In the Texas 4-H program these are not mere empty words.
Each 4-H year, in September, approximately 700 - 800 Texas youth are introduced to the sport of archery. Some go through a course of six to eight weeks' duration, some will find their niche, and play the archery game of their favoring.
Be it J.O.A.D./F.I.T.A., Field, 3-D, Clout, or Flight, be it T.S.A.A.,
T.F.A.A., L.S.B.A., or I.B.O., they "Stay & Play" for many years. Some have
become great Junior Leaders and youth roll models. As many of you well
know, some have evolved into great archers, becoming State, National, and
even International Champions. Furthermore, some of the "Early Years"
Kids are now and will be in the future returning the favor by becoming leaders
and coaches for new and existing programs around the state. In the true sense of
what 4-H is, we have a great CROP to harvest. Let us cherish our yield, and
continue to sew our seed wisely, for the future can be good.
The meteoric growth in participation in both programs speaks to the synergy of TSAA and 4H. The critical success factor for the growth and retention of the 4H program is the qualified instructors who were all trained under the NAA/TSAA Level 1 training program. Many instructors have gone on to Level 2 or beyond so as to certify additional instructors. A second critical success factor for the growth in youth participation is the inclusionary attitude of the TSAA members to accommodate youth archers.
The TSAA benefits obviously from the incremental revenue of these youth
members, but also it is refreshing atmosphere to have all the youth participants
in the tournaments.
2010 Indoor Season Calendar - see age information linked below.
2008 Indoor Season Calendar - All Results Are Posted (11/14/2008)
Division Chart with color coding by Norm Boyd - great for parents and new archers (spreadsheet Excel File Format) Easy-to-print: (Acrobat File Format) NOTE: ALL TOURNEY DIRECTORS CAN USE NORM'S WORKBOOK (Excel) TO PREPARE. (Click to download)
Challenges in life, challenges in archery: MOST EXTREME CHALLENGE by Tom Barker
7/13/2003: 4H Invitational Championship - New Mexico
7/2/203: 4H 2003 Outdoor Championship results
4/23/2003: Acrobat Files for:
Hotels in College
Station for June 19-22 Summer Match
2/16/2003: 2003 Indoor Archery Match Tournament Entry & Information Form
12/21/2002: Summary of 2002 Tournaments
12/8/2002: LaWard Results
11/27/2002: 4H Tourneys Continue: Victoria Results
11/17/2002:Calhoun County Results
11/9/2002: Fort Bend Results
0/23/2002: Colorado County Results
9/2002: The Summary of the District 11 Archery meeting - upcoming schedule for fall and winter of 2002-2003
2-5-2002: 3D Fun Shoot Photos and writeup
4-H provides a useful resource for archery in all areas of Texas, especially in areas where there are no other archery programs. 4H reaches out to the youth of the Lone Star State in many ways - archery is just one of those ways.
For an introduction overview of 4H archery, click here.
There are many folks that are doing yeoman type work on the 4H program and
sometimes don't get to
For example, Shelby Fischer has about 40 kids in Victoria, James Ross about 35 in Columbus, Ben Dybala about 40 in Bay City, Dave Marlow has about 15 in Lolita, plus about 15 kids each in Halletsville, Beeville, Rosenberg and Port Lavaca.
These are the project leaders, but behind them are another dozen or so parents and extension agents that really care about the kids and help with instruction, etc. We are still getting new kids and we are half way through the 4H season. Jim does the coaching thing 5 nights a week, Ben twice, Victoria has had to go to two times a week, and I have 4 nights a week I am teaching. One of the issues we are dealing with is if all the kids that are signed up and participating in the project show up for a tournament, we don't have a place big enough to accommodate them.