8 reasons to join an indoor archery league

The days are still short and the temperatures cold enough to make it difficult to sling carbon outdoors. But the solution is simple: join an indoor league. For a small fee you can compete against other archers and shoot lots of arrows. And while it’s not the best place to stretch yardage, indoor shooting will help you perfect your form and develop a repeatable shooting routine. Here are a few reasons why joining an indoor league is easier than you think.

1) It’s never too late to join an indoor league

Leagues have been running all winter, but there is still time to register. Many pro shops will start the late winter and spring leagues, and while the idea of ​​punching paper in a competitive rig doesn’t sound appealing, you can still shell out some green and get some course time. All it takes is a phone call, an in-person visit, or a quick scan of your local pro shop’s social media page.

Firing inside keeps your skills sharp and keeps you and your bow in tune. Jace Bauserman

2) You can bring your hunting bow

Too many archers stay away from indoor leagues and indoor shooting because they think they have to buy a tournament type bow. It’s not true. I shoot indoor leagues every year with my hunting setup. Yes, you’ll see plenty of guys and gals toe the inside line with 40-plus-inch axle-to-axle rigs, 24-inch outriggers, and big booms. For many shooters, these tournament-style rigs give them an edge. But you don’t have to have one from the start. If you start filming indoor leagues and tournaments and realize you want to be more competitive, you can always get yourself a tournament bow and the appropriate accessories. But until then, you can shoot anything you want with a standard bowhunting setup.

3) You don’t need to know everything about indoor shooting to get started

I’ve spoken with a lot of archers who don’t shoot in indoor leagues because they don’t want to look stupid. It’s the same reason a Vegas newbie is reluctant to sit down at a Blackjack table. If this is you, visit the National Field Archery Association website. You can read and watch videos of various indoor shooting tricks. If you don’t want to go that route, introduce yourself. The archery crowd is a super helpful bunch of fun loving people.

4) Shooting against other archers helps prepare you for the moment of truth

Few things pump up the pressure like shooting in front of your peers, and when you’re standing side-by-side with 15 or 20 of them, things can get pretty intense. You will learn how to block everything when online with other shooters. And you’ll learn to focus on your shooting routine and not rush things because you hear other arcs going off. This type of pressure pays dividends during hunting season.

Man pointing at an archery target.
League shoots are a blast. If you don’t take yourself too seriously, you can have fun, learn a lot, and get into a bit of a row. Jace Bauserman

5) Competing against better shooters will improve your game

I thought I was quite Type X until I joined a competitive indoor league. Joining this league quickly humbled me, but while you may be overwhelmed by the competition, other archers are full of good advice. Nothing will make you a better shooter than shooting with those who are better than you. Iron sharpens iron.

6) An indoor league is a great place to see and test new equipment

New bow accessories are constantly coming to market. If you’re in an indoor league, you’ll be able to see the latest and greatest in the hands of other shooters without having to swipe your credit card. You will be able to ask other archers questions, and most of the time, especially if it is a release, an arrow or even a bow, the shooter who has it will leave it to you. to try.

Two archers walking and talking at an indoor archery event.
One of the most beneficial things about the weekly league shoots is the ability to choose shooter brains that are better than you. Jace Bauserman

7) The more you pull, the more flaws you will find in your setup

Shooting a stack of arrows each week will quickly reveal any low quality gear you have. Plus, you’ll stay on top of your bow tuning, which makes a big difference before hunting season.

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8) Indoor archery leagues are just plain fun

Sure, things get competitive, but you have so much fun laughing and heckling each other that winning or losing becomes secondary. Every year in our Winter and Spring leagues, we mix things up and shoot many different indoor disciplines, from Spot 5 rounds to Vegas 30 arrow rounds to Classic 600 rounds. other games, and we even have a husband and wife league night. My wife and I know that one night a week we can take a break, go out to dinner, then show up at the pro shop and shoot our bows.

Earnest A. Martinez