Archery Basics

The National Safety Council’s statistics lists archery as one of the safer sports and, according to wired.com, “for every 2,000 people that participate in the sport, fewer than one will be injured.” This is compared to the peaceful sports such as golf, which is “1 in 625.” So if you’re interested in learning a new skill, but not looking for injuries, look no further than archery. And if you have a child who has suddenly become interested in archery, you probably have Katniss from The Hunger Games to thank.

The first step is to look for areas to start training. If you go to the Archery section of the Team USA site, you can find information about nearby archery clubs that can best suit your needs. Clubs like Adult Archery Achievement are perfect for acquainting yourself with the sport, where you can learn the basics from an experienced archer and meet others with like-minded interests.

Why is archery great for children? As mentioned before, archery is one of the safest sports and, with programs like Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) and After School Archery Program (ASAP), your child will hone their team-building expertise, as well as learning skills such as cooperation, patience, perseverance and dexterity.

What is it going to Cost? Archery lessons are typically comparable with piano or singing lessons depending on where you live. Club membership costs can vary, but a good estimate is about $250 every year.

Equipment: It depends on what kind of archery you’d like to pursue, but beginners usually start with the recurve bow. It takes very little training and isn’t too frustrating or time-consuming. A decent recurve bow can cost you around $500 but you can probably find a high quality one on eBay for cheaper than that. If you’d like to shoot outside the range and have enough room to safely do so, you may also want to invest in a target (affordable target options are also available online).