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10 Step Archery Pathway


Step 1

Start Archery

This is the first level of archery. You will have identified an interest in the sport and now wish to engage in a program such as “Do Archery”, or Club introductory courses.

Step 2

Membership and Equipment

Complete a beginners’ course at an ARCSA (ARCHERY SA) Club.

Visit the Club and hire its coaching equipment for each shoot, under supervision.

Become a member of an ARCSA/AA affiliated Club.

Make your first purchase of individualised equipment (don’t be afraid to ask a Club Coach for advice).

Step 3

Better Archery

Start beginner level shooting at Club-run sessions.

May receive instruction from a Club Coach and other archers, and begin to learn more about your own shooting through practice.

Shoot approx. 1-2 sessions per week and generally at a short distance, starting at 15-20 metres.

Once you can keep all your arrows consistently within the red zone, advance further, by 5-10 metres.

Step 4

Introductory Competing

Start shooting competition rounds in practice with other Club members to build a better understanding of what’s involved in a competition, how to score, timing, etc.

Shoot 1-3 sessions per week and begin to move into competition distances.

Step 5

Club Competition

Start to become involved in regular competition within the Club and build confidence around competing and shooting etiquette. Inclusion within these events also assists you with meeting other archers within the Club and building lasting relationships.

Step 6

Inter-Club/State Competition

Begin competing in events run at different Clubs and also State events, enabling you to experience a higher level of competition and gain an understanding of what’s required to compete at this level.

Shoot 2-5 sessions per week and demonstrate competency at competition distances.

Step 7

State Development Program

For archers wanting to progress their level of competition, at either a State, National or International level, State Development Programs will provide coaching to you and, should you wish, support your campaign to be selected in further High Performance Squads. You also begin to understand how to analyse your own technique and become more independent.
Have attained at least a Blue level Classification.

Step 8

State High Performance Squad

Have demonstrated you are one of the best in the State! Your participation in the State Development program will include assisting you in determining a suitable training program.

Regularly shoot 3-6 days a week at this stage.

Have attained at least a Red level Classification and be eligible for selection for State Teams.

Step 9

AA Regional Development Program (AARDP)

Gain access to further development and the opportunity to travel. AARDP squad prepares athletes both physically and mentally for the rigours of training as an elite Archer.

Step 10

AA High Performance Program (AAHPP)

Selected to the Archery Australia High Performance Program (AAHPP).

Involved in National teams and International competition!