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Beginner Archery Programs

Beginner Archery League | School Archery Programs | Homeschoolers Archery Program

Rogue Archery offers a number of programs for beginner archers that teach the basics of target archery in a safe and fun environment!

 

Our beginner programs are a 6-8 week curriculum that has four intakes each year.

We supply all of the equipment (bows, arrows, targets, etc.) and teach all of the essential skills of the Olympic Style of Recurve Archery – from safe shooting practices to correct technique. By the end of the program, you will achieve key competencies in archery, and know if you want to take things further. These programs are a great stepping stone to taking-up archery!

You will also be introduced to the scoring and competition format of Olympic recurve archery, and challenge your fellow archers over a 6-8 week league!

  •  All equipment is provided (bows, arrows, targets etc.)

  •  Learn the fundamental archery techniques

  •  Learn basic to advanced skills

  •  Learn the rules, competition formats and scoring systems of Olympic recurve archery

  •  Fun archery games and challenges

  •  Learn from highly qualified and experienced coaches 

  •  Great for confidence and team building

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  • Can I do a trial session?
    We used to offer trial sessions at Rogue Archery, however, these days our classes are very popular and are frequently booked out. As such, we are unable to reserve places for people to do a trial session. Our Beginner Archery League is also an 8 week curriculum, and each week archers learn new skills and techniques. It's not approporiate to join in half way through a block of lessons, as this would affect the rest of our students. You're very welcome to pop in during one of our class times to observe and say hello, and also keep an eye out for our School Holiday Programs and other one off courses! P.S. We've never had someone who did a trial and then didn't sign up!
  • Can I bring my own equipment?
    No. At our beginner programs we insist that you use our gear. We provide everything that you need. This way we can ensure that the equipment is properly maintained and safe, and that everyone is on the same playing field.
  • Can I book a casual session to shoot some arrows?
    No. To get into archery, you are required to complete some form of beginner course or induction program, and this is pretty much universal at all archery clubs and ranges across Australia. I know, I know... wouldn't it be great if archery was set up like a golf driving range where you could come and sling arrows to your hearts content for a few dollars? Unfortunately, archery doesn't work like this, and due to the safety protocols, it's not suitable for casual archery sessions.
  • Do you offer compound bows?
    At Rogue Archery we specialise in recurve target archery. Wherever you go, you will always be taught to shoot a recurve bow first. This is for a couple of reasons: Compound bows are difficult to set up for beginners. They have a fixed draw length, and as such, you can't just pick up a compund and shoot it. The bow needs to be set up specifically for the archer, and this makes it difficult to run for beginners. The basic shooting form learnt on a recurve bow translates very well to all other disciplines. If you learn on a recurve, you'll have no problems taking up compound, or barebow, or traditional archery later, but this doesn't necessarily work the other way around. Because of the mechanical advantages offered by a compound bow, it's very easy to develop bad habits. It's a bit like if you learn how to drive a manual car first, you can drive an automatic car no worries at all, but if you learn an automatic first, you'll struggle with a manual, and it's the same for recurve and compound. If you want to get into compound, then once you're a member of a club, there are opportunities to try out different bow styles, and take it from there!
  • What if it rains?
    We operate outdoors, and as such are subject to the weather! If there are passing showers or just a sprinkle of rain, we will usually still operate, however, if the rain is steady or storms are forecast we will cancel. In these instances, we will monitor the weather closely, and make a final decision at least 1 hour prior to the start time of any class. If a class is cancelled, we will notify by email if there is enough notice, or post it on our facebook page. For unforeseen cancellations, we will do our best to offer a make up class, or otherwise credit you towards future lessons.
  • What is the minimum age?
    The minimum age is 10 years old. Our equipment and course format is not suited for small children. This is basically the same for all archery ranges and clubs around Australia.
  • Are your classes mostly kids or adults?
    Most of our classes are all ages, and so we generally have a good mix of age groups in our classes. It varies from class to class, but it's usually about 50:50.
  • Can you cater for special needs?
    Archery is an inclusive sport that is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, and we strive to accomodate and make a positive experience for everyone! At Rogue Archery our coaches have extensive experience with archers who have special needs, including competitive para-archers. In many cases, archery is an empowering activity, and often has theraputic benefits for people with mild psychological disorders. If you're able to participate in a group environment, then it will almost certainly be fine. Ensure you advise us of any special needs when you book your course so that we can best accomodate you. There are some cases that require more 1 on 1 attention, such as extreme social anxiety or a major physical impairment. In these instances, a large group setting may not be the most appropriate environment, so please contact us to see how we can best accomodate your needs!
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