Why We Publish Coaching Archery Books

You may have heard this story before (yes, this is a “stop me if you have heard this one” post) but I just came across my original notes (from writing my first coaching archery book over a decade ago) so if I get this down here, I can throw away the notes!

When I first became certified to coach archery (Level 2, baby!) and being an intellectual I searched for some literature on coaching archery so I could expand my knowledge. I went onto Amazon.com and in “Books” I searched for “coaching.” I got 21,181 “hits” but a rough look-see didn’t show any archery coaching books. So, I changed the search key words to “coaching archery” and I got 1,110 “hits.” Now we are talking, I thought. The top of this list was “Archery: Steps to Success” which was about coaching . . . a little. It was actually how to teach a college archery class and had more to say about classroom management than actual coaching.

The second book was “Professional Archery Technique” by Kirk Ethridge, an excellent book (so much so we republished it), but it was not about coaching. Two of the top five books under this search were out-of-print, and #5 was “The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth.” It went downhill from there.

Basically, after searching several other used and new book databases, I came to the conclusion that there were no books on coaching archery in print. There was one written in 1932 that I paid a small fortune to acquire, but once again it was a book on how to put on an archery course at a high school or college. I subsequently acquired almost 300 books about archery, mostly used “how to shoot books” but nary a one on coaching.

Then I came across Al Henderson’s 1989 masterpiece “Peak Performance Archery” which, as far as I can tell, is the first book on coaching archery written in the English language. (We have recently republished this very valuable book.) Why it didn’t come up in all of my searches I do not know. I even employed my then college research assistant son who searched major proprietary databases.

So we to start publishing books on coaching archery in 2008. After pitching the idea to our publisher (of “Precision Archery”) we formed our own publishing company, Watching Arrows Fly,” and have since then published quite a few books on coaching (among other topics). Here is a list:

Coaching Archery
More on Coaching Archery
Even More on Coaching Archery
Yet More on Coaching Archery
Still More on Coaching Archery
Far More on Coaching Archery
The Principles of Coaching Archery, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Archery Coaching How-To’s
Coach Yourself!
(The above are all written by me.)
Teaching Archery by Van Webster
Larry Wise on Coaching Archery by Larry Wise
Bob Ryder on Coaching Collegiate Archery by Bob Ryder
Peak Performance Archery by Al Henderson

More coming, including:
Randi Smith on Coaching Disabled Archers (working title)
Archery DIY Projects by William Moltzan (working title)
and, as they say, more!

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4 responses to “Why We Publish Coaching Archery Books

  1. I have a lot of those books and still refer to many of them !!

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    • Thank you, Nick! We get very little feedback on these. If you have the time, writing Amazon.com reviews can help us. If not, no problem.

      And do let us know if you have a book in mind. (We pay above industry royalties!).

      On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 11:09 AM A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:

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  2. Colin Gregory

    I guess you looked at shooting sports and golf coaching books and resources etc ? Snooker and my favourite winter sport Biathlon also have potential, one of my favourite things with any of these is trying to work out why they do the things they do, in biathlon, shot timing seems to have a huge impact on success in the range and its rare you get such a close and obvious direct comparison between shooters

    I haven’t found a good explanation of its application but quiet eye technique seems interesting and useful, I found quite a few extolling its virtues.

    On Wed, 29 Dec 2021, 19:13 A Blog for Archery Coaches, wrote:

    > Steve Ruis posted: “You may have heard this story before (yes, this is a > “stop me if you have heard this one” post) but I just came across my > original notes (from writing my first coaching archery book over a decade > ago) so if I get this down here, I can throw away the notes” >

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    • Regular readers of this blog are probably sick of me quoting golf coaches, especially upon the mental game of golf.

      On Sun, Jan 2, 2022 at 3:31 AM A Blog for Archery Coaches wrote:

      > Respond to this comment by replying above this line > New comment on A Blog for Archery Coaches > > * Colin Gregory commented on Why We Publish Coaching Archery Books > > * > > You may have heard this story before (yes, this is a “stop me if you have > heard this one” post) but I just came across … > > I guess you looked at shooting sports and golf coaching books and > resources etc ? Snooker and my favourite winter sport Biathlon also have > potential, one of my favourite things with any of these is trying to work > out why they do the things they do, in biathlon, shot timing seems to have > a huge impact on success in the range and its rare you get such a close and > obvious direct comparison between shooters > > I haven’t found a good explanation of its application but quiet eye > technique seems interesting and useful, I found quite a few extolling its > virtues. > >

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