taught archery this year and we have two gyms and I
use the "good" gym we use for basketball games and so forth. An
arrow would hit the floor every now and then, but no scratches or
anything that I could see. Hope this helps.
I am a basketball coach, and I use it in my gym!!!
Feel free to give him my number, email ect....thanks
It is not a problem. Utilize the curtain, and if
desired, place a mat under the targets.
Tommy Floyd, Principal, Somerset High School
I understand that you have some questions about the use of archery
equipment in your gymnasium. I will try to assist with some general
questions and areas then if you would like to talk please feel free
to call the school or my home. The school number is 888-825-4546
and my home is 606-549-3038. With that, let's see if I can address
some concerns. First, we have been shooting in the gym for about 13
years, and knock on wood, we have never had any damage yet. We have
also had the expertise and guidance from people like Rod White,
Jennie Richardson, and Roy Grimes and I can assure you, if they say
it's so, bank on it. When we first got started, we had the local
grocery store donate us bailed card board boxes. These worked fine
and we would still be using them if not for innovations in the
industry. The nets and backstops today are a million times better
and easier to use. Those card board boxes weighed a ton but worked,
the new equipment is much safer and better. We have always
incorporated strict discipline with our archery and our teachings
have kept arrows off the floor and ceilings and such. We start so
close that it's virtually impossible for our beginning shooters to
miss and success breeds good habits. Another good thing about it
all is on good days it's so easy to move outside. We seldom use the
gym for our club, unless it's at night so the kids can benefit from
lights. We use the gym for our P.E. classes on a monthly basis, and
have never had a bit of trouble. Our handicapped children, some
with severe disabilities are included, and they too experience
success and have a ball. I can truthfully say that there is no down
side to a school archery program and that some kids will find their
niche here for the first time. Good luck!
Richard Prewitt Principal Whitley County Middle School
I have had not problem with the gym floor. If you'd
like to give them my e-mail or address I would not mind.
Melody Hamilton Physical Education Teacher
It has not hurt the gym floor at all, we put
plywood behind the curtain so they don't hurt the wood
Union County Middle School
I do take precautions for my floor, such as a tarp
underneath my targets and extending 3 foot in the back and 3 foot
in the front. I also have a rubber mat company that discards their
3 x 5 mats to me. I don't use the tarp any more because I put the
mats down. The door mat companies will let you have the old door
mats cheap. The kind that you put infront of businesses and
schools. They work great. I have not had any damage to my floor.
Also, carpet stores will let you have old carpet. Make sure it is
the indoor outdoor flat carpet, or you can turn the carpet over for
the flat side. If they are worried about the floor, there are lots
of cheap ways to protect it.
Not a Problem.
Trigg County School System
I would be more than happy to talk with this person
about the use of archery in gyms. We have never had a problem with
arrows causing damage to the floor and never expect that to be the
case. It would be a shame for this person not to take place in the
archery program because of this reason.
Garrard Middle School
The bows have been very successful in a gym
situation. We have yet to have scratched the floors or harm any
part of the gym with the archery equipment.