Instruction/Coaching

Coaching/Instruction Format

All students must have their own equipment. We do not have equipment to rent. Typically instruction fits into one of several formats:

  • Individual Tune-Up Coaching - One-on-one coaching that is customized to the individual student. Sessions are typically 1.5 hours long and can be held once a week or several times a week for 3-6 weeks. This is ideal for an archer just wanting to straighten out form issues or a hunter just want to be a better shot. This type of coaching can be used for beginners to more advance shooters.
  • Small Group Coaching (2-4 people) - This type of coaching is best for beginners just wanting to learn to shoot. The session can be several hours long, taking the student through the basics of archery so that they can become capable of shooting a bow.
  • Individual Structured Coaching - This is one-on-one coaching meeting once or twice a week for 1.5 hours with a structured program to achieve the highest level of skill that an archer is capable of with the ultimate goal of the student entering competitions. This type of instruction has skill training homework/practice meant to build the archer's abilities. We will also spend a great of time on the mental game of shooting/competing and tournament etiquette/preparation.

About The Instructor

The instructor is John Siebert. You can reach him through the shop or email him directly at info@geaugabow.com. John been shooting for many years. His main goal is remove the myths to shooting and develop great shooting form right from the beginning. Shooting form is the foundation to great shooting. But every student has unique situations and goals. He customizes his instruction to work best with the student and their abilities. Currently, John is Vice President of Ohio Archers (NFAA State Chapter - ohioarchers.com), officer of Geauga Bowmen (geaugabowmen.com), runs the shooting programs at Geauga Bow (geaugabow.com), and archery range/shooting coordinator at Punderson State Park. He has a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification, USA Archery Background Clearance and SafeSport training.

What does John enjoy about teaching archery?

"I like seeing the people I work with reach their goals. I'm a real believer in solid fundamentals. I remember when I was learning how to shoot I had no help and got really frustrated. I want to remove that frustration so my students and the sport can continue to grow."

Instruction Steps

  • Relationship between Form, Stability, and Shot Execution.
  • Foundations of stable and repeatable compound form.
  • Step by step walkthrough of form elements.
  • Trouble shooting common problems.
  • Draw Length and it's importance to stability.
  • Releasing Stress/Tension for more consistent shot execution.
  • Relaxing ...
  • Release construction, design and function.
  • Using your release that solidifies the connection between your form and execution.
  • The importance of close range and blind bale shooting.
  • Setting up stabilizers. What they do and why.
  • Equipment tuning.
  • The mental game.
  • Practice modes to further develop your skills.
  • Developing a solid mental game.

Questions & Answers

What is the typical process for working with a new student?

John specifically instructs compound or recurve bow archery for target shooting, 3D shooting and hunting. His style is one-on-one so that the day's session can be customized to correct and develop the individual's skills. The bases for his coaching is developing solid shooting form, shot execution, and then building the mental game behind successful shooting. As well, he works with his students to properly size and tune their equipment to perform to it's best.

John's education and/or training?

John has been shooting for longer than he can remember. He has a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor Certification. John has completed a USA Archery background clearance and SafeSport training. He has attended a number of national instruction/coaching courses. We know he has read every book ever written on archery shooting and reviewed every video ever shot.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Typically lessons are charged per session. Sessions can run typically 1.5 hours. All instruction is one-on-one or in small groups.

How did John get started teaching?

I have shot for a number of years working hard to improve my scores and abilities. I never had anybody to turn to for help. This process through trial and error can be very frustriating. I wanted to help other people become better at archery without going through long trial and error process so I became an instructor.

What types of students have you worked with?

John has worked with children as young as 7 and with adults as old as in their 60's shooting either compound or recurve (Olympic style) bows.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a instructor/coach in your area of expertise?

Know clearly what you want to accomplish.

What questions should students think through before talking to instructors about their needs?

Clearly establish your goals. Tuning up for better hunting or 3D shooting is a completely different regiment than the one required to go to indoor/outdoor NFAA nationals. You need to have a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish and how far you want to take your archery shooting.