- If you start with too high a poundage in draw weight for the newbie they can become fatigued quickly and their form will suffer as the archer struggles to cope.
- Too heavy a mass weight can tire the arms of young archers, resulting in dropping their arm.
- Another factor that is worth considering is how some young archers develop in height earlier than others but this does not mean they have muscle development for longer draws.
|Age Range||Maximum bow weight at start of course||Maximum draw weight by end of the course|
|Up to 12 yrs old||14 lbs||16 lbs|
|13-14||16 lbs||18 lbs|
|15-16||18 lbs||22 lbs|
|17-18||20 lbs||24 lbs|
|19+||20 lbs||24 lbs|
I have to say I am a fan of using small “jelly bows” that are very low draw weight and light in hand. Ideal for under 10 year old. We bought a couple of these from Merlin Archery (https://www.merlinarchery.co.uk/ek-crusader-bow-kit.html) though we don’t use the arrows provided.
This was a book recommend to me by another coach and I’ll type up a full literature review on it shortly, but for now I’m going to focus on one aspect, that of practice to overcome target panic. There you go I have said it “Target Panic”
I really hate that phrase, as I personally prefer describing target panic as “shot anxiety”, since I see it manifest in so many different ways in archers, often long before the archer ever gets to draw up on the target. Anyway back to how a six sided die can help along your with archery practice.
I then housed the die in a small clear plastic tub large enough to allow the die to roll and clear enough to see the result.
There are three exercises in the book, the key thing to remember with all of them is using a light poundage bow rather than your competition bow. I use a 16lb-18lb draw weight recurve with my students.
They draw up and when they get to full draw on the gold they pass to the right and then left, whilst not releasing. In this case they would pass over the gold 3 times before coming down. When I am coaching this technique I recommend the student does this for 15- 20 minutes. Anymore and it can become tedious and the students tend to lose concentration.
The theory behind this is best described int he book but to put it simply it helps to train the brain into not releasing the arrow and being able to move on and off the target.