Archers looking to improve and perfect their form for tournaments can find what they need with advanced coaching guidance in the Tournament Class at Ace Archers. This class uses a rotating curriculum that helps students learn more than just the basics and dig into archery topics and techniques to greater depth. The Advanced Class is when Team Aces members meet for coaching and practice.
Entrance into the Tournament Class is by invitation only. A candidate must have their own tournament level equipment, have earned a specific rank in USA Archery’s JOAD or Adult Training programs. For more information, please see the Team Aces Qualifications page.
Class attendees are required to purchase a class card. A class card has eight class and the class card fee is $280.
In addition to the monthly schedule of topics, our Tournament Archery Class uses an eight-week curriculum that covers the major topics for the National Training System Form. The topics are the major steps in the form.
- Unit 1 – Rhythm & Timing
- Unit 2 – Alignment
- Unit 3 – Angular Motion
- Unit 4 – String Release
- Unit 5 – Bow Release
- Unit 6 – Follow-through
Class members need their own archery equipment, including a stretch band, as well as writing implements, and a practice and tournament diary.
Indoor classes are on Sundays from 9:30 am to Noon. Students are expected to arrive at 9:10 to set up equipment.
- Stretching fro 9:30 am to 9:45 am
- Class from 9:45 am to Noon
Outdoor classes begin earlier and last longer on Sundays. Students are expected to arrive about 1/2 hour earlier to help set-up the outdoor field and tear it down after the class is over.
- 8:30 am to 11:45 am May through August
Outdoor classes are weather dependent. Coach Tom Herrington will notify you via email if outdoor class will be held indoors due to weather conditions.
To participate in the Tournament Class, archers must be able to demonstrate a high level of archery skill and knowledge. While most of our students go through the Beginner’s and Intermediate classes first, if advanced archers wish to join the Tournament Class we will permit them to join on an individual evaluation basis.
All Tournament Class members are required to attend tournaments. During the Indoor Season (September through March) we are attending one tournament a month. During Outdoor Season (April – Mid August) we attend 4-5 outdoor tournaments. You are not required to attend the Outdoor Tournaments your first year in the Tournament Class; but you must attend Indoor Tournaments. In general, we attend the Indoor Tournaments on Sunday for the afternoon line.