Why become a USAA Certified Instructor?

Is it time to get certified as a USAA Archery instructor? Let's find out! Archery instruction comes in many forms and is a great asset to the archery community. Additionally, there are many reasons to become a certified archery instructor; some people get certified even with no intention of teaching!

If you are interested in becoming certified as a USAA Level One or Level Two Instructor, check our class listings at our Join a Class or Game page for an upcoming class.

Reason 1: Instructors make better students and athletes

Many martial arts disciplines have a saying; "to become a master one must pass on one's knowledge." In anything we do, especially physical disciplines like archery, we gain tremendous amounts of knowledge in the beginnig. As time moves on, with consistent practice and conditioning, we turn that knowledge into skills that improve in leaps and spurts. However, everyone reaches a point where they plateau. This happens often throughout a skill-based career and the solution is often to take refresher lessons.

In the martial arts world, of which archery is technically a part, we become better students and athletes by being instructors. Passing on our knowledge to others helps us see technique through new lenses, forcing us to adapt how we see a technique and its execution by applying it to a new canvas; our students. Each student is different, causing us to analyze skills differently and apply them differently each time. This attention to the details of another's execution and improvement has a positive effect on instructors by making us look at ourselves and our execution of technique differently and thus contributes to our own improvement in performance.

Reason 2: Help your local Archery Club

Local archery clubs are often in need of certified instructors to help run their programs. Many archery clubs are volunteers based, especially those who run and maintain free public archery ranges like Woodley Park Archers, in Van Nuys, CA. These are usually unpaid volunteer positions to help with community instruction programs. This is an excellent way to give back to the archery community and feel a sense of purpose, pride, and connection with your local club and range.

Reason 3: Camp archery programs and Scouts merit badges

Many summer camps around the world offer archery as one of the activities for campers. Sadly, some of these camps have to occasionally cut out archery when they have no counselors who are certified instructors. These camps often employ teenagers to be camp activity counselors; in the United States an individual needs to be at least 15 to work as a camp counselor. This is good news for archers looking to be camp archery instructors as USAA Level One Instructor Certification is available for those ages 15 and older. Being an archery instructor who teaches at a camp looks GREAT on an academic application for college, by the way!

Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops offer an archery merit badge. In the past, the archery merit badge was a very important badge to acquire for all Scouts. These days it is an optional badge, but there has been a rise in Scouts desiring an archery badge and troops who facilitate their acquisition. USAA Level One or Level Two Certification qualifies an individual to assist a troop in conducting their archery merit badge program!

Reason 4: Share passion!

USAA L1 and L2 badgesNo matter what reason one has for considering USAA Certification, the underlying fact is that an instructor gets to share his or her passion for archery at a level non-instructors cannot. Many archers give advice to new archers and, while much of it is good advice, qualified and certified USAA Instructors offer a valued insight into archery for any aspiring or practicing archer.

Share your passion today; become a USAA Certified Archery Instructor! Check out Robertson Archery's upcoming USAA Certification classes on our Join a Class or Game page today!

Late Night Bow Tuning and Repair

FB_IMG_1472577611354Late night bow tuning...I made a custom string and cable set for a 2005 Hoyt UltraMag XT2000. Just finished the initial install and I am preparing to begin tuning the bow.

Inspection shows no damage from dry-fire cable and string failure; the customer is lucky! Dry-firing a compounds bow is dangerous; in some cases it can damage the limbs of the bow. In some cases it can harm the archer by lacerating the arm or face as the string or cable breaks. In most cases the string and cables need to be replaced.

Wow. I need to clean my workstation...

My June 2016 USAA L1 and L2 Instructor Certification Class Has Been Scheduled!

USAA L1 and L2 badgesGood morning Archers!

I have scheduled my next L1 and L2 Certification Course for Saturday and Sunday, June 11th-12th. If you are only interested in L1, then you only need to come on Saturday. If you are interested in L2, you need to come both days.

Registraition (by paying for the class) must be done by 5/29/2016. You can register at:

http://robertsonarchery.com/certification

I look forward to seeing you all there!!!

February’s Zombies vs Archers will be on March 1, 2014!

wpid-wp-1391220273835.jpegWill you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Find out in February's Zombies vs Archers wargames! Technically, thus is a March date, but we will have another date at the end of March.

If you would like to prepay, contact me and I will send you a Paypal invoice! You can also pay with cash or credit card on site.

We will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 3/1/14 at 2:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (Site 1 is at the end of the driveway in the last parking area. Site 2 is to the right of the turnabout around the oak tree.)

DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. If we are at Site 1, continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. Site 2 is right next to the traffic circle.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. If we are at Site 1, continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. Site 2 is right next to the traffic circle.

Tactical Archery: Adding Light at Night

Light matters. Seriously; it REALLY matters.

When practicing night ops, we have a bit of a conundrum; light is both our friend and our enemy. It allows us to see, but it gives away our position. Obviously, the answer to not giving away our position is to not use light at all, but in near or complete darkness, shooting a bow and arrow accurately is pretty much impossible with any real degree of consistent accuracy. Given that, the ultimate answer is lightweight night-vision goggles, but that is a serious chink of change that many people do not have.

That said, adding a flashlight to a bow is a great solution to the problem. The hardest part is how to add it. Several options exist, from paracord to zip strips. anyone interested in tactical anything is familiar with paracord, and would feel lost without having at least a bit of paracord on their person at all times. As such, this is probably the best field option for last-minute retrofits. Zip Strips also work wonders here, but these are not often carried around and degrade in sunlight over time far faster than paracord. A better alternative to the two is to use Velcro cable-ties; these lightweight, thin, and durable ties can be kept on one's person or permanently wrapped around a bow for use as needed.

So, as I said, light matters...

I pulled out this cheep Nebo LED tactical flashlight I have that I received as a freebie a couple years ago to test out. The problem? It is about 50 Lumens which; I remembered after the first test shot that this is the reason I don't carry it and bought the Mini Maglite instead. I could see targets within 10 yards somewhat well enough to shoot with relative accuracy, but distant targets were barely illuminated and accuracy suffered horribly. I was better off closing my eyes for 5 minutes and then opening them to shoot in the ambient  night light.

I then pulled my Mini Maglite Pro 226 Lumens LED Flashlight off my belt and affixed that to the bow. WOW what a difference an extra 176 Lumens makes! I could see targets 40 yards out well enough to shoot with good accuracy, and I am a bare-bow shooter. Additionally, tactical flashlights for mounting on firearms are often used to blind opponents, and thus are usually a minimum of 150 Lumens, with most being 200 Lumens or more. these flashlights often add a strobe feature to further blind opponents.

My take away? If you want to add a flashlight to your bow for night ops, get one that is at least 200 Lumens. A Mini Maglight Pro will work wonders and provide all the basic functionality needed to shoot at night for short to medium distances. A tactical flashlight such as the Nebo 5630 Protec Redline 220 Lumens LED Flashlight would be a far better choice.

One additional bit of advice; mount the flashlight roughly where the sight would be mounted. Mounting the flashlight to the stabilizer bushing provided a pretty poor angle of illumination for distance shots.

50 Lumens photo vs 226 Lumens

The photos below show the results of shooting with each flashlight. To illustrate the illuminating properties, they were shot illuminated by the respective flashlight as well.

50 Lumens Shot from 20 feet

50 Lumens
Shot from 20 feet

226 Lumens Shot from 20 feet

226 Lumens
Shot from 20 feet

Mini Maglite Pro 226 Lumens LED Flashlight

Nebo 5630 Protec Redline 220 Lumens LED Flashlight

Zombie Tactical Archery Corps’ Basic Training is coming in January!

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Get yourselves ready for the pending Zombie Apocalypse! The Zombie Tactical Archery Corps is accepting enlistments for their Basic Training program in January. Z-TAC's Basic Training program is four three-hour sessions once a week on Saturdays at 1pm. January's include 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and 12/25.

We shoot at zombie targets while learning basic tactical skills applied to archery. The concept improves physical fitness and fast target acquisition skills, preparing the archer for any combat-style archery than can also be translated to gun training if desired. Many skills can be used for ground-based stalking-style hunting as well!

To enlist, contact me via email today and I will send you an invoice and registration information. If you are on Facebook, "Like" our page! Also, if you are planning on going to Z-TAC - Basic Training, join the Facebook Event Page!

Screenshot-Z-TAC Day 2 Blinds and Corners RAW 1.mp4-4Archers in the Z-TAC – Basic Training program will learn:

  • Shooting while on the move
  • Shooting from unusual stances
  • Shooting around and over objects
  • Trick shooting
  • Group formation and movement drills
  • Protect and rescue drills

Archers will also get to participate in a full-scale “Archers vs Zombies” combat games using safe foam arrows to shoot at living “zombies” in order to stay alive!

Archers who take all four Z-TAC – Basic Training classes will receive:

  • Z-TAC t-shirt
  • Z-TAC sticker
  • Z-Tac Enlistment Identification card (EID)

Archers who earn their Z-TAC EID receive the following benefits:

  • 50% discount on all future Z-TAC – Basic Training classes
  • Discount entry to stand-alone Z-TAC – Zombies Vs Archers Wargames
  • Eligibility to take Z-TAC – Advanced Training classes
  • Eligibility to attend the Z-TAC – Camping Trip
  • And more to come!

To enlist, contact me via email today and I will send you an invoice and registration information. If you are on Facebook, "Like" our page! Also, if you are planning on going to Z-TAC - Basic Training, join the Facebook Event Page!

Zombies vs Archers in November!

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Prevent this from happening to you! Enlist in the Zombie Tactical Archery Corps today!

Will you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Find out in November's Zombies vs Archers wargames!

Participants who prepay will receive a waterproof Z-TAC sticker! To prepay, contact me and provide me with your email address and I will send you a Paypal invoice. You can also prepay by meeting me in person!

Saturday, November 23rd at 3:00pm, we will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 11/23/13 at 3:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (at the end of the driveway in the last parking area)

DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway.

September’s and October’s Rolling Targets Winners

Rolling Targets fans and players, we have some catch-up news for you! No, not the quasi-tasty sauce so many Americans put on everything from fries to meatloaf, but the actual act of catching up. I neglected to post the winners for September last month, so today I am doing a combined posting.

In September, We had an interesting occurrence. We have had ties before, but for the first time ever we have a three-way tie for third place! Long-time player, but beginning level archer, Doris K, and first time player and beginning archer, Nikki G, both tied Allen M's score for third place!

October had its share of turnarounds as well. Andrew R tied with newcomer Chance H for third place while Andrew C rose to the top to take first. Allen M placed second, rounding out the October averages.

The currently active players who attend Rolling Targets more often than not include Andrew R, Allen M, Doris K, Andrew C, and Nadia T, with semi-regular appearances by Rhiannon R, Luis D, Andrew D, and Nikko D. Jeff T looks to be a regular participant as well beginning with the November sets. This large core group, combined with occasional drop-ins, is making Rolling Targets a growing and increasingly popular game in target archery! Thank you to everyone who helps make this possible.

September 2013 Top Three!

First Place

First Place
Andrew R

Second Place

Second Place
Andrew C

Third Place

Third Place
TIE!!! Doris K, Allan M, and Nikki G

October 2013 Top Three!

First Place

First Place
Andrew C

Second Place

Second Place
Alan M

Third Place

Third Place
TIE!!! Andrew R and Chance H

October’s Zombies vs Archers Wargames!

Z-TAC - Zombies vs Archers
Get your space reserved now! Players who reserve online get to play first!
Additionally, participants who pre-register online by 10/16/13 will receive a Z-TAC sticker!!!


It's happening! The Zombie Apocalypse! OK, not really. But you can come find out if you are ready at our stand-alone "Zombies vs Archers" wargames!

Saturday, October 19th at 3:00pm, we will be hosting Zombies vs Archers at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, CA. See directions below. The event will cost $20 for anyone who would like to participate (Z-TAC recruits can participate at no cost) and will last approximately 2 hours. You will get to be both an archer and a zombie! Bring as many friends as you like; any minors MUST be accompanied by an adult.

We will provide bows, arrows, flags, blinds, and face masks. Arm guards and finger tabs or shooting gloves are optional; you will need to provide your own if you want them. Be sure to bring lots of water to drink! We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and pants; shorts and open-toed shoes tend to leave participants itchy from the grass and can cause scrapes and such from the occasional slip and fall.

COST: $20 per participant
WHEN: Saturday, 10/19/13 at 3:00pm
Where: Woodley Park - 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 (at the end of the driveway in the last parking area)

Get your space reserved now! Players who reserve online get to play first!

Additionally, participants who pre-register online by 10/16/13 will receive a Z-TAC sticker!!!


DIRECTIONS:

From the North
Take the 5 south to the 405 south. Take the 405 south and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and follow the road south to Victory. Turn right on Victory and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

From the South
Take the 405 north and exit at the Victory off ramp. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp and go west to Woodley. Turn left and go south until you see the signs for the water treatment plant, the Wildlife Refuge and the Japanese Gardens on the left. Turn left into the park and stay to the right at the fork. Follow the road all the way, past the park and the cricket fields, until you reach the traffic circle around a big tree. Continue straight past the traffic circle to the last parking area. We will be just off the parking area in a depression in the field closest to the freeway. See the red star on the image below.

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