USA Archery Level 3-NTS Coach Certification Course

Registration is closed. Please call the Academy at 717-556-1379 for details on when we will reschedule this course. 

Since the Lancaster Archery Academy was founded in 2013, we’ve believed in one major goal: growing the sport of archery. Shooting a bow and arrow is an activity that people of all ages and walks of life can participate in equally. Any serious athlete will tell you that to learn and succeed in something you must have a teacher. We recognize that not everyone can make it to our location for coaching. Keeping that in mind, we’ve made it our mission to offer stellar coaching education courses to allow others to spread the word about the sport we all know and love.

At our Academy, coaches will learn via a combination of classroom lecture, interactive discussion, and hands-on workshops designed to let everyone in the room share their knowledge with one another. Topics will include an overview of compound and recurve NTS, individual athlete development, event coordination, coach/athlete communication, and more. The course will be taught by Heather Pfeil and Bryan Brady, Level 4 NTS-Coaches. Heather is the program director of the Lancaster Archery Academy. A competitive archer in both Olympic recurve and compound, she spent time as a Resident Athlete at the National Training Center in Chula Vista, was a previous Developmental Coach of the Year, and is the only archer to have won the Winter Cam Classic twice. She has coached archers to over a dozen National Champion titles since starting at the Academy in 2013. Bryan Brady is an instructor at the Lancaster Archery Academy, and has been a competitive Olympic recurve archer since 2008. In addition to being a multi-time Virginia and Pennsylvania State Champion, he has coached several athletes to podium finishes at USATs since starting work at the Academy in 2015.

With your Level 3 Certification, you’ll be qualified to work with programs such as JOAD, NASP, and collegiate or local clubs. You’ll be able to teach Level 1 and 2 courses, and will be covered by USA Archery insurance during your archery coaching activities once you've successfully passed USA Archery's  background screen. Take our Level 3 class, and take the next step in your coaching career!

Course Content:

  • New USA Archery Certification books and materials
  • Introduce coaching philosophy, training cycles/plans, competition preparation, mental skills, equipment tuning, National Training System (NTS)
  • Please bring: Your own archery equipment (compound or recurve), a camera (or camera phone)



  • Class from: 4PM – 8PM
  • All students should be prepared to cover the NTS Recurve Steps Friday night


  • Class from: 9AM – 5PM
  • We will continue with NTS Compound Steps, mental game, and training plans including high-performance training and much more


  • Class From: 9AM - 2PM
  • The class will have a review for the test and conclude with a written exam and NTS Practical exam

* Schedule & end time may vary based on attendance

(Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday by Lancaster Archery Supply)

Location: Lancaster Archery Academy; 2195-A Old Philadelphia Pike Lancaster, PA 17602

Prerequisites: Must be a Level 2 Instructor for a minimum of 1 year, minimum age 19, USA Archery or NFAA membership, successful background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training, successful completion of Mental Management 101.  You can find more detailed information on USA Archery's website regarding the prerequisites 

Early Access to Certification Materials: If you would like us to ship your your certification materials ahead of time, please select this option when registering. We will mail you the Level 3 Certification Packet so that you may begin studying in the days leading up to your test. Please note that we require a minimum of two weeks' notice for this service before the start date of the course in order to ensure that you get the materials on time. It is then your responsibility to bring these materials with you to class. If you forget to bring your packet, and we have spare packs in stock, replacements may be available to purchase on site for $60.

Sign Electronic Waiver

Information on PA Act 153

Pennsylvania Act 153 requires all paid employees and unpaid volunteers "responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children" to complete comprehensive criminal and child abuse background clearances. The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) defines “direct contact with children” as “the care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children.” Unless you have already gone through the requirements of PA Act 153, any current background check that you may have from various certifications or third-party companies is not accepted by the state of Pennsylvania. Some of these clearances are free for volunteers.


This first link is to the PA Department of Public Welfare. They will complete the PA Child Abuse History check, and then you will receive a certification. You will also create an individual login, can check you status, and print your certification. Please choose the correct certification purpose.

This second link is to the PA State Police for a criminal background check. You will fill in your personal information, and then write down your control number. You may receive an email immediately, or it may take about 5 days for the state police to get your information. It can take up to 6 months for results. If you are charged for the background check, please print a copy of your receipt.

This third link is to the FBI Fingerprinting registration page. VOLUNTEERS living in the state of PA for more than 10 years will not have to complete this section. If you don’t live in the state, or have lived here less than 10 years you will need to go through this step. When you get to the page, input the code 1KG756 into the search bar. From there, click 'Schedule or Manage Appointment' to set up a finger-printing appointment at a local service center. 


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The Bird-in-Hand family of properties is in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish farmlands. The Smucker family invites you to get to know our village, to taste the farm-fresh goodness of its bounty and to experience the tradition of hospitality and good food that we have passed down from generation to generation.

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