• Whistle Commands

    Two Blasts – Archers may walk from waiting line to the shooting line. Archers will then straddle the shooting line and put the cam of the bow on their toe.

    One Blast – Archers may load their bows and teacher will check to make sure they have the arrows nocked properly, then they can begin shooting.

    After arrows are shot, archers should hang bow on bow rack and return to waiting line.

    Three Blasts – Archers may walk to the target line to retrieve arrows. Archers should wait at the target line for teacher to say partner number 1 go retrieve arrows.  You only want one person removing arrows at a time so no one gets injured!

    Five or More Blasts – Emergency Whistle- “STOP SHOOTING and put your arrow back in your quiver.”

    Glossary of Archery Terms

    Anchor: Consistent placement of the drawing hand to a position on the face, mouth or jaw.

    Arrow rest: The horizontal projection on the bow upon which the arrow lies.

    Compound bow: A hand-held, hand-drawn bow that uses a pair of cables and wheels to store more energy.

    Draw: To pull the bow string back. Also the distance the bowstring is pulled back.

    Dry Fire: To shoot a bow without an arrow. This an damage the bow.

    Fletching/Fletch: The feathers, plastic vanes or other devices attached to the arrow shaft, which stabilize the flight of an arrow.

    Follow-through: Maintaining the motion of the upper body muscles after releasing the string.


    The position of the archer when the bowstring has been draw to the anchor point.


    To shoot arrows in a pattern, or the pattern of the arrows in the target.

    Index Fletch- The odd color fletching on the arrow.  It is important to nock the arrow with the index fletch pointing away from the bow and toward the archer. 

    Limb: Upper or lower part of the bow that bends when the string is drawn back. The part of the bow where the energy is stored.


    To place the arrow on the string. Also the attachment to the rear end of an arrow, which is placed on the bowstring and holds the arrow on the string.

    Nock locator:

    The mark or device that indicates where the arrow is to be placed on the string.

    Point:  the sharp part of the arrow that sticks into the target. 

    Quiver:  The storage unit where the arrows are held. 

    Parts of the Bow:

    Cam-bottom part of bow

    Idler wheel- top wheel on bow

    Bow grip-black handle on bow where archer holds bow.

    Nock Locator- white marker on bow string that lets you know where to nock the arrow.

    Arrow Rest- little arm that holds that arrow.

    Parts of the Arrow

    Point - tip of that arrow

    Shaft- long portion of the arrow

    Nock- End of arrow that attaches to the bow string

    Fletching- veins attached to arrow shaft

    Index Fletch- Odd colored fletching on arrow.



    Why shoot with 3 Fingers?

    Some experienced archers will question placing three fingers under the arrow nock rather than one finger above and two below. Three fingers under the arrow prevents twisting of the bow string and reduces the likelihood that the arrow will fall off the arrow rest.

    11 Steps to Archery Success



    1. Stance:Each student should straddle the shooting line with one foot on either

    side. If the archer is right-handed, the left foot should be over the shooting line

    toward the target line. To establish correct foot placement begin with both feet

    together and toes even or “closed.” Then move the foot closest to the target

    (front foot) back so these toes are even with the mid-point of the back foot. Then,

    while maintaining this mid-point toe placement, move the front foot toward the

    target so the feet are shoulder-width apart. Then turn (open) the front foot toward

    the target. Imagine the shooter is facing a 12 o’clock position. The toes of the

    back foot should be pointed to 12 o’clock, parallel to the shooting line. The

    toes of the front foot should be pointing toward 10 o’clock for a right-handed

    shooter and 2 o’clock for a left-handed shooter. Stand vertical with your head up

    and knees firm with slight pressure on the inside of both knees and feet.


    1. Nock Arrow:With your bow in your bow hand, withdraw an arrow from the floor

    quiver by grasping the arrow below the fletching. Keeping your bow as vertical as

    possible, carry the arrow up and over the top of the bow. With the different

    colored “index fletching” pointed toward you, snap the arrow’s nock under the nock locator(s). The arrow shaft should be placed on the arrow rest.


    1. Drawing Hand Set:With your bow at arm’s length and pointed down, grasp the

    string immediately under the nock at least to the first joint of the 1st and 3rd

    finger and slightly inside the joint of the middle finger forming a hook. Keep the

    back of the hand flat and the thumb down and relaxed.


    1. Bow Hand Set:Place your hand in the bow grip with the meaty part of your

    thumb inside the grip to the lifeline of your palm. The lifeline should be aligned

    over the center of the bow’s grip. When set properly the knuckles of your bow

    hand should form a 30- to 45-degree angle. At the same time your bow hand is

    set, rotate your elbow down to the left (for right-handed archer). This hand and

    elbow position allows for improved string clearance of the bow arm.



    1. Pre-Draw: Starting with your bow arm hanging relaxed at your side, lift your arm

    allowing it to hinge at your shoulder so your shoulder will remain level. Your

    drawing hand will remain hooked around the bow string with the bow un-drawn.

    The drawing arm will be slightly higher than the bow arm. The drawing hand, arm

    and elbow should be parallel to the floor or ground.


    1. Draw:Pull or draw the string toward the right side of your face (right-handed

    archer) by rotating your hips and your shoulder around until your elbow is slightly

    in front of the arrow line. You want the feeling of getting in behind the bow. You

    should feel your upper back muscles being activated.


    1. Anchor:Anchor by touching your index finger to the corner of your mouth. Keep

    muscles active while maintaining full draw.


    1. Aiming:Your master eye is your rear sight and needs to be consistent in

    location as it relates to the anchor. Think of sighting as an alignment between

    your eye, the string and your front sight. In bare bow archery (without sights) your

    front sight would be either your arrow or some part of your bow riser or both.

    Allow your bow to move naturally—a perfectly still bow is unnatural. Be aware of

    the target and the sight. Keep your muscles active during the sighting process.


    1. Shot Set-Up:After you have reached your anchor and begun your sight

    alignment, you need to create a slight movement from your drawing shoulder

    and/or arm to the rear. You can initiate the release anytime during this rearward



    1. Release:The release is a combination of relaxing your fingers and the back of

    your hand all at once. All your arm and back muscles remain active during this



    1. Follow-Through/Reflection:Upon release, your drawing hand will move

    rearward with your fingers relaxed and end up with your thumb touching or near

    your drawing shoulder. The shoulder should hinge so your elbow can move

    down. The bow arm moves a bit forward then slightly both left (right for lefthanded

    shooter) and down. After follow-through, reflect upon the position of your

    drawing and bow hand to see that they are in the proper ending positions as a

    result of having kept your muscles active throughout the shot sequence.