Coaching Clinics

Instructor Stream

It is recommended that new coaches start with the Instructor of Beginner clinic. In this clinic you will learn the basics of instruction as well as the required Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training.  The MED online evaluation must be successfully completed before you can receive a “certified” coaching status. You will be listed as a “trained” coach until the successful completion of the course and the MED. MED only needs to be taken once; you will not be required to complete the MED course for each of the certifications.

The workbooks and required assignments are referred to as the “portfolio”. It is preferred that the portfolio be completed electronically. After the weekend clinic, you need to submit your portfolio to the LF for evaluation. You have 12 months to complete it. 

If you are an experienced archer and know your way around equipment maintenance and are able to instruct others, then you may be interested in starting at Instructor of Intermediate. This is the equivalent of the old level two certification. The Instructor Intermediate course does not cover MED, however MED is a requirement prior to being certified. 

Workbooks and reference manuals for both Instructor-Beginner and Instructor-Intermediate can be found in the Course Materials section below.

Competition Stream

These coaches will, for the most part, be working with children, preadolescents or adolescents. They will teach basic skills and tactics, and prepare athletes for lower-level competitions.  Your athletes would train on a seasonal basis to improve their general fitness level. Fun is an important part of the athletes’ sport experience. If you are ready to coach athletes at this level, you may be interested in the following coaching courses. Each of the following courses are delivered in 2 weekend sessions, where the cost for these courses are $100 per weekend, and both weekends must be paid for at the start of the first clinic.  

Competition - Introduction is delivered over 2 weekends 6 months apart and is aimed at coaches who would like to be able to expand their knowledge and can work with an archer who is looking to move into higher competitions. It requires a committed coach and athlete to do the required training during the time necessary to complete the course.

Competition – Development, the equivalent of the old level three, is the highest level coaching course delivered by BC Archery. It requires a 1 year commitment and is delivered over two weekends held a minimum of 1 year apart. Most of these coaches will work with adolescents and young adults. Competition - Development coaches help athletes refine basic skills and tactics, teach more advanced skills, and prepare them for provincial or national level competitions. Athletes train several times a week throughout the year to improve performance. Although having a good time remains an important part of the athletes’ sport experience, there is a greater emphasis on competition outcome. Event/discipline specialization and fitness also become important at this stage. Sport at this level provides an opportunity to teach values and ethics, and refine social skills. Coach Examples: Coach of a regional or provincial team that trains year round; Canada Games coach; college or university coach. The following list of Multi-Sport modules are delivered by viaSport partners and are prerequisites for this course. Upcoming dates and locations can be found on their website.

  • Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading Drug Free Sport
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Prevention and Recovery

As with any coaching certification, you will need to successfully complete the MED online evaluation. 

Workbooks and reference manuals can be found in the Course Materials section below.

Upcoming Clinics

Instructor of Beginner Archers

November 14-15, 9am-5pm each day
Burke Mountain Archers, Coquitlam
Learning Facilitators: Curt Smecher & Rick Scammell
Pre-registration required*
Max 14 participants


Instructor of Intermediate Archers

No clinics are currently scheduled


Competition Development

Weekend #2: Fall 2020 Postponed due to COVID
All participants must have completed all the work with their athlete and all the prerequisite courses prior to being allowed to attend Weekend#2.


*Contact the Executive Director prior to paying for any clinic. More information will be emailed to you once space has been confirmed.


To be put on a wait list for a clinic in your area please contact the Coaching Chair. Be sure to include your name, BC Archery #, NCCP#, where you are located and what type of clinic you would like to attend.

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All clinic attendees must be current members of the BC Archery Association. You can purchase / renew your membership from the Membership page.