In previous articles we wrote about what bow should you get and it all came down to personal preference between Recurve and Compound bows. Both have pros and cons, and both can be used for competition.
Speaking of competition, after your intro classes are completed the first question that pops to mind more than likely is what will be next?
Though archery can be done for pure recreational enjoyment, you may consider keeping your new skills in practice and hone them better to fit your new bow by getting involved in competitive archery. The Archery Trade Association published a survey in 2016 showing that over 60% of those who enjoy archery shot target exclusively with over 20% shooting target and hunting. That’s 80% of the known archery participation in America shooting target. Though the percentages of compound and recurve archers were similar with 62% compound shooters and 21% recurve.
There are a vast number of archery shoots all over the United States. Almost every archery location has some form of competition for almost anyone to participate in. Whether it’s a one shot tournament or a league spanning several weeks, there’s something for everyone.
The Archery Place runs a Handicap League open to anyone using any bow type. Coach Kevin Helwig says, “I have many people asking me what’s next, and a league like this allows for both experienced and inexperienced archers an opportunity to somewhat participate on an more equal playing field against each other while also achieving a chance to win the league.”
Why not compete? You’ve already committed to buying a bow and want to use it more, so commit to the sport itself by competing. Additional coaching is available through Northern Illinois Archery Organization’s Junior Olympic Archery Development and Adult Archery Achievement Program at The Archery Place. Enhance your class skills through continued coaching with your equipment, practice drills, set goals, block out distractions, and more so that you can achieve the most out of your equipment and your new sport of choice.
For more information about competing in archery with JOAD / AAP, contact The Archery Place located in Montgomery, IL at 844-910-6100 or stop in for a visit.