The West Michigan Archery Center (WMAC) offers a range of class-based learning opportunities for archers of all ages.  Our classes are all led by USA Archery certified coaches, and are built upon tested curricula and programs for a wide range of archers.  

Introduction to archery

This six-week course provides an introductory overview to the sport, and introduces basics of the bow and arrow, shooting technique, and appropriate safety practices.  Courses are 60 minutes long for each session, taking place on Tuesday evenings (6-7pm or 7:30 - 8:30pm).  Cost: $60 per archer.  Open to individuals age 8 and up.  Youth archers need to have parents on site (or in the class!) during the session.

Register here for our next class - Starting August 8, 2017



Young archers who wish to develop their interest in archery to compete in target archery are encouraged to join the Top Nock JOAD program - an individualized, practice based learning program that addresses specific archery goals and shooting form of every archer.  The program is open to those who have completed Introduction to Archery or to archers who can demonstrate basic shooting and safety skills to one of our coaches.  Those who are new to archery and age 12 or older can join our "Bronze" JOAD program without previously taking Introduction to Archery.

JOAD currently takes place on Saturday mornings in Spring and Summer months from 8:30am to 11:30am, with our advanced archers shooting outdoors in the spring and summer, while newer archers shooting in our indoor range during that time.  JOAD participants pay a seasonal membership ($130 for non-members, $100 for members; additional $20 for the season to cover equipment rental) covering 10+ weeks of individualized and group instruction, including coaching, information sessions, and participation in the JOAD pin recognition program.  Additional information and registration on site.  JOAD is a certified program with USA Archery, taught by our team of certified coaches.


Give Archery a Try!


are you interested in archery...

...but not really sure what to do, or not sure if you want to take a full class? 


Come and join us for one of our "Give Archery a Try!" events to just try archery out for free.  We will have USA Archery certified coaches, plus many of our competitive youth and adult archers on hand to help you out and show you what archery is all about.  Events are scheduled periodically based on coach availability - check here for our calendar of events.

This event is open to the public, and will give everyone who shows up an opportunity to try shooting with our equipment (or bring your own, if you have some equipment but are not sure how to properly use it) and learn from experienced coaches and archers.  While here, you can learn about upcoming introductory classes and events, as well as membership and open shooting opportunities. Whether you are 8 or 80, or anywhere in between, archery is a sport that provides great opportunities for fun and recreation, competition, or hunting opportunities.  Come and join us to find out more. 

Thanks to our sponsor for this event: Cedar Springs Whitetails Unlimited.


Introduction to Archery

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introduction to archery classes

Do you want to learn how to shoot with a bow and arrow?  This is the class for you!  This class gives an overview of archery, and introduces participants to proper form for shooting, information about archery equipment, different types of archery, and proper safety considerations when shooting.

This introductory course is for all archers who wish to participate in any of the other WMAC archery programs, including the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) or Adult Archery Development program, Explore Bowhunting, Recreational Archery, or those who just wish to learn more about archery and begin practicing shooting with a bow. Archers shoot under the guidance of multiple instructors at the WMAC Facility Indoor Shooting Range over a six-week period. This course offers participants a chance to learn about archery, archery equipment, and the various types of archery shooting.  Use of WMAC bows, arrows, and safety equipment, and a completion medal are included in course fees.

Class details:

Dates:  Our next class will take place Tuesday evenings from August 8 to September 12.  WMAC will contact participants and post information in the event of a cancellation.

Times:  Early class - 6:00 to 7:00pm;  Late class - 7:30 to 8:30pm

Cost:  $60 for the class covers all sessions and equipment use.

Registration:  Register online HERE.

Next class offering following this class:  Starts October 17, 2017.


other notes:

  • This course is offered to archers 8 years old or older (adults welcome, and often recommended for parents).
  • Participants may take this class multiple times to reinforce skills if needed/desired.  
  • This is NOT a drop-off class – parents of youth archers need to be on-site during the course instruction. 
  • Participants should come to the first session early to get fitted for a bow and arrows, and should wear close-toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops).  Participants with long hear should have hair kept back in a ponytail or braid.
  • Participants are also eligible for a reduced price open shooting pass for two sessions with equipment included for $10 extra (payable on site).
  • Participants cannot switch between class times during the six week period, as class size is limited for each group, and equipment is reserved for each archer.
  • Participants who wish to use their own bow will need to check with the coach after the first two sessions using WMAC equipment.  Use of your own bow is at the discretion of the coach, and equipment needs to be checked by the coach.  

JOAD Program

(Junior Olympic Archery Development)

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What is "JOAD"?

JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) is the official youth development program of the USA Olympic Archery program.  There are several JOAD (pronounced "Joe-add") Clubs around the country, each of which is led by USA Archery certified instructors. The Top Nock JOAD (named for the grooved end of an arrow) program is fortunate to have a number of certified instructors ranging from intermediate to advanced. The club is open to any youth archer age 9 up to 20 and they can compete in different age divisions.

JOAD Current Cost and Registration

  • The Summer Session of JOAD will run from July 1 to September 30.  
  • See the flyer/schedule with specific details HERE.
  • Archers can register for the summer session online HERE through July 22.


WMAC's JOAD program levels

Top Nock JOAD is divided into three levels to allow archers to focus on what they want to achieve, and to optimize practice time with our coaches.

JOAD Bronze
Our Bronze level program introduces archers to JOAD, and focuses on basic shooting form, different styles of archery, understanding equipment, and introduction to competitive archery.  Our coaches work with our archers to define goals, and with our parents to address equipment, tournaments and forms of archery, and individual archers goals and progress.

JOAD Silver
Our Silver program refines skills for archers who wish to compete in competitive archery and tournaments.  Silver level archers have an individual coach who works with the archers and their families to prepare for and compete in local and state level archery tournaments.  

Gold program archers participate in our Competitive Team, and practice more frequently to be competitive in state and national level tournaments.  All Gold level archers will also receive focused training with the Easton developed curriculum, supervised by our Advanced Coaching team.

Transitions between Bronze and Silver levels can take place each season, with the change taking place on the first day of a new season.  Transitions from Silver to Gold level are made at the end of the outdoor season, with the introduction of new Gold archers taking place through the Easton curriculum in the fall.  Transitions to the next level are based on coach recommendations, and are determined in consultation with each archer and their parents.

JOAD Schedule

All JOAD archers should arrive for Saturday sessions by 8:30am to set up equipment and warm up, so that archers can be shooting by 9:00am (if not earlier).  During the spring and summer, some archers will be shooting outside, while others will remain indoors to focus on technique.  Outdoor practice is dependent on archers having their own equipment and/or archer abilities as reviewed by JOAD coaches.

JOAD Gold archers also participate in a Wednesday practice session, with details provided by JOAD coaches.

All archers should arrive on time, and should notify coaches of planned absences.  Archers can make up missed sessions during open shooting the following week.

JOAD archers can train for archery at any level, whether just focusing on recreation and fun shooting or preparing for competition, our JOAD program offers options for everyone.  Those who wish to shoot as a competitive sport can work with our program to compete in local, state, regional, & national (or even international) tournaments.  Our program has had several archers set state and national records, win national championships, and even earn a seat on the USAT world team to compete in other countries representing the United States on behalf of USA Archery. 


program costs:

JOAD Fees for both Youth and Adults are the following:
1st Quarter (January – March)
WMAC Member - $185.00 (Gold)    $100.00 (Silver / Bronze)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Gold)     $130.00 (Silver / Bronze)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
2nd Quarter (April – June)
WMAC Member - $185.00 (Gold)    $100.00 (Silver / Bronze)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Gold)     $130.00 (Silver / Bronze)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
3rd Quarter (July – September)
WMAC Member - $185.00 (Gold)    $100.00 (Silver / Bronze)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Gold)     $130.00 (Silver / Bronze)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
*4th Quarter (Mid November – December) - Fees based on 6 weeks vs 10 weeks
WMAC Member  -  $111.00 (Gold)    $60.00 (Silver / Bronze)     $12.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member  -  $129.00 (Gold)   $78.00 (Silver / Bronze)    $12.00 (Equipment rental)
WMAC will have a break in the JOAD program at the end of September (end of outdoor season), and will start indoor season in mid-November.  This is done to also accommodate the Easton NTS class.
For any archer who elects to register for the Easton NTS Class, the above quarterly fee is considered payment for the NTS class.



Scholastic 3D Archery

Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) is an afterschool initiative that can be run by schools, archery shops, and archery clubs. Students do not need any prior experience with archery to join S3DA. Students are encouraged to use their own archery equipment but for students that do not have their own equipment, may use one of the club's compound bows for an additional fee. Classes are open to students in the 3rd grade through 12th grade. There is an annual registration fee for this program of $30.

All Scholastic 3D Archery sessions meet on Monday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the West Michigan Archery Center.  See below for season and registration information.

Outdoor 3D Archery - May 1 to July 10 - $100

This 10 week program will teach the archer the basics of 3D archery, fair chase and ethical bowhunting and will take place on WMAC's 30-target outdoor 3D range.  

Register for S3DA Outdoor 3D Archery HERE


Outdoor Target Archery - July 17 to September 18 - $100

This 10 week program will teach the archer the basics of outdoor target archery, individual goal setting and getting ready for a competition and will take place on WMAC's outdoor target range. 

Register for S3DA Outdoor Target Archery HERE.  Registration deadline:  July 3.  Minimum registration: 6 archers

explore archery Camp

July 24 - 29, 2017

Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers age 7+ of any ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery.  If you are new to the sport of archery or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program to sign up for, Explore Archery has what you need to get started! 

Archers will learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn Explore Archery Achievement awards throughout the camp. Campers registered by June 24, 2017 will also receive an Explore Archery T-shirt!  Registration will not be accepted after July 1, 2017


Camp Sessions:  5:30 - 7:30pm on July 24-28; 1:30 - 3:30pm on Saturday, July 29

Registration:  $75

Register online HERE.  Registration is limited to 30 participants.

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Explore Bowhunting Program

Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program focusing on interaction with people and wildlife. Explore Bowhunting teaches students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt which focus on getting close to animals. Not only does Explore Bowhunting teach students how to interact with nature using ageless hunting skills, but it also teaches an appreciation of what is around them and enhances their encounters with the outdoors. 

Explore Bowhunting is an educational program designed to teach students ages 11+ the basic skills of bowhunting. Through these hands-on experiences students gain confidence interacting with the natural environment and strengthen their appreciation for wildlife and the woods. Included with this program will be resources from the National Bowhunter Education Foundation. Students will leave this course with their bowhunter education card, which is required in many states for bowhunting.

Explore Bowhunting Program - July 11 to 27 - $120

This three-week program takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30pm each evening from July 11 to July 27.

Register for Explore Bowhunting HERE.  Registration deadline: June 27, 2017.  Minimum registration for this class: 6 archers


Adult Archery Program

This 8-week introductory course is for adult archers who wish to learn more about archery and begin practicing shooting with a bow. Archers shoot under the guidance of instructors at the WMAC Facility Indoor Shooting Range over an eight week period. This course offer participants a chance to learn about archery, archery equipment, and the various types of archery shooting. Use of WMAC bows, arrows, and safety equipment are included in the course fees. This course is offered to archers 18 years or older.

The summer session for this class has been cancelled.  future class offerings will be posted here.


Level 1 (USA Archery) Instructor Certification Class

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Class provides the student with the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety when running the archery range, for the enjoyment of the sport of archery, for the safety of the participants, spectators and coaches. Students will learn about range safety and set-up, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, and programs that are offered in the sport of archery.

Participants age 15+ may participate in this course.  Participants do NOT need to be experienced archers.

The June 24 offering for this class was cancelled due to low registration.  We will post future class offerings here for Fall 2017.

The registration fee of $75 covers instruction, use of equipment, and the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor packet and examination.  The Registration deadline for the summer session has passed, and the class was cancelled due to low registration.  We will try to find times for a fall session for this class.  Minimum registration:  6 participants.