The hardest lessons to learn in archery are…

I’ve had a great response to my question “What they feel is the hardest lesson to learn?” and for that I would like to thank all my followers and readers for their input.
I know that there are many people out there that will have your own opinion on what they feel is the hardest lesson to learn,but based on the responses, there are a few things coming up time and time again.
  • Aiming or rather, how do you aim whether you are a gap shooter or instinctive archer?
  • Stance and footing on a field shoot, where you might not be on level ground.
  • Coupled with aiming is distance judgement, which can be especially tough on a well set field course, where the course layer has used every trick inthe book to fool you.
  • I think the biggest one though has to be drawing down or coming down when you’ve drawn up on a target but feel you have to release, even though you know something is wrong.
  • I’m also working on a post about the importance of arrow weights and importance of not shooting too light an arrow.
  • Over bowing, being to identify when you are shooting too heavy a draw weight bow.
My hope is to create a post on each of these topics in the next few weeks.
I’m planning on covering aiming in a future article but for those interested check out one of the recent coaching podcasts from the guys at The Push, which covers instinctive and gap aiming.
Thanks for reading.

Data protection changes and GDPR in archery

Okay, so this is not the normal sort of thing to find on an archery blog, but I don’t think it can have escaped many peoples notice that the Data Protection laws in the UK are changing. Chances are you’ve had emails from different websites you’ve subscribed to asking for you to agree to new terms and conditions. In other words the dreaded GDPR, with a fast approaching deadline of the 25th of May 2018.
Official bit “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. “
in short it covers everything from signing up to being a follower to a blog, coaching sessions and records,
photographs at an event, even shoot results. It also has an effect on websites like this one, which is why there is a new Page covering the Privacy Notice statement where I have tried to address the concerns and legal aspects.
I have to say I have found it a bit of a pain and huge headache to work through and must thank my better half Sharon for keeping me sane and also for finding this site from the Sports and Recreational Alliance (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/)
It has a very helpful sub page on GDPR for clubs, which many archery clubs might find useful too.  The site has a series of template documents that clubs and individuals can easily download and edit. (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/pages/gdpr-clubs)
I’m not expert, even after reading all this, but have found this site really helpful, as has Sharon when working through club details for Briar Rose Field Archers.
I’m also updating my coaching notes and application form to comply with the new rules. Those coached by me in the past should already have received an email (if not please get in touch asap).
I hope this helps and thanks for reading.