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...

 
 
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Introduction to archery

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. 

 
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Compound and Recurve Bow Tuning

Our special guests will teach you the basics of tuning your compound or recurve bow. From tying a d-loop for compound to tiller and brace height for recurve. These classes are open to all individuals who wish to participate. Choose your bow type and get registered!

 
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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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Introduction to Adult Archery Program

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. 

 
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Advanced Adult Archery Program

This 14 week program is for adult archers who want to be more competitive for the indoor season.  This program is for the intermediate archer looking to get to the competitive level. The 14 week curriculum includes practice time with a primary coach, special guest coach lectures, practice evaluation, mental training, and weekly readings with participation in online discussion.

 

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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“The Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course includes the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course and provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory set-up, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course. Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program Clubs, as well as the Explore Archery Program.” – USA Archery

 
 
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Youth Core and Competitive Archery Programs

 
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Explore Archery camp

Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers age 8+ 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

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, 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.

 
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SCHOLASTIC 3D ARCHERY - Outdoor

Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) is an after school 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, 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.

 
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Bowhunter Education  Certification Class

Designed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, you will earn your bow hunter certification card from the NBEF, explore many aspects of hunting including scouting, shot placement and tracking.  You will also review how to select and maintain hunting equipment.  

 
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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

 
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PRIVATE COACHING SESSION

Are you looking to take your skills to the next level?    Want to give archery a try before committing to a class?  Maybe a structured class is not a good fit for your special situation.  Please contact us to set up a session with one of our USA Archery Level III instructors for a private lesson.  

Pricing:  $50/hour

Equipment is available to rent for $10 per session.

 

Introduction to Archery

(Six-Week program)

Program Cost: $75

 
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To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase

 

introduction to archery classes

This introductory course is for all archers who wish to participate in any of our youth or adult 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 four week period. This course offer participants a chance to learn about archery, archery equipment, and the various types of archery shooting. An introductory informational booklet, use of WMAC bows, arrows, and safety equipment, and a completion award are included in the course fees.

Minimum - 6 archers, maximum - 22 archers

Class Schedule: Spring Intro to Archery class - March 26 through April 30; Tuesday nights; 6:00 - 7:00pm

 

Youth Core and Competitive Programs

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To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase.

 

Youth Core Archery – Saturdays:  This program is structured as a foundational practice time.  Archers primarily will be working on their core archery skills, building confidence with in the sport and themselves.  Through Coaching and Mentoring, archers can begin to explore the other competitive archery programming that WMAC offers.  Though coaching teamwork, the WMAC coaching staff can help direct archers and families to other WMAC youth archery programming that best fits the archer’s interest and family schedules.

  1. Winter Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  1/5/2019 – 3/30/2019 (No practice February 16)

    2. Shooting Time:  

      1. Session A:  8:30AM – 10:00AM

      2. Session B: 10:30AM – Noon

    3. As always, competitive archers are welcome to shoot from 8:30AM – Noon.  This allows these archers additional practice time.

  2. Spring/Summer – Outdoor/Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  5/4/2019 – 7/27/2019 (No practice June 1, July 6 & 20)

    2. Shooting Time:  9:00AM – Noon

    3. Requirement for outdoor practice, Archers must have their own equipment.

  3. Fall – Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  10/5/2019 – 12/28/2019 (No practice November 23)

    2. Shooting Time:  

      1. Session A:  8:30AM – 10:00AM

      2. Session B: 10:30AM – Noon

    3. As always, competitive archers are welcome to shoot from 8:30AM – Noon.  This allows these archers additional practice time.

Youth Competitive Archery – Wednesday:  This program is structured as a continuation of Saturday Youth Archery Program, with a focus on competitive and tournament archery.  Archers are expected to practice on Saturday and Wednesday.  Coaching is focused on refining the archer’s form and shot cycle and archer’s confidence and endurance.  Requirements for this program:

  • Archers should have their own equipment and have the approval of one or more competitive team coaches.

  • Archer and Parent(s) – must be present for orientation presentation, describing this program and the expectations of both archers and parents.  A group orientation presentation will be given during month of December. Individual orientations may be given at the coach’s discretion.

  1. Winter Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  1/2/2019 – 3/27/2019

    2. Shooting Time:  6:30PM – 8:00PM

    3. Practice structured as a Youth Handicap competitive league.  Ending with prizes / pizza party / a fun money shoot. Coaches focus on refining core archery skills, shot cycles and form.  Goal is to increase archer's confidence, and competitive interest. The league is more about learning to shoot competitively than it is about place standing in the league, so anyone joining after league has begun, will NOT have the opportunity to make up missed sessions.

  2. Spring/Summer – Outdoor/Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  5/1/2019 – 7/31/2019

    2. Shooting Time:  6:30PM – 8:00PM

    3. Practice will be primarily outdoors (FITA Distances & Targets).  Indoor practice will be utilized during inclement weather, or at coach’s discretion for individual archers

    4. The $30 Fee for Outdoor Charity Tournament (June 1st) is included in registration fee.

  3. Fall – Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  10/2/2019 – 12/18/2019 (No practice November 27 and December 25)

    2. Shooting Time:  6:30PM – 8:00PM

    3. Coaching focus on archery form, shoot cycle, building endurance and getting archers ready for 2020 indoor archery tournament season.

Youth S3DA Archery – Monday:  This is an opportunity for our archers to practice competitive archery skills a 3rd time each week. S3DA sessions focus on shooting form, tournament etiquette, scoring on an NFAA target face, and being part of a competitive team. Archers who join S3DA have the opportunity to earn college scholarships based on their performance at national S3DA events.

Archers can register for S3DA as a stand alone program or as part of the Youth Competitive Program. Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade can participate in S3DA. A current S3DA membership is REQUIRED for members of the Youth Competitive Archery program to participate practices, to learn more from the S3DA team CLICK HERE.

  1. Winter Indoor Season:

    1. Date:  1/7/2019 - 2/25/2019

    2. Shooting Time:  6:00PM – 8:00PM

  2. Spring/Summer – Outdoor/Indoor Season:

  1. Date:   6/3/2019 - 7/22/2019

  2. Shooting Time:  4:30PM – 8:00PM

Program Costs:

(Equipment Rental $20 per season)

 

Youth Core Archery - Saturdays

  • Winter Indoor Season:

    • Member: $80

    • Non-Member: $130

  • Spring/Summer Outdoor/Indoor Season:

    • Member $80

    • Non-Member: $130

  • Fall Indoor Season:

    • Member $80

    • Non-Member: $130

Youth Competitive Archery - Saturdays & Wednesdays

  • Winter Indoor Season:

    • Member: $130

    • Non-Member: $215

  • Spring/Summer Outdoor/Indoor Season:

    • Member $160*

    • Non-Member: $245*

  • Fall Indoor Season:

    • Member $130

    • Non-Member: $215

Youth Competitive + S3DA Archery - Saturdays, Mondays, & Wednesdays

  • Winter Indoor Season:

    • Member: $150

    • Non-Member: $250

  • Spring/Summer Outdoor/Indoor Season:

    • Member $180*

    • Non-Member: $280*

  • Fall Indoor Season:

    • No Monday Practices

*$30 Outdoor Charity Tournament registration fee is included in the Competitive and Comptetitive + S3DA Spring/Summer Indoor/Outdoor Season fee.

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Compound and Recurve Bow Tuning

Our special guests will teach you the basics of tuning your compound or recurve bow. From tying a d-loop for compound to tiller and brace height for recurve. These classes are open to all individuals who wish to participate. Choose your bow type and get registered!

November 04, 2018 (1:00-3:00 pm) – Getting to Know Your Compound Bow

Cancelled


November 11, 2018 (1:00-3:00 pm) – Getting to Know Your Recurve Bow

Cost:       

  • Adult:  Non-Member $25/WMAC Member $15               

  • Youth (Up to age 16): Non-Member: $20/WMAC Member: $10

(Class min: 8, Class Max: 30)

Instructor: Holly Stover

*Participants should bring their bows and tool kits to tune their bows throughout this hands-on presentation

  • Using Beiter Blocks – Center Shot and Limb Alignment

  • Use of the Bow Square

  • Plunger Tension

  • Tiller and Brace Height

  • Tying a nock point

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.

 

Registration Contact:

Cathy Glonek

616.840.8356

sports@maryfreebed.com

General information contact:

Katelyn Bush

bushk@ci.kentwood.mi.us

 

Schedule:    

December 10, 2018

March 11, 2019

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.

 
 
 

Introduction to Adult Archery Program

(6 Weeks)

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 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 are included in the course fees. If archers have their own archery equipment, they may bring it with them to class. Archers must be a member of USA Archery to receive achievement pins.

To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase.

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

Class minimum: 10 archers; Class maximum: 40 archers

Check back for future offerings of this class.

Advanced Adult Archery

Member: $200 class fee + $37 book fee = $237

Non-member: $250 class fee + $37 book fee = $287

(Participants may share books.)

Please check back for future offerings of this class.

Description:

This 14 week program is for adult archers who want to be more competitive for the indoor season.  This program is for the intermediate archer looking to get to the competitive level. The 14 week curriculum includes practice time with a primary coach, special guest coach lectures, practice evaluation, mental training, and weekly readings with participation in online discussion.  The course will require reading assignments for mental training which will be followed up by weekly interactive online discussion.  Each week archers will set individualize goals with their coach.  Tournament participation is highly recommended for the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Indoor FITA, USA Archery Indoor National Championships, and NFAA Indoor Nationals.  Cost of the tournament registrations are not included in the registration fee.

Class min: 8 archers, max: 24 archers

  • Participants will be encouraged to purchase a Performance Analysis Journal from Mental Management Systems https://www.mentalmanagementstore.com/

    • Cost: $21.65 + Shipping and Handling

  • If participants do not choose to purchase a Performance Analysis Journal, then they must have a journal of their choosing for this class.

  • Participants will be required to purchase or have access to the US Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Book ($37.00/each).

USA Archery Level 1 Coaching Certification Class 

(1 Day)

Program Cost: $100

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.  Bow will be provided for the class, however students may bring their own bows to use in the class.

Schedule:

April 13, 2019

9am to 5pm

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2018

Registration Deadlines are strictly enforced.  Class Minimum: 10, Class Maximum: 30

The registration fee of $100 covers instruction, use of equipment, and the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor packet and examination.  

Registration fee may be paid online or by check or cash at WMAC. 

To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase, but no later than registration deadline.

Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 20

 
 
 

USA Archery Level 2 Coaching Certification Class 

(2 days)

PROGRAM COST: $150

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“The Level 2 Archery Instructor Certification Course includes the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course and provides students with an introduction to the National Training System (NTS) Steps of Shooting for recurve and compound, equipment and accessory set-up, athlete development and events as well as qualifies students to teach the Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course. Graduates of the Level 2 Archery Instructor certification Course are well prepared to serve as the lead instructor for long-term archery programs such as Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD), Adult Archery Program and Collegiate Archery Program Clubs, as well as the Explore Archery Program.” – USA Archery  Bow will be provided for the class, however students may bring their own bows to use in the class.

Prerequisites for the Course:

  • Participants 18+ may participate in this course

  • Participant must have a national archery membership (i.e. USA Archery, National Field Archery Association (NFAA), or Archery Shooters Association (ASA))

  • Participant is required to complete SafeSport Training

Schedule:

April 13 - 9am to 5pm

April 14 - 9am to 2pm

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2018

Registration Deadlines are strictly enforced.  Class Minimum: 10, Class Maximum: 30

Registration fee may be paid online or by check or cash at WMAC.

To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase, but no later than registration deadline.

explore archery Camp

Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers age 8+ 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!

Explore Archery Summer Camp (1 week)           

Program Cost: $75

Archers will learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn Explore Archery Achievement awards throughout the camp. 

Minimum: 10 archers, Maximum: 30 archers

Coming Summer 2019

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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.

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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, March 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Friday, May 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Bowhunter Education Certification Class

(3 Days)

Program Cost:  $50

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Check back for future class dates.

Cost $50 (Includes Saturday Lunch)

This class was designed by the National Bowhunter Education Foundation.  Successful students will receive their bow hunter certification card from the NBEF.  This class is not Hunter Education which is firearms related and is mandatory in Michigan.  However, this class teaches much more about successful and safe bowhunting.   Many states now require a bowhunter certification card for non-resident bow hunting.   This class and card will allow students to bow hunt in those states.

Students will learn:

  • Scouting
  • Scent control
  • Camouflage
  • Building ground blind
  • Using treestands safely
  • Deer anatomy
  • Shot placement
  • Field dressing
  • Tracking
  • Recovering your deer
  • First aid in the field

Trained instructors will also  review how to select and maintain bowhunting equipment.  Under strict supervision students will actually experience shooting at 3-D deer targets from ground blinds while standing and sitting.  Students will also shoot from an elevated platform at a 3-D deer target.

Parents are encouraged sit in on class or participate as a student.  If you have your own bow hunting equipment, bring it to class. If not bows and equipment will be provided.

Signed waiver of liability required.

Minimum:  10 / Maximum:  25

Registration fee may be paid online or by check or cash at WMAC. 

To pay by check or cash, please use the promo code CHECK/CASH. Payment must be received by WMAC within 3 days of purchase, but no later than registration deadline.

Contact Jeff DeRegnaucourt at archeryinsurance@businessquote.com or by phone at (616)340-9327 if you have any questions.