Taking part in your first archery tournament might feel intimidating. It is normal to feel anxious before the event but there are a few ways you can use to make things a little less stressful. Always remember that there is always a first time for everything. Put in the work required during preparation, but always remember that your first time taking part in a tournament is part of learning; don’t put so many expectations on yourself.
Come up with a weekly shooting schedule: This goes without saying. In any sporting event, the weeks leading to the actual day of the event are very important. Invest more time in perfecting your shooting skill and identify your strengths and weaknesses in the process. Work on the weaknesses but also learn how to use your strengths to your advantage. Try shooting in different weather conditions as things can be different from what you’re used to during the tournament.
Make notes during training: Without noting down your milestones and shortcomings when shooting, it will be really difficult to understand what you need to improve on. Note down every good shot you made and how you managed to pull it off. This way you will be better placed to know your style to come up with the best strategy for the game.
Acquire your sight marks on time: Sight marks will help you in marking all your distances during practise. Get them early enough and make good use of them. Always remember that your distances will vary in each session depending on the weather.
Equipment: Always make sure your equipment is in good working condition, otherwise you might end up being disappointed on the D-day. Get spares and also make repairs if need be. It is also advisable to mark your arrows to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
Location: Where is the tournament taking place? This is one of the first things you must be sure of. In case you will be traveling, make necessary plans and get there early enough so that you get ample time to set up your equipment and to familiarise yourself with the place.