Now we’re going to talk a little bit about
safety. Archery is actually a very safe sport although, you know, you have a potentially
deadly weapon in your hand, as long as you follow the rules it’s a very safe sport. Rule
number one is you never take an arrow out of the quiver until you’re at the shooting
line, and you’ve got the coach’s permission, which is a whistle, to do so. And you never
run with the arrows in your quiver. To go to the line we give you one whistle. Now that
she’s at the shooting line we give her two whistles, she knows she’s allowed to load
an arrow. Now we give her three. Now she knows she’s allowed to shoot. Now you get six arrows,
four minutes to shoot them. At the end of that four minutes, another whistle will blow,
all arrows back in the quiver, everybody puts their bow down and you walk down to the target
to score. Follow me to the target. Once you’re at the target it’s time to pull your arrows.
In a tournament, you’d have the, two archers scoring arrows, one archer calling the points.
When they’re all down with that then they start pulling. One archer at a time pulls
his arrows with the others staying out of the way. This is an arrow-puller, to protect
your fingers. Some of these arrows go in real tough, they’re really hard to get out. If
they’re chipped up at all you don’t want carbon fiber running through your hands, so you use
an arrow-puller. Put it all the way against the target down the shaft as far as you can,
put your hand around it, pull it straight out to the side of your body. Never stand
behind it and pull. One of these things hits you in the face it’s sharper than this end.
Once the archer has pulled all of his arrows and loaded them in his quiver, he steps away;
the next archer can come in and pull his, that way nobody’s standing behind, getting
an arrow in the face.