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Simply put Flight Archery is shooting an arrow as far as you can without regard to accuracy or penetrating power. That being said, we learned from Mr. Sanchez that there is much more to this niche of our sport than just that.

Flight Archery has a very long history, documented all the way back to the Ottoman Empire (1299-1453) when they established an "arrow field" in several major cities to host Flight competitions. In 1795 Flight Archery was introduced to Europe. " Mahmoud Effendi, a secretary at the Turkish Embassy in London, made a shot of 482 yards on Finsbury Fields, and reportedly apologised for a poor performance by Turkish standards." Turkish flight archery amazed  Europeans, whose  longbows and heavy arrows shot much shorter distances.

Today's rules allow archers to shoot in numerous classes to included different age divisions and different ones for equipment; from the bows we use here at the range everyday to highly various types of bows (including some unusual ones like foot bows).

" The search for better flight archery equipment has led to many developments in archery equipment in general, such as the development of carbon arrows. Flight archery arrows are highly specialized. They are very short (Mahmoud Effendi's was only 14 inches), so that the point of the arrow is inside the arc of the fully drawn bow, requiring a support projecting back from the bow towards the archer to keep the arrow in position, or the use of a 'siper'(Turkish) on the bow hand/wrist on which to rest the arrow. Also, the shafts are 'barrelled', tapering towards both ends from the middle, to reduce both weight and air resistance."

 

Why Archery is Good For Kids:

largearcheryclassArchery can get your kids to focus:

Do you sometimes find your child with their eyes glazed over when you are talking to them? Do they often find it impossible to focus on their homework? Archery might help you. In order to be successful in archery, kids have to learn to concentrate deeply. They have to be extremely aware of the muscles in their back and shoulders, and balance their awareness of the target. Every time they shoot, a child is required to practice complete empty-ness of mind. They cannot be thinking about their last shot, or something their friend said, or what they might have for dinner. They have to be totally focused on the task at hand. Once they learn to focus in archery, they will have no problem focusing in other areas of their life. Even homework.

Archery is Physical:

Archery requires a high-level of body awareness and an immense amount of strength in the upper body. A children’s bow may have a draw weight of 25 lbs. Which is NOT the typical starting poundage - If your child shoots 40 arrows in a week, they will have drawn 1,000 lbs. Archer’s typically have very well developed back and shoulder muscles. Many coaches will have their athletes perform core exercises as well, to give them a more stable base to shoot from.

If you think your child could use a bit of enlightenment, develop discipline and self-confidence, and get some exercise, archery classes may be right for you. Here are some of the benefits of archery classes for children.

Archery can make your kid a Better Student:

In a recent study at the University of Pennsylvania, self-discipline was found to be the best predictor of a child’s academic performance. Excelling in archery requires immense concentration, patience, and a highly developed sense of self-control. The archer is required to calm his/her mind and wait for the perfect moment to release his/her arrow. With each shot, young archers learn not to get emotional when they make a bad shot. Rather than attaching their ego to their performance, they learn to instead analyze the shot, learn from it, and prepare for the next one, without emotion. For this reason, archery is a great sport for teaching children self-control, patience, and emotional intelligence.


About Karin Bock:

Karin Bock - Head Coach
Karin has coached cheerleading, volleyball, bowling and archery for more than 40 years. Karin began the Colorado Springs JOAD club which evolved into the Archery School of the Rockies because of her love of teaching young athletes and helping them overcome challenges. She is also a certified USA Archery Judge.

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