West Michigan Archery CenterThe West Michigan Archery Center (WMAC) in Rockford, Michigan is an Algoma Township park, with day-to-day operations coordinated by the West Michigan Archery Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization. The facility is part of a larger sports complex owned by Plainfield Township and the West Michigan Sports Commission, where baseball, BMX, mountain biking and sledding are also featured. The Top Nock Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club trains twice per week at the facility, and classes, leagues, and tournaments happen year round.
The WMAC facility is a 10,000 square foot building, featuring state of the art energy efficiency inside, and progressive, environmentally friendly storm water treatment outdoors. The facility is heated with in-floor heat, and cooled with air conditioning. Indoors, archers will find a 6,400 square foot shooting bay, with 24 FITA regulation shooting lanes at 18 meters. Young and new archers may shoot at movable targets positioned at closer distances. Private sessions with fewer shooters can handle up to 25 meters. During winter months, 3-D targets are often set up in the shooting bay for indoor 3-D leagues.
The indoor range is 6,400 square feet, accommodating spectators as well as archers. The shooting bay is available for rent for events, such as archery related birthday parties, classes, adaptive shooting clinics, and other special occasions. There are several bow racks in the indoor range to hold dozens of bows; a classroom with seating for more than 40, with a white board, television, and projector; a bow room with equipment for re-fletching arrows, bow rental, and other archery related services; a kitchen area where concessions are served; and a coaches’ office. The WMAC facility is also outfitted with a custom audio/video system with electronic timing for tournaments and tournament training. Television screens hang from the ceiling in the shooting bay, and they are synched to the sound system to provide visual cues for shooters as well.
Currently, the WMAC organization and its municipal partners are working on completing a large outdoor competition field, where hundreds of outdoor shooters will be able to participate in training and tournaments. Once complete, the outdoor range will have several lanes open throughout the winter, and archers can use the heated shooting booths for protection from the weather. There will be plenty of room for hundreds of spectators behind the outdoor shooting line, once complete, for large outdoor tournaments. For the last few years, the WMAC organization has hosted the State Games of Michigan outdoor games tournament at the nearby Rockford High School.
The WMAC outdoor grounds also feature the Wynalda Packaging 3-D Course, where 25 stations are positioned along a winding, rustic path, with views of a stream and wetland throughout the course. Typical 3-D layouts include targets from single-digit yardage, out to 45+ yards. Archers on the Wynalda Packaging 3-D Course will encounter foam targets of deer, elk, mountain lion, bear, turkey, and maybe an alligator and a velociraptor!
The WMAC organization has a deep volunteer base of certified coaches, from Level I to Level III. Currently seven (7) coaches are Level III coaches, including the Top Nock JOAD head coach Glenn Meyers, a 1984 Olympic archer. Several coaches are on hand at every Top Nock JOAD practice, and certified coaches may be scheduled for individual training. Additionally, all Introduction to Archery I and II courses are taught by certified archery coaches.
The WMAC facility offers two Introduction to Archery classes: Intro I and Intro II. These classes are open to ages 8 and up (and they often feature 8-year-olds shooting next to 80-year-olds). These classes are held multiple times per year, some of them in conjunction with Rockford Public Schools, and the dates and times can be found on our website. Once a youth has taken both Intro to Archery classes, as long as he or she is 9 years old or older, he or she may begin training with the Top Nock JOAD program. Top Nock JOAD features both a Recreational Level Program, and an Advanced Program for youth who compete nationally.
The West Michigan Archery Center opened in the spring of 2014. While there are no lodging or camping facilities on the grounds, the Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North hotel is 10 minutes away, and several campgrounds are within 10 minutes of the facility.
For information on Intro to Archery classes, Top Nock JOAD participation, coaching certification classes, leagues, 3-D and tournaments, please visit our website at: www.wmarchery.org.
To see our events calendar, go to http://wmarchery.org/?page_id=8. To find us on Facebook, search West Michigan Archery Center.