USA Archery is dedicated to helping our members stay engaged during this difficult time. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, USA Archery has gathered resources to help you continue to provide yourself, your archers and your clubs with high-quality, focused practice options. Stay safe and healthy and use these tips and tools to keep yourself and your archers on target at home. Stay tuned as we will update this page regularly!
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In the last year, USA Archery created competency models for Athletes, Coaches, Clubs, and Judges to provide information and resources for self-guided development. Within each competency model are pillars that are made up of the basic building blocks of quality development. In this new weekly newsletter, we will look at one Core Competency per chart each week and dive deeper into specific educational resources. Check out archived issues, or subscribe through a USA Archery membership!
Take inventory. Make a list of all of your past, old, used, and forgotten lessons, skills and drills, activities and practice sessions. Repurpose what you can with an at home focus.
Make a plan. Outline in a calendar format to follow during this time. Share this information with friends or family, let them help you hold yourself accountable.
Create a routine. Acknowledge that training during this time is different and you may not like it. That’s ok. Use your daily or weekly calendars to keep on track. Allow yourself to adapt and evolve your schedule to fit your unique needs and environment.
Revisit skills. Build on what you already know. Focus on areas of improvement or strength for at home practice.
Try new ways to connect. Explore different online meeting and hangout apps to positively stay connected with teammates and other archers.
Look forward. Set a goal and create a plan for where you want to be the next time your club meets, at your next event or in-person coaching session.
Work with what you have. If you don’t have access to a safe archery range and/or equipment then work with stretch bands, sting loops or training aids.
Share what you’re doing. USA Archery will share everyone’s ideas to build a community where athletes, coaches, club leaders and parents can get and receive the support they need.
The athlete development competencies were created to provide a roadmap to develop athletes with the qualities to be a successful archer and person. The athlete development competencies encompass most skills coaches should strive to develop in their athletes, and athletes can strive to develop individually.
Give Video Lessons: Group lessons are not advised and most 1:1 indoor lessons, require close contact. Instead, suggest doing video lessons with your regular archers through Skype, Zoom, Bluejeans, GoTo Meeting, or FaceTime. Consider a weekly team meeting to keep club members engaged with each other.
Utilize Virtual Coaching Apps: Apps such as Coach’s Eye allow your archers to upload a few videos of their shot cycle and you can provide voiceover feedback frame by frame or use the videos as the basis for a video or voice call to give archers something to focus on and work on for a week of intentional practice. Coach’s Eye is offering a 15-day free trial.
Take inventory. Make a list of all of your past, old, used, and forgotten lessons, skills and drills, activities and coaching sessions. Repurpose what you can with an at home focus.
Make a plan. Outline in a calendar format so athletes know what they can do on their own or so they can prepare for an online coaching session. Share this information with athletes and parents. Tell them where to find the information, how to submit or complete assignments and what to do if there’s a problem (no internet, broken or lost equipment, can’t find their practice schedule).
Create a routine. Acknowledge what’s different about coaching or club gatherings during Covid-19 and within the virtual environment but normalize it so people can become comfortable with it faster. Help athletes, students, parents and clubs realize that you’re with them, even in a virtual environment. Utilize daily or weekly calendars, have your members and athletes submit class and coaching ideas, include those into the schedule.
Revisit skills. Build on what they already know. Focus on areas of improvement or strength for at home practice.
Try new ways to communicate. Have athletes use different mediums and tech to submit assignments such as slideshows, video or reports.
Look forward. Give assignments or goals for athletes to submit when they return to the club, such as a project or poster to present.
Rent or loan equipment to athletes. Rent or loan equipment to athletes that have access to a safe archery range. Charge a weekly or monthly rate with a deposit to make sure the equipment is properly cared for. Don’t want to charge athletes and families? Have them sign an agreement that the equipment will be taken care and returned promptly once classes and clubs start-up again.
Share what you’re doing. USA Archery will share everyone’s ideas to build a community where coaches, club leaders and parents can get and receive the support they need.
The USA Archery Coach Competencies were inspired by the USOPC’s Quality Coach Framework and provides a road map for coaches to continue to develop so they can provide the best quality service to their athletes. Developing within the Coach Competencies will benefit coaches by providing resources to continually improve in areas not typically covered in certification courses.
Offer Creative Solutions - Virtual Lessons and Competitions
Give Video Lessons: Group lessons are not advised and most 1:1 indoor lessons, require close contact. Instead, suggest doing video lessons with your regular archers through Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. Consider a weekly team meeting to keep club members engaged with each other.
Utilize Virtual Coaching Apps: Apps such as Coach’s Eyeallow your archers to upload a few videos of their shot cycle and you can provide voiceover feedback frame by frame or use the videos as the basis for a video or voice call to give archers something to focus on and work on for a week of intentional practice. Coach’s Eye is offering a 15-day free trial.
Host a Virtual Tournament: Advertise and run a virtual tournament. Utilize your club websiteor social media to explain tournament rules and procedures. Have archers film or live stream their shooting and award prizes to the winners of each category. Get creative to allow different distances as archers may not have access to a full range. Click here for inspiration. Simplified version: create a leaderboard in a Google Sheet, etc. and have club members log drills, exercises, scores, or whatever else you assign so they can stay connected and motivate and challenge each other.
Encourage Virtual Matches: With parental permission for minors, set up similarly skilled archers to compete in virtual match-play – set up a video call and simulate real matches in real time. This will help your archers stay engaged with their archery friends and build their competitive edge.
Re-evaluate the vision, values, and culture of the club
Take the time to meet with club leaders, coaches, key volunteers and athlete leaders within the club. Identify the 4 to 6 values that mean the most to the club membership and use those values to enhance the vision and mission of your club. This is a perfect time to reimagine and further define the club’s culture and create a following. For inspiration read Dan Coyle’s Culture Code or watch this talk with Dan Coyle.
Effective communication is the best way to maintain relationships. Be transparent with your staff, archers and parents. Share what’s happening through email, and on your website and social-media accounts. Let them know you’re following CDC cleaning guidelines or modifying your business hours. If you’re offering virtual lessons or tournaments, you should describe those efforts with information on how to participate in these offerings.
It’s smart to attract new potential customers through marketing techniques, but it’s also smart to engage and entertain current customers. Create valuable content such as blogs, posts, articles, videos or podcasts to engage new and existing customers. Share what you know – creative ways archers can train at home, training schedules, mental game trainings and more. Explain the services you offer, encourage people to train where they can safely shoot at this time, challenge them to share and post their at home archery practices or DIY archery projects.
If you have downtime, create a Facebook group for your club and community.
According to Hootsuite, brands in 2020 should reasonably expect their Facebook posts to be seen by about 5.5% of their page’s followers because of Facebook’s algorithms. In other words, your customers likely aren’t seeing your content. You can pay to promote/boost your posts, or if you create a group, you’re more likely to organically reach 100 your group members. Click here for step-by-step directions for how to create a Facebook group. Then, invite members to your group and start sharing content.
Ask Your Archers to Review Your Club
While archers and their families are at home, ask them to support your club. Some people are short on cash, but they can still help your business without spending a dime. Ask them to write a review, tell their friends about you, and like or share your social posts.
Take Advantage of the Slow Period to Catch Up or Learn Something New
If your archery club business is suffering, consider applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the SBA. The SBA is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster recovery loans of up to $2 million to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. These loans provide vital financial support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.