Archery Unit Safety: Standards/7 Steps to Good Shooting
7 STEPS TO GOOD SHOOTING
Step 1 STANCE
Step 2 GRIP
Step 3 DRAW
Step 4 ANCHOR
Step 5 AIM
Step 6 RELEASE
Step 7 HOLD
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.