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Table of Contents
Basic Assessment & Key
3Trajectory of an Arrow
4Physiology of Archery
5Setting Up a Bow
6Fletching an Arrow
7Building and Using Sights
Advanced Assessment & Key
Appendices—PowerPoint Slide Shows
Basic Lesson 2: Shooting Safety
Basic Lesson 5: Setting Up a Bow
Basic Lesson 6: Competitive Archery Events
Advanced Lesson 3: Trajectory of an Arrow
Advanced Lesson 4: Physiology of Archery
The purpose of this guide is to provide a resource for archery leaders that includes reflection, application and evaluation with the activities. The primary objectives are:
- To improve accuracy by performing proper shooting form
- To practice safety in all aspects of archery
- To develop life skills while learning archery
This guide was developed to address a need of archery leaders to plan activities that purposely incorporate life skills while teaching the youth about archery. The concepts and principles originate in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee Instructor’s Manual II. This guide is designed to be used only by Level I Certified Archery Instructors, the training required to be a 4-H archery leader, because the concepts included are covered indepth in the training.
There are 13 lessons. Six are in the Basic Section and seven are in the Advanced Section. The sections are divided up by both skill level and age. All beginning archers, regardless of age, should be learning the lessons from the Basic Section, especially 1–3. The Advanced Section is for more experienced archers (those who have shot for at least a year) who have mastered the lessons in the Basic Section and are age 11 or above.
In the Basic section, the evaluation in each lesson should be satisfactorily completed before moving to the next lesson. Some material takes more than one meeting to master so an understanding of the material may be sufficient for advancement. The Personal Safety life skill is featured in all six lessons. This lowers the risk of injury when the safety protocols included in the lessons are followed. Safety is a consideration whenever archery equipment is being handled, whether the archer is shooting or not. Many of the lessons in this section can be taught by older Advanced Level archers with the supervision of a Level I 4-H Archery Instructor.
The Advanced Section includes lessons that are critical for fun recreational shooting. The purpose of these lessons is not to teach the archer how to shoot; they are intended to develop the life skills of Marketable Skills and Personal Safety. These lessons also focus on Problem Solving and Decision Making. Proficiency in a lesson is not a requirement to learn the following lesson. However, while not required, it is recommended that Lessons 1 and 2 be completed sequentially.
Throughout the book, there are references to the 4-H Instructor Manual. It is recommended that you read the fact sheets included in the manual for in-depth information. The accompanying CD includes slide shows and a video that complement the lessons. Often in archery, seeing the action or concept is more powerful than simply reading or hearing about it. In the Appendices are fact sheets, diagrams, and printed copies of the slide shows.