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Archery Unit Safety: Standards/7 Steps to Good Shooting

ARCHERY

7 STEPS TO GOOD SHOOTING

Step 1 STANCE

  • Wait for command before moving to shooting line.
  • Stand with quiver in front of you.
  • Feet shoulder width.
  • Feet parallel to each other and parallel to target.
  • Left shoulder points to target (R handed person).
  • Perfect posture.
  • Weight equally distributed.

Step 2 GRIP

  • Check arrow rest on grip to see bow is not upside down.
  • Use only two fingers-thumb and index finger.
  • Thumb base actually supports bow during the draw.
  • Address the target then tip the bow and nock the arrow on the string at a right angle.

Step 3 DRAW

  • Arrow should be sitting on arrow rest and nocked on string.
  • Three finger tips draw as a unit-string on first top crease of finger.
  • Scissors action to hold arrow.
  • Draw smoothly back to anchor point under chin.
  • Elbow of drawing arm should be in same line as arrow.
  • Pronate (rotate outward) bow arm elbow to avoid string burn

Step 4 ANCHOR

  • Allows consistency in shooting.
  • Index finger rests along jawbone.
  • Draw to same place each time for consistency.
  • String bisects nose and chin.

Step 5 AIM

  • First arrow shot will be experimental (warm-up).
  • Close dominant eye with right handed archer…closing (L) eye.
  • Line of vision is from (R) eye to arrow pile to gold on target.
  • Adjust point of aim according to distance from target.
  • Hold body steady and draw smoothly.

Step 6 RELEASE

  • After carefully aiming.
  • Point fingers at target to allow string to roll off fingertips.
  • Drawing arm will automatically recoil backward as shoulder blades move together.

Step 7 HOLD

  • Keeps motion from being transferred to arrow.
  • Three counts to steady body before reaching for next arrow.
  • Place bow on quiver when done shooting.
  • Wait for signal to retrieve arrows.

ARCHERY

SAFETY STANDARDS

THE STUDENT WILL FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND TARGET SHOOTING STANDARDS.

THE STUDENT WILL COMMENCE WITH SHOOTING UNDER TEACHER SUPERVISION.

ANY STUDENT WHO PRESENTS AS A SAFETY HAZARD TO HIM OR HERSELF OR THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS WILL BE REMOVED FROM CLASS.

The first lesson in becoming an expert archer is always “Think Safety First.”

  • Always remember that the bow and arrow have the potential to be a deadly weapon, one must conduct oneself with proper archery etiquette at all times.
  • Always call attention to unsafe actions.
  • Never practice except under organized archery rules.
  • The teacher will give the signal to begin shooting, and the teacher will at the appropriate time give the signal to retrieve all arrows on the range.
  • The area in front of the shooting line is forbidden territory while others are shooting.
  • Inspect your tackle…for cracked bows and/or arrows…or frayed bowstrings.
  • Never “dry fire’ or draw and release the string without an arrow in it.
  • Do not use arrows that are too short, always check for proper length.
  • Arrows should be nocked at the shooting line, and only pointed in the direction of the target when nocked.
  • When retrieving arrows from the target, support the target with your free hand to keep it from toppling over. Remove arrows at the same angle they entered the target or ground to avoid breakage.
  • Shoot your own bow and arrows and retrieve only your own arrows.
  • Retrieve arrows in the ground first to avoid breakage.
  • Never place your hand between the bow and the string.
  • Before drawing, be sure the arrow has been nocked correctly with the odd fletching pointing away from the bow. An arrow nocked incorrectly will not travel in flight properly.
  • Avoid fletching cuts by holding the grip in the middle area.
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