Kids love archery for the same reasons adults do- because it’s a sport that challenges them. Archery can be challenging to learn, with all the rules and techniques for shooting at the target. Kids also love how it takes plenty of patience, strategy, and mental focus to master archery. It can be physically challenging, too, with some archers spending hours on their target practicing every day.
The bow is the main piece of equipment for archery. Bows are made up of two parts- the riser, which has a handgrip and shoulder rest, and the limbs, which pull back to create tension before you release an arrow at your target. When first learning how to use a bow, it can be helpful to start with a miniature new crossbow like the Excalibur Twinstrike, which is easier to hold and have a lighter weight.
The size of the bow depends on what’s comfortable for you as an individual. You’ll find the best recurve bows available rather than compound bows because they are more affordable and convenient for new bow users. Compound bows have pulleys attached to their limbs which increase force power when drawn back.
The equipment also includes arrows. Most often made from aluminum or carbon fiber, arrows have arrowheads at either end for stability in flight. Arrows are measured in inches, so you’ll need to know the length of your arm span when purchasing arrows for yourself.
The rules that come with archery can be pretty complicated. Following the basic beginner rules will help you learn how not to break any rules while shooting at your target. As you become more familiar with archery, though, you may want to start learning more about advanced techniques and skills involved in perfecting your best recurve archery game.
Shooting an arrow at a wall or basketball backboard work well for beginners learning technique and following directions from instructors. This is great for getting kids started shooting in an indoor setting, perfect for winter months when it’s too cold to shoot outside. A new crossbow is also an option for learning at home.
One of the most frustrating things about archery is that it takes so long to drawback (wet, cold fingers don’t help) and release the arrow—you can only shoot one or two times per minute this way! Learning to use a compound bow, which holds its drawn position, or even crossbows, allows shooters to make faster follow-up shots with no penalty inaccuracy; kids love this feature (and adults do too).
Most people know Robin Hood used a bow and arrow – but did you know he came from Nottinghamshire? Which county would you guess William Tell was from? How about the Aztecs and Native Americans, who were fierce archers too?
Archery is a great way for young or out-of-shape kids to get them started on an exercise program that’s low impact and very effective at building core strength—not to mention arm, shoulder, and back muscles! It’s not just for helping build endurance—archery requires healthy flexibility and agility as well.
Going through beginner lessons with a qualified instructor will help kids learn basic techniques and follow written instructions since they won’t always have someone there telling them exactly what to do (although it doesn’t hurt to have a coach or parent on hand for assistance). They will also learn the value of patience and persistence as they keep practicing to achieve better accuracy—and let’s face it, this can be applied to all aspects of life.
We’ve reviewed the top 5 things kids love about archery, and we hope you found some helpful insights. Whether your child is young or out of shape, archery can be a great way to get them started on an exercise program that’s low impact and very effective at building core strength—not to mention arm, shoulder, and back muscles! It’s not just for helping build endurance—archery requires healthy flexibility and agility as well. If you’re looking for more information on how this sport could help your child grow in these areas (or even better their self-confidence), contact us today to start brainstorming ways together.
Written by: Harry Boyette
Harry Boyette has been shooting compound bows since 12 years old, but his first love was hunting with a crossbow. He now coaches grades 4-8 at Fort Frye Archery Team in Ohio and founded TheHuntingChannel.com. You can follow him on Twitter @harrygoyette