Classes and Programs

West Michigan Archery Center Offers a wide range of classes and programs for all ages. Below is a list of the upcoming camps, classes, and programs available at WMAC...

Click HERE for a printable version of our Winter 2018 catalog.

 
 
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Introduction to archery

Six-week introductory overview of archery, which introduces basics of the bow and arrow, shooting technique, and appropriate safety practices.

 
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Adaptive Archery

In partnership with Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports and Kentwood Parks and Recreation, West Michigan Archery Center is excited to offer seasonal clinics for participants with physical and cognitive disabilities. Come out and learn about the inclusive sport of archery.  

 
 
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EsDF Class

The Easton Sports Development Class is structured for competitive archers to develop skills necessary for strong performance in competitive target archery. The course is based on the Easton Foundation Curriculum which focuses on proper form and technique for competitive archery. 

 
 
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Adult Archery Program

An 6-week program that gives adults a chance to learn about archery, archery equipment, and the various types of archery shooting.  You will also begin practice shooting with a bow at the WMAC indoor facility.

 

LEVEL 1 (USA ARCHERY) INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLASS

The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Class provides 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.

 
 
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JUNIOR OLYMPIC ARCHERY DEVELOPMENT (JOAD)

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!

 

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?  This event is open to the public, and will give everyone an opportunity to learn from experienced coaches and archers.  Use our equipment or bring your own.

 
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Explore Archery camp

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

 
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SCHOLASTIC 3D ARCHERY - Indoor

S3DA is an entirely after school initiative that can be ran, not only by schools, but also through archery shops, churches, ASA clubs, etc. Sessions will focus on shooting form, tournament etiquette, scoring on an NFAA target face, and being part of a competitive team. Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade can participate in S3DA*. Archers in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at national S3DA events.

 
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SCHOLASTIC 3D ARCHERY - Outdoor

S3DA is an entirely after school initiative that can be ran, not only by schools, but also through archery shops, churches, ASA clubs, etc. Sessions will focus on shooting form, tournament etiquette, scoring on an NFAA target face, and being part of a competitive team. Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade can participate in S3DA*. Archers in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at national S3DA events.

 
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Explore Bow Hunting

Explore Bowhunting is an outdoor conservation education program focusing on interaction of 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.

 
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Girl Scout Badge Clinics

Girl Scouts Badge Description: “Picture this - You nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye your target, and release! Bull's-eye! Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Get ready to challenge yourself as you build your archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range.”-Girl Scouts of America

Introduction to Archery

(6 Week)

Program Cost: $75

 
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introduction to archery classes

This introductory course is for all archers who wish to participate in any JOAD or other archery programs, 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 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, and a completion medal are included in the course fees.

This course is offered to archers 8 years 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.

Class details:

Dates:  Classes will take place Tuesday evenings from January 9 to February 13. 

Times:  Session 1 - 6:00 to 7:00pm;  Session 2 - 7:30 to 8:30pm

Cost:  $75 for the class covers all sessions and equipment use.

 

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 hair should pull it 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.  
 

Adaptive Archery 

 

Hosted By Kentwood parks & Recreation with Mary Free Bed and REHABILITATION

 
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Course Description:

In partnership with Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports and Kentwood Parks and Recreation, West Michigan Archery Center is excited to offer seasonal clinics for participants with physical and cognitive disabilities. Come out and learn about the inclusive sport of archery.  All equipment and instruction will be provided. Archers will learn safety protocol, proper form, and will be able to shoot at a variety of different targets. 

Registration 

To register please call Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports at 616-840-8356 to be put on the list to receive an informational flyer.  Flyers go live about 2 weeks prior to the event. Registration opens when the flyer goes live.

Schedule

           Monday   3/12/18 6:00-7:00pm

ESDF CALSS

(11 Week) 

Program Cost: See an ESDF Coach

Course  

 Competitive archers may participate in this structured series of archery classes (if they want to develop skills necessary for strong performance in competitive target archery.) These sessions are more structured to the needs of the competitive archer and his or her development for local, state, and national tournaments. Each session will be up to 120 minutes in length and is based on the Easton Foundation Curriculum which focuses on proper form and technique for competitive archery. Archers enrolled in this course must complete all 11 classes within the session.  The cost of the course also includes use of JOAD archery equipment (although it is highly recommended that archers have their own archery equipment including: a bow, arrows, and appropriately sized safety equipment – check with class instructor for details), weekend practice sessions, and participation in the JOAD or Adult Archery Indoor programs. Membership with USA Archery is required to participate in the JOAD and Adult Archery recognition programs through USA Archery.  

Registration: This course is by invitation only.

Schedule 

 

Wednesday 09/20/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 09/27/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 10/04/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 10/11/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 10/18/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 10/25/17 6:00-8:00pm  

Wednesday 11/01/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 11/08/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 11/15/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 11/29/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 12/06/17 6:00-8:00pm Wednesday 12/13/17 6:00-8:00pm (Makeup)

 
 

Adult Archery Program

(6 Week)

Program Cost: $75

 
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Course Description

This 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 a six 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. Archers must be a member of USA Archery to receive achievement pins.

This course is offered to archers 18 years or older and personal equipment is welcome but not required.

Class minimum: 10 archers; Class maximum: 48 archers

Class Dates 

 

Sunday 10/15/17 3:00-5:00pm

Sunday 10/22/17 3:00-5:00pm

Sunday 10/29/17 3:00-5:00pm

Sunday 11/05/17 3:00-5:00pm

Sunday 11/12/17 3:00-5:00pm

Sunday 11/19/17 3:00-5:00pm

 

USA Archery Level 1 Coaching Certification Class 

(1 Day)

Program Cost: $75

 
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Course Descripton:

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.

Registration deadline is 11/11/17, no registrations will be accepted after 11/11/17.

The registration fee of $75 covers instruction, use of equipment, and the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor packet and examination.  

 

Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 20

 
 

Schedule:  

Saturday, 12/09/17   8:00am-5:00pm

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.

Schedule

Beginner JOAD Fall Session

  • November 1st - December 31st
  • Every Saturday 10:00am - 12:00noon
  • There will be NO JOAD practices November 22nd & 25th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We hope that you will enjoy time with your friends and family.

 

Beginner JOAD Winter Session

  • January 1st - March 31st
  • Every Saturday 10:00am - 12:00noon

Advanced/Intermediate JOAD Fall Session

  • November 1st - December 31st
  • Every Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Every Saturday 8:00am - 12:00noon
  • There will be NO JOAD practices November 22nd & 25th due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  We hope that you will enjoy time with your friends and family.

Advanced/Intermediate JOAD Winter Session

  • January 1st - March 31st
  • Every Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Every Saturday 8:00am - 12:00noon

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.

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.

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 Beginner
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 Intermediate
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.  

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

Transitions between Beginner and Intermediate levels can take place each season, with the change taking place on the first day of a new season.  Transitions from Intermediate to Advanced level are made at the end of the outdoor season, with the introduction of new Advanced 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 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 (Advanced)    $100.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Advanced)     $130.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
            
2nd Quarter (April – June)
WMAC Member - $185.00 (Advanced)    $100.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Advanced)     $130.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
            
3rd Quarter (July – September)
WMAC Member - $185.00 (Advanced)    $100.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)    $20.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member -   $215.00 (Advanced)     $130.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)   $20.00 (Equipment rental)
            
*4th Quarter (Mid November – December) - Fees based on 6 weeks vs 10 weeks
WMAC Member  -  $111.00 (Advanced)    $60.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)     $12.00 (Equipment rental)
Non Member  -  $129.00 (Advanced)   $78.00 (Intermediate/Beginner)    $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 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.

 

 
 

Give Archery a Try!

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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 back for scheduled sessions.

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.

 
 

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

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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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sCHOLASTIC 3D arCHERY - INDOOR

S3DA is an entirely after school initiative that can be ran, not only by schools, but also through archery shops, churches, ASA clubs, etc. Sessions will focus on shooting form, tournament etiquette, scoring on an NFAA target face, and being part of a competitive team. Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade can participate in S3DA*.  Archers in S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at national S3DA events.  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, they 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.

WMAC S3DA INDOOOR TARGET TEAM

Registration Information:

Archers can be any skill level to participate in the S3DA program at WMAC. Archers interested in participating in this program can register below.  Cost of Program: $80/archer + S3DA Annual Registration: $30/archer = Total cost: $110/archer

Equipment:

Archers do not need to have their own equipment to participate in this course.  If archers do have their own archer equipment, they are highly encouraged to bring it to class.  If archers do not have their own equipment, they may use a WMAC Genesis compound bow for an additional cost of $20.

Course Specifics:

Mandatory Parent/Archer Meeting: 01/08/2018 6:00-6:30pm at WMAC Classroom

S3DA Indoor Target Session Schedule:

  • Monday, 01/08/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 01/15/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 01/22/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 01/29/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 02/05/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 02/12/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 02/19/18 6:30-8:00pm
  • Monday, 02/26/18 6:30-8:00pm

Indoor Tournament Schedule:

  • Local Tournaments: To be determined
  • Regional Tournament: Still being finalized.
  • State Tournament: Saturday, 03/03/2018 at West Michigan Archery Center, Rockford, MI.
  • National Tournament: Friday, 03/08/2018 at Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH.
* Archers that participate in this program must attend 75% of the WMAC Indoor Target Team sessions (minimum of 6 out of 8) in order to compete at the Local, Regional, State or National Indoor S3DA Tournaments.
Note: If Mondays do not work with your schedule, but you would still like to participate in the WMAC S3DA Indoor Target Session, please see one of the WMAC S3DA Coaches (Chad Laux, Parry Russell, Bob Mack or Jennifer Laux) to discuss your specific scenario.

Scholastic 3D Archery - OUTDOOR

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 1, 2017 - $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 1, 2017 - $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

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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, 2017 - $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

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Girl Scout Badge Clinics

Offered in conjunction with Girl Scouts of America Badge Program

Girl Scouts Badge Description: “Picture this - You nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye your target, and release! Bull's-eye! Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Get ready to challenge yourself as you build your archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range.”-Girl Scouts of America

For more information on requirements to earn the GSA Archery Badge please see your troop leader

Clinics are limited to 24 participants and must have a minimum of 10 participants.  For questions about the clinic offerings at West Michigan Archery Center please contact our Girl Scouts Liaison:

  • Stephanie Miller
  • Phone: (616) 437-6599
  • E-mail:  myneverland@hotmail.com

Schedule

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm