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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: PHED 36B, equivalency or instructor's permission.
Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Individual Sports family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Perform with increased proficiency the techniques for successful archery. (rubric - physical checklist)
  • Demonstrate and explain proper shooting technique and mental preparation. (rubric - cognitive)
Description -
Advanced archery concepts in shot foundation development. Scapulae positioning, breathing, imagery, focusing, relaxation and various physical training methodologies are presented. Aligning and tuning methods will be presented.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. understand the biomechanics of body posture, scapulae positioning, eye focus, etc.
  2. have an understanding of various mental concepts and their relationship to high performance.
  3. Explore the use of relaxation and breathe control techniques for improved performance.
  4. be able to align and tune a bow.
  5. be able to develop a physical/mental training regime.
  6. be able to coach at a basic/intermediate level.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Archery facility, portable targets, arrow back drop net, bows, arrows, tabs, arm guards and bow racks.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Stance
1. foot position
a. Open
b. Close
1) Width/direction

  • Bow grip
  • 1. Customized
    2. Pressure point
    3. Bow sling adjustment

  • Hooking (string)
  • 1. Force distribution of fingers
    2. Use of finger spacer (tab)

  • Set up
  • 1. Position of:
    a. Bow arm
    b. Drawing arm
    c. Head/body
    d. Bow arm shoulder

    2. Weight distribution
    a. front foot/back foot

  • Drawing the bow
  • 1. Balance
    a. Drawing/extending

  • Anchor position
  • 1. Head
    2. String
    3. Hand

  • Aiming
  • 1. Alignment

  • Release
  • 1. Form of fingers/elbow
    2. Speed of release

  • Follow through
  • 1. Direction
    2. Bow movement

  • Maintenance/tuning
  • 1. Bow
    2. Bowstring
    3. Arrows

  • Stress management techniques
  • 1. Visualization/Imagery
    2. Progressive relaxation
    3. Seminar
    Methods of Evaluation -
    1. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation.

  • Peer group interaction will be assessed by instructor and students

  • Evaluation will consist of proficiency in:
    1. Shooting
    2. Tuning and alignment
    3. Understanding of physical/mental aspects of archery
    4. Understanding of coaching principles/methodologies
    Representative Text(s) -
    TOTAL ARCHERY (2009)
    Kisik Lee & Robert de Bondt

    ISBN 987-89-963014-0-093690

    Resource book (optional)

    Disciplines -
    Physical Education
    Method of Instruction -
    Lecture, Discussion, interactive learning exercises, Demonstration

    Lab Content -
    1. Stance

  • Bow grip

  • Hooking (string)

  • Set up

  • Drawing the bow

  • Anchor position

  • Release

  • Follow through

  • Maintenance/tuning

  • Stress management techniques

    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    Optional reading/writing assignments as determined by the instructor