There’s no ball, no goal post, no cheerleaders and no buffalo wings involved, but archery (surprise!) can be just as addictive as any sport. And several local spots offer lessons and free trials just for kids.

Why give it a shot? Archery’s an inexpensive sport that’s open to kids of all sizes, shapes and abilities. It promotes upper-body strength, hones concentration and patience, builds kids’ self-confidence, relieves stress and lures kids out into the great outdoors. With pointy equipment and strict rules, archery also gives kids a healthy respect for safety.

Age requirements vary (call first!), but most experts agree that kids as young as 8 are ready to give it a go.

Basic classes and camps will focus on safety, course rules and form, giving kids a feel for using their muscles, balance, breathing and concentration to send their arrow straight to the bullseye. An expert can help you choose the right-sized bow and arrow, a quiver to stash your arrows, plus safety gear, including finger tabs, arm guards and slings.

Check out our resources below. For additional resources, see our current issue.

Archery Ranges

Private ranges that offer instruction (5+), tournaments, league activities, target practice and private lessons.

El Dorado Regional Park Archery Range

Free instruction to improve skills and consistent shooting technique (8+).

Gryphon Fencing & Fitness Studio

Archery teaches focus, concentration and coordination. Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio offers beginning archery classes for kids 7 and older.

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U.S.A. Archery

The national governing body for archery coordinates the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program which offers youth (8-18) the opportunity to compete in competitions.