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Level III-NTS Course by Ron Carmichael, Level IV-NTS

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This course is limited to 12 participants who must meet all USAA requirements of eligibility for this level of certification.

DATE: September 11th, 12th, & 13th 2015. Brief intro starts Friday at 6pm, course concludes Sunday at 5pm. Must pass written test and demonstrate adequate understanding of the NTS method to receive endorsement by Coach Carmichael to USAA. There will be pre-work and you WILL be at saturation point by the end of the course. The more you prepare, the higher you will perform by course end.

Fee is $300 and includes course materials plus numerous teaching tools, digital resources, etc.

Location: PAC, Leander, Texas (northwest of Austin by a few miles)

To register, send an email to Ron Carmichael. Deadline is August 15th.


USA Archery Level 3-NTS Coach Certification
The Level 3-NTS Coach Certification Course moves away from a group instruction and focuses on individual athlete development. Students in the Level 3-NTS Coach Certification Course will be introduced to coaching philosophy, event preparation, mental skills, training cycles and plans, equipment tuning and receive advanced instruction on the National Training System (NTS) for Recurve and Compound.

Course Length
20-24 hours (Dependent on class size)

Minimum age is 19
Must verify 3 years of recent experience as an archery instructor.
Must pass the Level 2 Archery Instructor written exam OR
Must pass the Level 3-NTS Test-In Exam*
Pass SafeSport Module
Pass USAA Background Check

Certification Period
Three years from the date of course completion

Qualified to instruct Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor Certification Courses
Qualified to be the lead Instructor for an Explore Archery program,JOAD, Adult Archery Program and/or Collegiate Archery Program Club
Eligible for USA Archery insurance coverage. See USA Archery Insurance page for requirements.
*Instructors or coaches may also test-in to the Level 3-NTS course if they are not a Level 2 USA Archery Instructor if in addition to the prerequisites, at least one of the following must be met: 1) competed in the Olympics, Paralympics or World Championships, 2) trained in the USA Archery Resident Athlete Program or 3) current Level 3 or Level 4 Coach

USA Archery
Level 2 Certification Clinic with Coach Lynda Lecompte

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Saturday, August 29th: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 30th: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

X10 Archery
9701 Honeywell
Houston, TX 77074
You will learn much more than is on the regular schedule, including:

  • Shot process in detail, i.e, NTS
  • Safety
  • Range set-up
  • Equipment setup, tuning and repair
  • Fitting equipment to an archer
  • How to teach archery
  • How to teach a Level 1 Instructor Course
  • How to setup and run a JOAD program
  • A look at other programming ideas
  • $125
  • Length of Course: 12 hours
    Prerequisites: Minimum age: 18, USA Archery or NFAA membership, Successful background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training
    Certification period: Three years. Instructors with a successful background screen are eligible for insurance benefits. No certification will be processed without membership and a successful background screen. Registration on line here:


FROM COACH MICKEY ESTEP IN WEST TEXAS: I have a few people out here in West Texas and the Panhandle that have asked if I would conduct a Level II Archery Certification Class. I am going to schedule one for June 27 and 28th in Monahans, Texas at a cost of $100 per student, which includes all USA Archery class materials.

Registration Deadline of June 8th.
I want to see if maybe there might be any others interested out this direction.
Just have them contact me for more details or registration information - phone 432-425-5175 or at my email address, Mickey Estep.


Below are upcoming seminars offered by Coach Holly Avendano.

June 6-7, 2015  — Saturday, Level I.   Sunday, Level II. 
Texas Archery Academy, Plano 600 Accent Drive, Suite B Plano, TX 75075

You must attend the Level I or be previously Level I Certified to attend the Level II seminars.  (This means that you can attend Level I and II during the same weekend.) The seminars will last 8AM-6PM with an hour for lunch and several breaks throughout.

The exam will be administered starting at 5PM each day followed by a period of Q&A/discussion - 6pm is an approximate end time. Each course session is $125/day.  Class materials are included in this price.  USAA/NFAA membership and background check are NOT included in this price.  These seminars will be at the Texas Archery Academy's indoor facilities. Please respond to me directly ( if you'll be in attendance.  Deadline for registration is one week before each seminar.  

You must register ahead of time to attend these seminars. The background check and membership forms to USA Archery are available online as well as in class.  (A membership and background check are REQUIRED for L2 and have separate fees -- please bring your checkbook as 3rd parties do the background checks.)  If you are already a member of USA Archery or NFAA, please have your member # handy during class. Additionally, once your paperwork has gone through at USA Archery, you MUST do the SafeSport Initiative trainings online (free) for USA Archery. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please respond with the date of the seminar and which level of certification you will attend (L1, L2, or both).

Holly Avendano
Texas Archery Academy

Palestine JOAD hosts USAA Intermediate Archer Camp

August 12-16, 2015, in Palestine, TX.

This four-day camp is for archers who would like to prepare to compete and/or take their archery skills to the next level! During the camp participants will learn the National Training System (NTS), learn about the mental aspects of sport, goal setting and receive individual instruction from Elite Coaching Staff.


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