Using Grants to Fund Archery Programs

Archery education, training, outreach, and range development projects are expensive. Finding the means to pay for the equipment, staffing, and operations of archery programs is a constant challenge for organizers. One method that can be successfully used to raise money is grant funding.

Grants are donated monies provided by funding organizations for specific purposes. Grants are not loans. The money granted, if used as required by the grant, does not have to be repaid. This “free” money, however, is not without cost. Grantees (organizations receiving the grant money) are required to plan programs, submit grant proposals, respond to inquiries, keep scrupulous records of finances and program participants, and produce written reports to the grantor (the organization giving the grant money) on finances, program goals, and accomplishments. The reward for all this administrative work is the financial means to initiate or expand an archery program to reach new participants and to create new program offerings.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Van Webster
Vol. 8, Issue 5, 2004

What Time are You In?

You guessed it, this article is not about world time zones, it is about shooting archery. The “time” you are “in” is one of the most important, but least talked about, aspects of shooting archery. What this article might help you discover is the time you are most often shooting in. Are you shooting in the past, the present (now), or the future?

If your answer to the above question is now, you are absolutely right; give yourself a pat on the back. When shooting, the time you are in should be the present or now, not in the past, thinking about the good or rough arrows you have shot, or in the future anticipating an outcome. Your mind should be only in the present time. If you are thinking about the last arrow you shot, you are not working on the arrow in your bow. The same is true if you are anticipating future events. If you are thinking that you have five 10s in the target and you only need one more to have a 60, and that is your thought while you are trying to shoot that last arrow for a perfect end, the likelihood of you actually shooting a 60 is pretty slim. The reason is, your mind is not in the same place that it was for the first five shots. You are now playing in the future and that is a dangerous place to be.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Don Rabska
Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2007

Kids and Archery Classes

A big part of teaching archery is working with kids. Teaching sports skills to children is a different process from teaching the same skills to adults. Adults can learn by transferring information from their left brains to their right. Adults will listen to explanations, read instructional materials, and follow instructions (left brain activities) to learn a skill. Over time, the practice of a skill becomes a sub-conscious (right brain) process. Young children learn by demonstration, imitation, and practice. There is less intellectualization in their learning activities. As they grow, their learning abilities change and become more complex. By adapting the teaching style to match the learner’s stage of development, the teaching process improves and the participants are more successful.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Van Webster
Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2007

JOAD Games

One of the challenges in running an active JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) Club is to design practice sessions that are both useful as teaching tools as well as being fun for the members. Many JOAD clubs, such as Cincinnati Junior Olympians, contain a mix of archers. Our club, on any given date, has several children who have been shooting only a few months combined with several national class competitors. What is an effective practice session for novices is often a waste of time for archers who have advanced to the JOAD Master level or higher. However, at Cincinnati Junior Olympians I have developed several games that serve several purposes. The games described in this article allow novices and experts to compete together or head-to-head. Furthermore, they teach one, or more, of the skills that are necessary for archers to learn in order to be successful tournament winners.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Jim Coombe
Vol. 10, Issue 6, 2006

Teaching or Coaching

Some people teach archery and some coach; there is a difference. I was recently watching a “coach” work with a student and after a few minutes it dawned on me that he was not coaching but teaching. Oops, my foot went through the soap box I was about to climb up on.

…One thing I’ve noticed most often is that someone teaching tends to be a bit commanding. Do this, do that, this way. This is the way I do it and it will work for you. All they’re doing is passing on information. It’s like a real teacher telling a class full of students to read chapter one and tomorrow there will be a test. It’s up to you to figure out what you need.

Good coaches listen. They learn to read body language and understand that silences are just another way of communicating. They work closely with the parents as well as the child. Their attention is always with their student. A coach knows that working with an adult is greatly different from working with a child. I have seen archery teachers working with children completely ignore them for minutes on end when an adult comes into the room asking for advice. Unfortunately, the student gets a little better over time just from shooting rather than from being coached and doesn’t realize he is being cheated.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Tim Scronce
Vol. 10, Issue 3, 2006

Archery is Fun for the Whole Family (Even if Everyone Doesn’t Shoot)

My husband, Terry, is a member of Royal Oak Archers in Lake Orion, Michigan. He attends the monthly meetings, works the shoots, goes out on the course at 3D shoots, and helps out on workdays. The only he thing he doesn’t do at the club is shoot. You see, Terry has absolutely no interest in shooting a bow.

At this point, you’re probably wondering why he joined an archery club and participates in the activities, all without shooting. He can’t possibly be having fun. Right? Actually, he does have fun. We all do. I hope that those of you with non-shooting family members can find some inspiration in how the entire family can enjoy archery.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Ava McDowell
Vol. 8, Issue 5, 2004

Starting an Archery Program from Scratch

Really, if there were a youth archery program in your area, you could just go volunteer to help and get some on the job training. But, if there is not, there is not even someone to help you get started. How do you do this, if you have no help or guidance? What if you are a local parks and recreation director who thinks archery would be a nice activity for your communities’ youth? How do you start? Where do you go?

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Archery Focus Magazine by Steve Ruis
Vol. 8, Issue 5, 2004