There are an estimated 6,800,000 archery participants in the United States every year The vast majority of these are youths aged 6-14 at summer camps
Every year there are approximately 4,300 archery-related injuries requiring emergency room care
The most common type of injury is abrasion from either the arrow or bowstring
Inspecting a Bow and Arrow
Even before nocking an arrow it is important to make sure that all equipment is inspected and in safe
working order. A major cause of archery-related accidents comes from damaged bows or bow strings
snapping. Make sure to check all components of both the bow and arrow for any signs of damage
including cracks, chips, fraying, warping and any other wear and tear that could compromise the
integrity of the equipment.
Proper Archery Attire
ALL ARCHERS MUST WEAR A FULL SHOE & LONG HAIR MUST BE PULLED BACK.
While not always considered, it is important to make sure all archery participants are properly dressed for the activity. Participants should not wear anything that could get tangled in the bow. Never wear scarves, hoods, jewelry, or anything excessively loose. There have been cases of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings getting caught in a fired arrow and causing serious injuries.
Safely Firing a Bow
To ensure safety, all archers should load, aim, shoot, and retrieve arrows at the same time. This will
ensure that no one is accidently shooting while someone is on the range retrieving arrows. Most
archery ranges use the same system to control shooting and retrieving. Typical archery rules use a
system of whistles to signify the appropriate action. One whistle blow means you can shoot, two
means you can approach the shooting line, and three means you can go retrieve the arrows you have
shot. Other important things to consider when shooting is to never load your arrow onto your bow
with people in front of you. Make sure to never stand in front of a loaded bow.
Make sure all archers wait to retrieve arrows until they are signaled to do so. If an archer misfires
their arrow and it doesn’t go very far, they are often tempted to quickly retrieve it so they can fire
again. It is important to reiterate safety and discourage this behavior. Archers should not bring their
bow with them onto the range and should safely set them down after they are done shooting. Make
sure all archers have returned to the line from the range and that the range is all clear before
signaling it is ok to shoot again. Pay special attention for archers whose arrow may have gone beyond
the target as they can be overlooked before the signal to shoot again is given.
MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT
All services provided by Anchor Point Archery includes the use of recurve bows and aluminum arrows. Use of required safety equipment is also included at no extra cost to you. No one is required, nor encouraged, to invest in archery equipment in order to start and complete the basic archery training.
Anchor Point Archery is not responsible for site rental, reservations, permits or fees when contracted for individual lessons, all group lessons, events or trainings. As long as you have a suitable outdoor or indoor location, we can set up an archery range and bring the fun to you. Once location has been agreed upon between Ms. Pam and host, the host is then responsible for the venue permits and fees. If you are attending one of Anchor Point Archery sponsored event, the reservations, permits and fees have been taken care of by Ms. Pam