April 23, 2014

Become an Archery Instructor or Coach

Join in the fun! In as little as a day, you can become a certified archery instructor. Basic certification courses are offered by:

USA Archery/National Field Archery Association (NFAA)
Joint certification is offered for the two initial levels of instructor training, Level 1 and Level 2. Both organizations offer advanced coach certifications as well—USA Archery offers Level 3, Level 4, and Level 5. NFAA offers Advanced Coach and Master Coach.

The style of archery taught to these coaches is called “National Training System” which has been developed by the National Coach for USA Archery. NTS helps archers maintain a consistent shooting form through a proven shooting sequence and body awareness.

Locate a USAA/NFAA instructor certification course near you:

USA Archery Certification Clinics Calendar
https://webpoint.usarchery.org/wp/Events/ListEvents.wp

Olympic Training Centers
Elite USA Archery archery coach training often takes place at the Olympic Training Center outside of San Diego, California or in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
www.teamusa.org/about-usoc/u-s-olympic-training-center-chula-vista
www.teamusa.org/about-usoc/u-s-olympic-training-center-colorado-springs

For more information:

USA Archery
http://usarchery.org/coaching-and-education

National Field Archery Association
www.fieldarchery.org

Archery Shooters Association (ASA)
ASA periodically offers a “Community Coach” certification that was jointly created with USA Archery and NFAA. This is a 3-Day course that teaches coaching skills to archers. Contact ASA for a schedule and information.
www.asaarchery.com

Boy Scouts of America
Many BSA archery instructor courses are taught using USAA/NFAA materials and certifications. BSA offers training at their annual National Camp Schools, and within a number of Councils across the country. Contact your local BSA Council office for information.
www.scouting.org/localcouncillocator.aspx

BSA offers an Archery Merit Badge. For those instructors wanting to teach this, here are the requirements:
http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Archery

National 4-H
4-H shooting sports are managed on a state-by state basis. Some states offer 4-H certification only, and some combine it with USAA/NFAA certifications. Contact your state 4-H shooting sports representative at 4-H Shooting Sports.

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
Created especially for school teachers, this instructor training focuses on a specific in-school curriculum using specific equipment and lessen plans. Trainings are most often offered by the state Fish and Wildlife agencies who have partnered with NASP. Contact your state NASP representative – National Archery in the Schools