Juniors

We have received a very generous Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund grant of $3,537 from Canadian Tire in support of our Juniors Archery Program! What will this grant do for our programming?

Our Club has faced additional challenges since early last year due to Covid. Our revenue from membership sales dropped due to the closure of our indoor range. We reduced our Juniors program space for participants (in an effort to keep our numbers in line with indoor group size restrictions early on in the Covid crisis) which further reduced our revenues and ultimately, we weren’t able to deliver year’s program for Juniors and we had to cancel school groups and other youth group sessions. Over this same time, the Club reduced out membership fees and our Juniors Program fees to try and do what we could to make archery affordable to individuals and families during this tough time. This too impacted our revenues and our ability to maintain and replace equipment for programming.

We are excited to share that the Sherwood Park Archery Club has been selected by @CTJumpstart to receive a grant from their Sport Relief Fund. The fund helps community sport organizations like ours continue to provide access to sport and play for Canadian kids. This grant will go a long way towards helping us to [achieve the following outcomes for our Juniors Program and other youth programming capabilities such as school groups, guiding and scouting, as well as boys and girls clubs.

#SportReliefFund

Here is what we will now be able to do as a result of this much needed and very timely support:

  • Our inventory of arrows for the Juniors program (as well as for our school groups and other youth group lessons/group sessions) is severely depleted, we will be using money from this grant to purchase a supply of new arrows to ensure we are able to continue to provide enough equipment to youth archers in our Juniors Program and our other youth programs/group lessons.

 

  • We provide exposure and training for 3D archery in addition to paper targets. Our 3D target inventory has increasingly deteriorated in quantity and quality impacting the variety and quantity of targets that what we can effectively and safely use for our youth programming. We will use money from this grant to help us repair and replace some of our more worn-out 3D targets thereby improving the quantity and quality of targets available to these youth programs.

 

  • Most importantly, as you all now know, we have a government grant that we will be using, along with the majority of our cash reserves, to build the Club’s own indoor archery range building. One of our big concerns was how we would be able to fund the construction of a safety wall that would stop arrows that miss the target butts from flying over or around those indoor target butts and piercing the end wall of the new building. As you can imagine, this is a bigger issue for new archers with limited experience and skill early in their archery development process. This is an even bigger issue when we have as many as 80 or more new archers in attendance on Saturday morning every week for the Juniors program… We will be using the remainder of this grant to enable us to build the safety wall so that we do not need to worry about poking holes through our building on Saturday mornings in particular!!

The key outcome of this Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund grant will be that we are going to be safely expand our Juniors program to take in more participants and that we can do so safely and with a greater supply of good quality equipment!

Please join us in showing our appreciation to Canadian Tire’s “Jump Start“ Program for their very generous support for our Juniors Program through this grant.

 

 

Online registration:

Sorry, our classes are full at this time. If provincial direction changes in such a way that we are able to accommodate more archers we will re-open registrations at a later date.

We have previously accepted some archers into the program who are younger than ten years old. If your young archer is less than 10 years old and you would like to see if we might still be able to accommodate them in our second class.

You can contact us at info@sparchery.com and make arrangements to come out and participate in one of our classes to see if this is a good fit. We will need to make sure your archer is physically able to use our equipment (if they don’t already have their own), and to make sure they are able to focus in a busy setting so that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience during class.

Location:

The indoor location is on the North East corner of Hwy 14 and RR 223.  Here is the address: (Click on the address or map image to get Google Map Directions)

5149 Range Road 223, Sherwood Park, AB T8C 1H4

(Enter through the gated entrance on the driveway located immediately south of the bank of super mailboxes on the east side of Range Road 223)

See map below.

About our Juniors Program

The Sherwood Park Archery Club Junior Archery Program offers archers (from 10 to 21 years of age) an opportunity to develop and improve their shooting skills and knowledge. The Program provides instruction and coaching for all levels of young archers and consists of indoor and outdoor classes between November and June. The program also includes archery events to provide Junior Archers with competitive target and 3D experience plus some fun archery events.

Program Cost (see fees table at this link)

  • For archers aged 10 to 17 years (age as of December 31st, 2021):
    • Purchase a “Junior” membership plus the additional “Junior Program” fee
  • For archers aged 18 to 21 years (age as of December 31st, 2021):
    • Purchase a “Regular” membership plus the additional “Junior Program” fee

Lesson Times

  • 9:30 – 10:45 am Early Class (Late Intermediate & Advanced/Competitive)
  • 11:00 – 12:15 pm Late Class (Novice & Early Intermediate).

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your class, and immediately proceed to the back of the shooting range and begin setting up your bow. At 10:30 things can be a bit chaotic as one class ends and another begins, so please proceed to set up or take down your bow quickly to allow everyone the maximum amount of instructional time possible. If at any time you require help setting up or taking down your bow or adjusting any of your equipment, just approach one of the coaches and they will be pleased to assist you.

The first class is dedicated for more advanced intermediate archers and advanced/competitive archers (some of whom stay to help coach our second class). The second (later) class is mainly for beginners and early intermediate level archers. This second class is more focused on developing a solid basic form and technique.

INDOOR SHOES ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL INDOOR CLASSES

2020-2021 Program Schedule (PDF)

Coaches

Every year we are very fortunate to have dedicated and enthusiastic individuals (including Nationally Certified Coaches) willing to volunteer with our Juniors Program. However, we are always looking for more volunteers to help coach our Juniors. More coaches helping out in each class means our Juniors get even more help and make even greater gains in skills and knowledge over the course of the program each year. Anyone can volunteer and no one will be turned back. If volunteers are interested, we will even cover the course fee if they want to take a coaching certification course in return for them agreeing to coach with our program.

Parental Supervision

Parents please don’t just drop your child off and leave, especially if your archer is under the age of 12. Please be prepared to stay for the lessons. If, on a rare occasion, you are unable to stay or need to leave for some reason, please speak to your child’s’ coach.

Due to Covid guidelines for groups in indoor spaces, there will be extremely limited space in the indoor range for parents to stay inside and watch a class. We appreciate your support and help in ensuring parents are available at site if needed but on most days, it will be necessary for parents to wait in their vehicles until the class is finished.

Equipment

We recognize that parents of new archers may understandably be reluctant to purchase a new bow. Ultimately, it is in the archers’ best interest to acquire their own equipment as soon as possible as each bow is customized to the individual archer. We do have bows that can be shared amongst the young archers. However, due to covid concerns, we even more strongly than usual, suggest you buy a bow and six arrows that can be used by your child so that they do not need to share equipment during a class.

Several equipment options are available:

 Bows

  1. Borrow a Club Recurve Bow (not recommended at this time)

The club has a limited number of recurve bows that we will make available for a limited time. There is no additional charge for the use of this equipment but archers should realize that they may have to share this equipment with another archer. As noted above, we strongly recommend that you not rely on shared equipment at this time

  1. Purchase a New or Used Bow

There are a number of local archery stores with staff that will be pleased to help with the purchase of appropriate new equipment. These include; Wyld Archery, Jim Bows Archery, Canadian Tire, and Cabela’s. As our juniors grow each year, you may also be able to find one of our own members with used equipment for sale that might meet your needs too. If you pursue buying a bow at Canadian Tire, we only recommend their “Barnett Quicksilver Archery Set” or their “CentrePoint Sycamore Takedown Recurve Bow Kit” and we further recommend that you then go to either Wyld Archery or Jim Bows Archery, to order a set of six arrows designed for the correct draw weight of the bow you chose to buy. Please note that the Barnett Quicksilver bow will only be suitable for our youngest/smallest archers. If you go to any of the other vendors noted above, you can look at a basic recurve bow or a compound bow for beginners and a set of six arrows to match the style of bow (recurve or compound) and the draw weight of the bow you choose.

Arrows

New archers may borrow arrows from the Club until the end of December 2020. In January of 2021, all archers will need at least 6 arrows of their own for the remainder of the program. Arrows are sized to the individual archer and may be purchased at any of the stores noted in #2 above (with the exception of Canadian Tire arrows).

 

CanBow Program

The Junior Archery Program follows the CanBow Archery Skills Awards Program as set out by the Federation of Canadian Archers (FCA). CanBow offers young archers an opportunity to improve their shooting skills and knowledge.

Within the Junior Program the Archers will earn badges as their skills improve. Once the Archer has mastered the basic skills we will have the archer begin to shoot scored rounds. Each score will consist of 30 arrows shot in 10 ends of 3 arrows.

For an Archer to earn a badge they must demonstrate certain archery proficiencies and knowledge and in addition must shoot two scores at or above the level required for each badge. Scores must be shot in the Saturday classes or on club night or at a registered shoot. If an Archer attains a score of their next level at a registered FITA (tournament) only one score will be required for them to earn that level of badge.

The Program has four levels:

  • Level 1: Basic Form and Safety (4 badge progressions)
  • Level 2: Competency and Basic Equipment Knowledge (4 badge progressions) Level 3: Increased Skill and Physiology (5 badge progressions)
  • Level 4: National Skill Level and Tournament Preparation (11 badge progressions)

The CanBow Program incorporates 3 target sizes (80cm, 60cm, & 40cm) with the Archer working their way from the largest to the smallest target.

Once a junior has earned all the badges for a particular size target they move onto the next smaller target. The badges earned by the Archers will be handed out on a regular basis during the year.

The Canbow Badge Levels are as follows:

Questions! You can direct your questions to any instructor. We will be pleased to answer them to the best of our abilities.

Beginner Archery Form – skills2

For more information about our Juniors Program, please email Darcy O’Hara at:: junior@sparchery.ca

 

Helpful Web Links

www.fca.ca                   The Federation of Canadian Archers is the governing body for the sport of archery in Canada.

www.ataa-org.ca/         Archery Alberta our primary provincial sport body. The focus of this organization is on target archery – indoor, outdoor, field, and 3D too.

www.bowhunters.ca/   The Alberta Bowhunters Association (ABA) is the other provincial body in Alberta, and focuses on hunting and 3D archery.

www.bowzone.ca        Bowzone.ca – Canada’s largest bow hunting and archery web site.

Archery for Beginners: How to Get Started
https://www.completeguidetoarchery.com/archery-for-beginners-how-to-get-started/

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Archery Gear
https://www.archery360.com/2018/06/28/beginners-guide-buying-archery-gear/

Ultimate Guide to Backyard Archery
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/ultimate-guide-to-backyard-archery/

What is Wheelchair Archery?
https://www.passionatepeople.invacare.eu.com/what-is-wheelchair-archery/

Reasons Kids Should Practice Archery
https://www.nfaausa.com/2017/01/reasons-kids-should-practice-archery/