Youth Archery

Youth Archery offers an opportunity for new and experienced youth archers to complete structured shoots, set and achieve goals, and prepare for competitions if desired.

As part of club membership, MGAC offers supervised youth-only archery sessions which work towards programmes run at the Auckland district and national levels.

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About MGAC’s Youth Development programme

Mountain Green runs scheduled sessions for Youth Development on Sunday mornings. Sessions are at the Mountain Green outdoor range unless otherwise noted. Sessions run during school term weekends and (usually) during the final weekend of each school holiday period; please refer to our club calendar.

We run two development programmes for youth archers. All junior (youth) MGAC club members archers are welcome at these sessions.

For Youth Development: arrive by 8:45am for a 9am shooting start.
For College/MAGS students: arrive by 10:45am for an 11:00am shooting start.

We cannot accept late arrivals due to the nature of the shooting programmme.

Each session involves supervised shooting of a specific round, usually in the World Archery Beginner Award Programme (BAP), Auckland District Archery Association youth programme, or Archery NZ youth programme. Group coaching is provided during these sessions.

  • Ensure your MGAC membership is current – see our Membership page for more information. All club members need to have completed a MGAC Beginner Course, another club’s equivalent course, or have received equivalent coaching elsewhere prior to coming to the Youth Archery session; this isn’t the place to pick up a bow for your very first time. If you need beginner coaching, see our Starting Archery page.
  • Arrive on time and have your equipment ready well in advance of the shooting start time.
  • Contribute to range setup/packdown tasks as requested.
  • Bring your best sporting attitude and willingness to try!

If you are coming along to Youth Archery for your first time (after finishing the Beginner’s Course), you should arrive extra-early, by 8:30am/10:30am – to have a quick introductory chat with our coaches.

You may wish to have additional coaching beyond what our club coaches can provide in the Youth Development programme. We can recommend club coaches who can help! Please discuss your needs with the Youth Development coaches.

Youth Archery Groups

Youth archers are structured into age groups defined by the age you are on January 1st.

A full and up to date list can be found on the Archery New Zealand Youth page

Archers born earlier than the years in the list are in Archery NZ’s Senior division, regardless of the type of membership they might hold in their local club.

Youth Archery Group 2023
Under 11 born 2013 – 2019
Under 14 born 2010 – 2012
Under 16 born 2008/2009
Under 18 born 2006/2007
Under 21 born 2003 – 2005

Earning Pins and Badges

Youth archers can earn achievement pins from Archery NZ by achieving a score at or above the monthly round’s published “pinscore”. Once this score has been achieved three times, a pin claim form can be submitted to Archery NZ as described on this webpage. Pins may be claimed by archers who are members of Archery NZ which currently includes all MGAC members.

There are several badges available to be claimed based on total one-day scores at Major tournaments, at their relevant World Archery or Youth outdoor distance or above. Badges are available for 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1350, and 1400. Details are available from Archery NZ.

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Rounds Shot Each Month

The list of rounds shot each month, and distances for each age group, bow type, and gender, is provided by Archery NZ. Some of the round names are listed below. Round definitions can be found on the Internet and are also described in the Archery NZ Shooting Rules.

The School Programme is an opportunity for you to shoot for your Intermediate or High School once a term and be ranked against other archers in your year group across the country.

We also shoot an ADAA (Auckland District Archery Association) Youth Shoot every month which you are automatically entered into as a member of MGAC.

Month Round
February 3rd distance of the WA 1440
March 4th distance of the WA 1440
April School Programme Shoot
May WA 18m
June School Programme Shoot
July Portsmouth
August 4th distance 1440
September School Programme Shoot
October 3rd distance of the WA 1440
November School Programme Shoot