The West Michigan Archery Center 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, soccer, mountain biking and sledding are also featured. The Top Nock Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club trains twice per week at the facility, as does the WMAC S3DA club. Classes, leagues, and tournaments happen year round.
The 10,000 square foot WMAC facility features a 6,400 square foot indoor range with FITA regulation lanes at 18 meters. Totaling 10,000 square feet, the facility also features a classroom, kitchen, coaches’ office and equipment room, where bows and crossbows are available for rent. The building features state of the art energy efficiency inside, and progressive, environmentally friendly stormwater treatment outdoors. During winter months, 3-D targets are often set up in the shooting bay for indoor 3-D leagues.
The WMAC outdoor grounds feature two large outdoor competition fields, and 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 lifelike targets of deer, elk, mountain lion, bear, turkey, and maybe an alligator and a velociraptor!
The two outdoor competition fields are directly behind the building. Here, archers can train and compete at 90 meter distances facing due south. In 2017, WMAC received an elevated Director of Shooting (DOS) stand, courtesy of an archer completing his Eagle Scout project. Many outdoor tournaments, including the annual State Games of Michigan, are hosted here (and the 2017 National State Games of America took place here, too). From the comfort of a heated outdoor shooting booth located in the building, archers can practice at outdoor distances from comfort year round, much like a heated driving range.
Volunteers & Programs
The WMAC organization has a deep volunteer base of certified coaches, from Level I to Level III. Several coaches are on hand at every Top Nock JOAD and S3DA practice, and certified coaches may be scheduled for individual training. WMAC often hosts Level I instructor training and certification courses, where aspiring coaches can learn. Additionally, all Introduction to Archery courses are taught by certified archery coaches.
The WMAC facility offers a historically popular Intro to Archery class several times throughout the year. These classes are open to ages 8 and up (and they often feature 8-year-olds shooting next to 80-year-olds). The dates and times for Intro Class can be found on our website.
Once a youth has taken Intro to Archery, so long as he or she is 9 years old or older, he or she may begin training with either the Top Nock JOAD Program, or the WMAC S3DA Team, or both. The WMAC is also busy with Adaptive Archery clinics throughout the year, for people with unique abilities; open-shoot hours, when the public can use the facility for a small fee; 3-D leagues – outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter; and many other special events.
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.westmichiganarchery.com.
To see our events calendar, go to http://wmarchery.org/?page_id=8. To find us on Facebook, search West Michigan Archery Center.