BEYOND THE BAC
Beyond the Basic Archery Course
Welcome to Frankston Archery Club
Once you have completed the Basic Archery course it is time to consolidate what you learnt and then expand on your shooting.
Saturdays are the best days for you to consolidate your skills from the BAC.
You will be able to borrow club equipment (for a $5.00) fee to practice.
The Club coach will be available to assist you with technique development and when you are ready, will assist you to find equipment of your own.
Please join the club Facebook group as there are often lots of good hints and tips shared along with information about upcoming activities at the club. Search for Frankston Archery Club members only in Facebook groups to join.
The Ten Basic Steps
There are 10 basic steps to follow when learning to shoot a bow.
2. Nocking the Arrow
3. String Hand
4. Bow Hand
5. Drawing the Bow
7. Target Alignment (being in line)
8. Releasing the Arrow
9. Follow Through
These have been covered in your BAC and will be what you will focus on in the beginning stage of archery. In the Basic Archery Course you will have used a recurve bow but there are other options.
Basic archery techniques are explained in these two Archery 360 videos for recurve and compound bow shooting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08bv2eAugJM How to shoot a recurve bow (Note: finger slings are introduced later in your development)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZqk7dUI3Y0 How to shoot a compound bow
FIRST STEPS AS A NEW MEMBER
As a new member, you will work towards building your skills through regular practice.
It is best to visit the club on a Saturday to be able to rent a club bow ($5.00) to practice.
Blank butt (close up shooting with no target) shooting allows you to focus on the 10 steps and improving your technique. This is something most archers do as a warm up at each training session.
Developing your range proficiency is the next step after practicing your technique.
As a new archer there are some goals that the club has set for you to work on to improve your shooting.
New archers will need to achieve identified scores at each distance before moving onto a longer distance.
New archers will work through shooting distances starting at 10 metres. To receive a club achievement card you will need to score a round of 30 arrows over 6 ends.
Experienced members can assist you to score an round to achieve a goal.
Distances will vary depending on the age of the archer.
Each junior age group will have shorter distances they need to be proficient at, while adult archers will work through the distances until they reach their maximum distance.
Age Groups Age Range Maximum Distance
Joeys Turning 11 & Under 30m
Cub Turning 12 – 13 40m
Intermediate Turning 14 – 15 50m
Cadet Turning 16 – 17 F - 60m M – 70m
20 and Under Turning 18 – 20 F- 70m M – 90m
Open Turning 21 – 49 F – 70m M – 90m
Masters 50+ F – 70m M – 80m?
Veteran 60+ F – 50m M – 70?
Archers need to shoot 30 arrow rounds (5 ends of 6 arrows) and achieve the score listed below at each distance before moving on to the next distance. These scores are shot on a 120cm target face. (Joey shooters only need to reach Red Fletch 30. Other juniors may also have limited distances to achieve until they need higher distances for their age category)
Blue Fletch 20
Blue Fletch 25
Red Fletch 30
Red Fletch 35
Gold Fletch 40
Adult Qualified shooter
Some of these may have been achieved at the end of your BAC course
You must submit a signed scoresheet to the club for awards to be made.
As you achieve each distance, you will be awarded with a certificate and accompanying badges for your quiver.
A Scoresheet like this will be available for your use.
Once the basic distances are achieved, adult archers can then look at challenging themselves further. Move to a 36 arrow round to strive to achieve the below scores.
Further information about Archery
Over a two month period members of the club may also provide short information sessions on a variety of activities including
scoring - different rounds of archery – introductory explanation about Field and Clout
rules of archery & line etiquette
bow assembly and take down
different parts of the bow and how to tune these to improve your shooting – eg arrow rest adjustment, sight tuning, brace height.
arrow repair – how to fit and glue a point and fletch an arrow (last Saturday of the month)
how to shoot in different conditions – what affects the flight of your arrow.
Tournaments / competitions available to you – When and what competitions are you ready for? How do you register?
Purchase of equipment
Usually the end of your first 2 months of shooting you will be looking to purchase your own equipment.
The club coach can assist you to make the correct purchase for you.
What type of bow do you want to shoot?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR_tmXjJ4p4&t=67s A beginners guide to recurve
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyFvtExiEvg&t=81s A beginners guide to compound
http://archeryvic.org.au/crossbow/ crossbow description (FAC does cannot support crossbow shooting)
http://archeryvic.org.au/longbow/ longbow description
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb663d-R5K4 traditional bows
Your first competitions will probably be at your club.
We run Club matchplay that is handicapped so that all archers are shooting to a distance that fits their expertise. This is also a way to learn the rules of competition.
Archery Victoria maintains a calendar of all tournaments and QREs in Victoria http://archeryvic.org.au/calendar-av-aa/
https://archeryaustralia.app.box.com/s/6d3t1cw3u5z18mpcsk9xpw787b9gn9mg is the link to Archery Australia approved shooting technique explanation. This is what you have been shown during Come and Try and BAC.
https://archeryaustralia.app.box.com/s/8zu7jbqbd2fcm7kygoglcg57dfjuln8j How to score information from Archery Australia