If your child is into archery just like mine, chances are your child would also get signed up for target archery competitions. As in any competition, it is important that your child prepares for the competition to get better at it and be ready for the day itself.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Sign Up for JOAD
If your child is serious about target archery competition, you can sign up your child for JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development). JOAD is designed to encourage children’s participation in archery. It offers kids a chance to train for competition and get to know other local archers while improving fundamental skills, learning advanced techniques, and perfecting an individual and consistent shooting style.
Depending on your child’s performance during these sessions, you can sign up your child for target archery competitions as your child continues to advance in skills.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Right Equipment
It helps to get the right equipment for your child. Although some of the program like JOAD offers free use of their archery equipment, if your child is into this for the long haul and would like to compete every time there is an opportunity, it would be good to train with their own equipment.
You can also find additional information on how to choose the right bow and arrow please read this related article: Archery Equipment
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Practice Shots
Aside from regular practice from JOAD or any training programs, your child would still need to practice regularly if your child is going to be in target archery. If you have a huge property and it is well-fenced in, you can set up a target practice site in the comfort of your own backyard. Check for city ordinances and neighborhood conditions if they allow such practices due to safety reasons.
Another alternative is to go to places where your child can practice target archery, for example, some establishments that may be available in your area to practice archery shooting skills for a minimal fee per hour. They even have coaches available for private sessions to give tips on how to improve your child’s shots.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Strengthen Upper Body and Arms
It is important that your child develops a good grip and have strong arms to be able to endure the practices that sometimes go on for a couple of hours each time. Have your child perform exercises for the upper body, with extra emphasis on the arms to keep them strong and firm. A strong arm will prove to be very beneficial during the actual competition itself. A strong, stable grip would ensure those shots end up right on or close to the target. Sometimes shots are missed because the arms are weak and wobbly.
There are certain hand exercises and hand movements to help stretch the arms so that your child can make those shots as accurately and smoothly as possible.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Mental Preparation
As the competition gets nearer, your child needs to be mentally prepared. Target archery is also about being mentally alert and sharp. Your child needs to be prepared physically and mentally to be able to perform well during the competition.
To help in mental preparation, make sure that your child has enough sleep. Make sure that your child does not to get too exhausted so that on the day of the competition your child will not be tired and sleepy which can greatly impact your child’s focus during the target archery competition.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Eat and Drink Well
It is important to eat a healthy meal prior to the competition. Also make sure your child drink enough fluid or bring water especially if the competition is outdoors where it can get very warm.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Be Early
On the day of the competition be sure to come in early, give enough time for your child to relax and be able to scan the area and maybe do a little bit of warm up. Make sure to get your child checked in at the designated area. If your child is with a team, make sure to go with the team or find out the exact meeting place for the team to meet prior to the start of competition.
There are certain rules and regulations that you must read prior to the competition, so make sure to review and read them with your child so that he or she would know what to do and what is expected during the competition.
How to Prepare Your Child for a Target Archery Competition: Encouragement
It always helps when your child is in any competition to offer words of encouragement. Tell your child the value of sportsmanship and staying focused to reach his or her goals. Cheer your child at the sidelines only after the round so as not to interfere with your child’s concentration.