|USAA-AZ strategy to grow archery membership and clubs:|
USA Archery (USAA) sanctions state association, clubs and membership and provides programs, insurance, instructor and coach certification, high performance, youth development (Junior Olympic Archery Development) and competition. The USAA is sanctioned by the US Olympic Committee, World Archery Federation and the World Archery Americas.
In many states, including Arizona, USAA individual and club members that list Arizona residents are also state association members.
USA Archery Arizona (USAA-AZ) strategy to grow and promote international target archery is to encourage membership, clubs and programs. Specifically, archers and supporters are encouraged to join the USAA as an Arizona resident, form and run clubs, and conduct programs to promote and teach target archery to youth and families as a lifetime sport.
Individuals, clubs and community; A step by step.
1. Individual archers and supporters join USA Archery http://usarchery.org/membership, a family membership is the best value.
2. Members become Intermediate level certified instructor (example course offering: http://www.azarchery.com/page13.php?post=95) There are no pre requisites to becoming certified other than USAA membership. Many certified club members are needed so that all can share the volunteer duties. Encourage club members to become certified coaches to provide higher lever of form and technique reinforcement. http://usarchery.org/coaching-and-education The instructor certification course includes information on how to conduct lessons and back ground checking.
3. Become a USAA club http://usarchery.org/membership .The club membership include liability insurance. (The Paseo Vista Archery club is an example of a club that offers a variety of programs http://www.paseoarchery.org/)
4. Become a 501(c3) not for profit organization per the IRS http://assets.usoc.org/assets/documents/attached_file/filename/38023/Non_Profit_Guide.pdf Nonprofit status and insurance are keys to being able to promote target archery.
5. Apply for grants for equipment from the Easton Sports Development Foundation: http://www.esdf.org/apply-for-grant/ Grants of $20,000 or more help to provide the tools needed to conduct quality programs.
6. Use existing archery facilities and support local businesses so that they are a part of the community. Work with local business, the game and fish/natural resources, and the Easton Foundations to help establish archery ranges.
· Encourage club members to become certified coaches.
· Offer youth archery classes and encourage parents to participate and volunteer.
Clubs offer quality programs, attract members which helps clubs to grows and continue to serve the community for the long term. Having a large club membership is another key to allow the club to spread the work around.
Thank you for your interest in the sport of archery.