my fellow candidates.
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post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Finnlander
Hey Dchan,
If you're who I think you are,have'nt seen you at the Range lately.
Congrats on the new certification. Put it to additional use and come help us coach the newbies at our Outreach Program the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. We get a large turnout and could use additional volunteer instructors.
Probably some future Olympians here too.
Regards,
HKJ
Your program happens when I'm teaching Churchschool. Otherwise I might take you up on that.

DC
post #16 of 16
You guys might find this interesting. I was in Barcelona three years ago. They have a Castle sitting on the top of the premantory overlooking the Harbor and Downtown. There's a cable car which can take you up the mountain and then across town to the waterfront. When I did this, I found that in the Castle ruins there was a group of archers practicing. Talk about a blast from the past!!! All they needed to add would be heralds, chastity belts and a jousting match.
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