We're excited that you're interested in joining the Archery team! The actual recruiting process consists of 9 steps, outlined below. There is no specific timeline for the process, though we expect that in most cases it will last roughly two quarters from beginning to end.
The Nine Steps
1. Attend beginner practices The first step is to show up at any one of our weekly Beginner Practices and clearly express an interest in becoming more involved with the team. Simply talk to the recruiting director and let them know. Once you do this you have officially begun the recruiting process.
2. Attend selected team practices Once you have expressed interest in beginning the recruiting process, you will be scheduled to attend two weekday team practices every week. Like other team members and recruits, you are required to help set up and/or take down range equipment (“range crew”) on your assigned practice dates.
3. Help with team jobs
As and when they become necessary, you will either be expected or given the opportunity to help out with some team jobs. These include, but are not limited to:
- Fletching parties
- Shed cleaning
- TSF letter writing
4. Become a certified coach Now that you’ve had a reasonable amount of experience with archery, you should set your sights on becoming a Level 1 certified coach. This will give you a formal introduction and more insight into proper archery form, and prepare you to coach our Beginner Practices and JOAD sessions in the future.
5. Attend team-only practices As your involvement in the Stanford Archery Program grows, you will be invited to attend team-only practices on Sunday afternoons from 1pm-4pm. You’ll train alongside the team under the head coach and assistant coaches. You’ll also work with the team captains on moving from team training equipment to competition-level equipment.
6. Coach Beginner Practices Now that you’re a more accomplished archer, you will switch roles and become a coach for the Beginner Practices you once attended. Don’t worry; we guarantee that you’ll be ready to coach by this step. Coaching Beginner Practices will develop your coaching skills, but will also help your own form as an archer.
7. Coach two JOAD sessions Once you’ve become comfortable with coaching Beginner Practices, you are expected to observe and assist at a few of our weekly Junior Olympic Archery Development practices (for children between the ages of 7-18). Then, you will be required to coach two JOAD practices.
8. Shadow Directorship rotations A lot more happens within the Stanford Archery Program than just archery! As part of the recruiting process, we’d like to give you the opportunity to learn more about how the team is managed, and give you some insight into how our various programs are organized. To help you learn about all this, we’ll have you shadow various team directors as they fulfill their team duties.
9. Attend two tournaments
Before you become an official team member, you must attend two tournaments to gain competitive experience. Your first opportunity to represent Stanford at an intercollegiate tournament will be at one hosted within driving distance in California.
In addition to attending practices with the team, you are strongly encouraged to attend the various social events that the team will plan (sometimes on an ad-hoc basis). We want to get to know you, and we hope you want to get to know us too!
And then you'll be a team member!
Congratulations! You’ve made it – you’re now officially a member of the Stanford Archery Program and a part of one of the fastest growing collegiate programs in the nation. Wear that jersey with pride!