Sports Center


Instructor: Loretta Czekala

Archery is a fascinating sport that teaches calm, relaxed focus under the tension of the bow. Whether you are interested in the meditative aspects, competition, or just as a fun, fresh-air antidote to the rigors of academia, the class will give you the skills for safe, precise shooting. Three beginning classes are offered during the first quarter of first semester, although more advanced students can also take the fall classes and will benefit. One intermediate/advanced class is offered during the fourth quarter in what can be more challenging weather. Having taken archery previously at Reed is a prerequisite for that class. Recurve bows in a variety of draw weights are provided for Reed students during participation in scheduled PE archery classes. Form is far more important than strength. The style of shooting we teach is traditional or barebow -- Robin Hood would recognize the way we shoot. All archery classes are supervised by a certified instructor approved and employed by the college. Note that although the class is held on the Great Lawn, the first class session of the quarter meets by the lockers in the Sports Center.

Equipment usage:

Use of archery equipment outside of class time is limited to students who have taken a minimum of two quarters of archery classes for PE credit. Submission of a proposal to use the PE departments archery equipment is required for review by the archery instructor and Director of Physical Education prior to authorization. Consideration for use of the colleges archery equipment may be allowed only during the summer months while Reed College is not in session.

Any student wishing to practice must be approved by the archery instructor and the Director of Physical Education. A specific equipment form must be filled out which releases the college of liability. The borrower is responsible for damage or loss of any college owned equipment. Written signature is also required. Archery site must be approved by Director of Physical Education. Community Safety must be informed of any archery practice on campus outside of scheduled PE classes.