As the National Governing Body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of archery, one of USA Archery’s core missions is to grow and promote the sport at all levels and for archers of all abilities by providing the necessary tools and resources for coaches, judges, and event organizers nationwide. This partnership is a part of Disabled Sports USA’s Adapt2Achieve program, which aims to strengthen and develop community-based sports programs through adaptive sports training and education initiatives.
The 2nd Edition manual, available for free download here, features a new layout and design and has been updated to better accompany the USA Archery Level 1 Instructor program. It also includes the Adaptive Archery Video Series from USA Archery’s Mobile Coach Platform.
The manual is designed to illustrate how simple it is to integrate adaptive archery into an existing archery program. Using slight modifications to equipment or teaching technique, coaches and club leaders can ensure they are providing a safe and effective program where everyone can achieve success. The tools included in this manual will help create a safe and fun environment that inspires adaptive archers to cultivate a lifelong passion for the sport.
USA Archery’s Chief of Sport Performance Mary Emmons commented: “The second edition of the Adaptive Archery Instruction Manual provides additional resources to further help instructors to improve their adaptive archery programs. Through collaboration with Disabled Sports USA and their Adapt2Achieve Program we hope to further increase the accessibility of our sport and increase the depth of the Paralympic athlete development pipeline.”
Disabled Sports USA Executive Director Glenn Merry said: “We are delighted to once again partner with USA Archery to update and enhance the Adaptive Archery Instructor’s Manual, which provides archery instructors the opportunity to introduce the sport to new athletes and ensure students of all ages and abilities can have a safe and successful experience.”
USA Archery also offers many sanctioned event opportunities, outreach camps for disabled veterans and High Performance Para Archery Training Camps throughout the year with the focus of promoting athlete development and participation. To learn more about USA Archery’s Adaptive programs and events, click here.
Support for this manual was funded by the Grants for Adaptive Sports Program for Veterans with disabilities and Members of the Armed Forces from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 50 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 120 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org.
A program of Disabled Sports USA, Adapt2Achieve provides adaptive sports training to coaches, instructors and volunteers allowing for more individuals with disabilities to get active. Training includes in-person conferences, sport-specific clinics, online learning and manuals designed to improve the safety and quality of adaptive sports in communities across the nation. Adapt2Achieve works with various national organizations to help them develop their own sports inclusion best practices. Since 2009, more than 300 organizations have participated in Adapt2Achieve multi-day conferences held across the U.S. To learn more, visit www.adapt2achieve.org.
About USA Archery
USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit www.usarchery.org.