FUNdamentals: CanBow

Learn to Train: CanBow

It only takes a single moment to become an archer. You may hold a bow for the first time at summer camp, with a family member or friend on a hunting trip, or watch Olympic archery on the television and decide to become a champion. You may be five years old, or 50. The essential thing is that your first exposure to archery is FUN.

Archery teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Archery’s Long-Term Archer Development (LTAD) model consists of seven stages.

  • Active Start (M, F 0-6 or 0 years in sport) – Learns fundamental movement and link them in play settings.
  • FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8 or 0-4 years in sport) – Builds overall motor skills with an emphasis on initiation, sport basics and safety.
  • Learn to Shoot (1-4 years in sport) – Develops overall sport skills with an emphasis on development of form.
  • Train to Shoot (2-8 years in sport) – Establishes an aerobic base, develops speed and strength, and consolidates sport-specific skills.
  • Train to Compete (4-10 years in sport) – Optimizes physical preparation and sport-specific skills, while learning competition and performance skills.
  • Shoot to Excel (7+ years in sport) – Maximizes overall skills and preparation while perfecting focus and flow, and shooting for rankings.
  • Shoot for Life (Any age) – Encourages lifelong participation, whether competitive or recreational, in physical activity and/or sport.

LTAD Model
This document outlines the key principles of the FCA LTAD model.

CanBow includes the FUNdamentalsLearn to Shoot and Train to Shoot stages. It offers archers under the age of 21 an opportunity to improve their shooting skills and knowledge.

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