San Diego Archers New Visitor Questions

About San Diego Archers | New Visitor Questions

New to San Diego, have questions about archery, ranges or need help?

If the below questions and answers do not answer your questions, please feel free to contact us.

🎯 Do I need a reservation to shoot at your archery range?

Both of our ranges are public archery ranges, open sunup to sundown. No reservations are required. We only ask that you donate $2 per person online or at the pay poll when you arrive.


🎯 I recently took an archery lesson. I was wondering if your club has openings for membership, or if you offer lessons.

We’re always accepting new members to the club. Apply online when ready.

Bob Mangan often volunteers his time to help new archers at our Balboa Park range on Saturday and Sunday mornings, at around 9am. Look for an older gentleman with a white beard when you enter the practice range.

Likewise, many local businesses offer classes and coaching as well.


🎯 I’m also looking for good advice on a beginner recurve bow and equipment.

I suggest joining our Facebook group.Β Our members are the greatest!Β  Many will step up and give you advice if asked.


🎯 Do you rent equipment?

No, we have no facilities for equipment rental. Read more…


🎯 Do I have to bring my own targets to the ranges?

Most of our target bales have markings or paper targets affixed to them. Do feel free to bring your paper targets as well.


🎯 Is there a limit to how long one can use the range or shoot on a target lane?

If no one is around, you may shoot on a target or target lane as long as you wish. Though on the Rube Powell Balboa Park “walking” archery range we ask that you stand aside when others approach as they walk through and shoot the course.


🎯 I’d like to volunteer or help the club where I can. Please let me know what I need to do to help out?

Thank you! You may volunteer online. Likewise, please speak to one of the staff members at the registration table during our next tournament.


🎯 When is the latest time I should arrive at the next tournament?

8:15 am.
Any later and you may find it difficult to find parking.


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General Information

  • All of our shoots are open to the public.
  • All archers of all skill levels are welcome.
  • You do not have to be a member to participate.
  • You must bring your own archery equipment.
  • The San Diego Archers host two tournaments each month, on the 1st & 3rd weekends.
  • Most tournaments are on Sundays, unless another planned event blocks entrance to the range. Check the calendar for the latest shoot information.
  • The visitors table is open between 7:45 am – 8:30 am.
  • The range briefing will start in the practice area at around 8:40 am.
  • Shooting will commence at or immediately after 9 am.
  • Only shooters who have registered online and posted their scores online will be eligible for club tournament awards and end-of-year recognition.

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What to expect when you arrive at a San Diego Archers Rube Powell Balboa Park Archery Range event before 8:15 am

The small parking lot closest to the Rube Powell Balboa Park Archery Range, called the Alcazar Parking Lot, is usually full by 8:15 am. The Organ Pavilion Parking lot is the next closest lot.

When you step up to the visitors table, you’ll be asked to sign a paper waiver, read the safety brief on the back of the waiver, pick up your scorecard; then head over to the practice area with your gear.

Yes, waivers must be signed for everyone stepping onto the archery range during a tournament, including all guests.

Looking to join a group?

Surprising fact: Most archers enjoy talking about their bow and equipment. πŸ™‚

To keep wait times at each target down to a minimum, we ask that you shoot in groups of 3 to 5 persons when possible. Yes, pets are allowed on the range (safety check: no pet running or wandering the range off leash is allowed).

While warming up in the practice area, be sure to strike up a conversation with others shooting similar bow styles to your own; and ask them whether you may join their group. If you are unable to find a group to shoot with, ask one of the friendly volunteer staff members for assistance.

Once your group of 3 to 5 persons is set, walk back to the whiteboard near the visitors table. Enter the name of each person into an unoccupied starting target number stake on the whiteboard. You’ll be walking to that target number stake right after the target briefing, which begins around 8:40 am.

Following the briefing, you’ll walk to your starting target number. When the Balboa Park Bell Tower chimes at 9:00 am, the shoot officially begins.

Groups, Etiquette, Expected Turnouts and Posting Your Score Online

Once you and your group have shot, it is important that you walk smartly with your group as a whole to your target (safety check: no running). Before pulling your arrows, we recommend designating one person in your group as the captain, one or two persons in your group for scoring, and two persons for arrow pulling. Arrow pullers will take turns pulling arrows during the course of the shoot (safety check: only one arrow puller will pull arrows from the target face at the same time).
*The group captain is responsible for making final scoring decisions.

Etiquette: If your group is moving slower than others, allow groups behind you to “shoot through” to help reduce wait times. Likewise, be courteous to other shooters by not talking while others are shooting. And while rangefinders are allowed at most SDA shoots, please refrain from speaking range distances out loud.

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RESCHEDULED: Balboa Rube Powell Archery Range Work Party Saturday, November 14, 2020

Balboa Park Rube Powell Archery Range Work Party

RESCHEDULED for Saturday, November 14, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

We had to reschedule due to rain. See you in a week.

Return targets onto their stands, replace blue guide posts, general clean up, paint over graffiti, trash pick-up & more!

Hello Archers of San Diego!
Please join us for a work party this Saturday, November 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..Β  We need to put the vandalized targets back on their stands along with replacing the blue guide posts at the correct target location.Β  We’ll also paint over the ever present graffiti and pick up any trash on the range.Β  We ask you to bring your mask, eye protection and gloves.Β  If you will be within 6 feet of another person, masks will be worn.
Start time: 7:00 (or as early as you can make it)
    • Safety Glasses / Face Shield
    • Gloves / Long Pants, Long Sleeves and Boots recommended
    • Paint brushes / Paint Rollers
    • We have a pitchfork, a few rakes & shovels (or bring your favorite!)
  • Prepare targets and shooting lanes for upcoming Hunter Round on 15 November.
  • Repair/replace bales and target faces on the practice range and course targets as needed.
  • Consolidate green waste near the lower container.
  • Use old bale materials to fill in areas prone to erosion.
  • Paint over any graffiti on the lower container and bridge.
We know your weekends are busy so it’s okay if you can only come for a short time.Β  Everyone is welcome; many hands make light work.
Thanks everyone! We really appreciate your help.