In Fall 2014, WMAC is changing the structure of the JOAD training to meet the needs of a growing number of archers joining the program. To better accommodate these needs, and to better support the individual goals of each archer, WMAC will be offering two different programs for JOAD archers – recreational and competitive archery. Both of these programs will focus on developing the skills of the archer, and will help archers as they improve to incorporate new equipment, learning activities, and archery practices to develop each and every archer to the best of their ability and interest. The recreational JOAD session is now structured as “courses”, so that every archer receives consistent support, and can have a plan for learning that is developed over a six week period, rather than week-to-week shooting alone. The “recreational” program will focus on addressing the needs of archers who want to improve and develop skills that might focus on enjoyable archery activities, preparation for bowhunting, and occasional local and state tournament shooting with different target types. The “competitive” program will focus on developing archers for regional, state, and national level competitive target archery. (Registration for that course uses a separate link from this registration process.)
Additionally, WMAC is expanding the program to include Adult Archery in the same sessions. Rather than just limiting these classes to youth, adult archers are encouraged to participate in these courses. The courses will focus on form and practice to encourage strong archers of any age.
Recreational Archery Classes
The Top Nock JOAD archers practice each Saturday morning, between 8:00 and 10:00am. Sessions will have a regular schedule involving warm-up, bow setup, goal setting and progress review, and, of course, shooting or similar practice. Recreational JOAD class has the following tentative schedule for Fall 2014:
- 8:00am – 10:00am (arrive and check in by 8:00 to get equipment and warm up to be ready to start shooting by 8:30am)
- Early Fall class will take place on Saturday mornings from September 27 – November 1
- Late Fall class will take place on Saturday mornings from November 8 – December 6, with an added class on December 20 (tournament on Dec. 13)
Competitive archery registration is handled through a separate link on the "course" page.
Archers may join the JOAD program, and JOAD practices, after they complete both Introduction to Archery 1and Introduction to Archery 2 classes, and demonstrate basic competency in shooting form and practices to the JOAD coaches. Each class includes use of WMAC equipment, and participation in the indoor or outdoor (depending on the season of the class) JOAD recognition program through USA Archery. For more information, contact us to discuss your specific situation.
Have questions about Fall Recreational JOAD or Adult Archery Course?
Contact West Michigan Archery Center