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Custom Archery Insurance Program
This program is for archery clubs and state associations. These clubs typically own or lease property long-term.
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Archery Risk Management
Archery continues to be a popular sport in schools and recreational programs. Archery is an extremely safe sport that is appealing to all age groups and both genders. It’s easily learned and skill improvement is rapid with regular practice.
It’s not unusual for safety questions to be considered by schools, camps, clubs and recreational programs considering the addition of an archery program. Safety means a special layout of the field and adherence to established shooting discipline. The most important rule is that any person failing to abide by the safety rules endangers themselves and others and should be required to leave the archery range immediately.
Supervision and proper instruction are two of the most important safety precautions in archery. All archers on the range should be under the supervision of a certified archery instructor. Because archery is so popular among young people, instructors who will be regularly working with minors should apply for proof a background check from their certifying organization, such as the National Field Archery Association (NFAA).
Still, no matter how many preventative measures are in place, accidents and injuries are bound to occur and Archery insurance, primarily General Liability, is strongly recommended for archery clubs and organizations due to the types of injuries that can occur. The most common types of archery injuries are:
- Member-to-member injuries occur when one shooter is struck by an arrow shot by another club member.
- Faulty equipment injuries occur when an arrow has a defect which causes the arrow to go in a different direction than desired, causing injury or damage.
- Improper use of equipment injuries occur when a shooter makes a mistake while shooting, which could injure the shooter or another participant.
- Slip/Trip /Fall injuries that occur from hazardous premises conditions such as ice in parking lot, holes, fallen branches, etc.
In the archery club context, the following types of activities can result in serious injuries, deaths, and related lawsuits:
- Falls from tree stands
- ATV related injuries
- Drowning incidents if ponds are located on hunt club property
If an injury does occur, the archery club or league is at significant financial risk without proper insurance coverage. A quality archery General Liability insurance policy, on the other hand, includes all of the coverage necessary to provide adequate financial security. An inferior policy may have exclusions for hunting, tree stands, ATV incidents, or from property-related ownership hazards.
Equipment and range safety
It’s important to always check that all equipment is inspected and in safe working order. The most frequent archery-related accidents are caused by damaged bows or snapped bow strings. Always check for cracks, chips, fraying, warping and any other signs of wear and tear that may compromise the integrity of the bow or arrows.
Participants should not wear anything that could get tangled in the bow, such as scarves, hoods, jewelry, or anything so loose as to be caught in a fired arrow.
The archery range should be well marked so all archers and observers know exactly where to stand when shooting takes place. Grass should be trimmed so arrows can be found easily. The range itself should be as flat as possible and free from roots, rocks, stumps, etc. to prevent tripping. Directional and safety signs should be large and placed where they’re easily read, and fencing used to keep onlookers a safe distance from the archery range.
Range safety rules and regulations should be clearly posted within sight of archers and observers. Participants should receive ongoing reminders of safety protocols as part of their archery instruction.
Archery insurance is the one element of risk management your archery facility shouldn’t be without. Call us at 800-622-7370 so we can assist in determining the Archery insurance coverage that suits your unique needs. Or apply online now for a quote.
What Our Clients Have To Say About Our Archery Insurance Programs
- “Great people to do business with!” – Emma Brown, Red River Bowmen Archery Club
- “The staff in the Archery Insurance section were very friendly and very helpful. I am glad that we do business with Sadler Sports!” – Valorie Anderson, Timpanogos Archers