10 Step Archery Pathway


Step 1

Start Archery

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

Step 2

Membership and Equipment

You complete a beginners’ course at an ARCSA Club.

Your make your first purchase of individualised equipment.

You become a member of an ARCSA/AA affiliated Club.

Step 3

Better Archery

You start beginner level shooting at club-run sessions.

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

You shoot approx. 1-2 sessions per week and generally at a short distance of around 30 meters.

Once you can keep all your arrows consistently within the red, you advance further.

Step 4

Introductory Competing

You 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.

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

Step 5

Club Competition

You 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

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

You 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.
You have at least a Blue level Classification.

Step 8

State High Performance Squad

You 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.

You regularly shoot 3-6 days a week at this stage.

You have at least a Red level Classification and be eligible for selection for State Teams.

Step 9

AA Regional Development Program (AARDP)

You 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)

You are selected to the Archery Australia High Performance Program (AAHPP).

You are involved in national teams and international competition.