Remembering Anthony

Anthony J. Bellettini (Dedham) Born in Brooklyn, New York, September 23, 1955, beloved of son of Olinto and Leigh Bellettini (passed), brother of John Bellettini (passed). Anthony’s grandfather was born on a boat while crossing the ocean from Italy. Anthony’s interest in archery began at age eight, after watching the movie ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, “I was bitten, “ he said, “Too bad there wasn’t an archery center anywhere in Brooklyn.” Anthony began shooting arrows at age 29, as a way to relax. He started with a couple of private lessons at a local archery range. In 1993 Anthony became one of the few Certified Level 4 Coaches in the US.

In 1998, Anthony opened his first store and archery range, ArcheryUSA in Dedham. He became a USA Archery Certified Level 4 Coach. His range was host to archery leagues, birthday parties, and weekly JOAD archery classes. Anthony had a great sense of humor and fun, he started the Boxer Shoots where the dress code required all archers to wear boxer shorts, he loved movies and movie trivia. He was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and participated in medieval re-enactments. Every Christmas, he threw a potluck Winter Ball party for students and customers; with a huge miniature Christmas village that took center stage at the store.

Anthony’s life was the archery community, his students, and his shop, BayState Archery. He knew everybody in the sport, and everything there was to know about shooting Recurve bows, the art and the lore of making and shooting arrows. He was a master arrow maker; his arrows improved your scores. His own shooting passion was traditional archery. Anthony became ordained by the Universal Life Church Monastery, and took on the habit of a Brother.

Anthony passed away on February 3, 2019 after a long and debilitating illness brought him to the Norwood Hospital ICU. He is survived his nieces Jaime Bellettini-Hoffman, Jillian Bellettini, nephews Jonathan Bellettini and Jason Bellettini, his sister-in-law Lynn Bellettini-Ziomber, and great-neices to Alexis Bellettini and Savannah Hoffman, and great-nephew, Alexander Bellettini. His memory lives on with all his extended Archery Family.

Always an Honor,
The Staff at BayState Archery

BayState Archery’s Goal to pass ArcheryUSA’s Record of 400,000 Customers

Our prior training center, ArcheryUSA in Dedham, is estimated to have brought the sport of archery to, and touched the lives of, over 400 thousand young men and women, adults and families here in the commonwealth during the 18 years it was open. I have set a goal to surpass this figure at BayState Archery within 10 years!

In addition to the in-house training programs for both youth and adults, BayState Archery reaches kids in over 15 communities through mobile outreach programs. These are offered year long through town recreation departments (featured nationally in Archery Focus magazine). Our “Sunday Family Day” program sometimes has a waiting list to shoot, and the birthday party program attracts over 25 parties a month with an average of 13 young archers each. Both programs are now used by other archery ranges.

All-in-all, very impressive for a business I was told by many early on was destined to failure for reaching out and focusing its business strategy on target, Olympic and 3D archery in order to attract kids, women, and families to the sport instead of catering exclusively to bowhunting as almost every other range in this state (and nation) does.

We still service the bowhunter’s needs with compound bows, equipment and supplies; but my focus is on the millions of potential athletes that a typical archery store ignores in favor of the many registered bowhunters in this state.

I believe that there’s more to archery than bowhunting. Unfortunately, the only exposure or opportunity children usually get to do archery is through summer camps. I am determined to change that by making this Olympic sport a part of everyday lives.

I hope that you share my vision. Only with your help, will BayState Archery exceed the prior record of 400k set by ArcheryUSA.

As I am fond of saying, “No matter what age you are, there is a little Robin Hood in all of us”.

Anthony Bellettini

Looking for Advanced Classes?

The start date of the first advanced training program of BayState Archery is currently TBD.

In general, each session is limited to 10 students with a minimum of 7. Existing students have the first right to register for the next session. We are currently taking names for this next session.

The format of these classes may consist of peer coaching/training, mental & strength conditioning, video coaching, tournament prep, goal setting, bow tuning, string and arrow making, elements of the Level 1&2 instructors’ course, and plenty of hands-on time.

Students must have their own equipment and at least one year’s experience in the sport, or be ranked Archer or above in any YOUTH or Adult training program. Both Olympic Recurve and Compound archers are welcome. Archers from other YOUTH programs are always welcome to join.

Tuition is $180 per person for this six-week session.

Athletes can register at our front desk or over the phone by calling us at (781) 352-0643.

In-Store Help Needed

This position is available at our Norwood Training Center. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (a mature male or female high school Senior may apply), able to work of store hours of 3pm to 9pm weekdays and/or 1pm to 6pm on weekends, hold a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, be a non-smoker, and be able to successfully pass a (CORI) Criminal Offender Record Information check.

This person will be required to perform all aspects of store operations including (but not limited to) answer telephones, book and/or run birthday parties, handle retail sales of archery products, repair or service archery equipment, as well as make custom strings & arrows.

Experience as an archer is preferred but may not be necessary for the right individual as on-site training is available.

Call us at (781) 320-3606 to arrange an interview.

BayState Archery Announces HPT (High Performance Training)

The new BayState Archery Training Center will shortly be offering (watch for the announcement) a program designed for those archers who desire to train and perform at a highly competitive level.

The HPT program works on the entire archer – body, mind and soul, and incorporates proven biomechanical principles.

HPT is a 90-day intensive training program that includes unlimited use of the range for practice, mental imagery training, stress conditioning, plenty of coaching, shooting and performance monitoring with our lead coach, Anthony.

Each athlete will start by being asked to shoot 150 arrows every other day and you will end the program shooting 300+ arrows per day.

Every participant should be prepared to eventually budget 3 to 4 hours each day to work this program.

Caution – This program is not for the “light of heart” or the uncommitted athlete. You will be required to do something toward your training each and every day. A release and waver is required to start the program as well as a doctor’s note for athletes under the age of 18.

The program fee is $1,200, payable half at the start of the program and the balance in 30 days. No refunds once we begin. Athletes who desire more individual coaching or strength training may add these to their program at an extra fee. Each archer MUST have their own equipment that meets our professional standards for training or you will be asked to add to or upgrade your equipment prior to starting.

Team Elite members that complete the training may wear the HPT designation on their team apparel.

Program minimum age: 15

Program minimum participants: 2

Program maximum participants: 10