A little more than a month ago, NADA started shipping the newest Basic instructor training manual for certification courses with USA Archery and NFAA. This manual replaces the USA Archery Level 1 Fourth Edition, and for the first time combines the certification of USA Archery with NFAA for this level. This joint certification will make it much easier to promote the training of new instructors, since most of the recreation agencies we deal with just want the training, and not to have to pick which certification they get.
The manual was produced under the supervision and control of both USA Archery and NFAA.
Since this is a new manual, many a weary eye has looked it over for correct techniques as well as correct depictions of those techniques. The manual was peer-reviewed by a number of active course instructors, the USA Archery CDC and NFAA. Their comments have been incorporated in the final published version. Could it be better? Sure, everything in print could be better. However, to make it better, we need to know its faults. I hope many of you are certified course instructors who will use this manual during this 2007 training season. For those of you who do use it, you opinion is vital in order to make the next printing even better, and to make any corrections that need to be made. I hope those opinions are expressed to our office, where they will do the most good. No comment is too harsh, if it can be justified. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number and address can be found on our traditional website, www.teacharchery.org, and our new website www.worldarcherycenter.com.
For those of you who have not yet used the book for an instructor training course, let me give you some highights: It's now printied in full color, and focuses on teaching proper shot technique in a general recreation setting. It depicts both recurve and compound bows, contains several of the introductory NADA Drills & Skills found in our GO Archery materials, and includes a sample lesson plan for instructor who have their archers for a short period of time. For those course instructors who teach a Basic course this season, call us and we'll send you a free copy for your own use as you teach the courses.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank the hundreds of course instructors and coaches who teach thousands of beginner instructors each year. Since 2001, there have been over 26,000 new certified instructors trained in this country. According to our surveys of recreation program directors, each year's graduating class of new instructors (about 7,000) goes on to teach almost 1.8 million new archers! Many of you have worked with NADA as a training partner, and have no doubt received one of our immortal phone calls that starts "Hi, can you teach an instructor class at...?" Thank you very much for saying yes. There is no person I respect more than a coach who spends their valuable time teaching new instructors. We are an extended family in this, and I thank heaven that I have gotten the chance to work with you.
If you have any questions about the new materials, or questions how NADA operates, please let us know. If you know areas where NADA needs improvement, by all means we'd love to have you.
Have a great training season,