Frequently Asked Questions

Is the sport safe for someone who knows nothing about archery?

Compared to baseball, basketball, soccer, and even golf, injury rates for youth participation are much lower, even when volume adjusted. Many states participate in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) and have not only experienced excellent safety records but also see tremendous benefits for their students. From increased confidence and concentration to providing a compelling alternative to video games and TV, program participants rave about archery.

Is there a minimum age requirement to use a bow and arrow?

Though archery can be practiced by almost anyone, as a precaution we ask that all participants be at least 10 years of age or older. Participants younger than 10 may be registered for the JOAD program on a case-by-case basis.

Please refer to the Range Rules tab for more information and to see some of the steps we take to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time.

What type of bows can I rent?

For the Intro Class, Gotham Archery gives the participants the option of renting:

  • Genesis Bow by Mathews: The only official bow of the National Archery in the Schools Program
  • USA Archery Recurve Bow: We offer 2 sizes and a multitude of draw weights
Will wearing glasses affect my ability to use a bow and arrow?

No. Many people with glasses actively participate in archery every day.

Do you have different target patterns to choose from? If yes, am I able to choose?

Gotham Archery has a variety of targets ranging from standard FITA and NFAA to fun targets such as Zombies and balloons.

Guests are free to bring in their own targets, however we mandate they be only paper and do not resemble any person or silhouette.

What is your longest target distance?

Gotham Archery offers standard FITA 18 meter / NFAA 20 yard distances. For private events which book the entire facility we can extend this to FITA 25 meter.

Am I able to use my own custom bow at the range?

Absolutely, however you do so at your own risk. Additionally Gotham Archery reserves the right to reject the use of certain bows it deems to pose a potential issue.

Is there a dress code for the range?

While there is no formal dress code for guests, we ask that participants not wear loose fitting clothes and long hair should be tied. Additionally, jewelry such as rings (ear, nose, finger, etc), bracelets, watches, etc. be taken off prior to participation. Closed toed shoes are also strongly advised.