General Group Classes

General Group Sessions at the Amherst Archery Academy are a fantastic way to discover archery or grow your love of archery.

Spring, Fall, & Winter

Spring, Fall and Winter Sessions meet once per week for five consecutive weeks.  Each class is 1.5 hours long. Classes start at 4:00 or 5:30.


Summer Sessions meet for five consecutive days (Monday through Friday).  Each class is 1.5 hours long. Choose between an earlier start of 4:00pm or a later start of 5:30pm.

Ages 7 – Seniors

Amherst Archery Academy teaches mixed-level, multi-generational classes. Beginner archers, experienced archers, families, kids and adults all attend General Group Sessions.  Class sizes range from 5 people to 12 people.  We occasionally run slightly larger classes if the cohort consists mainly of Amherst Academy alum and if additional instructors are available.

We provide equipment

Amherst Archery Academy provides Olympic style take-down recurve bows in a variety of sizes for left and right handed archers.  Arm guards, finger tabs, arrows, and targets are also provided free of charge.  You are welcome to bring your own equipment and, if we clear it for use, you are welcome to use it.  Though we provide Olympic style recurve equipment we also coach compound and traditional style, so feel free to bring your equipment.

What we teach

Amherst Archery Academy teaches a simplified and beginner-friendly version of the National Training System (NTS) shooting form to beginning archers.  This shooting form provides archers with a structure through which consistency, competency, and responsible arching can exist.   Those who are looking for more advanced instruction and coaching in NTS graduate to our Junior Olympic Archery Development Program or our Adult Archery Achievement Program (JOAD/AAAP).

If you’d like to know more about our teaching style, we think you should read about Our Philosophy. Our welcoming, positive, detailed teaching style along with our programming sets us apart from the crowd.

JOAD Session 3