Beginning archers have many reasons to try competitive archery. You’ll make new friends, hone your skills, and improve your mental and physical health. Besides that, it’s fun! But how do you know if you’re ready for competition?
The five signs below might provide clarity.
You might be ready for archery tournaments if …
1. You’re curious about competitions.
Rhonda Crabtree runs a Junior Olympic Archery Development program at Corner Archery in Arizona. She said archers are ready to compete when they start asking questions about tournaments. She sees no better way to learn about competitions than to participate in one.
2. You like shooting archery.
Depending on whether it’s a 3-D, field or target archery event, tournaments require archers to shoot 20 to over 100 arrows. If you like to shoot, tournaments are a great place to fuel your passion and release arrow, after arrow, after arrow!
3. You have archery equipment.
Obviously, you can’t compete in a tournament without a bow and several arrows. But if you have your own equipment or you can rent equipment, you’re positioned to shoot. Just be sure to bring your equipment on competition day!
4. You want to improve your skills.
Competitions are a great way to learn new techniques and improve your skills. The more you shoot, the better you’ll be, especially when shooting under pressure. “Tournaments help archers know they’re progressing,” Crabtree said. “They give the archer goals, whether to improve their score or make it to the podium.”
5. You’re mentally prepared.
Jason Greer is president and founder of Archery Camp USA. He teaches Scholastic 3-D Archery programs, and tells his archers that confidence is everything when shooting competitively. He said the only person who knows they’re ready to compete is yourself, not your parents nor your coach. Greer said an archer’s first tournament can be nerve-wracking, but urges individuals to go for it if they’re mentally prepared and committed to compete.
Ready to Give it a Go?
Whatever your skill level, you’ll find opportunities to compete. Visit an archery store to discuss nearby tournament opportunities. Retailers can also offer coaching and shooting tips, and provide equipment and a place to practice.
And when you get a chance, read the Archery 360 articles below. You’ll find tips on how to get started, including what to wear, what to expect, what equipment to try, and which tournaments you’ll find nearby.