The step-by-step guide to giving your child a quality bow and quality instructions. Follow these five steps to get your child hitting bullseye after bullseye with a bow and arrow.
Step 1: Purchase an adjustable bow from an archery pro shop.
Pro shops will spend a lot of time with your child to ensure the bow is a good fit and that the proper weight is being pulled back. Archery shops can offer bows with adjustable draw weight and draw length so your child can use the same bow for years, as they grow.
Step 2: Start close to the target in a comfortable setting.
Practice at home. Shooting in the backyard, if it is legal where you live, is a good place to start. Keep things simple and fun. Start kids off shooting at balloons. Kids love hearing the balloon pop when the arrow strikes it. Set up your child about 10 feet from the target. Keep in mind that the goal is to hit the target. Once they do that consistently, increase the distance and upgrade the target.
Step 3: Invest in a youth target.
Specialized youth targets are built to be shot with lightweight bows. It can be discouraging if your child shoots a target and the arrow bounces off. When your child upgrades to pulling more weight, upgrade their target. Buy a few 3D targets because kids love shooting at animals.
Step 4: Consider leagues and tournaments.
Archery is just like any sport; the more a child shoots, the more accurate they will become. Youth leagues are very popular because children enjoy competition. Keep the rivalry friendly and fun and don’t take the score too seriously, just encourage them along the way.
Step 5: Take things to the next level.
When kids are old enough, think about introducing them to bow hunting. Since most youngsters practice shooting 3D targets, they are already aware of the animal’s anatomy and may want to eventually start bow hunting.
Archery is unique because a child doesn’t have to be athletic to excel. With a lot of practice, anyone can excel in the sport of archery as long as they stick with it. To keep children interested, keep it fun. Try not to overload a child with too much technical information when they start out. Put a bow in their hand, teach them a little bit about proper form and technique and let them shoot. Use your best judgement and feed them more information as they advance.
If you haven’t done so already, take your child into a pro shop and get them started on the right foot.