UGA Extension Office

Project S.A.F.E. BB & Archery

S.A.F.E. Archery Overview

4th grade and up youth from 9-19 enjoy learning the discipline of shooting compound bows with the help of certified volunteer coaches. Most shoots involve FITA rules, and sometimes include a 3-D component.  This year we will begin Outdoor practices on February 5, 2018 to prepare for the State Outdoor Archery Tournament to be held on April 27-28 at Rock Eagle in Eatonton, GA.   

How to Become a New Shooter in 2018.  Team members must join prior to March 6th to participate.

Each year we incorporate new shooters into the program at the start of each season. This year we are requiring new shooters to either have their own equipment to be able to participate. Please give us a call before purchasing a bow to insure it meets the specifications for our tournaments.  

If you're new to the sport you'll want to find out your child's eye dominance, draw length and how much they can easily pull. Many bows are highly adjustable, so you don't have to worry so much about them growing out of them if you purchase the right ones. You'll need a bow with a 3-5 pin sight or a magnified scope, rest, release and possibly a stabilizer and case. Hard cases are usually safer as soft cases often get crushed in transit.  Keep in mind, these are true compound bows.  Typical set ups range from $250-$1500 for new equipment. 

Arrows are often a big question. Shooters have their preferences, but make sure your child is shooting arrows properly spined for his/her bow. Too heavy and they'll never make it to the target, yet too light and you're in the hospital. With that said please ask for recommendations to suit your needs.  

All shooters also must fill out a Medical Form and Code of Conduct form.

Code of Conduct  and  Medical Form

For more information about Habersham County 4-H Archery Team, contact Steven Patrick at or call (706) 754-2318.

Becoming a Certified Coach

Certified Coaches and adult leaders are instrumental in delivering S.A.F.E. Programs on both the county and state level. If you are interested in becoming a certified coach and volunteer for your local 4-H program, contact your local county Extension office. Contact information for local Extension Office can be found here. To become a certified coach, you must:

Meet the volunteer screening requirements of the University of Georgia which includes filling out an application with the local county office, submitting references and undergoing a background check conducted by the University.

Volunteers must also complete Chaperone Training if they plan to be the leader of a group or accompany youth on overnight trips. Chaperone Training is completed during the State SAFE Certified Coaches trainings.

To lead SAFE (Shooting Sports Programs) leaders must attend a Certified Coaches Training. These are held three times a year at Rock Eagle 4-H Center (Friday Evening-Sunday Morning). Interested adult leaders that would like to work with SAFE programs are registered for the state level trainings through their county offices.

2018 BB Team

Our BB Team will be accepting new members in January. There is a mandatory parent/student meeting at the 4-H Office on January 16 at 5:30. We will be shooting every Tuesday night from 5:00 - 7:00pm. You MUST use our guns. Boys and Girls are both welome to shoot with us.  The first commpetition is on April 21. The State Tournament is on May 5. Spaces are very limited.  This is free, but you will need to purchase your own safety glasses. For more information call Andy at 706-754-2318.