Swap and Shoot

Swap and Shoot

When: It will take place on Sunday, September 10th 2017

  • Registration opens 8:30 am.
  • Competition starts at 10:00 AM

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Archery School

Fall 2017: Sept 16th - Oct 28th



The cost (including loan of equipment) is $150.00 per individual ($100.00 for each additional person from the same family attending the same session).

Fees and applications must be received before the starting date of the course. (Click Here for registration form)


We offer a 6-week Introduction to Archery course on Saturday mornings, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


This course is designed for the individual who has never had the opportunity to use a bow and launch an arrow at a target. It begins with the very basics and works through good shooting style and safety issues. The lessons start in the classroom with some theory, then the students move onto the practice range for some hands-on shooting. During this time, the coaches will watch students, and offer help and suggestions tailored to the individual.

Upon completion, the student should be proficient enough to score well on a 20-yard target, and also be an aware and safe archer.


If graduate students decide to become a member at York County Bowmen, they will be given a 50% reduction on our probationary fee. Also (upon the Coaching Director’s recommendation), a new membership probationary period may be deemed as 50% complete..
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Course Outline

Objectives: Students will learn a solid foundation for good shooting form, be taught best practices for safe shooting, and be introduced to the various styles and aspects of archery.

WEEK 1 (Introduction to the Basics of Archery):

In-class presentation:

  • Presentation and explanation of training equipment
  • Discussion of safety procedures
  • Introduction to the basic anatomy of a shooting sequence
  • Introduction to basic forms for good shooting

In-class demonstration:

  • Demonstration of a shot sequence with emphasis on basic forms

Selection of Equipment:

  • Identification of eye dominance and hand preference for each student
  • Selection of a training bow (based on weight), correct arrows (based on draw length), arm guard, finger tab

In-Range Practice:

  • Group warm-up
  • Quick recall of general safety rules
  • Demonstration of a basic shot sequence
  • Group practice


WEEK 2 (Advanced Concepts of Archery):

In-class presentation/demonstration:

  • Review of concepts learned in Week 1
  • Explanation of desired anatomical alignment for good shooting
  • Explanation of the use of proper back muscles for good shooting

Selection of Equipment:

  • Use of Bow Sling is given to students

In-Range Practice:

  • Warm-up
  • Group practice


WEEK 3 (Introduction to the Various Styles of Archery)

 In-class presentation:

  • Review of concepts learned in Weeks 1 and 2
  • In-depth discussion of the shot sequence and timing
  • Explanation on the use of sights

Selection of Equipment:

  • Sights are provided for the students

In-Range Practice:

  • Demonstration of the different types of Archery
  • Warm-up
  • Group practice


WEEK 4 (Further Shooting Development)

 In-class presentation:

  • Review of concepts learned in Weeks 1,2 and 3
  • Open Discussion of Topics

In-Range Practice:

  • Warm-up
  • Group practice


WEEK 5 (Introduction to 3D and Field Shooting)

In-Class Presentation:

  • Discussion on the challenges of shooting out in nature

Outdoor Practice:

  • Warm-up
  • Students separated in small groups. Each group will be headed by a coach/member and taken through the forest course.


WEEK 6 (Introduction to Target Tournament Shooting)

 In-class presentation/demonstration  (15 min):

  • Quick overview of tournament rules and scoring protocol

Practice   (approx 120 min):

  • Warm-up
  • Group practice
  • End-of-session tournament:  10 ends of 3 arrows at 20 meters
  • Graduation Ceremony


Please note: Lesson structure may vary depending upon the development rate of the class.

Download our Archery Basics PDF




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Youth Development Program (YDP)

Registration Update:

Registration Update : Winter 2015 Beginner Class is now open (first come first serve basis)

The Youth Development Program is geared for youth 11 – 17 years of age and is open to club members as well as non-members. The program is being based on the Canbow archery skills award program which has been devised by the national body of archery, the Archery Canada.

The program consists of 3 elements, indoor target, outdoor target and 3-D archery. Each element has four levels of achievements and each level has multiple stages. Badges are awarded for each stage upon completion of its requirements. The requirements are reaching certain scores in the appropriate element as well as knowledge on safety, equipment, etiquette and tournament rules. Advancing to different levels in each element will also make the youth eligible for national certificates.

The program runs on semester type periods on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and 8:00 – 9:30 PM. The later time period is reserved for advanced archers. Some Saturdays are used for special shoots by interested youth as well. We also encourage youth to participate in club, regional or provincial competitions. Some travel may be involved in order to participate in other than local tournaments.

Entry fees for tournaments and travel costs will be in addition to the regular program fees. Supervision is supplied by club coaches certified in various levels as well as parent helpers. Equipment can be supplied but we encourage participants to obtain their own equipment once they have made reasonable progress and want to pursue the sport further.

The order of our priorities is Safety, Fun and Achievements. Speaking of achievements, all youth will work at their own speed. Some are more ambitious than others, those will reach different levels earlier. This is not a competition, there are too many age groups and equipment classes to make it such, although, we encourage to maintain a competitive spirit between participants in similar categories. The main goal is for all to have fun and improve their archery skills at the same time. The level of achievement is unlimited. There are chances to join in the OAA (Ontario Archery Association) travel team to shoot tournaments in different locations or participation in the Ontario Summer Games. Even Olympic or International Championship archery is obtainable with the proper dedication and hard work.


Program Fees

   Club Equipment Own Equipment
Club Members  1st child $100.00 $60.00
additional child $80.00 $40.00
Non-Club Members  1st child


additional child $120.00 $80.00

Session Periods

Fall Session Mondays From Until
Beginner 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm September 21, 2015 December 21, 2015
Advanced 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm September 21, 2015 December 21, 2015
 Winter Session  Mondays  From  Until
 Beginner  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm  January 18, 2016  May 30, 2016
 Advanced  8:00 pm – 9:30 pm  January 18, 2016  May 30, 2016

Download the YDP Application Form

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Day Camps

Regrettably there will be no day camps this summer at YCB.

This camp is designed to function as an introduction to the arts of archery and fencing. Its mission is to provide campers with a safe, nurturing, and fun environment in which to explore and develop their abilities in archery and fencing. The main purpose is to provide fun and games, but the intention is for the participants to also have an educational experience.

The archery portion of the camp will teach campers the proper handling of bows and arrows. With safety as the highest priority, shooting at targets at various distances, proper etiquette, knowledge on equipment and tournament rules are taught in this segment. Practice by way of many archery games will result in all the youths achieving a reasonable knowledge about the sport. A field tournament on the last day will provide the opportunity to show off their new-found skills.

The fencing portion of the camp will focus on the use of the sword (epee). Safety again remains the highest priority. Etiquette, the rules of the game and technique will be taught through demonstration, drills, games, and partner work. By the end of the camp, students should have a basic understanding of fencing technique and strategy. The campers will get a chance to put their skills to the test in a mini-tournament on the last day of camp.

There will be a BBQ lunch, and other fun activities throughout the week, as well as special instructional guests from the archery and fencing community. No experience in archery or fencing is necessary, and all equipment is provided.


Day Camp Schedule

Please Note: There is no day camp currently schedule for the current calendar year.

The camp hours are daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
All camps are open to boys and girls 11 – 15 years of age
The cost is $ 300.00 per youth/week, payable at registration to ‘York County Bowmen’
The club’s outdoor facilities consist of 50 acres of forest and open area.
Indoor facilities include six 20 yard shooting lanes, full kitchen, bathrooms and meeting area.
Our address is 15887 McCowan Rd. Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4W1.