Classes run each month
If you are not in any of the park districts we serve below, give us a call to make arrangements to be included
Archery is one of the TOP 5 safest sports and recreational activities according to the National Safety Council’s report on injuries comparing sports and recreational activities. Archery is also one of the best sports activities for people of all ages who have ADD and ADHD as it provides focus, structure, and most importantly… fun!
The Archery Place is home to USA Archery Certified Level 3 NTS Coaches, Level 2 Instructor/Trainers and Level 2 Instructors, along with USA Archery Certified Archery Judges who have many combined years of experiences and techniques that will enable you to become proficient in archery even if you’ve never shot an arrow with a bow before.
The Archery Place encourages families to participate together as this is a great sport designed for everyone ages 8 and up to do together.
We support our area park districts and rec departments, and we have contracted with the districts and rec departments below to provide all of their archery programming. Please visit your area park district to sign up today. The Archery Place also holds special events, classes, and camps directly that may not be offered through the park districts, but we try to include them as much as possible. Please support your local park district for archery and sign up through them today for the next sessions. Classes run every month.
Archery 1 (ages 8 through adult)
If you have never shot a bow and arrow before, or it has been a number of years since you have, then this is the class for you. This class is an introduction to archery and archery safety using recurve bows. USA certified instructors will teach you basics on how to be safe doing so. Learn proper shooting form to help you meet the goals for advancing your skills, as each new level of archery will bring new challenges. Successful completion of Archery 1 is required to adavance to Archery 2.
Please come with closed-toed shoes and secure long hair. Minimum age is 8 years old for this class. Family participation is encouraged.
Archery 2 (ages 8 through adult)
This class is a follow up to Archery 1 and the next level of archery progression. Archers will refine their skills learned in Archery 1 and learn how to shoot at a further distance with recurve bows. All equipment is provided, but if you have your own equipment, you are encouraged to bring it for class. All equipment must meet safety guidelines to be shot in this class and must pass instructor approval before class begins. Archery 2 will focus on the Archery 1 skills and work towards shot execution by creating and developing a shot process that can be tuned for each archer to become more proficient.
Safety is always #1.
Intro to Compound Bow (ages 8 through adult)*
Successful completion of Archery 1 & 2 is mandatory. Intro to Compound shooting will expose beginner archers to using their archery skills learned in previous classes to successfully apply them using a compound bow. Compound bows operate differently than recurve bows do and require a little more strength to use correctly and safely. Topics learned in this class will be proper shooting form, using a release aid, how a compound is customized for the archer using it, and much more. If you’re curious about the compound bow and wish to learn more, this intro is for you. This will be a beginner level class.
Requirements are as follows;
* Successful completion of Archery 1 & 2.
* The ability to hold 5 pounds with an outstretched arm for a full minute to simulate the weight of a compound bow in the bow hand / arm.
* The ability to lift 20 pounds from the floor up to the waist while standing straight to simulate pulling the string on the bow with the string hand / arm..
Intro to Crossbow (ages 12 and up)*
Intro to the Crossbow is for ages 12 and older. This intro class is for crossbow beginners. Whether youth or adult, this class focuses on crossbow safety and using a crossbow. All equipment is provided. Personal crossbows can be used but limited to less than 390 feet per second and must have at least 20″ long arrows with NO Broadheads. Field tips only.
Previous Archery 1 & 2 and Compound bows is not required for this class as this intro will address additional safety lessons that are not only range and personal safety oriented, but enhanced with crossbow specific safety instruction.
Learn how to properly hold a crossbow, what the triangle of injury is and how to avoid it, loading, unloading, aiming with a scope, and proper shooting form on the ground, user maintenance, and more.
There will be no one under the age of 12 allowed for this class. Minimum strength requirements are as follows;
* Standing for long periods of time
* Kneeling for long periods of time
* Must be able to stand up straight, hold arm out to the side of your body, bend your elbow down so it touches your ribs, and as if holding a party tray, hold a full gallon jug in a flat palm for at least 1 minute, then repeat 3 times.
* Must be able to bend forward at the waist and touch your knees, grab a full gallon jug in each hand and stand straight up from the bent position.