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What age to start archery?

Discussion in 'Archery' started by resnikov, May 4, 2013.

  1. resnikov

    resnikov Busy Member

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    Both my daughters are asking if they can get a bow and arrow. They have a play one picked up from some castle somewhere but now they are after the real deal.

    They are 7 and 5 but both big for their age. The 5 year old is taller then a lot of the 7 year old's class mates.

    I know a lot of it will be if they are able to draw the bow but I have no idea if you can children's bows.

    So what age have you let kids shoot a bow and how did they get on?
     
  2. archerymoose

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    You can start them when you like but 9 is about the minimum recommended age due to the poundage needed to reach reasonable distance and the strain it puts on developing bones.

    Check out the archery GB website there is information on there about kids and archery
     
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    My eldest started at 8 and a half ... now my middle'un has just started just a month or so before she was 8 - coincidentally I just posted a pic here My little'un will have to wait - he's only (nearly) 6 and to boot he's little. It's not only the weight of the bow they have to fit (we started with 10lb limbs) but the distance of draw is too short until they're big enough - so they won't even make the 10. The arrows were falling short of the target even at 8m.. you don't want to be any closer due to the risk of bounce-back.
     
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    I started when I was 11. Was perfect timing to start competitively. I jumped up the poundages early to be competitive so it damaged my shoulders overtime.

    I think the main thing is that its achievable ( as in they can shoot without discomfort) and it is enjoyable.
     
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    I started about 10 with a home made bow.
     
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    I got mine at about 13 years old, and found it easy. make sure that if you do get them a bow, you get the leather finger protector thingy, as using a bow without one is pretty sore.
     
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    I was in the sports chain Decathlon the other day and they have an archery section, but wait for it
    they sell an archery set that has sticky arrows.... don't get me wrong I thought to myself "What a load of
    tosh" but I had a go and was well impressed!!! Ideal for getting young'uns into the sport.
     
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    I should post an update to this. We got my daughter a bow and arrow for her 8th birthday. The arrows that came with the kit were a bit naff as they had no points and unless you use a lot of force the do not stick in the straw bales. I got some normal arrows and they do stick the straw quite easily.
    Shes doing OK with the archery, the hardest bit is trying to find something for the 6yr old to do whilst the 8yr old is shooting the bow..
     
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    I think this would be ideal
     
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    Why not have her paint some pictures for the 8 year old to shoot at? Like custom targets?
     
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    9years plus is about right. you can permantly damage the shoulder muscles and bones as they may not have developed properly. my daughter shot foe devon and cornwall with dcas and this was their advice . start slowly with a low poundage and build up over time.
     
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    My daughter started at 4, when I made her first bow (bamboo backed reflex deflex longbow) and a set of arrows.

    I used a bow design that is very efficient and requires very little draw weight to throw the arrow, and the arrows themselves were thin and light, requiring very little to propel them.

    There have been two upgrades since, still reflex deflex longbows though.

    She loves it, but even though she is now 11 I've not let a club spoil it for her yet. Nothing would cheese her off more than going though a beginner's course with a jelly bow and having to use sight pins and whatnot.

    She now helps make her own arrows, giving her a better understanding of the bigger picture.

    We draw faces on balloons, put a teaspoon of glitter in them, blow them up and make dynamic exploding targets for roving :)

    That way the whole process is much bigger than just picking an item of kit up and learning competition target archery rules and regs and techniques :up:

    Charlotte, very young, and feeling very important carrying one of my bamboo backed Ipe longbows and one of my arrows:

    charlotte_bbi_2.jpg

    And more recently:

    Charlotte-archery.jpg

    And yours truly, coming up to full draw with a 90-odd pound bamboo backed Osage longbow:

    boo_backed_osage_finished_full_draw.jpg

    :)

    Clubs are great in many respects but they aren't the only route into archery.

    Good luck !
     
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    Started our kids off at 6 or 7 with the budget barnet bows, soon worked up to the Banshee Quads , my son now used a Mathews Gen X Pro compound like mine.
     

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