Yokine Archery Club Inc.

 Beginner Classes

Stages of Learning
 
While some of you will initially be looking to see if archery suits you, others will want to progress their skills to a certain level, while others will be committed to excellence. There are 4 different stages to help you along the way:
 
STAGE 1 
If you have not tried archery & just want a try, contact Rob (via the Contact page) to arrange a Come-&-Try lesson 9am on Sundays ($20).
 
STAGE 2
The Saturday 5-week Beginner Course ($100) covers basics and form and ends with a target competition.
 
STAGE 3
For those who are hooked after the Beginner Course and wish to make archery their sport of choice, we offer a 5-week Advanced Course ($100) which concentrates on form and using stabilisers, and ends with a matchplay competition. During this course we help the archer with equipment selection prior to club membership.
 
 STAGE 4
Once you have your own equipment, you will need to apply for membership. As memberships are limited, due to target butt availability, please read the following which is part of Yokine Archery’s policy:
 
 
Policy Statement: Membership to Yokine Archery is by formal application,
and is not guaranteed.
 
Some facts to help you in considering and preparing your application:
 
  • Yokine is a small club, limited in our available space, butts, coaching and volunteer support.
  • We are a professional club, focusing our resources on those archers who want to succeed in competition.
  • Priority is to archers who have the desire to compete and applicants should request an Athlete Induction Manual and sign the declaration at rear. Under 18s will need to have their parents sign.
  • Most members apply after completing the Advanced course. External applicants will need to show proof of AA membership and also demonstrate their form to the coach.
  • Members are expected to purchase their own equipment within 6 weeks of joining. Club coaches will assist.
  • We are predominantly a recurve club, as we unfortunately do not have coaches in Compound and only a few suitable 'Danage' targets. Compound archers will need to demonstrate they are fully trained and capable, demonstrated by assessment of one of our existing Compound members and a club coach.
  • ALL members or their parents will be expected to support the club by assisting in set-up and put-away; volunteering for jobs; and participating in busy-bees when held. Discussing your skills and availability with the Volunteer Coordinator will assist your application.
  • Our overall capacity is 50 archers. There is some flexibility to this limit depending on the 'member mix' of each of the weekend days. 
  • Weekends are often very busy, and it cannot be guaranteed you will be able to shoot the distance you wish. We run beginners courses on Saturdays, and 'Come n try' on Sundays, each taking up 4 or more targets. 
  • We do not organise club competitions. Our focus is on 'form' and preparation for state, national and international competitions. 
  • We shoot four times a week. However, mid week is only available for competitive archers.
  •  Shooting fees are $5 per week, only when you shoot.
  • We only charge $1 annual membership in addition the Archery Australia & Archery WA annual fees! This is because we prefer our members to instead spend their money on quality equipment and competition costs.
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

Please ensure you wear enclosed shoes and bring water to drink. Close fitting clothing should be worn on the upper body to avoid bow string contact.

 


 

Yokine Archery Club is committed to promoting the sport of Archery and the safe, fair and enjoyable conduct of that sport.  This includes running learner’s programs.

The program teaches the basics of archery including appropriate behaviour and shooting rules, measures the developing archer’s skills, and provides insurance cover for participants.

 

At Yokine this course is run over a number of weeks and teaching is provided by qualified coaches with “Working with Children” checks. Progress made is at the archer’s own pace progressing a number of distances at 5 metre increments.  Particular scores must be obtained at each distance before moving to the next.

During this time the archer’s stance, technique and performance are developed so that consistent scores can be obtained. The aim is that the learning archer gradually reaches a level of proficiency where they can shoot alongside other club members at the club’s regular Saturday shoot.

 

Continued use of the club equipment is subject to availability, as it is for teaching purposes and may be required for new learners starting the program. It is advisable that once the learner archer feels they wish to continue in the sport, that they purchase their own equipment. It is not necessary to spend large amounts of money to get started and club members can advise where good equipment (new & second hand) can be found and what to buy. Do not rush into purchasing unadvised!

 

Once the learner archer has been given the basic skills these are developed by continual practice, to understand and refine these skills, to mould one’s personal style and to understand the behaviour of the equipment and the body. Over time the archer will extend their skill and learn control of their body and equipment and to interpret weather conditions for better results. This process is commenced in the learning program. Attention is paid to teaching both the safety aspects of shooting and the correct procedures to be followed when shooting at the club and interclub level.

 

The initial insurance covers the beginner for 12 weeks after which the archer must decide whether or not to join as a club member and purchase their own equipment. As emphasised before, do not rush into purchases as there is a possibility that you will end up with equipment which is unsuitable and this can be a costly mistake. Experienced club members can advise on this.

 

The annual cost of membership is an Affiliation Fee paid to State and National Bodies and covers insurance. Annual fees are reduces each Quarter if joining during the year. The weekly shooting fee is paid every Saturday (if shooting) and archers cannot commence shooting unless the fee has been paid.

 

Membership entitles archers to enter Interclub, State, National and International competitions and contribute towards rankings (both National and International).