Visually Impaired Archers

Getting Started

 First of all you will need a spotter,encourage a friend or family member to become yours. This will benefit you enormously. It is the Archers responsibility to find a spotter, not the clubs. Contact us or Come along to Club and speak to the Lead coach, Ian. Tell him that you wish to become an archer and inform him of your level of blindness (total, some central/field etc.) You will be given a short taster session and enrolled for a beginner’s course if you are still interested. You should not require any specialist equipment for the beginners course (even if totally blind) as this should be about general archery, safety and technique. But we do have the specialist equipment at the club including tactile sights and foot locators.

The Spotters Role

A spotter is to fulfils a number of functions,  these are to provide information on the fall of the arrow during shoot (this is where the arrow lands) and provide assistance to the archer with their equipment (when possible).  They will also provide safety and other important information to the archer so that  they are aware of their surroundings including the other archers. Represent the archer – sometimes its more practical for the archer not to be present when their arrows are being scored and in this situation the spotter will represent the archer.

for the full guidelines for spotters please visit the link below

https://www.bbsarchery.org.uk/downloads/BBS-AS.Guidelines_for_Spotters.May2018.pdf

Tactile Equipment

For V.I.s who haven’t any residual vision an alternative sighting method will be required. A number of ideas have been tried but the tactile “back of hand” method is recommended and the only one accepted under some rules. Recommended method – Back of the hand The ‘back of the hand’ tactile sighting aid is a device that is supported adjacent to the back of the archer’s hand that is holding the bow. This provides the archer with a reference point for elevation. Foot locators guide stance and the left/right direction towards the target. Have a look at the photographs on the BBS Archery website. These should give your spotter/coach a better idea of how the foot locators and tactile device work in conjunction with each other. The basic requirements to get you going are discussed below. Foot locators These can be simply made from wood if you have someone handy in your circle of friends. The diagrams are available on request. Alternatively, we have a member who is prepared to make them for you at a reasonable cost. Contact David Poyner (see the contact list). Tripod A basic camera or music telescopic tripod (so that it can be carried around) can be simply adapted to hold the tactile sighting device. The BBS Archery section can provide a suitably modified tripod at a reasonable cost (see BBS Archery website). Tactile device You can use anything in the short term which enables you to have a reference point using the sense of touch on the back of your hand. Pressure buttons like the ones used on a recurve bow for instance, a half of a rubber ball, a door stop, in fact anything which is soft or has a springy response can all be used. The sprung nature is to prevent any bruising on the back of the bow hand. The BBS Archery section can provide a suitable device at a reasonable cost (see BBS Archery website). Alternatively, Brian Burgess (see the contact list) makes an advanced, specialist, highly adjustable, tactile device which is suitable for more experienced archers.

you can find more information this at the link below –

https://www.bbsarchery.org.uk/new_archer.equipment.php