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Teacher Training

How to become a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI)

Included in your NASP equipment purchase, up to 5 teachers will be trained on how to successfully and safely run an archery program as part of a class. During the training session, teachers will learn how to setup a safe archery range, how to teach the students proper shooting form, and how to maintain the equipment. (Note: If a school would like to train more than 5 instructors additional training manuals will need to be purchased.)

Instructor training was developed so teachers in every participating school could be certified to present NASP lessons that are safe for students, instructors, bystanders, and the facility. To date, NASP has certified more than 22,000 instructors.

During the training, teachers learn how to set up and operate a safe archery range in their gymnasium. They are taught whistle signals used to move students to various taped lines on the range floor. These whistles indicate to students when to “get bows,” “shoot” and “go get arrows.” Instructors learn how to determine a student’s dominant eye and make a string bow training aid to teach archer form, shot execution, and follow-through using NASP’s Eleven Steps to Archery Success.

Teachers are provided extensive advice on how to provide positive coaching and sessions are conducted to explain inspection, maintenance, and operation of the equipment.

The OFAH will continue to introduce Ontario’s youth to skills and character development through target shooting, and with support from our partners and sponsors, will continue building this program throughout the province. In the future, the OFAH will showcase the growth of NASP in Ontario by hosting a provincial tournament with the goal of sending an Ontario NASP team to the Canadian National Championships.

TRAINING SESSIONS FAQ

Is there an additional cost for the teacher training session?

The teacher training session is included with the purchase of the equipment. However, for remote and fly-in schools, we will need to add a surcharge that covers the increased trainer travel costs and shipment of the equipment.

How many teachers can be trained?

There is no limit to the number of teachers being trained. Five (5) training manuals are included when the equipment is purchased. Every teacher must have their own manual, so if more than five teachers are trained, each additional manual will cost $65 plus HST.

How long is the teacher training session?

The teacher training session is very thorough to ensure a safe and meaningful program. It will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete.

If we have teacher turnover, can we have more teachers trained?

Absolutely! It is encouraged to do so. Another training session can be done at your school. The cost is $65 + HST for each teacher training manual plus trainer costs (mileage, food, hotel, etc). A quote can be given to the school before a date is set for the training. As applicable, we encourage nearby NASP schools to send teachers to get trained at the same time to help offset the cost.

Do teachers have to recertify in the future?

Teacher certification is for a lifetime, provided they teach at least one (1) session every 18 months. If you have not taught NASP in the last 18 months, it is recommended that you take the training again. With NASP being run in gym class, your teachers should remain active every year and not require re-certification.

Can people who are not school staff, take the training?

Anyone can take the NASP training. You do not have to be school staff. However, with NASP being a curriculum-based archery program, any non-staff trainer (parent, volunteer) would need to be able to teach NASP during school hours.

TRAINING SESSIONS FAQ

Is there an additional cost for the teacher training session?

The teacher training session is included with the purchase of the equipment. However, for remote and fly-in schools, we will need to add a surcharge that covers the increased trainer travel costs and shipment of the equipment.

How many teachers can be trained?

There is no limit to the number of teachers being trained. Five (5) training manuals are included when the equipment is purchased. Every teacher must have their own manual, so if more than five teachers are trained, each additional manual will cost $65 plus HST.

How long is the teacher training session?

The teacher training session is very thorough to ensure a safe and meaningful program. It will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete.

If we have teacher turnover, can we have more teachers trained?

Absolutely! It is encouraged to do so. Another training session can be done at your school. The cost is $65 + HST for each teacher training manual plus trainer costs (mileage, food, hotel, etc). A quote can be given to the school before a date is set for the training. As applicable, we encourage nearby NASP schools to send teachers to get trained at the same time to help offset the cost.

Do teachers have to recertify in the future?

Teacher certification is for a lifetime, provided they teach at least one (1) session every 18 months. If you have not taught NASP in the last 18 months, it is recommended that you take the training again. With NASP being run in gym class, your teachers should remain active every year and not require re-certification.

Can people who are not school staff, take the training?

Anyone can take the NASP training. You do not have to be school staff. However, with NASP being a curriculum-based archery program, any non-staff trainer (parent, volunteer) would need to be able to teach NASP during school hours.

"NASP has brought a much needed, cross-curricular teaching tool into the lives our students at RDHS. I’ve seen athletically inclined students, as well as non-athletes pick up a bow and have success within an incredibly short time. As most of you know, when a person finds success a change in mindset occurs, with a more positive outlook on themselves and other. They look forward to coming to school and being a part of something bigger themselves. The team environment is something traditional athletes are exposed to on a regular basis but these non – traditional athletes are discovering the enjoyment of a team sport (some for the first time) and that benefit is really immeasurable in how it will affect their lives. I have been a traditional athlete my whole life (hockey, swimming, volleyball, curling, baseball, sailing, basketball; to name a few) but the outdoor sports (hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping) are part of our Canadian heritage and develops a sense of self-worth and independence that few other activities can. By combining a (seemingly) traditional activity (archery) with the positive benefits of team – based camaraderie, we are reaching students who would choose isolation over group endeavors if given the choice. Thank you NASP Ontario organizers, you are helping a lot of individuals discover a great, positive, life – long activity."

Elliot Blackshaw
Ridgetown District High School

"I incorporated NASP as part of my Outdoor Environmental Science class last year at Lake Superior High School. All of my students loved the program. I feel that NASP benefits all students because it is an accessible sport for all. Students are able to see their personal skill set increase daily which builds self-confidence. It also created a great class atmosphere as students were helping and teaching each other while giving praise."

Chris Dube
Lake Superior High School

"The NASP program has grown immensely since integrated 2 years ago. It first started by concentrating on teaching as many students as possible in the school which was approximately 200. The second year we concentrated on results. We wanted students to work on accuracy and friendly competition. This resulted in competing for the first time, and the students loved it. We also expanded to our feeder schools and began a second after school program. We attracted 30 additional students into the program and now they will be enthusiastic and ready when they enter our school in September 2017. The program has been widely accepted in our community and we are proud to be able to enrich the student programming in our rural community school. Thanks NASP!"

Karl Armstrong
Char-Lan District High School

"I believe that it is a great program as I see several students who are not into the "typical" athletics and they strive for the archery. On the first day of school this year I had one of those kids track me down to find out when archery at lunch starts. It is one of the very few things that he likes about being at school."

Guy Arpin
Rainy River High School

"Our students who live in an area surrounded by bush, absolutely loved having the opportunity to try a new sport. Several of our students have continued, with their parents. NASP has helped bring families together. The students had discovered that they had an affinity for the sport that they never knew they could have especially since they were not as adept at mother sports. It warmed our hearts seeing them blossom every time they pulled back. Thank you for helping us to develop our students self confidence."

Caley Boyd
New Prospect School

"Students look forward to archery time in the school year. It is great to have an activity that promotes independence, a set of rules and a measurable success level. Everyone can set personal goals for improvement."

Ken Linner
Holland-Chatsworth Central School

"I incorporated NASP as part of my Outdoor Environmental Science class last year at Lake Superior High School. All of my students loved the program. I feel that NASP benefits all students because it is an accessible sport for all. Students are able to see their personal skill set increase daily which builds self-confidence. It also created a great class atmosphere as students were helping and teaching each other while giving praise."

Chris Dube
Lake Superior High School

"I believe that it is a great program as I see several students who are not into the "typical" athletics and they strive for the archery. On the first day of school this year I had one of those kids track me down to find out when archery at lunch starts. It is one of the very few things that he likes about being at school."

Guy Arpin
Rainy River High School

"Our students who live in an area surrounded by bush, absolutely loved having the opportunity to try a new sport. Several of our students have continued, with their parents. NASP has helped bring families together. The students had discovered that they had an affinity for the sport that they never knew they could have especially since they were not as adept at mother sports. It warmed our hearts seeing them blossom every time they pulled back. Thank you for helping us to develop our students self confidence."

Caley Boyd
New Prospect School

"Students look forward to archery time in the school year. It is great to have an activity that promotes independence, a set of rules and a measurable success level. Everyone can set personal goals for improvement."

Ken Linner
Holland-Chatsworth Central School

Special thanks to leaders in the industry that are also eager to lend their support to this program.

 


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