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The bow and arrow were invented at least 60,000 to 70,000 years ago and for 99% of that time children learned archery the same way they learned everything else: by doing. More recently, though, children began receiving instruction in the way of the bow. Eminent archery historian Hugh Soar shares his vast knowledge of how youths were taught during this period, both then and now, starting in his native England, expanding to the rest of the U.K, then out to Europe and the U.S., and also including the Middle East, Africa, and the Far East.

Archery coaches and archers who have an interest in youth archery or archery history will love this book. It is packed with history and is charming, too. Fully illustrated and highly recommended!

Steve Ruis, Editor Archery Focus magazine

 

Hugh D.H. Soar is one of our most eminent archery historians, particularly on the design and usage of the English longbow. He began a successful shooting career over sixty years ago, gaining recognition as a Main Grade Coach. He is currently Chairman of the Society of Archer Antiquaries and the author of a number of important books on traditional archery. They include: The Crooked Stick: a History of the Longbow, Secrets of the English War Bow with Mark Stretton and Joseph Gibbs, The Romance of Archery, a Social History of the Longbow, Straight and True, a Select history of the Arrow, and Shooting the Longbow. Hugh is a Member of the British Long Bow Society, the Royal Toxophilite Society, and the Mary Rose Society and was made an Honorary Life Member of Archery GB. He is a Freeman of two London Livery Companies: The Worshipful Company of Fletchers and the Worshipful Company of Bowyers.

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Meet Our Authors

Steve Ruis

Larry Wise

Tom Dorigatti

Hugh Soar

Van Webster

Kirk Ethridge

Lorretta Sinclair

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Steve Ruis

Steve Ruis (1946- ) got started late in archery and was predominantly a compound bow field archer until frequent complaints about how "we weren't doing enough to help kids in archery" got him into coaching. He then acquired a Level 4 coaching credential from USA Archery and Master Coach credential from the National Field Archery Association and has recently been certified by US Collegiate Archery as he is now the coach of the University of Chicago Archery Team. Steve shoots recurves, longbows, and compound bows, but his real passion now is to elevate the coaching of archery, as that is the route through which many more people can come to enjoy the sport. Steve, born and raised in California, currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Steve Ruis, with his partner Claudia Stevenson, have been publishing Archery Focus magazine for almost twenty years. Steve has published a large number of books to help archery coaches including Coaching Archery, More on Coaching Archery, Even More on Coaching Archery, Still More on Coaching Archery, Archery Coaching How To's, and the Principles of Coaching Archery, Vol. 1 & 2. He has also published books to help archers and archery parents including Archery 4 Kids, A Parent's Guide to Archery, Winning Archery, Shooting Arrows (Archery for Adult beginners), and Why You Suck at Archery, all through Watching Arrows Fly, a publisher created specifically to launch deserving archery books. If you have an archery book you want to share, contact Watching Arrows Fly.

Books by Steve Ruis

Larry Wise

Larry Wise, one of the premier archery coaches in the United States, is sharing his coaching wisdom, especially for coaches of compound-release archers but also bowhunters. Topics include: how to observe students (including with still and video images); how to create plans of correction and execute them; standard recurve and compound forms and why they are important; release aid training and target panic; tournamant preparation, practice, and evaluation; equipment selection, setup, and tuning; and much more. “Larry Wise, as a life-long educator, has an incredible ability to teach archers using a comprehensive understanding of back ten-sion, advanced biomechanics, and a championship archer’s mental game. Larry has been a professional archer himself along with working with intermediate and elite archers for decades as he continues to stay on the cutting edge with the latest equipment and shooting techniques. This new book is his best and most complete compilation of decades of expertise and experi-ence that’s easy to read, understand, and implement.”

Rob Kaufhold / President of Lancaster Archery Supply, Inc.

Books by Larry Wise

Tom Dorigatti

Tom Dorigatti has been an avid archer and Bowhunter for over 50 years. He has been hunting with a bow and arrow since he was 10 years old and started with rudimentary equipment, moved up to Recurve hunting bows, and finally on to target archery equipment in the late 1960's. Although bowhunting was his primary objective, target archery quickly took a front seat for the times when hunting season wasn't open. Tom has been a member of the National Field Archery Association for 44 years and has actively participated in tournaments or on ranges in no fewer than 37 of the contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the Azores. He has also been involved in managing archery leagues and tournaments, up to and including NFAA Sectional events since 1968. Tom has taken numerous small and big game animals with bow and arrow, the largest being a bull elk which he took with a 45 pound Recurve bow in 1971. He also has several mule deer, pronghorn, and white-tail deer to his credit. Tom has an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education, a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with majors in Secondary Education and biology and minors in Physical Science and French, and a Master's Degree in Teaching and Leadership. He also served in the United States Air Force as an Instructor Navigator and Standardization/Evaluation Navigator in KC-135A jet refueling tankers for Strategic Air Command. He has 22 years' experience in Private Industry as an instructor, manager, and quality assurance manager. In addition, Tom has 10 years' junior high and high school teaching experience in subjects ranging from biology, physical science, applied science, human anatomy and physiology, earth science and French. He has written numerous articles for Archery Focus magazine and also written numerous archery and bicycling related puzzles for Archery Focus Magazine and others. He is also author of a complete book of archery related puzzles soon to be released and hopes to write more books of puzzles.
Tom's newest book, "ProActive Archery" will be published soon. There will also be a book of bicycling related puzzles, "The Puzzled Bicyclist" published before Christmas, 2012.
Tom is also heavily involved in exercising with his greatest involvement being in competitive racquetball, and long distance road bicycling. Tom has logged over 7,300 and 6,600 miles in just the past two years respectively. He has taken week long bicycling tours in Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Wyoming, and Wisconsin. He will be out and about on the road again in 2012, has taken a week long tour into the Door County area of Wisconsin, and of course has been on the local roads in Central Illinois as much as possible. During the riding season, Tom can be found either at the archery range during bad weather, or out on the road bicycle.

Books by Tom Dorigatti

Hugh Soar

Hugh D.H. Soar is one of our most eminent archery historians, particularly on the design and usage of the English longbow. He began a successful shooting career over sixty years ago, gaining recognition as a Main Grade Coach. He is currently Chairman of the Society of Archer Antiquaries and the author of a number of important books on traditional archery. They include: The Crooked Stick: a History of the Longbow, Secrets of the English War Bow with Mark Stretton and Joseph Gibbs, The Romance of Archery, a Social History of the Longbow, Straight and True, a Select history of the Arrow, and Shooting the Longbow. Hugh is a Member of the British Long Bow Society, the Royal Toxophilite Society, and the Mary Rose Society and was made an Honorary Life Member of Archery GB. He is a Freeman of two London Livery Companies: The Worshipful Company of Fletchers and the Worshipful Company of Bowyers.

Books by Hugh Soar

Van Webster

VanWebster is a USAArchery Level 4-NTS Coach, a Level 3 Coach Leader and was Head of Instruction at Pasadena Roving Archers in Pasadena, CA. Van teaches archery coach and instruction certification courses, as well as serving as an on camera spokesperson for PRA and the sport of archery. He has taught archery skills for principle actors in major motion pictures. His articles on archery have appeared in Archery Focus magazine. The Pasadena Roving Archers club in Pasadena, California has introduced tens of thousands of people to the sport of archery. At the center of the cur-rent effort is Coach Van Webster who shares in this book what PRA has learned over the years about getting beginners started right in the sport and encouraging them to continue on. Along with all of the nuts and bolts information about equipment, running classes, certifying instructors and all of the other many things need-ed to run a successful archery instructional program, here are also training scripts to help you run your own coach training programs, class syllabi for a number of different classes, lists of equipment you will need, instructions on how to put on your own tournament, and . . . how to man-age volunteers, how to work with the municipalities which oversee your range, how to build club support for your programs and build the club itself. There is as much information about how to run an archery club and range as there is on how to run archery instructional programs. This is a real gold mine for archery program managers, class instructors, and archery club officials. “Anybody who takes a leadership position in an archery club who doesn't buy this book and read it is an idiot.”

Steve Ruis, Editor Archery Focus magazine

Books by Van Webster

Kirk Ethridge

Kirk Ethridge has won numerous indoor and outdoor championships in NAA, NFAA, and FITA competition, as well as being the 1992 Las Vegas Unlimited Champion and 1993 FITA World Indoor Champion. Kirk shares his expertise and hard-won advice freely in this book. Topics include bow and arrow setup, perfecting your form, the shooting process, tuning the bow, troubleshooting, the mental game, and defeating target panic.

Books by Kirk Ethridge

Lorretta Sinclair

Often poignant and always funny, Archery Mom Lorretta Sinclair has written about her adventures guiding herself and three boys through the world of archery. Navigating the shoals of coaches, equipment, tournaments, travel, and a never-ending draw on her cred-it cards, she manages to find the bright side, although not without some teeth gnashing thrown in. Along the way she ends up a mentor, coach (yes a real, as she would say, “certifiable” coach), road man-ager, confidant and, ever, a mom. Even the after effects of the tragic death of her second son are bared as she writes. Follow Lorretta’s family as they experience life in the snowy mountains of Utah and the high desert of California, and survive everything from snow and hail to extreme high temperatures accompanied by sandblasting winds while just trying to shoot a few arrows. If you are a sports parent, especially an archery parent, there is a great deal of wisdom, humor, and even a few tears in following Lorretta on her journey.

Books by Lorretta Sinclair

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