Archery Instructors and Coaches are the foundation of USA Archery’s grassroots programs, and our athlete development pipeline. The West Michigan Archery Center has a number of experienced, certified instructors to teach our courses, and we are always looking for more people to get involved in this way. To do that, WMAC offers coaching classes that are registered and recognized by USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association, whether as coaches here with WMAC, or so that you can coach new archers with your own group or club.
A Level 1 Instructor is most closely associated with a “grassroots” program that is short-term in scope and focused on introducing basic archery skills to beginners. Such programs would include: camps, Scouting, 4-H, and Parks and Recreation. Level 1 Instructors can coach in our “Introduction to Archery” courses (with supplemental training on our curriculum by current instructors), and can coach JOAD Practice Sessions. Level 1 Instructors are equipped to run a line on indoor and outdoor practices or for special events.
A Level 2 Instructor works with a more established archery program such as J.O.A.D., N.A.S.P., college clubs and local clubs with a strong beginner component. Level 2 Instructors are also certified to teach Level 1 courses. Current Level 2 Instructors with a successful background screen are eligible for insurance benefits.
Dates and Times: To be determined. WMAC will be hosting a Level 1/2 coaching class during the summer of 2016. We need at least 10 people signed up to be able to run the course. Once we have at least 10 registrants, we will contact all with a set of possible days to run the course - likely 3-4 weeks later, so that we can order the appropriate coaching packets from USA Archery.
Location: West Michigan Archery Center (3500 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, MI)
Course content: Course content varies depending on whether taking the course for Level 1 or Level 2 certification. All classes address basic shooting steps, how to teach archery, safety, basic equipment setup and repair, and range set-up. The Level 2 class also addresses equipment setup and repair, intermediate shooting steps, fitting equipment to an archer, and how to teach a Level 1 Instructor Course.
Dates / Times: September 24, 8am to 8pm, and September 25, 8am to 5pm
Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18 for Level 2, USA Archery or NFAA Membership, Successful
background screen, and successful completion of SafeSport.
Course Cost: WMAC offers the Level 2 course for $100 to cover instructor time, facility use, and instructional materials from USA Archery. WMAC volunteers who commit to coaching WMAC events can receive a 50% refund for their course when they sign up to coach a WMAC event (See WMAC officials for more information).
Certification period: Three years
NOTE: Any Level 2 Instructor who wants individual insurance coverage will need to apply for a Range Pass (see Range Pass prerequisites below).
- Level 1 Course is not required to attend the Level 2 Course
- Participants should bring a notebook and pen, and should bring a snack or beverage if desired
during the break.
Obtaining your certification not only provides you with valuable knowledge and hands-on skills, but also boosts the marketing value of your program. Instructor and Coach Certifications are recognized by both USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association. In June of 2011, the USA Archery Board of Directors approved a revision to the Certification Program. Archery coaches who are certified by these programs must first acquire a Range Pass from USA Archery, and must complete the SafeSport online training and certification prior to any actual coaching.