Archery is a sport so that children learn and enjoy. Even the youngest children can start with a toy bow and arrow team, a safe one with rubber or arrows with a suction cup tip. When young archers reach the age of about eight years, it is important to select an arc of the correct size and type.
Determine if your child is dominant with the right or left eye. Make him stand up and look towards a wall that has some kind of feature in it, a clock, an image, etc. Ask him to point to the clock or the image, and then close the right eye. If the finger stays in the same place, your left eye is the dominant one and you must choose an arch for the left hand. If your finger seems to "jump" so that it now points somewhere to the right of the object, your right eye is the dominant one, and you will need a right-handed bow.
Measure the entire distance that your child's arm spans to determine what arc length you should buy. The distance between the notch of the arrow and the fist is the measure of how far the arc lengthens. Ask him to extend his arms with his palms facing forward. Run a tape measure from the tip of one finger to the other. Once you have this measure, divide it by 2. 5. This will give you the correct length for the arc you should buy.
Select an arch of the correct length for your child. Unlike the length between the notch of the arrow and the fist, this measurement refers to the bow itself, that is, how many inches it measures from top to bottom. Youth bows tend to measure between 31 and 41 inches in length, but you should have your child try several arcs of different lengths to see which one feels most comfortable.
Estimate the draw weight your child will need in a bow. This refers to the pressure pounds that will have to be exerted to bring an arc back to its maximum extension. A child weighing between 50 and 70 pounds will usually be able to pull a weight of 10 to 15 pounds. For a child weighing 70 to 100 pounds, a weight between 15 and 25 pounds would be appropriate, and a stretch weight of 25 to 35 or 40 pounds, should work for a child weighing between 100 and 130 pounds. Children between 130 and 150 pounds should be able to handle weights between 40 and 50 pounds.
Take budgetary considerations into account. If your son is new to the sport of archery and this is something he is just trying to see if he likes, select one of the lowest priced models. Generally, you will find some type of beginner's bow in the range of US $ 20 to US $ 50 (in 2009). If your son likes archery, and wants to enter the competition or archery, you may want to choose a model made especially for your needs and interests that cost between US $ 100 to US $ 400 or even more.However, be sure to keep in mind that your child is still growing. You may not want to mortgage the house to buy an archery equipment that probably will not serve you in a year or so.